Yet another photo gem from Charlie Fox. Here his mother and aunt sit on the steps of the family home at 793 Argyle on a warm summer day. For some reason, babies and children nearly always wore white in those days, and on Mondays – laundry day – their mothers had to wash everything by hand using a scrub board! It would take all day and would start off with mom getting up very early to make the soap! (I will never complain again!)
For more about domestic chores here in the early 20th century, read “Wednesday was Mending Day” by Hester M. Curtis in “Best of The Times”, available at Juniper Books, Indigo Books, The Uncommon Market gift shop at the Art Gallery or online through Walkerville Publishing.