Water tank; 1850 - 1880
Water tankAbout this object
Blue Bag Iron Container converted for use as a Water Tank
Laundry blue or blue bags were used to whiten clothes before commercially produced washing detergents were available. The bag was placed in the final rinse to whiten clothes and linen. As blue bags were vulnerable to moisture they were freighted in sailing ships in large sealed iron containers. This export industry from the United Kingdom was early example of ‘containerisation’. Resourceful home owners commonly re-used them as water tanks to collect roof run-off or as firewood containers.
1850 - 1880Medium and Materials
Iron box on wood stand with tap.Measurements
1220H x 1220W x 1230D mm
Height with stand 2010mm
This object is from
Include tags such as place names, people, dates, events and colours. Use commas to separate multiple tags. e.g. Pablo Picasso, Madrid, red, 1930s.