Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday

This week we take a peek into the laundry room but don't worry, I won't put you to work!









Every laundry room contained some clothespins, soap, some Dutch cleanser, and a clothes sprinkler. The little sprinkler was put on a bottle (ie Coke or Pepsi) full of water and used to dampen clean clothes and linens. The damp items were then rolled up and placed in a pile or laundry basket next to your ironing board. When that was done, the ironing could begin!

This is a close-up of the Old Dutch cleanser logo on the decorative cover for a can. It dates from the 50's.

The back of the clothespin box shows a date in the lower right hand corner of 1953. These have never been used.

The Octagon soap wrapper has an offer for a birthstone ring for only 35 cents! The fine print reads: Choose the sparkling imitation stone representing the month of your birth...beautiful setting of 14 karat, 1/40 rolled gold plate! Yours for only 35¢, including Government tax, and three wrappers from Octagon Laundry Soap. What a deal!

Be sure to visit Suzanne at ColoradoLady for the list of VTT offerings!

31 comments:

Dawn said...

I love old laundry things. I have a sprinkler for a coke bottle also. And that soap package makes me want to send off for a ring!

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I love your laundry things, and what a deal for a offer for a ring...that is so cute! It is amazing it is still in such great condition! Love it, and love all the reds!

Have a great week.

Jeanne said...

Wow Great Laundry stuff. Love the original packaging too.

Jan Ely said...

Nice collection-I can't find any vintage laundry stuff here in N. California, and believe me, I've looked! Lucky you!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I also love old laundry items as long as I don't have to use them anymore. I have had to wash clothes out in the bath tub and scrub them on a washboard...yes I did, thank God those days are gone, I used every item you have listed...oh what memories.
I'll have nightmares tonight for sure...ROTFLMBBO.
Thanks for sharing

Bea said...

Great items. Oh, how I remember the coke bottle sprinklers.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Wish that "sparkling imitation" birthstone ring offer was still good!!!

LOVE your laundry vintage things!

Roslyn Atwood said...

My Mum had the sprinkler bottle too! And that was in Australia!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

I love your laundry post.. when I was a lil girl I remember my mom used to wash our clothes by hand and use all the items you listed here.. I wish I could find the same clothespins.. Happy VTT

Marie Reed said...

You have such amazing VTT postings! I love doing laundry sooo you can put me to work if you want too!

Le_Vintage said...

What sweet little finds! I'm stuck with the tiniest of laundry rooms now with minimum vintage treasures but dont you worry once i have my dream home im saving up for, it's going to feel so antique youll feel like you're in a time warp! my hubby can't wait and i can't either so seeing you're posts reminds me of the exciting future! you have some real treats there

Ulla said...

Lovely laundry things!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Wow...haven't seen or thought of these items in decades...but seeing them again, brought back lots of memories. Thanks!
Really terrific items for today's post.

Susan said...

The Dutch cleanser container is amazingly great condition. I love red and anything to do with fabric. And the sprinkle head on a Coke bottle was something in my past. I have an old Coke bottle somewhere now I should look for the top.

foxxy said...

What a neat collection. Love those old wrappers. Great colors.

Elizabeth said...

I used to love to help my mom with the sprinkling and rolling. Her sprinkler was a rose@
I am hosting a bunch of giveaways this week. It ends Friday night. Hope you'll check it out.

ClassyChassy said...

Great laundry stuff! You will have to look at my post from yesterday - I have the same Dutch girl design in counted cross stitch! Cute! She is going to be placed on an old washboard headpiece!

Robin said...

Love your vintage laundry items Sarah! I can't believe how great that soap wrapper looks after all these years!!

Miri said...

I love your laundry things...wish I had a sprinkler like yours. I remember my Mom sprinkling the clothes-and then we'd watch American Bandstand together while she ironed! :)

bj said...

This is a precious post...I just love old laundry items like this...
The neat thing...I grew up in the 40's and 50's and remember my mother using every single one of these!! So you see...I am vintage, too!! hahaha....
xo bj

CC said...

LOved your laundry things..my mothers sprinkler top was on an RC bottle. I remember well sprinkling clothes and rolling them to be ironed...and bor, do I ever remember ironing. :). P.S. My birthday is August and I want one of those rings..

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

I never head of this sprinkling/pop bottle thing before. How interesting.
Love the offer for the gemstone rings:) If the offer is still good, order me a garnet one, will ya?

shopannies said...

too cool so many great items I did not even know about the sprinkler bottle

Donna said...

I love your laundry things...that little sprinkler top...my mom had one she put on pepsi bottle (she drank Pepsi)...now remember I will be 64 in june so its an old one..I found one last yr and put it on old pepsi bottle and sold it on ebay now wish I had it...lol

mannequin said...

35 cents, heh.
I forgot all about that sprinkler for the bottle, my mother had one on the laundry room shelf. Now that you made me think of that, I think I need one.

T Lee said...

Well, I never knew that about the clothes sprinkler! Thanks for sharing!

LV said...

These are very worthy of a VTT.

SueLovesCherries said...

Oh, boy, do I ever remember sprinkling and ironing! This is great!

Ruby said...

Wonderful post. Vintage laundry in great condition. Ruby

Cathe Holden said...

What a fun post, I should really consider prettying up my laundry room. That might make me actually want to go in there.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Kris Dickinson said...

More fun things Sarah!