Update on mangling
Posted by Tilde on July 23, 1998 at 06:33:17:
In response to Thanks + some descriptions I found, written by Carolyn B on July 21, 1998 at 22:05:30
Hi Carolyn (sorry for the misspelling above)
Your post set me in doubt, so I checked it out in one of my numerous, outdated (some would say "antique", sounds more respectable ;-) books on house-keeping, and they said, that the ornate and elaborate mangling-board was used for "ironing" linen, and should have a very straight and well-polished stick to go with it. You Then rolled the linen tightly around the stick, and used the mangling-board to "roll-press" the stick-linen combination on a flat surface.
So, these are the "nice ones", but my great-grandmother (according to my mother), who grew up on a farm, in the 1850'es (!!! we get our children late in my family), used the same type of board (without decoration) for heavy washing, in the way described above.
I hadn't heard the story you tell, nice story though. Don't you think that it was impossible to give it away twice, since the hoped-for-wifes initials would be carved on them ? e.g. E.K.H.D = Eleonora Kristina Hans-Datter (the latter being the patronym "Hans daughter")
- So does that mean... Carolyn B 19:42:32 7/23/98 (0)
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