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Victorian Scullery Maid by patjila

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In the Victorian era, the laundry machine was the scullery maid. Washing a single load of laundry by hand took roughly 50 gallons of water. She would then have to wait for it to naturally dry before ironing.
While waiting, she would have to go back to the scullery to wash the breakfast dishes used by both masters and servants. According to “Jane Austin’s World,” scullery maids walked “148 miles toting water and carried over 36 tons of water” every year just doing laundry.

Wages: approx 2 shillings per day, food and beer provided, bonus: back breaking work and hardly hours off only with permission.

Shot taken during the “Christmas in Old Kampen event” 2011
Equipment: Eyes, hands, mind, soul, Canon Eos 30D
Straight from camera, no flash, hand held.

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Life is all about creativity
The desire is to go beyond the Normal way of Living.
It’s all about the Xtra things that life can offer you.
Life is full of little wonders like new languages, colours, energies and feelings.
Search for them and keep these little treasures in your Heart.
Would like to share it with you…exchange and be inspired.
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  • John44
    John44about 3 years ago

    Dutch famous Girl from tjhe Past: Malle Bappe
    Annetje Annetje .. what an Artist you are!
    What a catch !! Super ..her face expression is priceless and I am stunned by your way of catching the light!!! On the 0-10 scale?? An 11 and fav xx

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesabout 3 years ago

    A spectacular capture… the composition, lighting, subject is all 100% perfect… I love it! Instant favorite.

  • Such a wonderful compliment Judith… thank you from the bottom of my heart..

    – patjila

  • AnnoNiem Anno1973
    AnnoNiem Anno1973about 3 years ago

    is it a photograph? is it a painting? ^^ nice work as usual!

  • Hi anno! thank you so very much, perhaps it’s both painted with the camera…? Yes guess it felt like that anyway

    – patjila

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 3 years ago

    Excellent lighting and colour and what an awful life, we think we have it hard……. :o)x

  • So true Josie it was like slavery! Thank you lots for your compliment!

    – patjila

  • Aase
    Aaseabout 3 years ago

    Great portrait and work Patjila:-)

  • Thank you Aase a lovely compliment!

    – patjila

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 3 years ago

    A scrubber! Victorian Kampen! am I missing something here? I thought Victorian was an English term. Fabulous capture Annet :o) xx

  • he he the Dutch like to adopt everything as you see :) Ta very Robin…glad it worked out as I hoped it would..thanks to the priceless camera aswell. xx

    – patjila

  • Prasad
    Prasadabout 3 years ago

    Excellent portrait

  • Hello Prasad thank you so much for your visit and compliment!

    – patjila

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 3 years ago

    Splendid portrait… love the expression of the girl !!!

  • Yes Dominique she played her role excellent! Thank you so much!

    – patjila

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Pat…..looks like an old masters painting!! Well done!!

  • Hi Wendy at the first glance when I saw the light I had to think of Rembrandt’s paintings and wished I would catch the lights and darks and thrilled it worked out. Thank you so much for compliment.

    – patjila

  • kappisan
    kappisanabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous Shot!:)
    Love it!:)
    A BIG Fav to me!:)

  • Humbled by your compliments thank you so very much…it was the first time I actually tried to photograph in the dark without flash and no tripod (too busy and crowded) . Thank you again!!

    – patjila

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