Home Scientists Banish Wash Day Blues (May, 1936)

Home Scientists Banish Wash Day Blues

THIS WASHBOARD represents a whole laundry in itself. It is designed for small apartments, camping trailers and other locations where economy of space is desirable. The washboard contains soap rack, wringer and a self-supporting back rest. It can be used in a tub or in a small basin.

THIS TIME SWITCH modernizes old washing machines by making them automatic. Listed on the dial is the water temperature and washing time necessary for fabrics.

CAN-OPENER FOR LIQUIDS such as juices and oils acts as a spigot. When the tubes are pushed into a can, rubber washers seal the holes. Then, as air enters one tube the liquid is poured out the other. Sealing washers make tubes air tight.

AIR CONDITIONED REFRIGERATOR keeps bread and cakes fresh for weeks at a temperature of 40 to 50 degrees. No frost forms in the compartment, and food such as bananas, cauliflower, and celery can be left uncovered.

HERE IS A BATTERY CHARGING WASHING MACHINE. In rural homes where electricity is not available, this new washing machine charges the radio battery while doing the weekly laundry. The generator is mounted on the motor platform and uses a belt drive. It does not affect the motor power.

  1. Toronto says: April 6, 201010:32 pm

    That battery charger on the gas-powered washer is a good idea, but how does it not affect the motor power?

    (Guestimating) You’re probably generating 3a at 6v (typical car battery of the day) via a relatively inefficient low-rpm generator, so 18w at 25-10% – 72 to 180 watts, or 1/10 to 1/4 HP.

  2. Charlene says: April 7, 201011:12 am

    I’m suddenly imagining my mother looking over my shoulder from Heaven at this article and shaking her fist at the monitor.

    And yeah, I’m trying to figure out Toronto’s conundrum too.

  3. GaryM says: April 7, 201011:30 am

    If there’s no electricity, what’s powering the washing machine? Is it hand-cranked?

  4. Eli says: April 7, 201012:08 pm

    It’s a gasoline-powered washing machine, Gary. They made them right up until the 1940s, back before the whole country was on the electrical grid. Back then, it was fairly common for farms to be using either oil lamps or battery systems charged by small windmills.

  5. KD5ZS says: April 7, 20103:24 pm

    I think that Sears was selling gas powered washers until the 1960’s for use in remote areas.

  6. Chris Radcliff says: April 7, 20104:09 pm

    If it doesn’t affect the motor power, it would have to affect efficiency. You’d be making the washing machine motor do double-duty as motor and generator, so either you’re losing power or you’re using more fuel. TANSTAAFL.

    Still, I can see it being useful to a household without another source of electricity.

  7. Toronto says: April 7, 20105:30 pm

    Yep, and Maytag and Iron Horse motors were incredibly reliable, as appliances should be. I especially loved the “step down” starters, and always wondered why gas mowers didn’t use them. Weight, I suppose.

  8. KD5ZS says: April 8, 201010:32 am

    My dad had an Iron Horse motor which he loaned to his nephews for a while; they made a go-cart with it. Yes it also had a kick type starter.

  9. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 6, 20108:22 pm

    I suspect you ran either the generator / charger or the washing machine not both at the same time. It might have a clutch or you moved a belt from the pulley driving the charger to the one driving the washer. Technically, it wouldn’t affect the motor power when doing laundry that way.

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