Washday in London

Poverty was rife in some areas of the east of London at the end of the Victorian and through the Edwardian eras.

In this photograph, two children heat water to scrub clothes with. Note that their boots are all but destroyed, and their toes are poking through.

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Washday. Two children, their toes poking out of their boots, tend a fire in a battered tin brazier to heat buckets and bowls of water in which to scrub clothes. The clean garments would be hung on lines strung across the street.

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