This is a pair of postcards dating from around 1910, both with an intriguing and comic design, which can only be assumed to be a nod to Manchester’s famous sense of humour.
In reality, it must have been very hard work getting your washing that clean as seen in the “peggin-out” card, in the early 20th century in Miles Platting and in Manchester in general.
However, the lady must have gained those solid and sturdy arms some way and there can’t have been a better way of doing that, than scrubbing the chimney soot out of your clothes and linens, as there were certainly no Bannatyne Health Clubs to get you in shape!
In the “piggy-backing” card again a sense of humour is apparent and yet there may have been a sense of nostalgia and loss for the days when Miles Platting was green and plentiful with wildlife and not overshadowed by the grim and “dark satanic mills” and such industrialization that inspired such writers as J. R. R.Tolkien who based Mordor, the realm of evil Sauron on the industrialisation of the Black Country in the West Midlands in the 18th and 19th century.
Miles Platting in the early 20th century was very much still defined by the Industrial Revolution that put it on the map. With trees and fields replaced by mills and chimneys, soot and pollution. Clean air and clean sheets must have came at price and a premium. An environment that would have been very familiar to Tolkien in the Midlands as it was in many towns and cities throughout Britain and directly inspiring such classics as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
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