The museum’s archives include several old washing machines like this one.  As electricity quickly spread through Hood River County starting about 1904, tools like this one which reduced the drudgery of household tasks proliferated.  People quickly traded their hand cranked models for machines like this which not only automatically agitated the laundry to loosen dirt, the wringer was also machine powered.  It wasn’t until the late 1940s that a machine with a “spin cycle” was marketed, and they quickly made these wringer machines obsolete.

We saw a later generation here.  It looks like Alva Day was selling the latest technology at the Pacific Power store, as that machine was one of the first with a spin cycle.

I like the “Safety Release” for the wringer mechanism.  You can imagine fear of getting sucked through the wringer must have haunted many homemakers.

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