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Friday, August 24, 2012

Wash day.....

...back in time...

The wash must be put through the linen press and then hung out on a rack to dry...

This is done out in the work shed where the little WC (water closet or toilet) is contained.....

The toilet is painted in a special blue shade to keep the flies away and the holder is full of newspaper scraps as there is no toilet paper yet...

All photos were taken at the Open Air Museum of Warffum, Groningen in April 2012.



  1. So glad it isn't like that anymore!

  2. Lol - that post made me go in the laundry room and kiss my washing machine. Sending hugs!

  3. Ha ha,leuk...zo was het bij mijn oma ook nog.
    Wassen in een boven een houtvuurtje staande keteel, en dan maar schrobben op dat wasbord.
    Mijn man...kent het nog van zijn moeder, die liepen nog iets achter..

  4. Never knew that about painting the toilet blue. This was a fun post!

  5. Makes us count our blessings, hu?????? -chuckle-


  6. well, aren't we just happy to be living now not then.
    My mom did have a ringer washer and no dryer though. Not
    quite this rustic but close enough.
    My sister had one too and put her arm through the ringer, then reversed it. She could have hit the release but nooooo.
    Love Mom

  7. Vandaag is t echt wasdag en wat een heerlijk geluid dat ik nu op de achtergrond m'n wasmachine hoor werken! Wat ging er vroeger veel tijd zitten in het doen van de was!

  8. I remember my gran washing like this and using a mangle. I remember sqaures of newspaper on a hook too::)


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