Thomas Edmondson and the Dublin Laundry: A Quaker Businessman, 1837-1908

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Irish Academic Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 pages
The laundry industry, an essential part of nineteenth-century domestic life, has been little studied. This book describes the founding and running of Dublin's largest laundry. Set up in 1888, the Dublin Laundry rapidly expanded and by 1900 the company employed 300 people. Its founder, Thomas Edmondson, is an intriguing character, a shrewd businessman and paternalistic employer, a resourceful operator and humane man, who operated his top-class 'Dublin Laundry' within a larger British Isles Quaker network. His life, one of both commercial success and great personal tragedy, offers a fascinating insight into life and trade in Dublin at the turn of the century. This historical biography throws new light on the Quaker movement and the business intricacies of creating and financing a new laundry, and vividly recreates the working conditions of the time with many rare photographs.

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Excellent research of Dublin laundry, and social history, of this time 1839-1925
Edmonson a Quaker, developed the Laundry 1837, the largest employer, at the time,.
Great success, advertising all
hotels and large stores , like Pim's Todd Burns.
Considered good employer, with a canteen? nurse charitable.
Competition from Magadelan laundries, and other 17 Dublin laundries.
Around 1914 , war, shortages,. unions, started the decline of large laundries.
In house washing machines, synthetics, wages, led to clousure.
Large volume, has the Quaker history.and family in detail, not very interesting.
Disputes with unions, an interesting follow on the great strike, and conditions at that time.
Slightly tedious read.


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