I"m glad we don't have to do wash using these any longer!
The wringer washer has been around since the 1700's! There are a large number of patents from the late 1700's and 1800's with designs that used hard wooden rollers held together by a basic frame and an arrangement of springs. But the real explosion of the design started to happen in the mid to late 1800's with reportedly over 1000 small manufacturers producing all types of wringer washers throughout the United States. The early 1900's saw brands and options using names such as the Anchor Brand, American Mangle, Lovell Wringer Bench, Rue, and my favorite the Nineteen Hundred Electric Save Womens Lives Washer (I'm not kidding)! Fred Maytag, who had been producing farm equipment since 1893 introduced his own wringer design called the Pastime, in 1907. In fact Maytag continued making wringer washers until 1983 ( click here to see the Maytag history of wringer washers http://www.maytagclub.com/page-16.htm), the model E2LS! I remember working on these and other earlier model Maytag machines in the mid 70's when I started in the service business. Stop by our store and you can look over the two old wringers we have on display.