After fleeing the French Revolution, Thea d’Argente, my heroine in SHADOW FIRE LADY goes from French aristocrat to London laundress. What would her work have been like? Read about one version of laundry duty here:
Laundromat in Italy, 1805-style. Most of these women are wearing some sort of clog or sandal, perhaps to avoid slipping in this wet, stone room, or to keep their regular footwear from getting soaked on laundry day. So many costume details can be discovered in one simple engraving: anyone know the history of laundry footwear and can let me know more about this?
Update: found some “history of laundry” info that I thought you might enjoy
This engraving is from James Godby, Italian Scenery: representing the manners, customs, and amusements of the different states of Itlay containing thirty-two coloured engravings (London: Edward Ormer, 1806).
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