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Beningbrough Hall - Laundry

 

An old-fashioned mangle, somewhat heavier than the one my mother used, along with what we called a "poss tub" and the associated "poss stick".  My mother only got a washing machine when she moved from our old railwayman's cottage into pensioner's bungalow.  First use of poss tub, according to the OED, is "J. T. Brockett Gloss. North Country Words (new ed.) 166   Poss, to dash clothes violently in water. ‘To poss clothes’—‘A poss tub’."

 

The big stage productions of fado, like the last one, are not typical fado sessions. Fado is a music of the cafes and restaurants, and this video shows the typical set-up: the singer, the Portuguese guitar  (guitarra) and the Spanish guitar - called the "viola" in Portugal, live in a small cafe.

 

Beningbrough Hall - Laundry

 

An old-fashioned mangle, somewhat heavier than the one my mother used, along with what we called a "poss tub" and the associated "poss stick".  My mother only got a washing machine when she moved from our old railwayman's cottage into pensioner's bungalow.  First use of poss tub, according to the OED, is "J. T. Brockett Gloss. North Country Words (new ed.) 166   Poss, to dash clothes violently in water. ‘To poss clothes’—‘A poss tub’."

 

The big stage productions of fado, like the last one, are not typical fado sessions. Fado is a music of the cafes and restaurants, and this video shows the typical set-up: the singer, the Portuguese guitar  (guitarra) and the Spanish guitar - called the "viola" in Portugal, live in a small cafe.

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Oct 2018, 00:32
The Mangle is a work of art!
Tom Wilson: Victorian engineering at its best.
classic stuff. I remember ringers on mums old thrasher washing machine..... I cannot imagine kids these days even knowing what that's for.
Tom Wilson: Today's kids would be baffled, Rob! smile
This looks like a pretty fancy one!
Another wonderful example of fado!
Tom Wilson: Industrial strength. Glad you're enjoying the videos.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 3 Oct 2018, 05:38
Back to the days when washing was a heavy chore.

Nowadays it all happens automatically at night in our household
Tom Wilson: The change has definitely been for the best!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Oct 2018, 08:03
An aunt of mine had such a mangle and it fascinated me to no end. What happened to a flower, what happened to various bugs, my finger (sore immediately, so I could still pull it out), etc. She had a machine that could only wash. Rinsing meant that you do it under the tap manually and spinning's equivalent was through the mangle.

In my travels through Portugal, I spent some time in a fado cafè every evening. Twice I was surprised by the fact my waiter was also the main singing talent. Imagine, he puts down your glass of wine and while still straightening he bursts out in song.
Tom Wilson: Fado singers can pop up anywhere! Sadly, one of the traditions is gradually being eroded by too many tourists - traditionally, all conversation in the restaurant stopped when the singer began - it was right to respect the singer - good or bad! Now, sadly, the tourists don't know this and it is best, as you seem to have done, to find a restaurant occupied only by locals!
We called them Dolly Tubs. My mother's first washing machine was basically a mechanised dolly tub with a mangle attached
Tom Wilson: "Poss" seems definitely to have been a northern word - when I've used it in Sheffield, it's required explanation.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 3 Oct 2018, 08:24
I remember helping my mother with her mangle Tom. Like yours, a more modern version that shown here. I was fascinated with my mother’s gadgets.
Tom Wilson: I was occasionally called upon the use the poss-stick!
I have been enjoying your fado music in the mornings. I am in a flamenco period recently, listening to flamenco for days at a time.
Tom Wilson: I guess fado can be thought of as the flamenco of Portugal smile Actually, today's artist is singing two Brazilian songs, but very much in the fado style smile Glad you've been enjoying them!
It was hard work for the ladies back in those days.
Tom Wilson: And until relatively recent times - my mother was still using them into the 1960s.
Ha, ha, I remember all these, times were hard back then, but we were 'appy! smile
Tom Wilson: Indeed - I had a happy childhood.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 3 Oct 2018, 19:57
amazing contraptions

i love the lines in the barrel to the left
Tom Wilson: Every house had them until, I guess, the 1950s.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Oct 2018, 20:18
I remember also those times. I love the Fado music, I listened to it in Portugal.
Fascinating machinery...

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