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Servis Supertwin twin tub washing machine, mid-1960s

Rural electrification enabled the installation of electric pumps to provide running water in houses outside municipal areas. These were organised through small, local group schemes.
Washing machines could then be used with piped water in the kitchen, which greatly reduced the drudgery of wash-day. Early washing machines had to be moved into the centre of the kitchen floor to be filled and emptied through pipes connected to the sink.

This Servis Supertwin had automatic timers for both wash and spin cycles. This Supertwin was made in their main factory in Staffordshire in England, but Servis also had a factory in Whitehall in Dublin.
Listen to Rose MacHugh talking about the excitement of her parents buying a new Servis twin tub, the first in their area:

Rose MacHugh interviewed by Eleanor Calnan at An Grianán, County  Louth, April 2018



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