Wringer / Mangle [Acme]

ACME Manufacturing Company, Manufacturer

Circa 1948
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Maker and Role
ACME Manufacturing Company, Manufacturer
Production Date
Circa 1948
Acme white hand wringer with clamps as feet. The usual arrangement would be to see a ‘copper’ (A large upright concrete cylinder with a copper bowl set into the top and a fire grate underneath it) located in a corner of the washhouse, with the two tubs next to it. The wringer was clamped between two tubs.

The copper was filled with cold water. To boil the water, a fire was lit under the copper. Clothes were then placed into the boiling water, washing soap was then added. The clothes were then poked and stirred with a stick. After a while the boiled clothes were hooked out of the copper with the stick and placed into the first tub of fresh cold water, and scrubbed using bar soap and a corrugated wash board if needed. The water would soon become soapy. The clothes were then fed through the rollers of the wringer into the second tub of fresh cold water (with”Blue-Oh” ‘blue bags’ added for whiteness). Heavy springs in the wringer allowed the rollers to move up and down, squeezing out the soapy water. The first tub was then emptied. Clothes were then fed back through the rollers into the now empty tub, squeezing the water out once more. The clothes were now ready to be hung out to dry.
Processed Material/Metal
Organic/Vegetal/Plant Extract/Latex/Rubber
Signature/Marks and Type
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Credit Line
ACME Manufacturing Company. Circa 1948. Wringer / Mangle [Acme], 1980.193.1. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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