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Housemaids Collection

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid Carries Coals

Housemaid Carries Coals
The housemaid brings up a scuttle full of coal

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Serving Maid / Chocolate

Serving Maid / Chocolate
A serving maid carries a cup of chocolate and a glass of water on a tray

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Model Maid-Of-All-Work

Model Maid-Of-All-Work
The model maid of all work is kept busy in the scullery cleaning boots, boiling kettles and pans, and responding to the bells that are constantly rung for her

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaids Skirts

Housemaids Skirts
Mistress to maid : - Julie, you shouldn t wear such tight skirts, you are showing far too much leg

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Dinner, Servants Hall

Dinner, Servants Hall
Dinner in the servants hall of a large household : the butler presides, with housekeeper, ladys maids, housemaids and footmen ranged in order of seniority

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Photographs of housemaids and secretaries workwear

Photographs of housemaids and secretaries workwear
Photographs of new housemaids and secretaries workwear, women working in trousers. Captioned, Mind work? not in these-!: Flannelled housemaids and secretaries: an idea from the States'. Date: 1911

Background imageHousemaids Collection: The Archetypal Housemaid. Date: 1901

The Archetypal Housemaid. Date: 1901

Background imageHousemaids Collection: HOUSEMAID WITH BROOM

HOUSEMAID WITH BROOM
A French housemaid in a mob cap and long skirts rests a moment from her sweeping with one hand on her hip Date: circa 1835

Background imageHousemaids Collection: SERVING MORNING TEA

SERVING MORNING TEA
A maid brings an early pot of tea to her mistress as she lies in bed Date: 1904

Background imageHousemaids Collection: MAID BRINGS BREAKFAST

MAID BRINGS BREAKFAST
Le petit dejeuner du matin The housemaid brings the young mistress her breakfast in bed Date: 1910

Background imageHousemaids Collection: MAID SWEEPING

MAID SWEEPING
A Victorian housemaid brushes a step Date: circa 1870

Background imageHousemaids Collection: MAID BRINGS FLOWERS

MAID BRINGS FLOWERS
A Frenchwoman indicates to her housemaid the precise position in which she would like her to place a bowl of flowers, and please, try not to spill it... Date: 1929

Background imageHousemaids Collection: DICKENSIAN HOUSEMAID

DICKENSIAN HOUSEMAID
A London housemaid of Dickens time - the Little Marchioness from his novel The Old Curiosity Shop Date: 1840

Background imageHousemaids Collection: How Happy Could I be with Either

How Happy Could I be with Either
How happy could I be with either - Were t other dear charmer away - But while you thus teaze me together - To neither a word will I say (The Beggars Opera - John Gay, 1728). Date: 1906

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Mouse (Bewick)

Mouse (Bewick)
mus musculus - COMMON MOUSE terror of housemaids, target of mousetrap-makers, prey of cats and farmers wives - but we all have a sneaking fond- ness for this cute creature

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Maid with Tray

Maid with Tray
An Edwardian housemaid hurries along the vast hallway of an Edwardian Country House carrying a tray of edibles for her masters. Date: early 1900s (re-enactment)

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Dusting a Staircase

Dusting a Staircase
An Edwardian housemaid dusts the elaborate balustrade of a huge staircase. Date: early 1900s (re-enactment)

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Educated Housemaid

Educated Housemaid
Mary explains that the word Salve on the doormat is Latin for Please to wipe your feet Date: 1893

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Serving Coffee

Serving Coffee
The maidservant serves coffee for her master as he sits reading Le petit Journal in the garden Date: 1885

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Serving the Roast

Serving the Roast
Waiting at table, the maidservant lifts the cover off the roast Date: 1887

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Nothing Like Education

Nothing Like Education
- Carter, I can actually write my name in the dust on the table ! - Faith, mum, thats more than I can. Sure theres nothing like education, after all ! Date: 1902

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid

Housemaid
Young girl with a mop dressed in the housemaids clothes. Artist: Florence Hardy Date: circa 1908

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Bradfords Victress-Vowell washing machine

Bradfords Victress-Vowell washing machine
A maid uses Bradfords " Victress-Vowell" washing machine. Date: 1923

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Serving Through the Ages - Women

Serving Through the Ages - Women
This picture shows the various roles of women servants from the 14th-19th century. It starts with showing servant girls milking, harvesting

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Two Housemaids and toddler - Edwardian England

Two Housemaids and toddler - Edwardian England Date: circa 1900s

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaids / Curtains 1900

Housemaids / Curtains 1900
Housemaids practice arranging curtains Date: c1900

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Domestic Servants Insurance Act - Comic Postcard

Domestic Servants Insurance Act - Comic Postcard
Domestic Servants Insurance Act " I don t care how often I get hurt now, I am insured." A bandgaged housemaid shows her delight at the terms of the Domestic Servants Insurance Act

Background imageHousemaids Collection: The Servants Insurance Act

The Servants Insurance Act - Are we downhearted? No! Three housemaids show delight at the terms of the Domestic Servants Insurance Act

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Maid Cleans Shoes

Maid Cleans Shoes
A maidservant polishes boots. Date: 1885

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaids Reference

Housemaids Reference
Printed letter from Miss J A Wright, proprietor of a servants agency, requesting a character reference for Margaret Seaton applying for a situation as Under Housemaid Date: 1895

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Maid and Crinoline

Maid and Crinoline
When crinolines are in fashion, household breakages are apt to be even more frequent than usual... Date: 1864

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid Flirting

Housemaid Flirting
The housemaid flirts with an errand boy

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid / Fresh Laundry

Housemaid / Fresh Laundry
A smiley housemaid carrying freshly laundered and ironed tableware

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Edwardian Housemaids

Edwardian Housemaids
Three pretty young Edwardian housemaids larking about during a rare rest period

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Maid Tends to Fire

Maid Tends to Fire
An Edwardian housemaid kneels on the rug as she tends to one of the bedroom fires

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid Brushes Carpet

Housemaid Brushes Carpet
The housemaid of a large Edwardian house brushes one of the many large dusty rugs on her hands and knees

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid Dusting

Housemaid Dusting
A housemaid in a large Edwardian house dusting the dressing table and polishing the brass bed ends

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid Hovering

Housemaid Hovering
The housemaid hovers in attendance while her mistress drinks her tea, in case there should be something for her to do

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Mistress & Maid 1919

Mistress & Maid 1919
Yet more sneering middle class humour at a maids expense. A haughty mistress pries into her maids life wanting to know her reasons for wanting an evening off. Typical!

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Maid Brings Lunch

Maid Brings Lunch
Family sits round the table while the maid brings round the lunch

Background imageHousemaids 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 imageHousemaids Collection: Tending the Lamps

Tending the Lamps
A London housemaid tends the table-lamps

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Serving Sauce

Serving Sauce
Waiting at table, the maidservant helps a guest to sauce for his fish

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Helping Mistress

Helping Mistress
Waiting at table, the maidservant helps her mistress into her place

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid & Bottle

Housemaid & Bottle
After the dinner-party, a housemaid looks in the wine bottle to see if there is any left for her

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Housemaid & Tray

Housemaid & Tray
A maid carries a breakfast tray while the bell rings from another room

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Maid Polishing

Maid Polishing
and when you ve done the floor, perhaps you ll have a go at the piano

Background imageHousemaids Collection: Trundling a Mop

Trundling a Mop
A servant girl trundles her mop on the doorstep of the house, to the discomfiture of an elegantly dressed passer-by



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