Maytag wringer washers can date back as far as 1907, and since an antique is defined as an object that is more than 100 years old, some Maytag wringer washers are considered antiques. However, wringer washers continued to be in production until the mid-1950s, so later model washers would be considered vintage or retro rather than antique.
Wringer washing machines were invented to hasten the process of drying clothing and linens after washing them. The first models required the user to hand-crank the machine in order to operate the moving parts. Later models were powered, but they also were dangerous. If a person's body part or hair were caught in the spinner while the machine was on, he or she could be seriously injured. As wringer washers evolved, they became safer and easier to use.