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W Britain Miss Alice on Laundry Day 1855-65

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W Britain Miss Alice on Laundry Day 1855-65. Even now, many consider laundry a laborious task, but in the 19th century (and all centuries prior) it was an arduous chore. There was a reason it was called "laundry day." First, water had to be heated, a large boiling pot over an outdoor fire suited much of rural America but in inclement weather a smaller pot on a stove would have to suffice. The use of lye and wood ash added to the hot water for pre-soaking (or "bucking") was largely abandoned as cakes of soap were now readily available. The laundress would grate flakes off the bar of soap to mix up a lather. The soiled clothes were then added and scrubbed over a factory-made washboard with metal or glass scrubbing surface, a vast improvement over beating the wet wash with a bat or over a rock.
1/30 scale Matte Finish.

Since 1893 William Britain has been producing toy soldiers and military miniatures with attention to detail quality and authenticity. Each 1/30 scale figure is cast out of metal and hand painted to the highest possible standards most major military periods and uniforms are covered by William Britain. From the Knights of Agincourt to the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars to the American Civil War up to World War I and II including the Zulu War. Whatever your age W Britain has the troops for your army, all you have to do is supply the imagination! Buy with confidence we are an authorized W Britain dealer.
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