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Has Your Mother Sold Her Mangle


A very odd phrase that came into repute in a brief space in the early 19th century, in the form of the impertinent query, ‘Has your mother sold her mangle?’ But its popularity was not of that boisterous and cordial kind which ensures a long continuance of favour. What tended to impede its progress was, that it could not be well applied to the older portions of society. It consequently ran but a brief career, and then sank into oblivion.

 

It was also heard as part of an old London Ballard:

 

......Now's the day and now's the hour
Pretty little Sally
My Hellen is the fairest flower
And she lives in our alley
And here is Ben the Hackney Coachman
With me and Mary ?ngle
The old woman of Rumford
Has your mother sold her mangle....

 

Sung to the tune -- When first I came to Lunnun


As I remember mangles always lived in the corner of the back yard and were fed wet clothing on a regular basis.



 

 

Has Your Mother Sold Her Mangle


A very odd phrase that came into repute in a brief space in the early 19th century, in the form of the impertinent query, ‘Has your mother sold her mangle?’ But its popularity was not of that boisterous and cordial kind which ensures a long continuance of favour. What tended to impede its progress was, that it could not be well applied to the older portions of society. It consequently ran but a brief career, and then sank into oblivion.

 

It was also heard as part of an old London Ballard:

 

......Now's the day and now's the hour
Pretty little Sally
My Hellen is the fairest flower
And she lives in our alley
And here is Ben the Hackney Coachman
With me and Mary ?ngle
The old woman of Rumford
Has your mother sold her mangle....

 

Sung to the tune -- When first I came to Lunnun


As I remember mangles always lived in the corner of the back yard and were fed wet clothing on a regular basis.



 

 

comments (6)

That one belonged to my Great Great Grandmother Les.... and she loses track of a lot of thingsgrin....petersmile
Les Auld: As did mine Peter, thanks for the comment.
I don't know about the Mangle... but I like this image of the old thingy amidst the old brick!
Les Auld: Can't beat an old thingy Elizabeth, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Sep 2011, 07:31
I remember them too Les: but it's all going back a bit now
Les Auld: Showing our age then Chris, thanks for the comment.
I remember them too but the expression is new to me. There is the old joke about i haven't laughed so much since Grandma got her..... caught in the mangle
Les Auld: Many things can get caught in Mangles Bill, and I remember a few of them. Thanks for the comment.
A great picture, and a wonderful poem Les. You don't see many of these now.
Les Auld: Probably only in Museums Frances, thanks for the comment.
A fine story Les, that really is an old machine isn't it.
Les Auld: Very much so Brian, I saw this one in the Black Country Museum I hink. Thanks for the comment.

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