The seller of these vintage embroidered kitchen towels describes them thus:
Vintage servant’s doing their domestic jobs are embroidered on white cotton dish towels. Features Suzette the maid, Charlie the laundry, Brooks the butler and Matt the gardner.
Frankly, I don’t seem them as towels for the servants — but towels for the family. Each family member has their own chores and their own hand towels to remind them of them. As a mom, I say that a lack of use of one’s towel signifies either no chores were done, or no clean up afterwards. Or that Charlie’s really on top of the laundry. But not even a Chinese laundry man can wash the racism off that towel.