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First Washing Machine

“The one thing I really remember about this first home was the copper Beatty washing machine that was proudly given to me. I had never seen a washing machine before, so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I didn't know you had to turn your husband’s pockets out before you put his pants in the wash. The washer whirled and the screw driver in his pocket came out and gouged a hole in the side of the washer. The water leaked, and I had a mess.”

- Ruby Fletcher arrived from England as a War Bride in 1946. [S2012.702.1]