Antique Washing Machine Collection Cleans Up

Collector puts a shine on 700 antique washing machines

Double tub washers were popular with big families
Double tub washers were popular with big families. The drive mechanisms for this washer’s agitators are reminiscent of the Pitman rods used in hay mowers. In the early days of this century, washing machines were used mainly by the middle class. “The wealthy people sent their stuff to the laundry,” Lee says, “and the poor did their wash by hand.”