Ever used a washing machine like this one? When I was a student, I lived in a flat which had a pre-war laundry in the basement with a washing machine very much like this one.To use it, you would have had to light a wood stove to boil the water in the copper and then use a large stick to swirl the clothes around before sending them through a wringer to rinse. Nothing quite like the smell of boiling sheets, Lux flakes and the old 'blue bag' bleach. An olfactory memory from my childhood.
This summer I planted out one of these old laundry tubs with some annuals. Here are some photos.