I just read a great article in the New York Times about the last remaining washboard company in the US. In War Time, an Old Reliable Is Called to Serve, describes how the Columbus Washboard Company has found new life in meeting the needs of our servicemen and women that are deployed to places where the military’s washing service is not very reliable. The company had been struggling to survive, but the wars have highlighted a place where washboards are still useful.
This company seems very interesting and dedicated to the washboard. They even go so far as to have an annual musical washboard festival in June every year. I’m glad that there are still companies like this in our country. Even if they aren’t that profitable, they certainly have gumption.