Gas-powered wringer

Category Home appliances

Year of manufacture/creation 1927

Place of manufacture/creation Germany

Size Height: 117 cm
Width: 245 cm
Length: 150 cm
Weight: 400 kg

Material cast iron, steel, brass, cloth - dress, copper

Museum/Storage location Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Date of admission to the museum 1992

Rights to the exhibit Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Rights to digital images public domain


Exhibit description

Such powerful gas-electric machines once operated in special facilities which used to be incredibly popular. The ironing of sheets and tablecloths was only one of their functions, as they played a crucial role in the life of every residential estate – they provided an excuse for the usually busy housewives to meet for a spot of gossip.

This wringer also made the work of the women easier, and apart from bedding and table linen, it also ironed … nuns’ habits. This exhibit arrived at the Gasworks Museum from the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame from Głubczyce. Did the nuns also find respite from their service in the company of this mangle, similarly to the housewives? We will never know, as this device is not only practical like mother superior but also as discreet as a good confessor.

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