Wash Day Blues

Author:  Autumn (Janette)

 

I recently came across a little treasure for our laundry room.  It will join the antique wash board (here) and ironing board  in our palladian blue laundry room.

 

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This was a gift from my mother a few years back, and it’s been hiding in our basement since our move.

 

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It has a lot of interesting details.

 

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The company’s name was Anchor Brand, and of course, its logo was an anchor.  The company was located in Erie, PA, so I suppose the owners went boating on Lake Erie or the Erie Canal????

 

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The wet clothes were put between these rollers that would then wring out the water.

 

 

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The rollers turn when someone manually turns this crank.

 

 

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These clamps held this roller contraption onto a large wooden or zinc tub where the clothes were actually washed by hand probably with a wash board.

 

 

 

 

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It probably looked like this.

 

 

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It fits right in with the other accessories in the laundry room, including…..

 

 

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this washboard and ……

 

 

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this old ironing board.  Doesn’t this make you thankful for electricity and automatic washers and dryers?

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Comments

  1. Tracey @ Breathing English Air says

    What a chore washday must have been, especially when you think they didn’t have the easy care fabrics we take for granted today.

  2. says

    Thank goodness for indoor plumbing, electricity and modern washing machines! No wonder you don’t find old photos with women smiling 🙂
    Love your laundry room!
    Debbie

  3. Rick S says

    I love your relics of the “good old days”.
    I remember my gramma and monday washday. She was lucky. Her washhouse wasn’t too far from the house and was very close to the water pump and clotheslines. The big woodstove could heat 2 copper boilers and 2 smaller kettles at once. She had an electric wringer washer and felt pretty lucky. I remember her making her own lye soap and grating it to wash the farm jeans. It was about 1968 before she got a washer and dryer in the house and she really didn’t use them much in the summer. It was “easier” to use the Washhouse.

  4. Pondside says

    Oh yes, thankful indeed. I remember my mother washing with a wringer washer, albeit and electric one. We children we warned about putting our hands too close to the wringer. There were no dryers, so everything was hung outside or in the basement. I love my bright and modern laundry room!