December 31, 2016

Laundry Day – 26 Interesting and Funny Candid Snapshots of People Drying Their Clothes in the 1940s and '50s

Once upon a time a metal washboard and bar of hard soap with a tub of hot water was a new-fangled way of tackling laundry, though today it's a common picture of "old-fashioned" laundering.

Washing laundry is one of the oldest domestic tasks known to man that took enormous amounts of time and energy. Washing has developed significantly over the course of human history.

These interesting snapshots below captured people drying their clothes outside in the sunshine that you rarely seen today. The sun was also used to bleach by whitening fabrics. Occasionally people would build wooden frames or use rope for drying indoors in the event of poor weather. There were also outdoor frames and clotheslines used for drying, but it was not common.


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