I have mentioned before that I enjoy doing laundry. So while at the open air museum last week, I really enjoyed seeing some very early washing machines. And this one must have been chic for its time as it is a Miele which is still a very well known and expensive brand. I would love to go back in time for a day and use this machine. I think a person would come back so very thankful for their modern appliances but then again...maybe I would want to stay back in time.
This washer was in a shed in a small back garden. It is stoked with turf. This one must have been hard work and I am not sure how fresh the laundry would have smelled when it was done.
A Dutch laundry house. Isn't this just a beautiful building? I would really love doing my laundry if I lived here. *grins* I am sure the women and girls that worked here did not spend time looking at this building back in 1900. It was just very hard work.
Here is an old photo of the wet folding room. Laundry was given back to the owner folded and wet. Alternatively, you could have it folded dry which took even longer. The laundry process took an entire week to complete.
Wash was soaked as the first step in the process. It was then washed, bleached, rinsed and blued. At this point, it was taken to the folding room to be shaken and folded wet.
If you ordered your wash to be done folded dry, it would first be dried, mangled, ironed, folded and then pressed. At this point, it was cupboard ready.
An old print of an ironing worker. Ironing was a part of the process that took great time and attention.
An old photo in the dry folding room.
Some areas of Holland are noted for the special way in which a sheet is folded. This is folded into a roll that they call a rose.
It was hard work but I think there is nothing like a perfectly pressed and folded piece of linen goods in a cupboard. I would miss a fluffy towel coming out of a dryer but I enjoyed this walk back in time.