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In 1838, the Poor Law Commission Report contained this comment: "[Women] occasionally assist during the spring and harvest, there being no employment for them since the destruction of the linen trade. I have minutely inquired as to what a woman could earn at spinning linen or woollen, and find that the most an attentive spinster could earn would not exceed 4d per day; a female servant will, when so fortunate as to get service, obtain wages, sometimes 5s per quarter, sometimes 6s."

Irish Spinning Wheel by French, Robert, This is the source for this iconic, ubiquitous image.

Three women spinning wool to knit socks for soldiers during World War I - Tenterfield, NSW, ca. 1915 / photographer unknown by State Library of New South Wales collection, via Flickr

Three women spinning wool to knit socks for soldiers during World War I - Tenterfield, NSW, ca. 1915 / photographer unknown by State Library of New South Wales collection

Rok. Kvinde af borgerskabet i færd med at spinde garn i København omkring år 1900.

Kvinde af borgerskabet i færd med at spinde garn i København omkring år

Okinawa, Japan.    Weaver twists basha threads from plantain fibers on a primitive spinning wheel; 1960-70

Weaver twists basha threads from plantain fibers on a primitive spinning wheel;

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Woman At Spinning Wheel, The source of this file is http://www.llgc.org.uk. National Library of Wales.

“You’re Doing It (Even More) Wrong!” or How The Great Wheel Survived – The Knitting Genealogist

CPA Auvergne Fileuse Spinnerin EN Costume Typique HÄLT Eine Spindel IN DER HA | eBay

CPA Auvergne Fileuse Spinnerin EN Costume Typique HÄLT Eine Spindel IN DER HA | eBay

Alcaraz-Albacete.1917.Dos mujeres en la puerta de su casa,una de ellas,hilando con la rueda.Ftf.Pedro Román Martínez. europeana.eu

Spinning wool on the great wheel. Spain, 1917 Imagen de dos mujeres an la puerta…

Princess Louise & Spinning Wheel Spindle looks like nothing has moved since the picture of Queen Victoria at what I assume is the same wheel.

+~+~ Vintage Photograph ~+~+   Laundry day.

Yesteryear LAUNDRY DAY - She looks thrilled to plunge her mitts into that tub of scalding water, lye soap, and pile of week-old stinky socks!

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