Series: letter to a laundress

I am a descendant of washerwomen, a descendant of women who "took in wash."  Until I saw photographs taken at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, I had no image and little-to-no knowledge of the world these women inhabited.  The photographs are from the Library of Congress Print and Photographs division and were taken by noted photographers, as well as photographers early in their careers during the era of the New Deal.  They are rich in information, not only do they reveal the women but, also, the architecture, clothing and class structure between laundresses and washerwomen.  

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