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House Work Collection

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Jesus, Mary and Martha

Jesus, Mary and Martha
Jesus talks with Mary while Martha does housework

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Ella, aka Cinderella, sitting in rags with a broom in her hand. Date: 1919

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Washing Board

Washing Board
A photograph demonstrating the use of a scrubbing board in a tub during washday in the early 20th century

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Baking Day, by Ethel Parkinson

Baking Day, by Ethel Parkinson. A little Dutch girl kneads some dough, while a little boy tastes some freshly baked pastry

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Cleaning Day, by Ethel Parkinson

Cleaning Day, by Ethel Parkinson. A little Dutch girl wields a mop, while a little boy kneels down and scrubs the floor

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Good Housekeeping front cover, January 1933

Good Housekeeping front cover, January 1933
Front cover of Good Housekeeping magazine featuring a little girl carefully doing the washing up

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Mangling Machine

Mangling Machine
Engraving of a woman using a mangle to squeeze excess water out of washed clothes

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Two girls help their mother with the housework

Two girls help their mother with the housework; one holds a bucket of water, the other shakes down a mat. c. 1910

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Baileys Furniture Paste

Baileys Furniture Paste
Bagleys Furniture Paste polish, 1900 1900

Background imageHouse Work Collection: CWS Soap advert

CWS Soap advert

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Emancipated Woman - Husband doing chores

Emancipated Woman - Husband doing chores
The Handy-man at home An Emancipated Woman reads happily by the fire whilst her sailor husband does his fair share of the household chores by scrubbling the floor. Date: 1915

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Everybody works but Father - Unemployment

Everybody works but Father - Unemployment
Father enjoys his paper and pipe in front of the fire, whilst Mother does the washing, Sister Ann also helps and the young narrator of this social comment carries a paint pot. Date: 1906

Background imageHouse Work Collection: She didn t know what to do

She didn t know what to do
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children, she didn t know what to do -- an illustration to the nursery rhyme, showing the old woman not knowing where to start

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Washing up

Washing up
A woman in apron and scarf washing up a mug and plate outside her home, 1910. Date: 1910

Background imageHouse Work Collection: She made them some broth

She made them some broth
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children... She made them some broth -- an illustration to the nursery rhyme, showing the old woman in her kitchen

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Ware rite surfaces advertisement

Ware rite surfaces advertisement
Advertisement for Ware-rite kitchen surfaces, guaranteeing brighter homes and lighter work. c.1950

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Helping Mother hang up the washing

Helping Mother hang up the washing
Two children Helping Mother hang up the washing. 19th century

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Little girl on washing day

Little girl on washing day
A little girl on washing day. 19th century

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Woman washing a sheet in a river in Portugal

Woman washing a sheet in a river in Portugal
Woman washing a sheet at the side of a river in Portugal. She is kneeling on a specially designed wooden platform, which stops her getting too wet

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Woman hanging out the washing on a line

Woman hanging out the washing on a line
A woman hanging out the washing on a line (or two), apparently at the side of a stretch of water

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Washing Day by Millicent Sowerby

Washing Day by Millicent Sowerby
Two jolly girl guides and a little Brownie hard at work on washing day. One washes clothes in a soap sud filled wash tub while another hangs gleaming sheets on a line

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Hanging out the washing

Hanging out the washing
A young housewife takes advantage of a breezy day and hangs out her washing on the line

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Electrolux advertisement

Electrolux advertisement
Advert for Electrolux vacuum cleaners, showing a woman opening her Christmas present and looking pleased or bemused that it is one of those new-fangled vacuum cleaners

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Suds, 1930s style

Suds, 1930s style
A woman smiles as she stands up to her elbows in soap suds while doing a bit of hand washing in the sink

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Gas Council advertisement 1954

Gas Council advertisement 1954
Advertisement by the Gas Council stressing that the gas industry makes the best use of the nations coal, allowing busy housewives the luxury of instant hot water with Mr Therms Sink Water-heaters

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Drying Machine

Drying Machine
Several engravings illustrating an ingenious device for drying clothes; a forerunner of the fold-up telescopic clothes drier used instead of a line and pegs

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Ironing a Shirt 1911

Ironing a Shirt 1911
Photograph demonstrating how to iron a shirt or blouse in 1911

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Advert Vacuum Cleaner

Advert Vacuum Cleaner
Advert for the housewife for christmas! Western Electric Vacuum Sweeper with the motor driven brush

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Dusting for Exercise

Dusting for Exercise
A young lady in shorts with buttoned falls gives these windows a vigorous rub with a checked cloth - a great way to tone up the waist and bust without the need of a gym!

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Domestic Communism

Domestic Communism
COMMUNISM IN THE HOME The servants share the familys clothes and possessions, the ladies take part in the housework

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Housemaid Scrubbing 1886

Housemaid Scrubbing 1886
Friday: The housemaid scrubs the staircase

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Woman hoovering

Woman hoovering
Woman with hoover using the attachments

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Housework in Trenches

Housework in Trenches
German troops on the Eastern Front get on with their household tasks while one of them keeps an eye open for signs of enemy activity

Background imageHouse Work Collection: COSTUME 1837-8 / LEECH

COSTUME 1837-8 / LEECH
A working girl imitates the genteel accomplishments of young ladies. Her dress is low cut with puffed sleeves & is worn with a coarse apron. Both women wear pattens

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Progress Vacuum Cleaner

Progress Vacuum Cleaner
You see, the house is much cleaner with the PROGRESS than with any other vacuum cleaner, whats more, Maman didn t even hear us do the housework !

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Dusting for Excercise

Dusting for Excercise
A smiling young lady in shorts with buttoned falls dusts briskly with a feather duster - a great way to tone up the waist and bust without the need of a gym!

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Linen Cupboard

Linen Cupboard
The famous and respected German opera singer Mme Schumann-Heink at home doing housework

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Butler in his Pantry

Butler in his Pantry
The butler in his pantry, polishing the silver

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Scrubbing Step

Scrubbing Step
A housemaid scrubs the front step of a London house while the cook goes out to do her early morning marketing

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Futuristic home, with chores done automatically

Futuristic home, with chores done automatically
A futuristic home, with chores done automatically. The housewifes life will be an easy one in which she can sit back, read the paper and listen to music

Background imageHouse Work Collection: Futuristic floor polishing machine

Futuristic floor polishing machine
A maid operates a futuristic automated electric floor polishing machine -- housework made easy



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