So many great historical articles to share this week!
I got to post with Kim Rendfeld this week about my ‘favorite’ day of the week!
This is the Way We Wash the Clothes…in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries
By Maria Grace
I love wash day, don’t you? Ah, no, that’s what I thought. I don’t really either. But at least we can be grateful that, thanks to the modern conveniences of the washer and dryer, it is no longer nearly so arduous as it was for our ancestors.
Today, we gather the laundry and sort it, more or less, less if you’re one of my teenage sons. If it is a good day, we check for stains, pretreat the stains, then throw it in the machine. Later we wander back to switch it to the dryer, muttering under our breath because the washer doesn’t have a buzzer to let us know it is done. At the sound of the buzzer, we return to dry, sweet smelling laundry, ready to fold and put away. Oh the horrors of it all!
How our 18th and early 19th ancestors century would envy us. For them, laundry definitely did not take place on a weekly basis and when it happened, it was a multiday, all hands on deck experience. The ladies of the house, unless they were very high born, would work alongside the servants (at least until the Victorian era, when more shunned the activity) in order to get the enormous task finished.
Other great history reads this week:
- The Life of a Regency Aristocrat
- 17th Century Riddles
- Did knights suffer PTSD?
- Gambling in the Regency
- The Spice Wars
- How did London streets get their names
- Does Gender trump Rank in addressing your social superiors?
- Ladies’ magazines in the Regency