I’m back to share more vintage with you. Last week I shared some vintage farmhouse items that my neighbor passed along to me and today I’m sharing another vintage item from the same neighbor’s collection, a laundry agitator.
This laundry agitator is from Iowa, like many of the other items that were passed along to me from my neighbor.
Can you imagine filling a tub with water that you had to heat on a wood stove, adding your clothing plus soap that you made yourself with lye, and then agitating the clothes with this tool?
This tool measures 41.5” long and the “plunger” has a diameter of about 8”.
I will admit that this gadget gave me a chuckle. Doesn’t it look like a toilet plunger?
This is the underside of the plunger. I would imagine that this tool was pretty harsh on clothing.
Can you imagine the stories that this tool could tell? I wonder how long it was used and if it was used by one family.
I would imagine when the owner purchased a modern washer that she was more than happy for this gadget to be stored in the barn with other unused farm things.
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I’ll be back on Wednesday with another Frank Lloyd Wright home to share. When we visited Fallingwater, we were able to see a second home in the area.