Special thanks to Susan Odom at Hillside Homestead near Lake Leelanau for letting us borrow one of the best inventions ever for primitive laundering. Why do I refer to it with such fondness? Just try hanging clothes to dry without one of these.
This model was sold in the very last years of the 19th century and still works as well as the day it was made. We tested it out this afternoon and found it very effective at squeezing the excess water out without any fuss, though it’s easy to see how quickly little fingers could also get caught up in the ringer.
The ringer will make it possible for us to do laundry the way it would have been done in a household located where our house stands today in 1935. No electricity necessary.