Seconding Jennie about the lack of ironing - rough drying was normally used for items of laundry that were intended not to be ironed absolutely straight away. If they were completely dry, they didn't develop rusty-looking stains that were known as 'iron mould'.
The discomfort would come from the fact that we're talking about natural fibres, mainly pure linen and cotton. They can be remarkable stiff if they're rough dried! If you were going to iron them straight away you'd do that while they were slightly damp.
Thank you both on the insight into rough drying. So, rough drying isn't really a kind of drying, but a lack of ironing.
I was confused, as we never made any distinction about types of drying (except flat to keep knitted things from going out of shape), although it is true that some things did dry rather stiff. If a material would soften and more or less unwrinkle in half an hour or so of wearing -- cotton flannel, for instance -- we didn't bother ironing. Cotton dress shirts, blouses etc. were lightly sprinkled with water and rolled up for an hour or so before ironing -- unless you were the proud possessor of a good steam iron. I doubt one of those would have been available by Camp
, though we know that there was an electric iron in time for Anne's fire, and that ironing became part of the school curriculum shortly after Camp
, bringing us Evvy's "well-toasted camisole" in Lintons
I seriously doubt that Anna was in charge of all ironing for the Maynard household. More likely it would be one of those many chores too boring to write about unless drama ensues, that would be shared out among Anna, Joey, and especially the older girls. We do see Daisy ironing white frocks for herself & Primula during Gay
, and Joey reminding people to do their washing and ironing so they can put off laundry for at least a week after getting to the Oberland in Joey Goes