Did you know many American farms did not have electricity until the 1930s? Until both urban and rural families had access to modern household appliances, necessary daily chores like cooking, laundry and cleaning took up much of a woman’s day. This was particularly true for women whose families could not afford to hire outside help. This is a photo of three women on the back porch of the Judd Buell Farm. It is marked “Laundry Day, 12 October 1904.” These images are provided by the Traverse Area Historical Society in collaboration with the Traverse Area District Library. Please call the TAHS at 231-995-0313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments.