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 ###
When author Richard Conniff and his family moved into a temporary rental on the beach not long ago, they found standing in the backyard a fixture out of Ozzie-and-Harriet days a revolving clothesline. The clothesline added a new dimension to their lives. Conniff and his wife began to relish the pleasure of hanging laundry out to dry, particularly their best bedsheets.
As the months grew colder, hanging the laundry was still a joy, but taking it in seemed more of a chore, and it didn't always get done.
Then one day, as the family began to make preparations for Christmas, they realized that all their ornaments, their familiar old yuletide trappings, were in storage. How Dad and the kids cleverly contrived new ornaments, and how Mom's favorite bedsheet accidentally became a treasured decoration, make for a merry and memorable holiday story.
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.
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
The Prentiss Taylor papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Prentiss Taylor papers, 1885-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
[Woman washing laundry along levee], 1938 November
Landes, Ruth 1908-1991
1 photographic print : black & white ; 4 x 3 centimeters
Bahia (Brazil : State)
Photograph from anthropologist Ruth Landes' 1938-1939 field research on Afro-Brazilians and Candomblé in Brazil in the city of Bahia (now known as Salvador). Handwritten by Landes on verso: "[Woman symbol] washing along Dique. Taken from launch. Nov. 1938. Bahia."
landes_photo_brazil_91-4_0210, Brazil: Bahian blacks and candomblé [3 of 3], Box 62, Ruth Landes Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution