Montgomery Ward, Carol Brent ad. To achieve that 1950's "poodle skirt" silhouette, tulle crinolines like these were employed. As many as four or five could be worn, though one would provide a suitable improvement for "everyday" casual.
Wash day was a busy time! Grandma would fire up the old wood stove to heat the water which was pumped bucket by bucket. A bar of laundry soap was grated into the hot water and lye helped brighten up the whites and remove stains. Mrs Stewart's Bluing was added to the rinse water to make the whites even whiter.