Scotch Washing

CDV-format albumen print of two Scotch women washing clothes by treading on them in washtubs with their bare feet, by W. K. Munro, Edinburgh. Card imprinted front "W. K. Munro / Edinburgh" and on reverse "Scotch Washing... W. K. Munro, Photographer, 16 North Pitt Street, Edinburgh..." along with a long description of how traditional Scotch women supposedly wash their clothes. Circa 1870s.   Price: $95.   ( Inventory# id405 )

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The full imprint on reverse of card notes:

"SCOTCH WASHING -- This method of washing clothes is commonly to be seen by the sides of the river, Young women with their dress tucked up treading upon linen by way of washing, and this not only in summer but in the hardest frosty weather when their legs are almost literally as red as blood with the cold and often two of these women tread in one tub supporting themselves by their arms thrown over each others shoulders"

 

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