Posted by: notsofancynancy | September 14, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Woman washing their clothes in the river France 1944-5

This photo comes from my father’s World War II photo collection and portrays everyday life in 1944-5 France. He writes “Remember the French Washing? Well here’s the goods. The Woman are washing.” You can click on the picture to make it bigger.



  1. Washing in the time honored method of taking the laundry to the stream and using the rocks as washboards.

    • I could not have said it better, thanks

  2. Wow. We have it pretty good with our washing machines, don’t we? I’ll bet we all smell better, too.

    I love these old postcard photos from the 40’s. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. It is amazing to think that in that era, work was hard. Now, just a few years past, ‘work’ is hard and time consuming even with modern conveniences. I remember Mom, doing that in a wash tub, and scrub board in the kitchen floor….after heating the water on the stove. We think that we have life hard.

    • So true. I still have my grandma’s washboard. I can only imagine how hard it was.

  4. So interesting to see these old photos. Glad I don’t have to do washing like that!

  5. I like your use of old photos for the challenge – I find it really interesting when the rest of us are posting about today.

    • Thank you! I love my dad’s old pictures and am happy I have them to share.

  6. What a great blog post! Thanks for finding mine about my dad’s WWII paratrooper experiences. Your dad’s letters and photos are wonderful.

    • Thanks for the return visit! Your post was awesome too!

  7. Oh, good grief. Those women were so resilient, resourceful, and tenacious… and they had no clue they were that strong…

    • No they didn’t that is why I love this for “Everyday Life” What a difference from our life and theirs.

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