By (author) Pamela Sambrook
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Laundry Bygones by Pamela Sambrook
Book DescriptionFor the working-class housewife before the 20th century washing aids were few and primitive. A stout hedge, a grassy bank and a good fresh wind were the best she could hope for. Paralleling progress in other domestic equipment, washing, mangling and ironing techniques were developed during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to deal with the vast quantities of personal and household linen required by the increasing middle classes. Both public and private collections provide evidence of the continuous and sometimes bizarre efforts made by Victorian inventors and manufacturers to bring relie to the laundress. This book illustrates the simple, rare, but often extremely beautiful traditional laundry aids - the glass calendars, washing bats, mangle boards and goffering stacks - as well as examples of the multitude of flat, box, solid fuel, spirit, gas and electric irons, washing machines and wringers, which, still commonly survive from the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780852636480
(210mm x 149mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1983
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pamela Sambrook
Keeping Their Place, Hardback (July 2005)
Drawing on letters, diaries, and autobiographies, this book provides an insight into the day-by-day lives of country house servants between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. It reveals first-hand tales of put-upon servants, who often had to rise hours before dawn to lay fires, prepare meals for their employers, and work into the small hours.
Country House Brewing in England, 1500-1900, Hardback (July 1996)» View all books by Pamela Sambrook
Until the 18th century or even later, beer was the staple drink of most men and women at all levels of society. This volume describes the brewing equipment, such as coppers, mash tuns, underbacks and coolers, and the types of beer brewed, from strong ale to small beer, and how they were kept.
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Author Biography - Pamela Sambrook
After a professional career in museums, Pamela Sambrook now works as a writer, lecturer and consultant on domestic service and country house technology.
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