Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mexican Laundry

This picture was taken in 1890 in Mexico City, and shows a group of women doing laundry. I am guessing this was a place you could drop your clothes off and have them washed. When I visited Mexico in the 1970's people were still washing clothes in wash tubs, or in the river.

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  1. I think it would be very interesting to write a story of laundry through times and countries. Living in europe, I have the same kind of old ( and sometimes not so old..)pictures of women washing, and the way to do it, the places to do it, are very alike.
    Reading your theory about women and laundry, I've a question: today, laundry became a question of technology ( be blesssed, the one who created the washing machines!..). Why do the men still don't care about it?..
    [Purely theoric, I'm not waiting for an answer :-)))]

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  2. I'm feeling very grateful for my washing machine; and the blessing of being born in an advanced country in the post industrialist economy.

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  3. Looks nasty. I'll take my broken Maytags any time.

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  4. I wonder what they are all looking at?

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  5. makes my back and knees hurt,jus lookin,,lol
    oldbear

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  6. There are some people, mostly women, who claim that aprons are a symbol of the yoke of female oppression, etc etc. However, men wore aprons more often in the good old days. The purpose of an apron was to protect your clothing because it was damn hard work to get them clean.

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