You couldn’t tell a ’50s housewife that pastel pink washers & dryers weren’t practical. They didn’t have to be practical – they were pretty.
Long before automatic washing machines, people had to wash their clothes the old-fashioned way – using vintage washboards, tubs, hand scrubbing, and things called manglers. Here’s how they did it.
Tide… for your cups and plates? Early versions of Tide detergent said right on the box that it would give you sparkling dishes in addition to clean clothes.
For the ’50s housewife, laundry was huge: the love you had for your kitchen paled only in comparison to the adoration you felt for your washer and dryer.
What was a vintage washing machine like back in the ’50s? Here are some old-fashioned washers with high-end features for their time. Kelvinator paid big bucks to promote these laundry appliances!