Article Date: May 31st, 2012
Category: Heritage Briefs
Points Northeast Historical Society in Pierce County has two 1950s-era Ironrite mangles, items that were dropped off on their doorstep when they were not looking. “Although we were very thankful for the donors’ thoughtfulness, our lighthouse museums cover the early 1900s up to the end of the ’30s, so we are unable to use them,” says Mavis Stears, a member of Points Northeast.
Mangles were a popular household aid 50-plus years ago. They were used to iron sheets, pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins and even husband’s shorts. Historical museums or societies that do exhibit objects from the 1950s are welcome to these items.
The first Ironrite mangle comes in a walnut cabinet. The wood cabinet and the machine are both in good condition. Instructions come with the machine.
The second Ironrite mangle has a white metal case. This machine has replacement covers for the roller included. Mangles were used to iron sheets, pillow case, table cloths, napkins and even husband’s shorts.
Either one or both are available absolutely free and Points Northeast requires nothing in exchange, unless you have an old living room area rug about 12′ x 14′. “We could use one in our lightkeeper’s cottage dining room,” Stears noted.
The mangles are quite heavy and will require a pick-up truck for transfer. Call Mavis Stears at 253 927-5385 for answers to your questions and to arrange a day for moving. Alternatively, if you cannot use these items but you know where they could be used, please let Stears know.
The Points Northeast Historical Society is located at Browns Point Lighthouse Park in Northeast Tacoma.