Today’s Bloguary prompt asks, “What is a superpower you’d love to have?” My answer? The mom super power. I had it once. When my kids were young . . . my days were busy, crazy, and fulfilling. I’m not sure how I did it all. There is no question. Moms (and dads) are amazing in all they do.
This ad from McCalls February 1962 shows us the sweetness of a busy mom. She is carrying a giant load of wash to her General Electric washer. Her daughter is walking behind her with a smaller load. Their dresses and aprons match.
By the 1960’s electric washing machines were mainstream in American households. Previously, housewives would have to use a manual washer, or go to the laundromat for wash day. I recall that my grandmother still used a manual washer and basin to do the wash in the 1960’s. She would bring her wash to the basement and use a wringer system to wring out the water. Drying would be done on a clothes line.
Here is a previous post from 1951 that describes how an electric washer helped this family with a working mom.