What’s a Mangel?

Mangel advertisements found in a volume in the collection

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).

Proud mangel growers

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.

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