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Part 1: Mechanization of Laundry


The manual rocking scrub board manufactured by Connor Washing Machine Co. Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, c.1885 (690950). Photo courtesy of Imager.
Scrubbing techniques removed dirt and grime from clothing with the use of a scrub board (870349), a tub (920138), and a boiler (940154). An example of the mechanization of this process was the manual rocking scrub board: a convex corrugated rocker mounted over the centre of a rectangular concave-bottom wash tub lined with galvanized metal (690950). The operator manually rocked one curved surface over another, thus rubbing the clothes placed in between the two ribbed surfaces. That the woman need not place her hands in the water meant much hotter water could be used.