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Friday, 2 September 2011

The Weekend in Black and White


While away with Second Daughter we visited Valence House Museum in Dagenham, London.
We walked through the herb garden, and this is what we found.



An unexpected sight.

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20 comments:

Carver said...

That is unexpected. Looks like a beautiful place to explore with your daughter.

Elisabeth said...

Truly and unexpected surprise...love the look of cast iron. Very nice! Hope you have a grand weekend.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice black and white photos.

Regards!

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

It looks so good in bw - I wonder what it is?

Dragonstar said...

@ Birgitta. It's an old mangle, used for squeezing the water out of the laundry before drying.

Sivinden said...

I have a smaller wringer myself. I can remember my mother using it.

Dimple said...

Yes, it is unexpected! I like it in this setting!

Birgitta said...

Good shot of the old mangle!

awarewriter said...

Nicely done. I understand why they call it a mangle. I still remember the old washing machine my mother used. It had a wringer attached. Don't want to get your fingers caught in one of these.

Woody said...

Very elaborate castings to make this, it's really nice!

Cildemer said...

Wonderful finding for B&W!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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Have a nice and happy weekend****

Lachezar said...

Beautiful old artefact! You photograph captures the feel of its unusual setting.

John said...

I remember my grandmother having one in Sheffield; hard times.

john said...

it was state of the art back then and must have cost a small fortune. nice pics.

LauraX said...

fascinating...I love all the detail.

Francisca said...

Didn't they boil their laundry in those days too? Hard times, indeed. Quite the contraption, this old wringer.

Genie said...

What a fabulous find...it looks like an old iron wringer for the wash. Your captures of it are superb showing us all the detail and textures. You are such a great photographer. genie

Halcyon said...

Is this an old fashioned washing machine? An odd place to find one, indeed!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful detail in the iron works. We had a mangle (wringer) washing machine when I was a child -- heck I even had one when we were first married, but ours were more utilitarian looking, not as ornate. Interesting as a garden structure.

fun to explore a place like this with your daughter.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I remember mangles! I also remember that sometimes you could get your fingers jammed in them - horrible things. But lovely pics.