Sidney's favorite artifacts
Welcome to my favorite artifacts page. Both the Sidney Museum and the Log Cabin Museum have interesting artifacts. Today - Washing Day!
Any idea what this is? You can find it upstairs at the Sidney Museum.
The earliest special-purpose washing device was the scrub board, invented in 1797. This wooden cradle washing machine was used to wash clothes and was considered quite an important invention in its day. Removal of soap and water from the clothing after washing was originally a separate process. First soap would be rinsed out with clear water. After rinsing, the soaking wet clothing would be formed into a roll and twisted by hand to extract water. The entire process often occupied an entire day of hard work, plus drying and ironing.
Next - at the Log Cabin - Young Charles is bringing in wood to heat the water for Emilia Orchard's slightly more advanced model that also allowed the clothes to be wrung out. American, James King patented the first washing machine to use a drum in 1851, the drum made King's machine resemble a modern machine, however it was still hand powered.