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Posted: 13/09/2017 16:11:58
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I think this might have been the beastie, although it wasn't timid and never cowered;





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One of my fellow students doing the IA Diploma at Ironbridge was very enthused by 1950's domestic stuff, if she ever sees this pic, it's all down to her.

Unlike legendrider who was clearly a very naughty boy, we only did sensible things like putting hands into the agitator to see what happened, my empirical research can confirm that the water was rather warm and if you weren't careful you'd find your arm getting wrapped up in the clothesSmartass

I think somewhere there is a photo of mother in the scullery with fag in mouth using the monster but so far I can't find it.

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Posted: 13/09/2017 16:51:35
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Jim MacPherson wrote:

I think this might have been the beastie, although it wasn't timid and never cowered;





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I remember we had something similar, it had a vicious looking boat type propeller under a removable central deflector.
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Posted: 13/09/2017 17:11:54
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Morlock wrote:

Jim MacPherson wrote:

I think this might have been the beastie, although it wasn't timid and never cowered;





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I remember we had something similar, it had a vicious looking boat type propeller under a removable central deflector.


It was something very similar.
Me Gran had one very like that but it had a manual mangle & it stood on sort of cast iron cabriole legs. She had a gas geezer to heat the water - but that was a step up from the coal fired "copper" which still inhabited a corner of the back kitchen!
Oh & the dolly tub & peg were still next to it, just in case.
We're a bit off the stationary engine topic Smile

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Posted: 13/09/2017 17:16:56
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Yes.

That was mum's replacement for the dolly tub and separate mangle(r).....Laugh

Same colour too..
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Posted: 13/09/2017 17:38:05
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Almost back on topic. Must have done any exposed boiler tubes the world of good.Big Grin

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Posted: 13/09/2017 17:39:24
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droid wrote:

Yes.

That was mum's replacement for the dolly tub and separate mangle(r).....Laugh

Same colour too..

I seem to recall that there was a drain tap at the bottom & me gran drained it into a galvanised wash tub (a bit like a small tin bath), which was then tipped down the grid.
Indoor drying was by the ubiquitous clothes dryer hanging from the back kitchen ceiling.
Or, if you were feeling lucky, risking your clean washing getting covered in soot by hanging it out!
Mondays.

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Posted: 13/09/2017 17:40:55
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Mr.C wrote:


We're a bit off the stationary engine topic Smile


Not too far really given that Peter Burgess' original post was about the dolly tub. Beyond being run, in part, on electrickery rather than mainly elbow grease the 1950's domestic washing developments hadn't altered the process that much over a 100 or so years.

Re. Mr.C's point above the machine we had must have had an electric pump in because it made a curious chuntering, gurgling noise when it had finally emptied the grubby water, technical advance or what!!

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Posted: 13/09/2017 17:51:39
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Jim MacPherson wrote:

Mr.C wrote:


We're a bit off the stationary engine topic Smile


Not too far really given that Peter Burgess' original post was about the dolly tub. Beyond being run, in part, on electrickery rather than mainly elbow grease the 1950's domestic washing developments hadn't altered the process that much over a 100 or so years.

Re. Mr.C's point above the machine we had must have had an electric pump in because it made a curious chuntering, gurgling noise when it had finally emptied the grubby water.
Jim


Yes the one that "de-frocked" the wife so to speak, had a pump, which I think ran all the time it was on. To empty it you had to disconnect one end of a rubber hose & point it into the sink.
Such refinement eh!

You do realise, that we're rattling on like a load of old washer women.
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Posted: 13/09/2017 18:02:30
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You do realise, that we're rattling on like a load of old washer women.
Big Grin


Less of the "old" if you don't mind (arms folded firmly across the chest)Shocked
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Posted: 13/09/2017 18:07:42
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Mr.C wrote:



You do realise, that we're rattling on like a load of old washer women.
Big Grin


Less of the "old" if you don't mind (arms folded firmly across the chest)Shocked

Fairy Nuff, I'll leave me turban & pinny on then.

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Posted: 13/09/2017 20:45:34
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Mr.CIndoor drying was by the ubiquitous clothes dryer hanging from the back kitchen ceiling.
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Still got one of them too! Now that is used quite a lot (wet West Cumberland) - just that it's sometimes a bloody nuisance trying to limbo under it with my knees the way they are now.
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Posted: 13/09/2017 23:09:24
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Back on topic - just wondering if a Stamps engine might be called a stationery engine. I'll get my coat! IP: 209.93.26.134
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Posted: 14/09/2017 08:42:51
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and then there are papermills too. Smile IP: 86.189.24.237
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Posted: 14/09/2017 09:27:55
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Well I'm glad I've managed to stimulate thoughtful discussion :D

I got my hand trapped in a huge commercial mangle when I were a 'lad. That taught me an important lesson, though an ultimately useless one as nobody uses them anymore.

Why not? What could be more sensible than having two large powered spinning rollers in a homely family kitchen, positioned directly above a baby-sized hole with a wizzing propeller in the bottom? and some boiling water in there too for good measure?



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Posted: 14/09/2017 11:34:07
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We also had a washer with a mangle on top, when the mangle was off, there was a hole with a rotating lever which used to fascinate me, until I put my finger into the hole and had my finger 'mangled'. Big Grin

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Posted: 14/09/2017 14:54:38
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Peter Burgess wrote:

and then there are papermills too. Smile


Stationary Engines in Paper Mill power plant, (1970s).



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Posted: 14/09/2017 15:27:01
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Miles-M wrote:

What could be more sensible than having two large powered spinning rollers in a homely family kitchen, positioned directly above a baby-sized hole with a wizzing propeller in the bottom? and some boiling water in there too for good measure?



We had a bare element electric fire type heater complete with pull switch directly above the cast iron bath!
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We had a bare element electric fire type heater complete with pull switch directly above the cast iron bath!


Just had to post it! Roll Eyes
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Posted: 14/09/2017 16:09:58
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Morlock wrote:

Miles-M wrote:

What could be more sensible than having two large powered spinning rollers in a homely family kitchen, positioned directly above a baby-sized hole with a wizzing propeller in the bottom? and some boiling water in there too for good measure?



We had a bare element electric fire type heater complete with pull switch directly above the cast iron bath!

Yes, so did we!
Zone, what zone?

Who'd of thought, that when Miles carefully composed that lovely photograph, that it would lead to this load of ...
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Posted: 14/09/2017 16:46:08
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Mission creep?Big Grin IP: 86.178.31.116
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