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At least it was an improvement over doing the wash by hand.


My grandmother had one of these in the 1970’s. The tub was the washer. The top part was a hand cranked or powered wringer. If you never knew the origin of “Don’t get your ___ caught in the ringer” this picture should explain it.

The whole process was very manual as you can see in the video below.  I came across this while buying a modern dryer at Anchor Appliance in Tuckerton New Jersey (Got a good deal too!!). They had a collection of old appliance but unfortunately they had a fire. I’m not sure if any of the vintage appliances survived or were replaced.

Old Wringer Washer
Old Wringer Washer
Close up of the wringer on a vintage washing machine
Close up of the wringer

Here is a video on how to use on of these.

Further reading

  • A page by someone who actually uses a wringer washer for their laundry.

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