Identifier: Tobacco Farm Life Museum
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. After scrubbing on the washboard, the clothes go into the cast iron pot to soak, are rinsed in a wooden or galvanized tub, and are then hung to dry. Early 20th Century. more...