Circa: 1936 Manufacturer: National Washboard Company/Made in USA
This vintage glass ribbed scrub board is marked: Atlantic National Washboard #511 / Chicago / Saginaw / Memphis, and on every other glass rib is the word National. Washing clothes, a job so slow and grueling when performed manually that laundresses were by far the most sought after domestic help. In the preelectric era, Mondays were traditionally devoted to doing the laundry. First, the clothes were rubbed against a washboard in soapy water to remove most of the dirt, next they were wrung out, perhaps by running them through a pair of hand cranked rollers; they were then boiled briefly in a vat on top of the stove; then, after removal with a stick, they were soaped, rinsed, and wrung out again; finally they were hung on a line to dry—unless it was raining! In very good + condition, without chips, cracks or fleabites it measures 25 inches tall, 13 1/2 inches wide and 1 7/8 inches deep. An addition to any Wash Board or Vintage Laundry Appliance Collection. SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have questions feel free to contact me and thank you for looking.