The Steam Laundry. Its Construction, Equipment and Management.
London: Heywood & Company Ltd, nd.(c.1900). Comprehensive guide to how late nineteenth century laundries should be built, equipped with machinery, and run efficiently. Pp.162, folding ground plan frontispiece of a Model Laundry, to Wash £100 per Week, Family Work + many figure illustrations and engraved illustrations of machinery and to advertisements to end, hand-written page numbers pp.1-3, cracking to inner front hinge and between pages 96/97 but holding. Red cloth, gilt title to front and spine, careful repair to spine outer hinge. Scarce. G+.** "JOHN TAYLOR was born at Lower Broughton, Salford, on 8th February 1866. Having served his time from 1879 to 1886 in his father's works (Messrs. Thomas and Taylor, laundry engineers, of London and Stockport), he was then engaged by them as traveller; and in 1890 was appointed manager of their London works. He designed and superintended the erection of public laundries, baths and wash-houses, and dairies, all over the United Kingdom, in several of which he installed electric lighting. His death took place on 3rd January 1902, in his thirty-sixth year." (Grace's Guide).** "While the upper classes went on employing washerwomen and/or general servants, there were various cheaper "send-out" laundry services in the later 19th century and early 20th, including laundries that brought both domestic laundry and linen from hotels etc. to a "hand-finished" standard. The simplest were wet wash (US) and bag wash (UK) arrangements where you sent off a bundle of dirty laundry to be washed elsewhere. Ironing was done at home at this bottom end of the market. In some places a mangle woman with a box mangle would charge pennies for pressing household linen and everyday clothing." (oldandinteresting).
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