Saturday, September 21, 2013

Washing Day

These are washing machine that were on display at the county fair.
Oh how excited the gals who were lucky enough to receive these machine must have been!
No more scrub boards or wringing out by hand!

Cleaner clothes and less time spent would have been a wonderful pay off. Besides saving their over worked hands!

My Mama had a Maytag wringer washer but not this older model was a newer 1950's model!

Even older wooden model. Goodness this looks more like a torture chamber of some kind!
Amazing how some of these earlier items even made it through all these years intact. They were all well used.

I am so grateful to be living today when things are not nearly as hard on us gals!
As much as I love my antiques and vintage items to decorate with I would not want to have to use them!
I really do not have a romantic idea of the past. I know the reality especially for women.

We may still have our struggles but we are blessed to be where we are and have what we have. I feel this way a lot when I realize the struggles of my ancestors to just live another day.
Blessed beyond measure!

Now I will try to keep feeling blessed and humble as I tackle the laundry pile of the week!!!


  1. Can you imagine!!! My friend said one time, having all these modern appliances has taken the place of hired help from the older days.

  2. My grandmother continued to use her old wringer in spite of the fact that her sons bought her a new machine. She swore that it cleaned clothes better.

  3. My grandmother used a wash board, and I can't imagine doing laundry for 11 kids and a husband. Thank God for the geniuses that made life so much easier. That and I can't imagine taking up a day churning butter!

  4. I'm so glad it's automated now. Just sayin'.

  5. I do remember how wringer washer and put rubber diapers through that wringer diapers and explodes and I ruined a couple of shirts
    Did you ever get anything caught in a wringer?or ruined a couple of shirts?

  6. ahhh--when you get done 'practicing' with your pile of laundry--I have a nice pile for you to do!!!!!
    I remember helping my Mom do the laundry--
    every Monday morning--no matter how one felt--we went to the cellar and did the laundry--and I remember the wringer washer--
    and yes I did get my arm caught in it once!!!
    and I have done baby diapers in the bathtub--
    thanks for memories!!
    love, di and miss gracie

  7. Oh wow, aren't they cool?! My mum had a wringer washing machine.... maybe when everything goes bad and we don't have any electricity in the world, we may need to go back to that! In the meantime, I'm also thankful for my automatic washer!! xxx


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