Historical Item

Name: Washboard

Category: tool

Size/weight: small/handheld

Rarity: common

Value: Around $10

Uses: washing clothing; musical instrument

Description (ca. 1921): A tool designed for hand washing clothing. A traditional washboard is usually constructed with a rectangular wooden frame in which are mounted a series of ridges or corrugations for the clothing to be rubbed upon.
Clothes are soaked in hot soapy water in a washtub or sink, then squeezed and rubbed against the ridged surface of the washboard to force the cleansing fluid through the cloth to carry away dirt.
Washboards were sometimes used as a musical instrument in jug bands, which became popular during the 1920s.