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As a kid it was a proud moment when my mother said I was old enough to feed the clothes into the wringer.............without getting my fingers caught!
Believe me folks, we don't realize how fortunate we are in this day & age. This is probably a "Maytag" washer & wringer, with either a Maytag or Briggs & Straton gasoline engine. This was an all day job to do the washing of the average family. First you heated the water on a wood & coal stove in a 20 gallon boiler, or if you were lucky the stove had a water jacket that heated water in a tank, then you bucketed the water out to the porch where the washer was located (not in the house), fil the washer about 3/4th full of water, soap, bleach, bluing & clothes. Crank the engine with your foot like starting a motorcycle, start the "agitator" to move forward & backward to perform the wash. Stop the washer, open the drain on the bottom of the washer, drain the soapy water out onto the lawn thru a hose, refill the washer & rinse clothes, then select the wringer & slowly feed the clothes thru the wringer, in the event you got your hand or any other appendage in the wringer there is a bar on top of the wringer you hit to release the pressure on the rollers. Hang those clothes on the clothes line too finish drying, or freeze dry in the winter. then start another load of wash. This cycle went on all day. I've been there & helped my mother do that, & if you've ever washed clothes on a "Wash Board", you'd really appreciate this old washing machine. Thanks, jcarroll2 for posting & bringing back old memories.
Thank goodness this contraption of meanness was well before my time. Although, the ladies of the time when it was introduced were probably quite grateful.
EGADS! I wouldn't go near it, never mind try & use it! Talk about danerous, large, open motor and the rollers! An accident waiting to happen! Thanks Jim! .... I think! LOL :))))(time, 2:05)
OLD!!!! No going back there!
Very old! Look out for those fingers!
Now that is old.......