sending clothes to be laundered
Posted by Gayle on July 18, 1998 at 09:12:38:
In response to Laundry question - mangling boards, written by Carolyn B on July 16, 1998 at 18:45:11
Well, the "powdered hair" questions caused me to retrieve my book Jane Austen - In Style by Susan Watkins and published by Thames and Hudson, Ltd. of London. So, I thought I'd see what I might be able to find on mangling boards and laundry in the index. Unfortunately, I didn't find the answer to your question, but I did find a funny quote I wanted to share regarding some advise from George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (1778-1840), the man who most influenced Regency fashion, and how some folks really took him to heart:
"One of Brummell's decrees was that no gentleman should ever use perfume, but should send his linen to be washed and dried on Hampstead Heath in North London. The French took this dictum so seriously, that those who could afford it sent their linen to England to be laundered!" (p. 156)
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