Temporary suspension of EU shipping, view details here.

Parnall electric washing machine and mangle, 1955.

Parnall electric washing machine and mangle, 1955.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Model EW50/H. Until the early 1950s, electrically-driven washing machines had to have pre-heated water. Later models, such as this one made by Parnall-Radiation (Yate) of Bristol, were fitted with electric heaters so that water was brought to the required temperature in the machine. The heat switch was then set to a lower temperature for the washing proces. Waste water was removed from the tub by a lever-controlled electrical pump. The front switch controls the 'dolly' rotation; the left one controls the mangle.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas