Story: Household management

Electric wonder (3rd of 5)

Electric wonder

An electric washing machine with wringer attached is shown in this 1950s photograph. A model housewife, with clean apron and high heels, is in attendance. By this time hot water was often available in the laundry or basement (where washing was sometimes done), but machines of this vintage sometimes had built-in water heaters, as well as pumps to empty them. A double wash tub, usually concrete, was standard equipment, and the washing machine would be positioned so that as clothes went through the wringer they would fall into one of the tubs.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Gordon H. Burt Collection (PA-Group-00743)
Reference: 1/2-036691-F
Photograph by Gordon Burt

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Megan Cook, 'Household management - Inside work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39692/electric-wonder (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013