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Jean hanging out the washing
Title : Jean hanging out the washing Jean hanging out the washing
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Source : PRG 1335/14/11/28
Date of creation : ca. 1928
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Young Jean Whyte hanging out her doll's clothes on a child height line. Playing with dolls involved dressing them and certainly washing their clothes. perhaps Jean, with her mother's assistance, even sewed some clothes for her dolls. Note the dolly pegs used to hang the washing. These pegs could be used as small dolls by painting a face and adding a skirt.

In this image Jean is imitating her mother in washing the family clothes; by copying the activities of adults young children prepared themselves for adulthood. In this period, there would have been no concept that this was a very stereotyped view of life with women's chores and men's work.

Related names :

Whyte, Jean P. (Jean Primrose)

Coverage year : 1928
Place : Yadlamalka
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Coleman, Dorothy S. The collector's book of dolls' clothes: costumes in miniature: 1700-1929, London: Hale, 1976 

Dow, Gwyn and June Factor (eds.) Australian childhood: an anthology, South Yarra, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1991

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

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