The prompt photograph for Sepia Saturday # 297 shows a lady hanging up washing, artistically shot from above to create quite a striking image, as Alan says. Sorry to say, in my mother Jean's albums there is nothing to compare with that, just a few snaps with laundry in view. I must admit washing is not something I would intentionally include in photos, and these days I would probably crop it out, but not this week.
I've also blogged in the past about my voyage to England in 1953 with my parents aboard the ship Rangitata and have included a similar photo to this one, but this costume that my mother made for me, entitled the 'Rangitata Washerwoman' is quite apt for this week's theme, complete with box of Fab washing powder tied under my arm.
I've also previously shown this next photo taken in the back yard of our first home in Canberra, with washing drying in the background, c. 1956.
In the next photo it looks I've been copying Mum and doing some washing myself, all hung up on a line at just the right height. Perhaps those dolls in the pram had been playing in a bit too much dirt.
While we were in England my parents had a week away in Europe and sent me a pair of Dutch postcards, one of which showed children doing their washing, as you can see here. Quite a similar image really. Of course, washing can be quite a preoccupation of mothers with young children, as there always seems to be an endless amount of it to do.
Below is a photo of a typical backyard scene, sent to Jean by her friend Diana in New Zealand in about 1960. It shows her young son Garth, trying to push what could be a rotary mower, with the washing including cloth nappies strung up in full view on the rotary clothes line behind him. Diana was one of the friends in the first photograph above and was a bridesmaid for Jean. In fact Jean chose my name (Joanna) in honour of Diana and her fellow bridesmaid Jocelyn.
Here is what the National Library web site says about the Hills Hoist, which became an icon of Australian and New Zealand back yards.
The Hills Hoist
For other clean, fresh-smelling laundry-related blogs, why not go hang out a while at Sepia Saturday #297
Hopefully not too many people will choose to air their dirty laundry in public this week, but you never know!
We were visiting the city of Ballarat today, and I spotted this in a shop window display - it's a genuine mini model of a Hills Hoíst, including the name, so I just had to add a photo of it in here. By the way, the reason we went to Ballarat was to visit the very interesting Ballarat International Foto Biennale, in which surprisingly there were several photos that included washing.