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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-08-08 11:01 am

Putting it in perspective...

My sister and I were talking last weekend about when we wanted to get together.

We each had a few chores to get done before we could kick back, and one we had in common was the laundry. She mentioned she liked to get hers done early in the summer, so the clothes dryer didn't heat up the house.

I mused about that as I started my own laundry.

About a time when doing the laundry was truly a chore.
All photos below from the Library of Congress.

Happy Laundry Girls, 1891

1900, location unknown


New Orleans courtyard, 1920-26

61st Street, NYC, summer of 1938

laundry room of a model home in Greendale, WI, March 1937

[personal profile] captain_catgut 2011-08-11 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I think that tired, sad-looking woman in the third one down is a good bit closer to the truth than the group in the first one.