Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Tuesday 26 February 1660/61
Hogarth's First Stage of CrueltyThe print and narrative description https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Stages_o...
The Thames at Southwark also featured "tenter grounds" for drying/bleaching sheets (see the map above), a standard feature of 17th century urban life in Holland too. See the painting, "Bleaching Ground in the Countryside Near Haarlem" by Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/9–82) http://www.learner.org/courses/globalart/work/2...
About St Valentine's Day
The entry on St Valentine's Day in the Latham and Matthews Companion to the Diary (pp. 377-78)http://books.google.com/books?id=xrB2qol5kE8C&p...
About Monday 11 February 1660/61
"Was all timber for ships home grown in those days? "
Wim, You are quite right to note that "British oakwoods almost disappeared during the days of wooden ships...," and the issue of such deforestation is raised in the course of this Diary. As we will see, as an officer of the Navy Board, Pepys will contract for timber, esp. for masts, to be harvested on both sides of the North Atlantic, in Scandinavia and New England and Maritime Canada.
So, your question is resolved in the negative, as Susan's post (above) suggested.
Nigel, it looks rather like there are deals available at Rick's made of any of eight different species of woods.
About Friday 8 February 1660/61
Wikipedia says a lingua franca (also called a working language, bridge language, vehicular language or unifying language) is a language systematically used to make communication possible between people not sharing a mother tongue, in particular when it is a third language, distinct from both mother tongues. Lingua francas have arisen around the globe throughout human history, sometimes for commercial reasons (so-called "trade languages") but also for diplomatic and administrative convenience, and as a means of exchanging information between scientists and other scholars of different nationalities. The term originates with one such language, Mediterranean Lingua Franca. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingua_franca
Links for Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf https://www.google.com/#q=leo+africanus+by+amin...
Some current links for British slavery on the Barbary coasthttps://www.google.com/#q=british+slavery+on+th...
About Sunday 3 February 1660/61
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theatre Theme) by Jean-Joseph Mouret http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ8QVKOWbPU
About Tuesday 20 November 1660
Louise, I'd say the big change came post-WW II, a stage that varied greatly with place, social and family conditions.
"After the attack on Pearl Harbor, US domestic washer production was suspended for the duration of the rest of World War II in favor of manufacturing war materiel. However, numerous US appliance manufacturers were given permission to undertake the research and development of washers during the war years. Many took the opportunity to develop automatic machines, realizing that these represented the future for the industry.
"A large number of US manufacturers introduced competing automatic machines (mainly of the top-loading type) in the late 1940s and early 1950s. An improved front-loading automatic model, the Bendix Deluxe (which retailed at $249.50), was introduced in 1947. General Electric also introduced its first top loading automatic model in 1947. This machine had many of the features that are incorporated into modern machines.
"Several manufacturers produced semi-automatic machines, requiring the user to intervene at one or two points in the wash cycle. A common semi-automatic type (available from Hoover in the UK until at least the 1970s) included two tubs: one with an agitator or impeller for washing, plus another smaller tub for water extraction or centrifugal rinsing.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_machine#W...