|A Minor Gripe
||[Nov. 4th, 2010|09:42 am]
mangle. The worst thing about washing clothes by hand is not having a spin-cycle. What I need right now- and I doubt if you can buy them (except in junk shops)- is a |
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.