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DAILY LIFE - washday, boiler, blue bag, starch.

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Ken Olds
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St. Just, Cornwall
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14 October 2005

This story has benn added by CSV volunteer Linda Clark on behalf of the author Ken Olds. His story was given to the Trebah WW2 Video Archive, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2004. The Trebah Garden Trust understand the site's terms and conditions.

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Mother had a couple of cast iron boilers, one about two gallons and the other a bit bigger, about five gallons. They were both boiled up on the Cornish range and she moved the clothes around as they boiled with a wooden staff. One thing she didn't have was a washboard which was all the rage at the time. It's hard to believe that in those days they rubbed the clothes up and down on a washboard but mother didn't go in for that. I remember her using a big mangle and once the things were washed, rinsed and mangled, particularly the sheets and tablecloths, they would go out on the gorse bushes. She used a blue bag to whiten the clothes and maybe a bit of starch.

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