National Geographic : 1915 Jun
"THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES" IN LAGO MAGGIORE.STRESA Photo byEmil P.Albrecht A kneeling-box, a cake of very yellow, very "smelly" soap, a scrubbing-brush. or a paddle-but Italians seem toprefer the brush, where French and German laundresses use a paddle-and the lake; that is all the equipment. The clothes are washed and rinsed and squeezed asdry as is possible without mechanical wringers, then are slung over poles balanced on the laundress' shoulder and carried home todry, tostarch, to iron. The picture was taken near Stresa. Isola Bella lays in the distance.