Our Washtub

Discussion in 'Other Reminiscences' started by Frank Sanoica, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    5,976
    Likes Received:
    5,547
    In the basement of the house I grew up in, old brick bungalow typical of Chicago-area, stood a washtub. I can recall my Mother running clothes through a powered wringer, the water dribbling into the washtub over which the wringer arm was swung.

    That tub withstood the test of time, beyond any doubt. It had all sorts of detritus disposed of down it's drain over the years. The house was built in 1923, it's washtub undoubtedly "original equipment". Here is what it looked like:

    [​IMG]

    Supported on a metal stand, it was made of concrete! Weighed perhaps several hundred pounds, immovable, indestructible. It remained with the house when I left at age 30. Anyone ever see one like it? I would guess that virtually every old bungalow in our town of Berwyn had one, and there were some thousands of those homes.
    Frank
     
    #1
    Gloria Mitchell likes this.
  2. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    9,898
    Likes Received:
    10,922
    Interesting Frank, no, never seen one of those
    A tin bath was used over here for washing clothes and everyone else ! :p
     
    #2
  3. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2017
    Messages:
    2,295
    Likes Received:
    3,458
    Seems that my grandma had one...but she used for cleaning fish.
    I do remember the round metal wash tubs my brother and I would play in during the summer. Our little swimming hole.
     
    #3
    Frank Sanoica likes this.
  4. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    34,354
    Likes Received:
    10,709
    Cncrete??? WoW!! No i've never seen one like that. I've seen a similar style which was used here way back in the 1800's in Big country houses but they were metal lined with lead... I have a picture somewhere...
     
    #4
    Frank Sanoica likes this.

Share This Page