Story: Household management

Tumble dryer, late 1950s (5th of 5)

Tumble dryer, late 1950s

Drying washing was no longer dependent on sun and wind once tumble dryers were available. Freeing household from the tyranny of the weather and time of day was one of the most significant results of new technology. Heating and lighting homes at the flick of a switch, ended routines around lighting candles, filling lamps, collecting wood, buying coal, and cleaning up after them.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-B-HOUSEHOLD-1955-01

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Household management - Inside work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/39694/tumble-dryer-late-1950s (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013