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Korean Women Wash Laundry in the Stream

c. 1890-1923

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Hard work is more fun when you have companions to talk with.

Korean women gather at the stream to wash laundry, c. 1890-1923.

Library of Congress Prints and Photos, Frank and Francis Carpenter Collection

Korean women gather to wash their laundry in the stream. One hopes that those round holes in the rock aren't sewage outflows from the homes in the background...

Women in the western world were doing their laundry by hand during this period, as well. In the United States, electric washing machines did not become common until the 1930s and 1940s; even then, only about half of households with electricity had a clothes washer.

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