This is a collection of scenes that have become rare in Europe since water is conducted to most houses and electricity powers machines that wash clothes, but in many parts of the world there are still riverbanks, lakesides and wash-houses where old-style methods of laundering are used. Beating and slapping wet cloth against stones is seen (and heard) in most of Asia and Africa even today.

The gatherings of women, and sometimes of men too, who work at laundering have always attracted the photographers who supply postcard publishers with subject material, but nowadays noisy machines in private homes eliminate charm from the activity.

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