First just a link. If you are interested in 1930’s fashion, then hop over to I read Isis’ Wardrobe. I have just made a post with photos on my grandmother from that decade. She was a very well-dressed young lady.
I have a little mystery for you. A very little mystery, I’m sure. On my list for the spring and summer clothes for years one a dress is listed that is called “tvättklänning” which would be laundry dress in English. Now I wonder, what is a laundry dress? I don’t know. My guess is that it is a white cotton dress that you could boil with your white laundry.
I have been nodding around the net and checked old encyclopedias for information. The encyclopedias give nothing. The net have provided a few things, all of them decades older than the 1940’s:
A paper on life in manor houses at the end of the 19th century describes how an upper class girl takes her first communion in 1877 in “a white laundry dress without trail”.
A novel from 1905 mention a laundry dress in passing.
Another novel from 1913 describes a maid as being dressed in “a short white laundry dress with a black silk apron”
A newspaper from 1917 mentions a lady in “a simple laundry dress and a sun bonnet”.
Those neither confirm nor debunk my guess. It seems, though, that it was a type of dress that had been used for at least some 70 years. In all probability a woman in the 1940’s knew exactly what kind of dress it was. Now I wonder, does anyone of you know?