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The 'Vowel Y' washing machine and wringer, 1897.

The 'Vowel Y' washing machine and wringer, 1897.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


This popular model was made in many sizes by Thomas Bradford of London and Manchester, the most famous 19th century washing machine manufacturer. The washing is placed in the hexagonal wooden tub and rotated by the handle on the left. Wooden slats inside the tub help to tumble the clothes. 3/4 view, barrel open.

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