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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vintage Laundry Bags


When I first found this sweet laundry bag, I thought it was a clothes pin holder. It's on the smaller side for a laundry bag, but it's too big for a clothes pin holder, so I'm guessing this bag was used to hold unmentionables until laundry day.
It's hand embroidered with the cutest little puppy dog sitting in front of a big basket of laundry. How cute is that!

This is another laundry bag that is all hand done. Not only is it hand embroidered, but ALL the sewing is done by hand. That is just so impressive to me!

I just LOVE the expression on her face. She's looking up with a look of "What! There's more to do?" She must obviously have kids!!


This vintage lingerie bag is made of quilted vinyl. It's shaped in the form of a girdle or corset and even has real stocking clips at the bottom of the ruffled edge.


The top has a fancy molded hanger with a moving hook.




This one is done in a dusty pink with black roses printed on it. It's also made out of quilted vinyl and has the same stocking clip details and ruffles on the bottom.



One of the things that fascinates me about vintage items is that they tell so much about the people who used them. I don't know about you, but when my clothes needs to be washed, I just throw them into my dirty clothes hamper. These vintage laundry and lingerie bags tell that ladies used to have a little more modesty than we do today and kept their private clothing separate from the rest of the laundry. Or perhaps I'm wrong and it was more of a necessity to keep hand washable separated. Either way, we're lucky enough to collect, use and display these pretty bags.
Patricia :o)







11 comments:

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Love those vintage laundry bags! They are just too cute! I have a place that I would love to hang one of those!~Patti

Joanne Kennedy said...

How cute are those bags! I think they had such pretty and darling things back then. I wonder what we have now that the kids today will fall in love with when they get older.

Hugs,
Joanne

GardenofDaisies said...

What a great collection of laundry bags you have! I love the little doggie one the best. I know when my Mom was young, she used to wash all her undergarments by hand in the sink.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well, there were lots of reasons they kept their laundry separate back then. I don't think they bathed as often as we do and you are right. I think they were a bit more modest than we are today.
Also...many did their "unmentionables" by hand. Today if you throw lace panties and bra's in the dryers they don't last as long. Hard on the lace. But then I'm talking to someone who knows things like that! :)
I hope all is well with you and yours.
Mona

KATHY said...

Hi, i just love the vintage laundry bags..love the little doggie..Kathy

Duchess of Tea said...

Patricia Darling what an adorable collection of vintage lovelies.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Solange Belém said...

Patrícia,
hola mi hermosa amiga!
Que buenos y muy lindos trabajos! Cute, cute, cute...
Muchas gracias por compartilos con nosotras!
Te dejo un beso y un abrazo a la distancia. Que tengas un hermoso fin de semana!

Sol

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Oh, I know what you mean. Things have certainly changed these days.........not many people care to hide much! Just love these bags. blessings,Kathleen

seo company said...

Nice to read the post. Great work.

Paris Atelier said...

I love this post! I love all of the vinatge things they used before that we just never see. We do everything so quickly and without much thought but they made an art out even doing laundry! I love it :)
xoxo
Judy

Gina E. said...

Ditto to all the above! I love all your laundry bags too, Patricia! I have a couple, but completely different to yours. I think Aussie women must have been a bit less adventurous back then, lol!