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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 3:42 p.m. PST

…. Really, Really Quick Versión

"There are several guides to washing laundry in the 18th century—some are quite detailed, while others are fantastically vague ("enough indigo to make the water sky blue"). What follows is a quick compilation of several of those guides, various civilian and military notations about laundering in the American colonies, plus a few personal observations…."
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Rich Bliss13 Jun 2018 4:59 p.m. PST

Wow, this is really useful. 🙄

Winston Smith13 Jun 2018 8:22 p.m. PST

Is this serious???

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 11:52 p.m. PST

Of course not…! (smile)


princeman14 Jun 2018 5:14 a.m. PST

Winston – what is your objection? I found the article very interesting and informative. A subject that I might not have searched out but provided some information on one of those topics I have wondered about.
Thank you Tango01.

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 8:05 a.m. PST

Princeman +1

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Military laundering in the 18th Century Colonies would have been a very welcome idea!

A People's Army : Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War by Fred Anderson notes that commanders were hard pressed to get the Provincial soldiers to ever wash their shirt during the entire course of a campaign. My own personal thought on this was that they might have had a better chance of convincing them to wash their shirt once a week whether it needed it or not if they had issued the troops two shirts each so that they would have one to wear while the other was drying.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 10:48 a.m. PST

Glad you like them my friends!. (smile)

Winston is a friend… more than that… is my mentor… so allow him to harrump… (smile)


42flanker Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 4:32 p.m. PST

The Hebridean tweed industry also relied on the use of urine in the cloth making process.

MiniPigs15 Jun 2018 5:36 p.m. PST

People of all classes were filthy back then. It wasn't until Beau Brummel made Dandyism popular that the upper classes started to bathe regularly and clean their clothes.

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