The ABC's of Home Laundering - 1949 Lever Brothers

January 11, 2013
Since I had such a positive response with my old refrigerator manual post, I am sharing a fun old laundry booklet.  It's filled with super fun vintage photos of the women of yesteryear dealing with their everyday laundry problems.

The cover.

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I have these old booklets out for a reason.  You will soon see how I am going to use them in a new vignette.

Joining Elaine for Sunny Simple Sundays.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Good Afternoon Carlene, I love these booklets which you have been sharing with us.
    I was taught how to iron shirts by my mother Phyllis and it is exactly the same way as your instruction booklet.
    It is so much fun looking back. I will have to tell my mum about this post as I know she will love it.
    Best Wishes, Daphne

  2. Love it!! I like finding old books, manuals, etc. They are so much fun!

  3. Carlene, This is a great post! I've posted about it on "The Vintage Table Lovers Club", because I know they'll enjoy it, especially the lady ironing a Wilendur vintage tablecloth. You should have some new visitors.
    :) Pam

  4. Carlene. Such fun to look through the old manuals. I spotted 'bluing'. I remember my grandma using bluing in her laundry, something about that always has stuck in my mind..Happy Friday..Judy

  5. I love the Martins. A big smiling happy family. I think we were better off when we portrayed happy people and happy families. They may have been actors but it was so wholesome. Love the old pamphlet.

  6. Hi Carlene, I just love this post and the old manuals like this. The Martin family are delightful. Those times seems so special when people actually ironed and took so much care in washing clothes. I must confess, I do love to iron linens and such. My mil said she had one of those large ironers. Wonder where they used to keep those in the house?
    So enjoyed your post. Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, CM

  7. Hi Carlene-
    I just love looking at booklets/manuals like these.
    It's funny- I usually think two things-
    the first is that the housewives of yesteryear took things so seriously-
    but then I end up thinking I admire how they cared for their families.

    Is that crazy?
    Enjoyed visiting,
    White Spray Paint

  8. Fun...can't wait to see what you do with them :)

  9. OMG this is hilarious!! Mrs. Martin sure made a good deal of money I bet being the spokesperson in these ads!! I'm sure I would enjoy my laundry more if I would just put on a big smile and wear a dress while doing it!!

  10. This is so much FUN!!! Thanks for sharing these with us!

  11. Creative Vintage ~ Gotta love it ~ Great Post ~

    (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Oh that is a great booklet. I want one!
    I just found your blog so I am going to be checking it out!

  13. Boy we've got it made with our washing machines these days! Oh what memories as a child seeing many people with the old wringer washing machines. I guess I'm dating myself now.

    Just started following along! Love this vintage post!

  14. My girls should read this. They throw everything in the wash together and it drives me crazy!

  15. Oh my gosh Carlene, this is priceless! I have some fun old books sometime. I have to tell you a funny story. A couple of years ago when my granddaughter, Taylor was 12 her mom picked up a vintage book about beauty and charm and gave it to her. One morning she came out with a towel around her head and said she had to leave it on for 15 minutes. Because that's what it said to do in her book, Her mom couldn't stop laughing. Of course, not out loudly, just inside.

  16. Am I the only one shocked by the "turn your body linens out"? I guess the boys in my family have been doing it right for ages and I've been turning them back again as I load the washer!

    Come on - I'd love to hear - do you turn your body linens out or not?

    Also, my grandmother used to iron sheets - but she didn't have one of those handy roller irons --- just a hand one. I still am amazed that women used to take the time to do that!


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