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The Sunlight

By pamelajean
Continuing my abstract series, with grateful thanks for the views, votes, splendid comments and most welcome awards for my orchid image.

If you haven't guessed what this is, and my title hasnít rung any bells, look at the version to find out.

Found at Manor Farm Country Park in Southampton, this is a large wooden and cast iron laundry mangle or wringer, with a hand crank that when turned wrings water from wet washing.
It has two wooden rollers attached to cogs, and pressure can be applied with two turnscrews on either side.

Before the invention of spin driers around the 1950's most households had a mangle.


Tags: Clothes Water Vintage Southampton Specialist and abstract Press Linen Wringer Mangle Washroom Manor farm country park

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Fefe Plus
9 54 35 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2020 3:51PM
I knew what it was because I had to draw one (and paint) as a project in art....a very long time ago Wink Only it was green.
I still have the artwork Grin
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2020 4:45PM
Interesting, Pamela. My grandmother had one.

mac Plus
19 11 Scotland
16 Sep 2020 4:53PM
A standard piece of equipment in days of yore! If you did not have room for a full sized one, you could buy a smaller version, that would clamp onto a table's edge or your wash-tub. As a youngster, many a time I was on turning the handle duties. No electric washing machines then! Very clear details of its working parts.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2020 5:15PM
Love the version
Great shapes and light your closeup is my fav.

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
16 Sep 2020 8:18PM
Yes---we had one attached to the washtub--much smaller-- I loved to feed the clothing thru the rollers!
jacomes Plus
6 26 34 Portugal
16 Sep 2020 8:58PM
My Grandmother had one too, but green if I remember right. We had a much small one with rubber rollers. Close-up for me.

LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2020 9:25PM
Two fine images.

My mother's first washing machine was a monstrosity with an electrically powered mangle - scary thing!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 749 England
16 Sep 2020 9:37PM
And my grandmother had one too Grin
chase Plus
15 2.1k 540 England
16 Sep 2020 9:49PM
I so want one of these !!
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2020 10:33PM
A top quality metallic Pam !! Excellent work.
Isabel GrinGrin
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2020 11:45AM
I got married in 1972 and we had one for a while too SmileSmileSmileSmile
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
17 Sep 2020 12:47PM
No, the title didn't ring any bells for me! A fine-looking old mangle, Pamela, I can remember my mother using one, but not as ornate as this. The washing was done in a tub, with the assistance of a rubbing board and posser to agitate the washing - I got that job! It was wonderful when we got an electric tub! Love the lead, but good to see the whole 😃👍
Trev 😀

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