Washboard manufactured by the Carolina Washboard Co. of Raleigh, N.C. Before the days of electric clothes washers and dryers, dirty clothes had to be cleaned by hand. A washboard with a wooden frame and a glass or galvanized tin board in the middle, is used to scrub dirt from the fabric. The glass or tin board is corrugated, or has ridges, that scrape against the fabric to lift the dirt. Early 20th century. The accompanying video demonstrates how the washboard is used and describes the process of washing clothes.
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Tobacco Farm Life Museum
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Tobacco Farm Life Museum
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