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Posted By: usn ret, 12-02-2012, 11:31 PM

I was walking around the outdoor area of our Matarango Museum and spotted this relic of a bygone day when life was much simpler and they still had to deal with dirty clothes and such. I believe this is a predecessor the the modern day automatic washing machine. If you notice this was/is a drum type of washer almost like the latest offering modern manufacture...Enjoy..TFL..CLiff

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12-03-2012, 12:03 AM   #2
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Cool catch Cliff, this must of been powered by an external farm engine, or do you think it had a dedicated motor? Interesting to see this design, which isn't too much different from the modern designs.
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Cool catch Cliff, this must of been powered by an external farm engine, or do you think it had a dedicated motor? Interesting to see this design, which isn't too much different from the modern designs.
Bob, if you look at the 1st pic you will see the base for a motor. My guess would be a small gasoline motor considering the washer was probably from a mine site with no electricity and the upright piece may have housed a wringer of some sort. TFL Cliff
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An interesting find showing how we evolve slowly.

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An interesting find showing how we evolve slowly.
EM, The desert continues to yield up all sorts of treasures for us to document. TFL Cliff
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Interesting, Cliff. That machine looks rather like me - a bit rusty after years of hard use.

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Hurts my back thinking about using this machine. Thanks for sharing... very cool museum piece!
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Nice find Cliff - brings a new meaning to manual labor.

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Are you sure this is an antique? My husband bought me one several years ago swearing they were all the rage and that it was top of the line. He also said that if I laid it on its side it would be a front loader.
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Are you sure this is an antique? My husband bought me one several years ago swearing they were all the rage and that it was top of the line. He also said that if I laid it on its side it would be a front loader.
Thanks for looking guys, as stated above the desert is an amazing place that continues to yield its treasures and it is up to us to document them..........Cheers...Cliff
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