Laundry question - mangling boards
Posted by Carolyn B on July 16, 1998 at 18:45:11:
We have in our museum's collection four mangling boards that date to the late 1700s and early 1800s. Ours happen to be Scandinavian with elaborate painted designs and carving on them, and I've done research on that aspect, but of course what visitors always ask is "How were they used?" and none of my sources on Scandinavian folk art explain this because they assume you know that already! And I assume that similar devices would be found in other European cultures.
I know that mangling in laundry terms means pressing out the wet linens. These are just flat boards about 2 feet long with handles. (Our handles are shaped like horses. Sorry, I don't have a picture to post right now.) The only mangling references I came across in Hardyment's Home Comfort were to big mechanical manglers in the fancy country estates, but what did the average people do? Anyone have suggestions?
(Of course the word "mangling" makes everyone think that they were for the wife to hit her husband with ; )
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