I was just filling up at the garage and was chatting to the hand car wash man commenting that business looked good as he had quite a queue waiting. Apparently his mangle that he uses to wring out his wash leathers broke which is causing quite a delay in drying cars off quickly. But he can't just get one from a scrap dealer now, he's got a couple of ebay bids running and can't get one locally until tomorrow at the earliest.
We used to have a 2-tier mangle system which was clamped onto two vertical integrated cast-iron brackets which divided the two kitchen 'Belfast' sinks, one deeper than the other one, so newly hand-washed clothes could be transferred from one sink to the other one [thru' the mangle] then popped up on to a pulley for drying out.
We didn't have a washing machine in them days [late 50's].
I sometimes hand wash my big duvet in the bath, 'cos it doesn't fit into the 6kg max-load washing machine ... it's like 'wrestling with a giant anaconda skake' to squeeze out the water ... a giant mangle would be handy for this procedure!
Next we will be talking about 'dolly-tubs' and zinc baths. One cold water tap and one toilet for four or more families in the backyard!.
But the mangle idea seems to be catching on at 'hand-wash' forecourts. Most in my area now use this idea. Must be the Eastern European grapevine, when someone threw and old mangle in with a load of old clothes,which these people also seem to collect.