I was volunteered to clean out our basement today and found something I'd totally forgotten about. We picked up this bench in Kentucky, probably near Corbin, and it was described as a laundry bench. The tub of wet stuff sat on one end, mangle would be clamped down in the center, with the clothes passed through into the dry tub at the other end. Well that was the story anyway.
It's now living, during the summers anyway, as a garden bench.