As the boxing process continues we are always coming across something new and interesting. Last week it was Alessandro who found these advertisements for mangels tucked inside a large Bible. They are not only lovely pieces of ephemera, but they also sparked a bit of discussion in the workshop….as none of us knew what a mangel was (aside from Tony who informed us it is also the device used to squeeze water from washed clothing).
So in case you were wondering it is a beet cultivated for livestock feed. Amidst my online search I also found several interesting and sometimes entertaining pictures of mangels and their proud growers, including the two men above who look pretty pleased with themselves.