Turns out that Columbus Washboard Company is still in business!
Apparently they are the last American maker of washboards. Their tiny Ohio factory still builds them by hand, one at a time.
They also sell interesting stuff like British-made wool-fat soap. Wool-o-phile that I am, I’ve gotta try that.
Coolest thing about them? They ship galvanized washboards and laundry supplies to US servicemen and women who are overseas in places where modern laundry facilities are thin on the ground. And they don’t make any profit from it.
I’m still not packing up my WW2-era glass Home Aide to take on vacation.
But I’m delighted that they’re still making Maid-Rites and Crystal Cascades, and especially those world-traveling American Prides.
And that’s final!
I did, however, bring a travel iron on my honeymoon. And actually used it. I have no idea what I was thinking.
But we were talking about washboards . . .
I found this sweet miniature glass washboard recently. It’s only 18 inches tall, so it fits very nicely in my laundry tub, or in a small pail if you want to take it outside. Yep, there’s more!