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Advert for the Newington Laundry Works

Advert for the Newington Laundry Works

Printer: Champion, A

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Evan.7062

Item number: 7062

Genre: Leaflet

19th-century laundresses worked to a strict and backbreaking regimen. First, they collected the washing from the homes of customers and sorted them. Then they treated particularly obvious stains with detergent and left the clothes to soak overnight. The following morning, the laundress would put the clothes into tubs of soapy water, beat them with a long-handled device known as a dolly, and scrub them on a washing board. The clothes would then be rinsed free of soap, run through a mangle to remove excess water, and hung up to dry. The final step was ironing the clothes. Only then would the items be returned to the customers.

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