I don't think I have ever seen a free-standing wringer, like the one pictured at Wiki. My paternal grandmother was still using a wringer washing machine as late as the 70s. Her daughter had bought her a new machine, but she didn't like it.
Back in the 30s, I am told my great-grandmother had a gasoline-powered washer, mounted on large rubber tires, so it could be rolled down to the creek on wash day.
I've been looking at antique mangles on eBay. The going rate round here seems to be c.£50- only no-one is bidding on them.
I thought mangles were the in thing for shabby chic decor these days. Not to use, mind you, just as an attractive object. We had one when I was younger, along with the overhead pulley and the double belfast sink.
One of the ones I was looking at on eBay was advertised as having potential as a garden ornament
2010-11-04 09:45 pm (UTC)
Overhead pulleys are stil around - it's just that most people these days haven't got big enough kitchens or sufficient ventilation, or both, so the washing tends to smell of whtever was last cooked
If you found one in a brick-and-mortar shop, I suspect you might pay considerably less. Here, the economic downturn has hit the antiques business rather hard and I assume its the same over there. We recently paid $250 for a high-back oak bed that would have easily sold for over $600 just three-years ago.
You're probably right. I thought of going and having a look in our local junk shop, but decided that, actually, I already own too many cumbersome semi-antiques.
2010-11-04 12:48 pm (UTC)
You have reminded me of a long-ago and faraway incidentin the house where I was a very homesick au pair. I was carefully hanging up the baby's dresses to drip dry, as taught by a previous family.
The "little maid" (at least a foot taller and twice my girth) dragged every garment off the line:
"Faut tordre! faut tordre!" and proceeded to demonstrate.
Every little dress went back on the line looking as if it had been - er - mangled by a coiled spring
This story doesn't solve your problem, but might it raise a rueful grin?
I like that story.
I've been discovering that- by and large- things just don't drip dry.
I remember my mother having a clothes drying rack that hung from the kitchen ceiling over the boiler or furnace or whatever it was.
2010-11-04 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yeeeees, but it depends where and how they are hanging, and what fabric they are. A well-ventilated bathroom or a 1960s sheltered line can be quite efficient, if you peg carefully and/or use hangers - and those sheltered lines benefited simultaneously from freah air and minimumal heat all the year round.
I washed family clothes by hand for almost ten years (late 1970s to late 1980s) plus a very short spin in a spin dryer - towels and sheets went to the laundrette. I realize that you can't do this sans electricity, but it remains ny frim belief that clothes wore much better then than they did after the acquisition of a washing machine and that the saving on electricity ws considerable - but, for most of us, life and space are both too short for this
My memory of mangles (I last used one in 1971) is that what suffered most from "mangling" was time and buttons. If you made any attempt at haste, buttons tended to fly off or be destroyed
I've been drying clothes by spinning them in the dryer (it's only the washing machine that's disconnected) then putting them on radiators. If it were summer I'd be hanging them out on the line.
2010-11-04 08:16 pm (UTC)
Riiiight - grovels - so it's space for sheltered hanging that is beating you?
That's why I was still using a mangle in 1971 - the laundry had been equiped in the early 60s, and assumed a staff of two that would spend an entire day washing, mangling etc.
There was nowhere sheltered to hang things, and the expense of spinning was prohibitive in an area where electrical supply was - er - variable
2010-11-04 09:43 pm (UTC)
Riiiight - have you got any of those radiator "rails" (that hang over the radiators) ers, or are you putting the stuff straight onto the radiators?
Me, I hate radiators, and deeply resented being forced into a house that had them - but, if you can find rails that fit them, they do dry things fairly well - because you've then got some air circulating - sorry, I haven't the vocab to explain the physics of it, but it's getting the right combination of air and warmth that speeds drying
I'm hanging clothes directly on the radiators. I believe I do have some of those rail things- or did- but heaven only knows where they are right now.
I don't like having to use the radiators, because it means switching on the central heating when it's not really needed. We like to keep the house cool- and find most other people's houses uncomfortably hot and stuffy.
2010-11-04 09:51 pm (UTC)
I like it with hindsight. In the event i got sacked for quarrelling with the "little maid", which i wasn't very happy about - nor were my parents who were quite convinced that it was All My Fault because She Can Be Very Difficult and Argumentative - no arguing with that
Oh dear. This was in France was it?
2010-11-06 07:59 pm (UTC)
No - the family was French. I suppose that it didn't help that Madame was probably as homesick as I was.
2010-11-04 12:58 pm (UTC)
I remember my nan's mangle. I used to love to turn the handle as she fed sheets through.
How do I sign in here? I am confused.
I guess you need an LJ account. They're free at entry level.
My mother had a washing machine with mangle attached- at least I think she did- it's a memory from so far back I can't be sure I'm not imagining it.
When I was a child I remember my mom having a wringer-washer and I'd like to turn the handle on the wringer as she fed the clothes through.
My mother had one of those. At least I think she did. I seem to remember working the mangle when I was very small.
That's a smart little piece of kit. Expensive though!