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Laundry Agitator

Date: Identifier: Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Many clothes, such as undergarments, are too delicate to be washed vigorously with a washboard. In cases such as these, the farm family uses a vacuum clothes washer that acts as a plunger to clean their clothes. This clothes washer, a metal, cone-like head, with a wooden handle, acts like a plunger when moved up and down in a tub of water. A vacuum force is created that rids the clothes of dirt. This process is gentler than scrubbing on a board and allows for longer ware of delicates. Early 20th Century. more...
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