I recently came across 2 images from the 1940s and 50s which both tell of very different days in terms of linen, its production and care.
First of all the photo of linen being spread out on a bleaching green.
The label on the back of the photo reads as follows:
"Northern Ireland: An elderly worker spreads out fine damask linen on the grass to bleach in the sun." Dated November 1949. The worker doesn't look that "elderly" to me, but this is how he was perceived in the press in the USA. This photo came from the archives of a New York press agency.
The second image made me laugh out loud. Again from the archives of an American press agency, this one is entitled "Winsome Twosome"!
Dated November 1957, the label gives us more informatio...