After a full day of washing and hanging clothes on the line, I was feeling a bit grumpy. (Good thing I put some beans and rice in the crockpot earlier--just like the traditional washday!)
Then I stumbled on to this interesting pictoral post at Sarah's Daughter (with more here). Apparently European women approach their laundry with more old-fashioned care than we Americans.
I'd heard of a mangle before, but thought it was one of those tools only Martha Stewart uses in real life. After reading the article, I've put it at the top of my yard sale list. Unlikely, but then you never know...
Edited: Or maybe not. Debbie spotted the rotary iron in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. Who knew a household tool could be so pricey?