Advert for P & P Campbell, cleaning & dyeing works, reverse side
Medium: Print on paper
In the Victorian era laundries often offered dyeing services. For poorer families in particular, dyeing was seen as an effective way of revamping an old garment. With dyeing came a danger that the clothing would be damaged beyond wear, but a good many people took the chance and were rewarded with beautifully coloured clothes. Towards the mid-point of the century, chemists began to create new synthetic colours, greatly expanding the traditional range of colours in clothing.