National Geographic : 1947 Dec
Jolly Wives of Holborn Enjoy a Laundry Bee For the equivalent of about 10 cents the community laundry provides hot water, tubs, electric irons, and quick-drying cabinets. Banter and gossip flow like suds. On thrice-a-week bachelors' night the Holborn Borough Council, operator of the laundry, expels the women so that men may wash their "smalls." atari rnotograpner s.Antnony itewart "Bathe Early for Christmas," Urged Holborn's Public Baths During last winter's coal crisis most public baths had toclose. Then the Borough of Holborn, havingconverted boilers tooil, attracted bathers from all London. Finally, tubs werethrown open Sundays toaccommodate the record crowds. About five cents ("thruppence") buys bath and towel.