Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wash Day in Irvington--1948

Many women, no matter their status, spent at least one or two days a week washing and drying clothes. By 1948, technology had dramatically improved with the invention of the electric washing machine, however, the automatic washing machine was yet to come. Most people in Irvington hung their clothes out to dry in the backyard or perhaps in the basement during the winter.

For Helen Hunt, Monday was the day she spent washing and drying clothes for her family. In the top photo, Mrs Hunt stands behind her bungalow at 341 South Audubon Road hanging the newly washed clothes. She was pregnant with her second child at the time of this photo in 1948. In the bottom photo, young Michael Hunt assists his mother with the task. These images are courtesy of Helen Hunt.

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