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March is upon us, but I couldn’t resist adding one more neglected African American. She made laundry a little easier for the average housewife back in the 1800’s.
Genre: Washable Ficton
Word Count: 100
OVERHEARD AT THE LAUNDROMAT
Dale reached into the washing machine. “Laundry is such a pain in the tush.” She tossed wads of damp clothes into the dryer. “I suppose it’s better than scrubbing them on a washboard.”
Rochelle folded a T-shirt. “Well, ya know—now that you mention it.”
“Uh-oh. She’s bringing on the history lesson.”
“We can thank Ellin Eglin who invented the wringer in 1888. She sold the plans for it for $18.00. When asked why, she said, ‘You know I am black and if it was known that a negro woman patented the invention, white ladies would not buy the wringer.’”