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Ironing Collection

Background imageIroning Collection: Dressmakers workshop

Dressmakers workshop
Staff in the workroom of a dressmaker or outfitter. Clothes in various stages of completion are on dummies. The employees (all female apart from a solitary man with a tape measure around his neck)

Background imageIroning Collection: Ewbank Master Washer

Ewbank Master Washer
A housewife uses her Ewbank Master Clothes Washer for washing, wringing and ironing

Background imageIroning Collection: Aylesbury Inebriate Reformatory - Inmates at Work in Laundry

Aylesbury Inebriate Reformatory - Inmates at Work in Laundry
Staff supervise inmates ironing washing in laundry of Aylesbury Inebriate Reformatory. Date: 1908

Background imageIroning Collection: Laundry at Shirley Schools, near Croydon, Surrey

Laundry at Shirley Schools, near Croydon, Surrey
Inmates ironing clothes and linen in the laundry at the Shirley Schools, near Croydon, Surrey, established in 1904 by the St Olave Union to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageIroning Collection: Laundry at National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Herts

Laundry at National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Herts
Girls iron and fold clean washing in the laundry at the National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Background imageIroning Collection: Girls Washing & Ironing

Girls Washing & Ironing
Girls washing and ironing

Background imageIroning Collection: Ironing Day, by Ethel Parkinson

Ironing Day, by Ethel Parkinson. A little Dutch girl tries to iron a sheet, but a little boy has his arm round her and is trying to kiss her

Background imageIroning Collection: Laundrymaid Ironing

Laundrymaid Ironing
Repasseuse (ironer)

Background imageIroning Collection: Curry&rice / Dressmakers

Curry&rice / Dressmakers
The Colonels lady with native dressmakers ironing and measuring for a new outfit

Background imageIroning Collection: Advertisement for Everitt trouser presses complete with new comfort screws

Advertisement for Everitt trouser presses complete with new comfort screws, greatly improved appearance, and an all steel black finish. Splendid for ensuring razor sharp creases in your trousers

Background imageIroning Collection: Household Objects Date: 1940

Household Objects Date: 1940

Background imageIroning Collection: Mr Tryon the Tailor

Mr Tryon the Tailor

Background imageIroning Collection: Girls learning how to do laundry correctly, maybe to do domestic work when leaving the orphanage

Girls learning how to do laundry correctly, maybe to do domestic work when leaving the orphanage. Date: 1900

Background imageIroning Collection: Ironing a Rag Book

Ironing a Rag Book
Illustration to highlight the durability of Deans Rag Books. Date: circa 1930

Background imageIroning Collection: Advert, Westinghouse electric iron

Advert, Westinghouse electric iron -- mother and daughter ironing. 1922

Background imageIroning Collection: St. Pancras Baths and Washhouses

St. Pancras Baths and Washhouses
Page from The Illustrated London News reporting on the St. Pancras Baths and Washhouses, with illustrations of both the inferior and superior bathing facilities and the washing

Background imageIroning Collection: Family Does Laundry Date: 1948

Family Does Laundry Date: 1948

Background imageIroning Collection: WOODEN IRONING BOARD

WOODEN IRONING BOARD
A rather rickety old wooden ironing board. Date: 1930s

Background imageIroning Collection: SMOOTH IRONING TIPS

SMOOTH IRONING TIPS
A tip for those who iron clothes - padding your ironing board with old newspapers helps to keep the ironing cloth smooth. Date: 1940s

Background imageIroning Collection: JAPANESE HOUSEWIFE IRONS

JAPANESE HOUSEWIFE IRONS
A young Japanese housewife irons her husbands trousers on the floor. This is a daily task, because the Japanese sit on cushions which makes trousers crease badly. Date: 1930s

Background imageIroning Collection: HOUSEHOLD / IRONING / 1960S

HOUSEHOLD / IRONING / 1960S
A lady irons her undies Date: 1960s

Background imageIroning Collection: IRONING TOP HAT 1860

IRONING TOP HAT 1860
A workman watches with astonishment while a hatter irons a top hat with a heated iron Date: 1860

Background imageIroning Collection: Laundrymaid Ironing

Laundrymaid Ironing
A laundrymaid ironing Date: circa 1870

Background imageIroning Collection: Sad irons, curling and goffering irons

Sad irons, curling and goffering irons
A selection of home appliances, as featured in a catalogue. A sad iron and stand, a polishing iron, a spirit iron, a hat iron for ironing brims and a Dalli box iron are pictured

Background imageIroning Collection: Woman using a heart-shaped iron on a Valentine card

Woman using a heart-shaped iron on a Valentine card. Date: early 20th century

Background imageIroning Collection: Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Women Ironing (1884-1886). Orsay Mu

Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Women Ironing (1884-1886). Orsay Museum. Paris. France

Background imageIroning Collection: Albion Hill Home for Female Penitents, Brighton

