These two photographs from unrelated collections show women washing clothes on rocks. Whilst doing their own work together in a communal way, one imagines the women having neighbourly conversations, perhaps even singing.
The images have several similarities and may have been taken at about the same place. However the photographs were not captioned and the location(s) remain unidentified.
UPDATE November 2013: The location has now been identified as Nanking (Nanjing). The location was included in the caption in an album for a photograph taken in c. 1890, by the Methodist Episcopal Church missionary , the Revd. A.C. Wright, of this laundering place.