About a Day

I had a real chuckle at this sign the other day. It was outside an old-age home kiosk. They had stolen the sign from the local newsagent, scratched out the name (bottom right) and crossed out half-price and changed it to full price.

I also realised that I had not seen one of these (below) for ages.
Do you have them where you live? They are for airing and beating carpets and I had never seen one before I moved to Sweden.

People used to beat the dust out of their carpets and mats, hang them out to air dry, and roll them in the snow to clean them. Vacuum cleaners and cheaper carpets must have made these almost redundant.

I also went to a laundry museum. Just looking at it made me tired. What hard work it must have been, even if people did not wash their clothes so often. I guess it is a step up from bashing them on rocks in the creek, but still. Washing machines, vacuum cleaners and refrigerators really released women from the home.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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