New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: Dirty Laundry


August 24, 2020

The Eddy County Museum has a variety of laundry-related artifacts. Pictured here: A washtub with handles, a Hackett Diamond washboard, clothes stomper and laundry stick.

Humans have been facing the drudgery of laundry for as long as we have been donning clothing. It's a miserable chore that seems to drag on, even with machines at hand.

Many of us can say that we've washed clothes by hand for one reason or another. But few of us truly know the work that went into washing the tough and durable clothing of the 19th and early 20th century.

During that time, the w...

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