Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Doing the Laundry

My home is decorated with photos from the Middle East, arranged by geographical region or theme.  One of the photos my wife chose to put in the laundry area is this one.

Women washing clothes at fountain, mat05312Date of Photograph: Early 1900s

“Dirty clothes are generally carried to the nearest running water; sometimes this is far from the village, and where there are only wells, water must be drawn; but seldom are things washed with warm water” --Philip Baldensperger, “Women in the East,” Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement (1901): 75.

The photo and quotation are taken from the Traditional Life and Customs volume of The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection (Library of Congress, LC-matpc-05312).



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