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Washday Collectibles

Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell

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The story of laundry day, seen though the colorful ephemera of the past! Using over 560 color photos, this engaging book illustrates a host of laundry products--from soaps, starches, and dyes to detergents, bleaches, and softeners--as well as the colorful packaging and advertising used to sell them. Included are store displays, signs, posters, trade cards, postcards, calendars, tin containers, boxes, and more, many beautifully designed and decorated. Some ads date from eras when it was common to depict laundry workers as stereotypes. Although considered inappropriate today, they are among the most highly collectible for their visual documentation of social history. Whether appreciated as social commentary or as fabulous country store decorating, the many items shown here offer a fascinating look at "those low down, Monday morning laundry blues." Values included with the captions.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 568 color photos | Price Guide | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764311284

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Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell has been an antique dealer for thirty years. Her shop is located in Winchester, New Hampshire, and carries a vast array of collectibles including advertising and ephemera.