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Wow, where’s the Whirlpool, the dryer and the Sunbeam iron !!! LOL.

The laundry at the fabulous House of Monte Cristo, Junee NSW, Australia. So used to the mod cons of today I cannot imagine what is was like for women of this time on laundry days.
Nikon D90, 18-200mm lens, f10,2.5sec, 3 brackets.
Processed in photomatix, Photoshop CS5 and Silver Efex

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    Imagine using that huge mangle! You would certainly have been fit in those days! :) x

  • Thanks Carol, it sure makes one thankful for some technology of today, some others I can do without but not the washing machine!!

    – Dianne English

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 3 years ago

    This was worth rushing back to on Sunday Di … perfect in all ways. I agree about the old laundry days … as my mum used to relay to me, it was up about 5 to light the copper, then boil everything, then try to remove the clothes without scalding yourself, then bleach and starch the whites, peg it all out on the line that often fell in the dirt … the ironing then was another huge task of damping all the starched gear down before you ironed it with one of those ancient old irons. The whites were always covered with another cloth so the iron didn’t mark them … oh the horrors! But looking at your image, all this is fades into oblivion … you have captured something special Di … a wonderful nostalgic and historic record♥

  • Thanks Bev for such a great comment and a trip down memory lane, I remember my Mum using a copper and the hand wringer, I can still see it all!!

    – Dianne English

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Dalealmost 3 years ago

    A superb piece of yesteryear Di – certainly worth the effort!

  • Thanks Rosalie, i did become a “little” obsessed with this scene!

    – Dianne English

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful processing Di…

  • Thank you Sharon

    – Dianne English

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous light and wonderful processing, Dianne!! Yes, thank goodness for the invention of the Washing Machine and clothes that don’t need ironing!!

  • Hey, hey Meike, thank you

    – Dianne English

  • bazcelt
    bazceltalmost 3 years ago

    Wow Di, an awesome work and treatment.

  • Thanks Baz, I think we are all back on dry land now !

    – Dianne English

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!!

  • Thanks so much :))

    – Dianne English

  • Carl Olsen
    Carl Olsenalmost 3 years ago

    Love the detail in this Dianne!

  • Thanks Carl

    – Dianne English

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonalmost 3 years ago

    I like how you’ve processed this one Di… the white outfit must have been moved by someone (or not…) as it was more straight on when I photographed it and it’s totally blown out :(

  • It is quite bright but I used a little dodge and burn, thanks Rosie

    – Dianne English

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