What?! They had to make their own clothes? by Maggie Tien Posted on October 4, 2010 Women and girl immigrants stayed home in their small tenement rooms doing chores while the males went out to make money. Because there were no washing machines and drying machines back in the day, people hung their clothes out to dry. This entry was posted in October 5 Assignment, TV24 and tagged 1900's, chores, immigrants, laundry, tenements, women. Bookmark the permalink.