Model Mangle Toy

A vintage toy model mangle*, made from pressed metal and wood. It is a Butler Series toy, made in England, and in working condition. ‘It’s like Mother’s’

*Mangles, also known as wringers, were a domestic item used in the home in laundry work, to squeeze or wring water out of washed clothes before drying.

The original box would have been similar to this one

About gender-typed toys

Girl toys vs boy toys: The experiment – BBC Stories

What makes a good toy for a young child? NAEYC asked researchers about what their work tells us about toys, children, and play.

“If you want to develop children’s physical, cognitive, academic, musical, and artistic skills, toys that are not strongly gender-typed are more likely to do this.”

Professor Blakemore

Dec 1st 2023:

· Marketing techniques in the toy industry reinforce gender norms and expectations through colour, music, language, and narration.

· Children’s toys have been coded in ways that clearly convey expectations about distinctive male and female interests, tastes, and preferences that can reinforce stereotypes about girl’s and boy’s interests, and contribute to ideas that can hinder their creativity and ambition.

· Toys marketed to girls were 18 times more likely to be shown demonstrating nurturing or domestic skills than toys marketed to boys.

· Seventy-five percent of toys that were played competitively or violently were played with by boys.

· There is a lack of diverse representation in toys and advertising. Dolls are primarily white and it is uncommon for dolls to appear disabled. Most marketing features white children and at times a single child of color.

· Children with disabilities are severely underrepresented in toys and by actors in ads

According to the report, “marketing materials often employ gender roles and stereotypes through colours, characteristics of the actors using the toy, the way they play with the toy, and the type of emotional experience associated with play. Parents are responsive to this marketing and can reinforce gender stereotypes through both the toys they purchase for their children and the types of play they encourage and discourage.”

From the McAllister Collection, donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland in 2017

About Mangles/ Wringers: