Old Fashioned Washing Machines

Let’s have a look at some old fashioned washing machines!

Antique Maytag washing machine

 

(It was very tempting for House Crazy Sarah to write Old Fashioned Warshing Machines because that’s how her granny used to say washing.)

vintage washing machines

These timeless beauties are captivating with their vintage lines and colors.

vintage washing machine

vintage washing machines

vintage washing machines

If you are lucky enough to own one of these antiques, then you are indeed fortunate. If it still works – you have won the jackpot!

vintage washing machines

But let’s rewind a few decades…

The original washing “machines” were mere wooden contraptions, fully powered by human elbow grease.

vintage washing machines

The technology evolved slowly with more mechanized crank presses to wring-out clothing…

vintage washing machines

Washing machines were invented as early as 1767, when Jacob Christian Schäffer of Germany created the first prototype.

vintage washing machines

In 1858, Hamilton Smith patented the rotary washing machine.

vintage washing machines

In 1874, William Blackstone of Indiana built a machine that removed dirt and stains from laundry as a birthday present for his wife. This sweet husband’s gift would come to be the first example of washing machines designed for use at home.

vintage washing machines

From then on, it made the “women’s work” of laundering a little easier.

Antique Maytag washing machine

vintage-washing-machines

vintage-washing-machines

By the mid twentieth century, electric washing machines became status symbols for middle class housewives.

vintage washing machines

vintage washing machines

House Crazy Sarah giggles at how they dressed up in their cute heels and house dresses to do the laundry in these old ad photos.

vintage washing machines

Look at this lucky lady below:

vintage washing machines

She has a stackable built-in washer & dryer!

Now let’s look at how some of these old machines are displayed in homes today…

vintage washing machines

Vintage machines are often found in old house museums

vintage washing machines as decoration

Recognize the one below?

vintage washing machines as decoration

It’s in Ralphie’s house from the real Christmas Story house!

In private homes, you can see various ways antique washing machines are displayed for decoration…

vintage washing machines as decoration

Some people have come up with creative uses for the drums:

vintage washing machines as decoration

The most aesthetically pleasing use, however (in House Crazy Sarah’s humble opinion), is to see old washing machines used as planters…

vintage washing machines as decoration

vintage washing machine planters

vintage washing machine planters

When vintage machines are mixed with colorful flowers and greens, it makes a dynamite display.

vintage washing machine planters

It’s so great to see these old things repurposed and proudly displayed, rather than rotting in a landfill!

 

Sources:

https://www.goldenstatelaundrysystems.com/blog/2015/12/07/the-history-of-washing-machines

https://www.landersappliance.com/history-of-the-washing-machine/ 

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