Height x Width x Depth: 6 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (16.51 x 50.17 x 31.12 cm)
United States of America
c. 1940s - 1950s
This rectangular, aluminum container was used to ship laundry by Parcel Post. The sender secured the lid to the box with the cotton belt. To facilitate regular shipping between the clothes’ wearer (often a son or daughter at college) and the launderer (usually the mother), their names and addresses appeared on reverse sides of a mailing label. The sender simply flipped the label over to the recipient’s address and attached it to the container’s lid.
Laundry machinery and accessories (series), circa 1809-1940
Warshaw, Isadore d. 1969
.03 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Consists primarily of advertising cards, correspondence, invoices and receipts, price lists, books and advertisements from manufacturers and distributors of laundry machines and accessories. Washing machines, wringers, dryers, mangles, irons, ironboards, clothespins and hampers are all represented. The bulk of the material dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Laundry Machinery and Accessories, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box #, folder ##, digital file ###