Many items once used in the home have been replaced with the invention of better, more useful devices.
Grinding food with a manual food grinder has given way to the electric food processor. Cassette tapes and tape players take up an awful lot of space, especially when you can play almost any song ever sung on your phone. And phonebooks – what’s a phone book?
One vintage item that I have found to be quite useful in my home over the years is a washboard. Que the scratching record. Did she say washboard?
Now before you think I am nuts, let me explain. We live out in the country with a lot of dirt and mud. When my children were younger and played outside all day – their socks got filthy! I searched for a way to clean them better because the washing machine was not cutting it. It was while looking through a Lehman’s catalog that I came across a washboard for sale. I knew right then that was what I needed in my quest for clean undergarments!
After doing some research online, I came across Columbus Washboard in Ohio and purchased one from them. That was 10 years ago, and we still use ours nearly every week.
to Antiquetrader.com, the flat board with a ribbed surface was believed to have
originated in Scandinavia around the turn of the 20th century, although some argue washboards date back to the
Washing clothes in a tub, by hand, with a washboard is an extremely laborious task and I am grateful for my electric washing machine. However, sometimes those old household gadgets come in mighty handy.
Check out my video below where I demonstrate using one.
Columbus Washboard Company is the only existing washboard manufacturer in the United States. They have been making them since 1895 and have a beautiful variety.
You can pick them up at antique stores, but many times they are so old and rusted that you wouldn’t want to use them. You can get a small, new one for about $29.00. They last a long time and you don’t have to just use it at home, you can take it camping and wash your clothes on your trip.
Washboards aren’t just for cleaning clothes – have you ever heard one played as an instrument?
Just think, at night, after the sun goes down, you can sit around the campfire, play your washboard and lull the other campers to sleep. 😉
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