I am having difficulty calling this 1930s contraption a washing machine, as even though it's several eons removed from pounding clothes with rocks, it's certainly not an automatic device. Fill the tank with water, add soap and garments, then grab hold of the lever and start rocking the tub. A few hours of this arm-bending activity on a daily basis would be good training for some Olympic events, I think; shot-put, anyone?
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.