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Wash Day Circa 1962

I ran across a picture of some ladies doing laundry in the early 1900s and I thought “Wow”, maybe I’d better stop complaining about needing to get my laundry done.

That thought took me to the search engine to the wringer washers. While looking at the pictures of different brands I think I found the one that we had in the early to mid 60’s. One of my chores was washing at least some of the clothes and I remember distinctly using that machine. In a cool, damp basement we had that washing machine sitting in front of the double galvanized sink. Both sides were filled with water along with the washer. Afer washing a load of clothes you piece by piece put the clothes into the wringer and into the first washtub. Now you swirl them around and then turn the wringer so that it faces the second tub. Now you do your second rinse. When all soap has been rinsed away you put them through the wringer and into your clothes basket.

On a nice day you take the clothes and clothespins outside and hang them on the clothes line. In winter we hung them on the clothesline in the basement. We never had any clothes softeners so they would be stiff, especially jeans. But if the day was nice with a great breeze and you had the bedding on the clothes line, it was absolutely wonderful to crawl in bed and fall asleep with that outside aroma. All of a sudden wash day 1109-1didn’t seem so bad!

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The Seward Johnson Collection

My sister and I had a great time on Saturday. We have been looking forward to this day since last Fall. It was the first Saturday this year that we had a list of yard sales to go to. With dollar bills in our purses, we took off with great anticipation. To be honest, we really didn’t care if we find a lot of goodies or not. If we find one or two items it is just fine with us. It’s really about the day. After breakfast, we got busy on shopping then decided to go into town for pizza at one of our favorite pizza places. Then we went into Crown Point, Indiana to see the statues at The Square. They had lots, including Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe and more.

Following an early career as a painter, Seward Johnson turned his talents to the medium of sculpture. Since then, more than 450 of Johnson’s life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as prominent places in the public realm such as Rockefeller Center, Pacific Place, Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris and Via Condotti in Rome.

My art is an imitation of life. [The Sculptures] do many things; they can warm up IMG_0146a park or public space and they invite people to come into that space so that they don’t feel quite alone. They also make good neighbors — they don’t make a lot of noise.

Realism has the capacity to reach everyone; there is no age barrier, no culture barrier. As the breadth of communication expands, so does the potency of a particular work”.