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Together and Apart: Domestic Hygiene and Modern Marriage, 1890-1945. / Hinds, Hilary.

In: Journal of Design History, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2010, p. 275-304.

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Hinds, Hilary. / Together and Apart: Domestic Hygiene and Modern Marriage, 1890-1945. In: Journal of Design History. 2010 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 275-304.

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