Monday, July 12, 2010

Camp Laundry


Today's picture was taken in 1937, and shows a woman doing laundry in a migrant worker camp. The picture was taken in the Imperial Valley in California. The woman most likely worked all day in the fields, and then still did domestic chores. Pictures like this remind us of how good we have it today.

Well, we had a lively discussion yesterday about stay-at-home moms. I appreciate all the comments and discussion.

11 comments:

  1. Great photo. I just went out to the laundry room to give my washing machine an affectionate pat on the lid.

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  2. Yesterday I was canning salsa and thought how hot it was. Then I thought how it would be with a wood burning stove, no running water, and no AC. Barbaric.

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  3. i remember my mom's first electric washing machine. it was back around 1946. Daddy would draw the water from the well to fill the pots and tubs the night before she was to do the wash. She built a fire under the pots to heat the water and then carry the water to the machine. Everything was washed in the same water, Whites (sheets) first and so on, with the work clothes last.The wash was then hung on a clothesline. That washing machine lasted a long time.It was a Maytag.

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  4. I will turn 35 years next month. When I was growing up I did the laundry in the bathtub, sink, a ringer washer and for a couple years we even had a regular washing machine. I was 6 and 7 when I started using the ringer washer. Doing the laundry in the tub and hanging cloth diapers around the house to dry is something I don't think I will ever forget. The worry that they would not dry before the baby needed them was always on my mind. When I married my husband and we moved to our place 12 years ago, the first thing he did was buy me a washer and dryer. They are not fancy but they certainly are loved by me! I don't regret having to grow up the way I did though as it made me stronger. If the world ever falls apart and we have to do laundry by hand again it will be no big deal. For some people it was just life.

    Ouida Gabriel

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  5. I shouldn't have worded my comment the way I did. It sounds like I have only been married 12 years. In Sept it will be 15.

    Ouida Gabriel

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  6. We didn't have electricity on our farm. My mother washing machine was run by a gas motor. We had twin rinse tubs set up right beside the washing machine. We would wring the washed cloths into one tub and then slosh them up and down and then wring them into the second tub, slosh them some more and then wring them into a basket to be hung up.
    We did change wash and rinse water once during the day.
    Light colors first and then change and then dark colors.
    But same thing fill the tubs the night before so that they would lose the deep well water cold.
    Then up early to start to heat the wash water. As soon as that got put into the washing machine, we would start to heat the next batch of water. Rinse water was always cold water from the well.
    We would have to hand pump if there was no wind, but being in North Dakota, there almost always was wind.
    In the deep Winter we would sometimes go to town and use the laundramat

    AAH the good old fun days.

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  7. I'm certainly glad I am not this poor woman. Good grief what a hard life.

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  8. What an amazing photo.I remember as a child washing by hand and it was hard work.Then we got a machine with a ringer and thought it was marveleous,and then a twintub, now that was sensational.Even though I am an old fashioned girl and love the old ways of doing things I must own to having a fully automatic washing machine. I might as well own to having a vacuum cleaner too. Some progress ain't all that bad, lol, I love my pc. But I do miss the old fashioned values and I prefer a simpler lifestyle. Wish you all a lovely day.

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  9. aww I live very close to Imperial Valley, so this picture is special to me =) Thanks!!!

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  10. Next to indoor toilets, I think the best invention in the washing machine!

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  11. These days many younger people would look at this picture and wonder what this woman is doing beer cooler...

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