Personal hygiene: boudoir

Personal hygiene: boudoir
1900. Personal washstand. Pickman y Cía. La Cartuja (Sevilla) © Museo del Traje.

Personal hygiene: boudoir

Before the arrival of running water, middle-class families used washstands with basins in the bedroom, for washing face, hands, arms and torso.

The two candle-holders in the sides indicate that there was no electric light yet. The servants took charge of emptying the dirty water. They were usually women of rural origin.

Photo, Francisco Javier Maza Domingo