Washing Machine

Washing Machine

Wooden washtub with hand wringer attached to side

Stands on four legs, three black metal bands encircle tub. Metal handle attached to top of the basin lid.

The first U.S patent for a washing machine was registered in 1797. Canada patent was registered about fifty years later. This machine was probably made some time around the turn of the twentieth century. It is hard to tell if the machine was Canadian or American manufactured, due to lack of markings. Regardless, the machine would have worked in the same way. The basin would be loaded with laundry, water, and detergent. The hand crank on the basin tub would operate the internal agitator, which looks like a small stool with four rounded wooden dowels. As the handle was turned, the dowels stirred the laundry eliminating the need to hand scrub laundry on a washboard. The set of rollers on the back of the washtub lid is the clothes wringer. The wet clothes were feed through the rollers to squeeze out the excess water before the clothes were hung to dry.


George Johnston Museum, Teslin

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