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Monday Was Washday


June 11, 2020

When I was growing up in the Fifties, I awoke on Monday mornings to the sound of the old Maytag washer humming in the basement Mom’s weekly laundry routine followed the same pattern as most homemakers of the day – wash and dry clothes on Monday, iron and put them away on Tuesday. Indeed, doing laundry back then wasn’t the willy-nilly affair that it’s become today when we pop a load in the washer on our way out the door, and transfer it to the dryer when we return home.

On washday, the family’s dirty clothes were carried to the basement where they were sorted into piles – whites...

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