Advert for the Surrey Lodge Laundry Works
Printer: Slater & Wright
Medium: Print on paper
The 19th century saw the British public gain a steadily greater understanding of the relationship between dirt and infectious disease. Personal hygiene thus became an important issue of the day. People began to change their clothes more frequently and to wash them more often. Soon the relative cleanliness of clothes had become one of the most important symbols of distinction between the classes. Middle-class men thus wore clean white starched and iron shirts in an attempt to make an impression on their employers.
Laundering clothes was a hard and laborious task and if a family could afford it they sent their linen to laundry works like the one featured in this leaflet.