Wash Day in the 50s
It was always Monday and a real chore, especially if the weather was poor.
On would go the big galvanised zinc boiler on legs to heat up. It had a large lid, and a tap for draining the hot soapy water away later. Rinsing of the clothes and bedding was done in the big Belfast sink before everything went through a mangle. Then, if the weather was kind, all the washing was pegged out on several lines strung across the back
Every time the boiler lid was raised clouds of steam filled the kitchen. At various
The clothes off the line were carried back into the house in a
The one luxury item we had was that because Mum had worked for the Electricity Board before the war, she had a very 'modern' iron. Some friends of Mum's were still using flat irons.
We pegged out using Dolly pegs. Every year the Hoppings came to Newcastle - a huge fair - and this was when Gypsies used to come round the houses selling baskets of Dolly pegs and tiny sprigs of white heather.
This was also the era of knife sharpeners and the rag and bone men.