I have two old washboards in my basement. They were made by the Columbus Washboard Company. They are the Dubl Handi model which is the first style pictured in a Wikipedia enty about 'washboards.'
The funny note on the back of my Dubl Handi washboards is:
IDEAL FOR SILKS, HOSIERY AND LINGERIE
JUST THE RIGHT SIZE TO FIT IN A BUCKET,
PAIL OR LAVORATORY
PACKS EASILY INTO SUIT CASE
OR TRAVELING BAG
COLUMBUS WASHBOARD CO., COLUMBUS OHIO
Yes all in caps, I guess yelling was OK! On the front side my washboards say:
USE EITHER SIDE ACCORDING TO FABRIC
I personally can't tell the difference in the two surfaces.
Columbus Washboard Company is no longer in Columbus but still in Ohio. Columbus Washboard Company moved to Hocking County in 1998. The company still make washboards. The Columbus Washboard Companies website has a great history of the company founded in Columbus Ohio in 1895!
"The Columbus Washboard Company manufactures the only washboard made in the USA today. This site features, our products, craft ideas, artisan items for sale, the Washboard Music Festival, musician boards, our history and much more.
"From 1931 to 1938, twenty two other washboard names were introduced to the market place. Of these only five survived into the 1980's. These brands, which are all trademarked, are Dubl Handi, Maid-Rite Silver, Maid-Rite Brass, Sunnyland, and Crystal Cascade. Fortunately most of the original dies and designs have been maintained by the Company."
I have a glass washboard with the same note on the back. The front has HOME printed in large letters. The washboard is approximately 18" by 7 1/2" , Could you tell me about when this washboard was made? Thank you. Linda Fisher
Gee that is not my area of expertise but I think in the links in the blog there is some info that helped me figure out the era my washboards are from. I did this entry long, long ago. WOW Can you imagine traveling with a washboard? Thanks for the comment. Maureen
My Dubl Handi wash board doesn't have the red images on the front. Otherwise it is the same. The back has the exact same as front. This is the most plain one I've seen! Anyone know why? It's been used to the bone. I can actually tell that the women was left handed.
I have the same Dubl Handi washboard but only a few of the red images can be seen now. I just love the phrase on it about "packs easily into suitcase or traveling bag"! I use it as a decoration in the laundry room.
Even if it is only from the 80's and not the 30's, I wouldn't care because it would still be considered old and it makes a great conversation piece when someone sees it in my laundry room.
Maybe one of my grandchildren will use it someday to play music on. They are all very musically inclined.
i have 1 of your washboards it was supposed to be my grandmothers . i was trying to find out if it really could have been hers its a maid - rite standard family size ( special metal ) # 2072 is whats on the board . tried to findout if really was hers and to time peroid fits . thanks if possible can you refer me to a web site for more information .
I have a Columbus washboard that belonged to my mother. It has HOME AIDE on one side. On the other the lettering is very faint.
I can read something about handkerchiefs-Just the right size to fit in a bucket............lavatory; Packs easily into suitcase or traveling bag. I would just like to know the approximate date it was made.
I am 61 years old and my Mama would be 100 if she were living.
I too have one of these sweet little lingerie washboards. The wood on mine is in great condition but the lettering is very faded. The side with the ridged glass reads about the "Ideal for blah, blah" but no reference for any alternate use for the reverse side which has smooth glass and reads "Home Aide" with bubbles around those words. I bought mine in an antique shop in Eastchester, NY in 1979 and it seemed old then. I also got a National Washboard No. 510 in the same shop that day and it is really beat up. Thirty years later, I'm starting to look more worn than my old washboards :o(
I have recently come across a washboard from the ohio washboard company. No# 2137 Laundry Size Reversible wood. This is imprinted on the one side of the board. The other side has a picture of columbus with a protractor mapping and a picture of a boat in green up at the top with red print across the wood stating COLUMBUS. If there is anyone out there who can help me get more details. on the date, and who might have owned this board would help..
I have a very interesting washboard. It is a Maid-Rite, by the Columbus Washboard Co. However, this one is wood, not metal or glass, and on the back it says: "No. 2072 W " It continues: "MAID-RITE This washboard redesigned to eliminate the use of critical metal needed for the war effort and victory." There is a large V on the left hand side of the board with three dots underneath it. I think it would be of some worth, if someone had not purchased it, and put a 10 1/2" X 4" mirror at the top, and attached a small shelf for keys, or some such object near the bottom. If anyone knows anything about these boards, I would love to hear about them. Obviously, it was made in the 40's and I purchased it in an antique store. Thanks.
I'm answering my own question. I went to the home site and read the history of the Columbus Washboard. It seems these wooden ones were made in 1941 and 1942 in an effort to conserve metal during the war. What I don't know is about the mirror and the decorative part, and if that totally destroys its worth. Assuming it has any in the first place.
I have a washboard that is small wood and metal. One side very faded says Silver. Below it reads The Geo. Worthington Co. Cleveland ,Ohio. The other side reads No.40 patent applied for. I s this an antique or a knockoff? Tye
I have an old Mai-Rite board that I've been using for a long time, and mine was old when I bought it.
Recently it's started falling apart, so I decided to look for a new one. Imagine my surprise to find out that not only is the company still making these board, but I can purchase a brand new Maid-Rite, the 2062 model, for $28!
Yeah, it may seem a bit pricey, but considering how long my old board lasted, I kinda feel like I'll pay the $28. And probably pass it on to my future grandkinds, lol
I came across a Columbus Washboard #2072 and a smaller one and I was just wondering if this items may be worth any value? They look brand new with no rust on the metal and both are in great shape. I told my wife that the bigger one was for a large load of cloths and the small one for a smaller load, I am not going to say what she told me. Just wondering if the value was anything.
Hi everybody, I'm James Martin, Factory Manager at Columbus Washboard Company. I'm really pleased to see the interest you all have in our washboards. We do not have any other information on the history of boards other than what is on our website, but we are still very knowledgable on our product history. We still make our washboards one at a time, by hand in an old shoe factory in downtown Logan, Ohio using many of the original machines and original designs. We even introduce old logos whenever we can, and we have a lot to choose from!
You are welcome to visit us where we have a museum, store selling washboards, thimbles and a selection of old fashioned soaps from the USA and England. We also have factory tours.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 740-380-3828 - We appreciate any support to help us continue to trade in the 21st century and beyond.
In answer to the question of use, most people use them for stain removal, when they have just a couple of items that need washed, and of course musicians use them in skiffle, blue grass, etc. Just type "washboard" into youtube.com and you'll be amazed!
I have the washboard that my mother used in the early years, when we lived in the country.i cant say what year she purchased the item.. she was 92 when she died, she saved the washboard all thes years.. the front panel with the name on it is all faded out from all the years using lye soap, the back of it was still good and can read the printeing, which is
Columbus wshboard co U./.A
it is 23 3/8 in. long and 12 3/8 in wide.... i removed the panel and turned it around so the printing was on the side that u wash on.. it has the brass washer. it is something that i will keep intill i am gone. what a peice of history
Thanks for the comments. I have virtually abandoned this site and it will not let me login and respond to comments as the blogger. and I am getting an error message "Comment error: Verification word must match what you see in the image." I have access to the dashboard and I was able to delete the spam comments. Perhas I need to turn off comments here and repost this on my current site. I saw one of my washboards the other day!
James Martin I am so happy for your comment!
James Lynch How wonderful that it was your mothers washboard.
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