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    Super Member Colbaltjars62's Avatar
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    I remember clotheslines but had no idea there were rules. :shock: :shock:

    Do you remember clotheslines?



    You have to be a certain age to appreciate this. I can still hear my mother now ...





    THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (if you don't know what clotheslines are, better skip this)




    1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes (walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines).


    2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.


    3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!. What would the neighbors think?


    4. Wash day on a Monday! . .. . Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!


    5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)


    6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather ... Clothes would "freeze-dry. "


    7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"


    8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.


    9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.


    10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!

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    I didn't know there were rules that I was following when I had a clothes line. Well atleast 1 thru 7 that is.

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    what was the length of wood with a notch used to raise and tighten the line----our first line went from our house eves to a branch on our red river gum tree--40 years ago that branch is now 2 meters higher than the house

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    I remember having to follow #7 & #8. We didn't get to use the dryer if it was nice outside.

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    Yes...I remember well. I love to sleep in a bed with fresh sheets dried outside on the line.

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    Wish I still had a clothesline. I miss the smell of clean sheets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma
    what was the length of wood with a notch used to raise and tighten the line----our first line went from our house eves to a branch on our red river gum tree--40 years ago that branch is now 2 meters higher than the house
    I have a clothesline now and have that same stick. My line goes from a tree to the light pole and it sags in the middle when loaded. So I got a cedar 1X2, notched it on one end and prop up the line when needed. I'm sure there is a specific name for it but I can't remember it either. Clothesline poles are what usually hold the lines.

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    I grew up with those rules. I remember Grandma bringing in Grandpas work pants in the winter and they were frozen solid.

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    Yup, I remember those rules well!

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    I use a whirly "clothesline." Only one of those rules applies to reality: hang clothes by the tail. Goes for pants, too.

    We hang unmentionables indoors as did my grandmother. They're indoors because the sun eats them not because of any false modesty.

    Weirdness: the sun eats jeans quickly but cotton t-shirts last forever.

    The most important clothesline rule: Pay attention to the weather.

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    One thing you forgot, was that the clothes pins also had to be bleached, because if they were moldy, they would leave spots on the clean clothes, and tired women were not happy about that.

    Like the old saying went, if Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!!

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    I still have a clothesline, I only use it in the Summer months. Texas summer temps are 95-100+, so the clothes dry quickly. Only towels get done in the dryer. My house didn't have wiring for a dryer or a/c until 15 yrs ago, when my DH put it in. Its lovely to have my own personal electrician.

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    Do you remember the metal stretchers that were inserted into the legs of Daddy's khaki work pants so they wouldn't have to be ironed? I hated those things with a passion...

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    I remember my mom with her first washing machine, an old wringer type.She would wash the clothes, hang them on the clothes line to dry...take them in (sometimes frozen), sprinkle them with water, roll them in bath towels, put them in the refrig for a day or so, then take them out and iron them !!! CRAZY ??? I never understand it.

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    I am so glad to have a dryer! Although I like the smell of sheets dried on the line, I have learned to love the smell of convenience!!! ha ha ha :lol: :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    I am so glad to have a dryer! Although I like the smell of sheets dried on the line, I have learned to love the smell of convenience!!! ha ha ha :lol: :-D
    Here, here! :thumbup:

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    Too many rules. I still have a clothesline; however, since having bilateral total knee surgeries July 09, I rely on my dryer so I won't fall outside. As a teen, my Mom worked so my brother & I got to do the washing & drying most Sat's out in the garage on the wringer machine. Sometimes it was so cold the clothes would freeze before we got them hung on the line. If I spent the night with my Grandparents & Aunt, she'd have to have me home by 7am to help do laundry.

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    I grew up with a ringer washer - it was my job to do laundry on Thursdays - and I'd get soaking wet doing all the rinsing in the double tubs. We didn't even have a dryer (and I grew up in the Chicago suburbs in the 60's-70's - can you believe it!), so I'd have to hang it all on the line. In the basement if it was winter.

    I have a question - do the clothes really freeze dry in the winter? Not that I could get my wet hands to work out there that time of year, but it sounds interesting...

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    I am still using clotheslines...we have two paralell lines and a drying area on the back wall of our house. Still follow most of the "rules" but I put shirts and t's on plastic hangers...it cuts down on ironing. We do have a dryer, but it is only used in the depths of winter. Power prices keep rising here and dryers are really expensive to run.

    We had a traditional line when I was a kid...we called the poles props.

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    Naturalmama, the clothes sure do freeze if it's below freezing temps outside. It's like wrestling a frozen piece of cardboard to hang up shirts & towels. I do remember metal stretchers for men's/women's pants. We weren't allowed to wear pants to school back in 50s & 60s (girls & women here in the South were under different rules then than now). My Dad even went to the Principal, but no luck.

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    number 5. is one I never did !! My unmentionables were always died in the house. When I was younger my older sister was visiting from Michigan. Mom told her to bring in her personal items. She didn't the next day her bras were gone and the crotches of her undies were missing.

    :shock: :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma
    what was the length of wood with a notch used to raise and tighten the line----our first line went from our house eves to a branch on our red river gum tree--40 years ago that branch is now 2 meters higher than the house
    We called ours the clothes prop. It was an extending one, i.e. in two pieces that overlapped, and one could be pushed up to make it longer so that it lifted up the line to keep the washing off the ground.

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    What about putting those pant stretchers on the blue jeans?
    Washed diapers everyday when my olders daughter was a baby
    in the wringer washer with all those rince tubs. That was
    46 years ago.Thank the Lord everything is better today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slk350
    I remember my mom with her first washing machine, an old wringer type.She would wash the clothes, hang them on the clothes line to dry...take them in (sometimes frozen), sprinkle them with water, roll them in bath towels, put them in the refrig for a day or so, then take them out and iron them !!! CRAZY ??? I never understand it.
    My grandmother used to do this with my moms /aunts and uncles I was just thinking of this today how funny. I never asked her why I will tomorrow and post it!!! She was military 1pm all chores done starched and put away. Ugh I could not do that today!!!

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    We called that wooden stick that propped up the line the "clothes pole".

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