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Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Bit of History

Bloggers are just the best people in the whole world.  Remember when I showed you my antique "washing machine".   Well, Rose of Second Hand Rose saw it and commented that these were called a "Dolly" in Canada, ( she sent an email reminding me she is really in the UK, so sorry for the error ) and she could remember her mom using one.  She found this article and sent it to me.  Isn't it just the neatest thing.

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Wash dolly and tub and Washroom at Knightshayes
The dolly tub was filled with hot water for washing the clothes. The tub was originally made from wood but galvanised steel became popular because it was lighter and therefore easier to empty. The dolly tub needed to be filled and emptied many times on washday.
The dolly peg is made from wood and has 4 or 5 legs. It was turned backwards and forwards in the dolly tub to agitate the clothes and get them clean. Housekeepers said the dolly peg should be turned 100 times for each item of washing.

Now I know the official name for my "washer" .

Thanks tons Rose, this was so fun to read about.


  1. Marty,
    Thank you I have never heard of that.So cool that you found something with history too!Looks great with your vignette!Cool fan too.

  2. Very interesting. Love it. I am not going to complain this week as I am doing laundry. Although it's design is beautiful, we have come a long way.

  3. Interesting post, Marty. Love seeing your corner vignette. ~ sarah

  4. So neat to learn the story behind it! I agree with Karen, we have come a long way lol! But nonetheless, it looks fabulous in your setting...shoe lasts for making shoes to do the work, laundry supplies to keep the clothes clean, a fan to cool off while doing the wash, and a bedwarmer to make you feel all cozy after doing all that laundry! Thanks for sharing the history! Jane

  5. Gosh! I sure am glad that I don't have to wash my clothes using one of those. I would never be done! Ha! Thank goodness for new technology. You've got a real piece of American history in your house. That was nice of her to share that information with you.

  6. Very cool! I'm so glad I don't need to use one like that :)


  7. I think those old machines are so neat...I remember going to the old laundromat with my mom, many moons ago...very interesting

  8. I love it Marty! That was so nice of her to give you that info. So much better than a washboard!

  9. Marty,
    This is a great piece of history to add with your antique. Can't even imagine turning that thing 100 times per load!!! Makes one realize how precious our modern conveniences are!

  10. My gosh- I have seen a thing like that somewhere in the past and had no idea what it was used for- love it...xo Diana

  11. That's interesting. I'm so happy we have come a long way. My back isn't up to washing like that!

  12. Thank you for the mention sweetie :o)
    Rose H

  13. Wow! How interesting! I have never seen or heard of one of these! I am so glad I don't have to use one!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)