I was just going to fill the washer this morning...grumbling because I wanted to do other things and not have to do laundry "again" when I thought of this old reading. I was given this years ago by an old friend in my neighborhood.I put it on old parchment paper with drawings around it. She hung it on her kitchen wall and everyone liked it. It was a task for me, as I don't like to do lettering. I guess that we should be thankful for our modern washers and dryers when you realise what women had to go through to do the laundry years ago. We had a wringer washer, when I was growing up and a clothesline. I remember wash day on Monday and ironing day on Tuesday. This went on until 1953. This was the year that we got an automatic washer and a dryer. I remember my Mom, crying, when they were delivered. We all went down to the basement to watch the first load go in and come out. What a great day for Mom. I guess that I shouldn't grumble
Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe: This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all. I still love it.
Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.
Sort things, make 3 piles1 pile white,1 pile colored,1 pile work britches and rags.
To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore wrench water in flower bed (for saving water and using the soap for fertilizer).
Scrub porch with hot soapy water.Turn tubs upside down.
Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.
Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.