Diapers – “Without benefit of Bendix…”

Tuesday, May 23, 1944

1944_Denver_Washing diapers
Why is my mother smiling? She has just reached the last stage of soaking, washing, and sterilizing a load of my diapers – all scrubbed by hand in a washtub and boiled in a special pot on the stove. Bendix is a well-known clothes washer – an appliance my mother would love but well out of reach during the war. That’s the joke in the caption my father wrote for this picture. The routine sounds exhausting and yet my mother looks upbeat. We have recently moved into a cottage that we share with another family and even have a backyard.

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