Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Tides Have Turned

Manatee Historical Village, photo 2005, edit in Lunapic 2017

As I played with these old photos of items even older, I realized The Tides Have Turned. I was born in 1944, the washers like this one were still around, but mother had an electric one. In 1944 she did not have 2 aisles of detergent to choose from, she used Dreft and then Tide.

It also occurred to me, without museums like this one, the memories of these are gone. How many of you have used or seen one of these used.

In this day and time, there are people who can't read the time on a clock, or some who don't know how to wind or read a watch. With the advent of digital read out, time has become antique, no watches on wrist, no clocks in stores..
Manatee Historical Village, photo 2005, edit in Lunapic 2017


20 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

You are so right! I love these photos. And they are now an almost forgotten memory. I grew up with the dreaded wringer washer. And I listened to all the horror stories of people who got various clothing and body parts caught in the wringer, thus being terribly injured for life. "Stay Away From The Wringer!!!", my mom would say. Those were the good old days, but also the hard old days and the back breaking old days. GREAT post!!

Sandi said...

What is that bucket contraption?

I am feeling a pang of guilt... :)

I complain about doing laundry now, especially when I am watching a show on Netflix and the dryer buzzer interupts me. "All done with your work!" It says. Sigh...shut up, I am watching TV.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, I barely remember the old washer my grandmother had. I can not imagine living in these old times, I love my washer and dryer. These museums are great, I am glad the items are preserved. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

https://carolann100-havealook.blogspot.ca/ said...

These were the break backing days alright.

Karen said...

True! I remember Mother's wringer washer. My neighbors in their 80's remember outhouses and no running water. Things have changed so much even since the 1990's!

Chatty Crone said...

I was born a little later than you and my mother did not use that - but I do remember them. There are so many things the kids of today won't have a clue about that I once had too! sandie

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I remember my mom used an old wringer washer. And in those days, the clothes were hung to dry on a line outside. That was the part I got to help with. Then the clothes would be stiff when brought in and were sprinkled down and rolled up to be ironed later. I'm thankful for the modern conveniences we have today!

Madi and Mom said...

I recall my Annie Ma having a washer just like that. It was on her back porch. One of my friends actually got her arm caught in the rollers when she was a child. She still has a scar too.
The folks born after 1970 would never know about these things w/o the museums.
Hugs Cecilia

photowannabe said...

We had a wringer washer when I was growing up. Lots of work just to wash the clothes, then they were hung on a clothes line outside. I do remember the glorious smell when they were brought in.
Mom had to sprinkle the stiff clothes , especially Dad's work shirts so the could be ironed later.
Great memories but I am ever so thankful for modern conveniences today.
I still love to wear a watch, which bit the dust 2 days ago. I feel so lost. Have to get a battery asap!

Rose said...

I have not used that type of washer, but I have used a washboard. The thing is, I wonder if anyone is even interested in how stuff used to be, other than us that lived it.

Pam Jackson said...

Cool pics....and no washers like that were not what my mom used when I was born...haha. I would totally love to have one if I had a big home to show place antiques. Thanks for sharing. Yes, it is a quilt block to hang on the barn. I am so excited about it. Never have done anything like that but once I have it done I will seal it really well and my brother will see that it gets hung. I picked a simple pattern to paint since I have not done this before.

Ann Thompson said...

We had a wringer washer when I was growing up. By the time I was in high school we had a more modern type. It's pretty amazing when you rhink of all the things that have been invented on our lifetime

Denise inVA said...

I have seen the old washboards and the wringers that stand on their own, even an old tin bath, but nothing quite like these. I guess it beats slapping clothing on rocks down by the river. It's all relative :) Very interesting post Sandra. I love old antiques.

Mevely317 said...

I'd not seen one of these contraptions -- but ya, I remember my grandma Hanson's wringer washer in the kitchen ... her using Dreft.

I'm not a big museum-goer; nevertheless, I love antiques.
Wow. Your mention of people not understanding clock/watch faces is sobering ... and scary.

Mama and da DB Boyz said...

Wow..I love what you did with this!!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Yes,times have changed. Not all change is for the good, but I really don't want to do laundry with those old contraptions.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I found a picture of the one I remember in our house. When you comment back to me I will show it to you.

Ida said...

Never used that type of machine but my mom did and talks about how she got her hand caught in the ringer and a neighbor heard her yelling and came to get her hand out. The only thing that saved her from losing a finger was her wedding ring. - I never wear a watch anymore myself. Mainly because I can just look at my phone to see what time it is but we have clocks in our home still.

jandi said...

Yes, things are changing all the time... But the basics stay the same... We all want love, happiness and a safe world to live in. (Well, most humans do..)

Patti said...

We have seen so many changes in our own short lives.