Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Laundry History 1800s

A tub of hot water, a washboard in a wooden frame with somewhere to rest the bar of laundry soap in pauses from scrubbing - this is a familiar image of how our great-grandmothers washed the laundry. It's not wrong, but it's only part of the picture. Factory-made washboards with metal or glass scrubbing surfaces certainly spread round the world in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and bars of soap were cheap and plentiful by the late 1800s, but there were other ways of tackling the laundry too.

Water could be heated in a large metal boiler or copper on a stove. A big pot boiling over an outdoor fire suited much of rural America. In urban areas there were public laundries: some with hot water and modern equipment, some much simpler and older, like the communal open-air sinks with a water supply in Italian cities. There were washing machines of a kind, but not many homes had them. Ideas from inventors working on washing machines helped improve the design of simple washboards and dollies. A plain wringer was the most common piece of home laundry machinery in 1900.


Read more on Laundry History 1800's here...

(A special thank you to Old and Interesting for this information.)



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Tracy - Simple Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
and handmade primitives!
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We're on the prowl...

Nice title I suppose but I am really not on the prowl, just getting myself ready to hopefully be in a craft show in the fall. I am a little nervous as this will only be the 2nd craft show I've ever done and to be honest the first one.... was advertised well but I didnt sell one thing so I lost out on the money I spent to rent the booth, on top of spending all day there. Needless to say there is a craft shown on April 9th, nearby so I will check it out and see how it is before I apply to be in their next one in November. Just hope it's not on the same weekend as the Simple Goods Show in Ohio.

My first attempt was making price cards for my goodies, which by the way I will be selling double scented tarts, prairie dolls & candle mats. Here's a picture of the price cards I made, took me a while but I love how they turned out. My candle mats are currently being sold through me and also at Lizzie's Log Cabin. Be sure to give them a visit for early american items. You can also find my tarts there too! Head on over and visit them today, you will be happy you did!


I hope everyone had a wonderful day and be sure to come back tomorrow for another lesson on learning something new about Living in Simple Times.

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Tracy - Simple Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
and handmade primitives!
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