Domestic hygiene, urban laundry (Spain)

Domestic hygiene, urban laundry (Spain)
1928. Posing at the laundry in Ronda de Atocha, Madrid (Spain) © Museo de Historia de Madrid.

Domestic hygiene, urban laundry (Spain)

Washing clothes is an important service for domestic hygiene, always carried out by women, usually in groups, who go to rivers or streams. As from the 19th century, communal laundries like the one in the picture appear, both in rural centres and cities, until the advent of running water in the home.

Photo, Gerardo Contreras