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Advert for the Milkwood Laundry

Advert for the Milkwood Laundry

Printer: Stahl

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1882

Shelfmark: Evan.6548

Item number: 6548

Genre: Leaflet

In the 19th century laundry workers toiled for very long hours at a physically demanding job. The hot and humid workplaces ruined their skin and often made breathing difficult. They were paid a very low wage.

Mayhew’s 1861 volume, 'London Labour and The London Poor', suggests that a laundress washing clothes for a family of 6 would earn just 8½ pence a week inclusive of the costs of soap, soda, starch and coal to heat the water.

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