Albion Hill Home for Female Penitents, Brighton - inmates at work in the ironing room Date: 1874

Background imageIroning Collection: Iron stove, 1923

Iron stove, 1923
Bradfords pagoda laundry stoves, as featured in a Bradfords catalogue. Up to 34 irons can be heated simultaneously in this way, as pictured in this model. Date: 1923

Background imageIroning Collection: Kissing a young maid

Kissing a young maid
A man leans in to kiss the neck of a young maid; she seems quite happy to be distracted from her ironing. Date: 1885

Background imageIroning Collection: Flat Iron 1930S

Flat Iron 1930S
An electric pressing iron, used by tailors

Background imageIroning Collection: Starr Woods Annual The Snark - ironing

Starr Woods Annual The Snark - ironing
Front cover of Starr Woods Annual, The Snark, Summer 1928, featuring an illustration of a flapper girl with hair severely cropped and very short skirts

Background imageIroning Collection: Waifs and Strays Society, Home, Darlington

Waifs and Strays Society, Home, Darlington
Girls ironing in the laundry room at the Waifs and Strays Society, Home, Darlington Date: 1905

Background imageIroning Collection: Derby Railway Servants Orphanage - Laundry

Derby Railway Servants Orphanage - Laundry
Girls ironing at the Railway Servants Orphanage, Derby. Drying cabinets can be seen at the right. Date: circa 1910

Background imageIroning Collection: Little girl ironing her dolls clothes

Little girl ironing her dolls clothes. 1936

Background imageIroning Collection: Linen Bleaching, Ironing the Web

Linen Bleaching, Ironing the Web - an interior view of the spinning mill and a man operating a machine for ironing the sheets of linen. (Location: Ireland). Date: circa early 1900s

Background imageIroning Collection: Gibbs Happy Families - Mrs Sparks

Gibbs Happy Families - Mrs Sparks the Electricians wife. 20th century

Background imageIroning Collection: National Childrens Home, Harpenden - Laundry Work

National Childrens Home, Harpenden - Laundry Work
Some of the older girls engaged in ironing and folding in the laundry at the National Childrens Home (NCH), Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Date: Date unknown

Background imageIroning Collection: Men at Physiopolis

Men at Physiopolis
Physiopolis, a health club where men can sunbathe and relax together. Date: 1930s

Background imageIroning Collection: Thor 30, folding elecrtic ironer 1929

Thor 30, folding elecrtic ironer 1929
Thor 30, folding elecrtic ironer, the operator (a woman) has merely to sit in a comfortable chair, turn a switch and guide the pieces through, electrically operated

Background imageIroning Collection: Hull Sailors Orphan Homes - Laundry

Hull Sailors Orphan Homes - Laundry
The Sailors Orphan Homes, Hull, also known as Newland Homes, established in 1895 by The Port of Hull Society. Girls at work, ironing and folding, in the homes laundry. Date: circa 1907

Background imageIroning Collection: Spurgeons Orphanage, Stockwell - Laundry

Spurgeons Orphanage, Stockwell - Laundry
Spurgeons Orphanage, Stockwell. Girls at work in the laundry, some ironing. Date: circa 1902

Background imageIroning Collection: Pixie tailors

Pixie tailors
While one pixie irons the fabric, the other sews the parts together to make a garment. In pixyland buttons seem to grow in pots and threads hang down from trees. Date: c. 1930

Background imageIroning Collection: Advertisement for Fenwick tailoring

Advertisement for Fenwick tailoring
Advertisement for Fenwick ladies tailoring department, , with a silhouette of tailors at work by H.L. Oakley. Tailor gowns to order, twelve and a half guineas (just over thirteen pounds)

Background imageIroning Collection: Drumcondra Magdalen Home, Dublin - Hand Ironing Room

Drumcondra Magdalen Home, Dublin - Hand Ironing Room
The hand-ironing at the Drumcondra Magdalen (or Magdalene) Home, Dublin. The home was founded in 1858 as a girls reformatory but later became a laundry home for single mothers. Date: Date unknown

Background imageIroning Collection: Barnardos Girls Home, Barkingside Ironing Room

Barnardos Girls Home, Barkingside Ironing Room
The ironing room at Dr Barnardos Girls Home, Barkingside, Essex. Sheets, fresh from the laundry, are ironed in large presses. Date: Date unknown

Background imageIroning Collection: Day in the life of an average household by G. H. Davis

Day in the life of an average household by G. H. Davis
Your fuel target: a day in the life of an average household during the Second World War. Detailing economies that need to be practised in order to keep within the limits of fuel consumption laid down

Background imageIroning Collection: Gas iron, 1884

Gas iron, 1884
A gas iron, 1884. 1884

Background imageIroning Collection: Gas iron by Littgow, 1861

Gas iron by Littgow, 1861
A lady using Littgows gas iron, Denmark, 1861. Date: 1861



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