Spick and span
Keeping a Swiss household in order
It takes a lot of work to produce a tidy home. Shopping, washing, cleaning and cooking are all part of daily life. But who handles what has changed over the years, as have the tools used to keep a home clean.
In the 1920s, researchers began taking a closer look at domestic chores. At the time, housework was something only women did, whereas today, at least in Western society, men have taken on some of those duties - to a greater or lesser extent. Homemaking was more or less revolutionised by the introduction of machines such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, and gas and electric cookers. This collection of photographs, originally part of Swiss publisher Ringier’s picture archive, has been part of the Aargau cantonal archive since 2009. (All pictures: @StaAG/RBA)