Woman using a Thor washer/dishwashing machine, 1947.
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A photograph taken by an unknown photographer of a woman demonstrating a Thor washer/dishwashing machine, in 1947. After World War Two, many women who had experienced the independence of working life during the War were reluctant to return to their former roles. Demand for labour-saving devices, such as this Thor machine, was high as they helped to improve the quality of life. This particular machine was hugely innovative, having a dial which allowed the user to swap between washing cothes and washing dishes. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.