For centuries women carried their wet clothes in some type of basket. And then the wet clothes were either draped over bushes or pegged to clotheslines. Wicker baskets like this one were made by the thousands until the first electric drying machine was invented in the late 1930's. In less than 20 years electric dryers became so popular that the old laundry basket found itself being used for other purposes. This one belonged to my mother and there are fond memories of lugging the basket out in the morning to hang the wet clothes and lugging it back to the house in the afternoon.
Today housewives are becoming more energy conscious and the old clotheslines are being used again allowing them to bring inside that wonderful outdoor air-dried aroma. Very nice for that rustic vintage decor or a nice fat pillow would make it a cozy bed for your pet. There were never handles on this one. We just slung it onto our hip and carried it outside. Measures 22 x 17-1/2 by 8 inches. It is still in good condition with one or two broken canes on the top rim as shown in the last photo. This does not effect its usefulness.
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