This picture was taken in 1945, and shows a woman with a new-fangled electric washing machine. The system is similar to earlier manual systems, but the clothes wringer is driven by an electric motor instead of a crank. The agitator in the tub is also driven by an electric motor. While this system still required lots of attention from the woman, it required much less manual exertion. Info with the picture indicates that the major advantage of the system is that women would have the laundry done by mid-day, leaving them "fresh" to complete the ironing by the end of the day. Wow, I have to say that I think that we forget how much easier and comfortable life is with the simple things like modern washing machines, and refrigerators.