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Thread: who remember clotheslines?

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    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!




    A POEM


    A clothesline was a news forecast
    To neighbors passing by,
    There were no secrets you could keep
    When clothes were hung to dry.




    It also was a friendly link
    For neighbors always knew
    If company had stopped on by
    To spend a night or two.




    For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
    And towels upon the line;
    You'd see the "company table cloths"
    With intricate designs.




    The line announced a baby's birth
    From folks who lived inside -
    As brand new infant clothes were hung,
    So carefully with pride!




    The ages of the children could
    So readily be known
    By watching how the sizes changed,
    You'd know how much they'd grown!




    It also told when illness struck,
    As extra sheets were hung;
    Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
    Haphazardly were strung.




    It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
    When lines hung limp and bare.
    It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
    With not an inch to spare!


    New folks in town were scorned upon
    If wash was dingy and gray,
    As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
    And looked the other way .


    But clotheslines now are of the past,
    For dryers make work much less.
    Now what goes on inside a home
    Is anybody's guess!


    I really miss that way of life.
    It was a friendly sign
    When neighbors knew each other best
    By what hung on the line



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    I just love this little story. Oh, how well I remember the clothesline!! :D
    I can still smell the freshness of the clothes, when taking them off the line. Great memories!! :D

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    i must confess that when the sun shines, i still use one. i made my dh put one back up a few years back and i still love he way clothes smell.

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    I just recently went back to a clothesline.
    Florida decided that no matter what a homeowner association said anyone could hang out the wash!
    Good for the environment.

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    I've always heard such wonderful talk about clotheslines. The smell, the crispness, etc. Not to mention saving energy. Maybe we should do a couple of loads this way. And hide the 'unmentionables" of course! LOL! Thanks for sharing. Now I know how to do it!

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    I have such "fond" memories of bringing in the boards in the winter! :? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    i remember bringing in the frozen diapers. you could hit someone over the head with them and give them a concussion!

    (yes, children...diapers were made to be washed and reused. not thrown away)

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    I used to love helping my grandma and great aunt with hanging the clothes on the clothesline. :) Such a fond memory.

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    Heck I did one through three this week!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i must confess that when the sun shines, i still use one. i made my dh put one back up a few years back and i still love he way clothes smell.
    I use my clotheslines that Roy put up for me several several years ago. Even my Respite worker uses them. She's always trying to save me a little money, that really helps in all sorts of ways.

    I remember my fingers freezing with the push clothespins instead of the clip type we have now. Mom hung those clothes in the wash house when it was raining or freezing after Daddy built it. Was much easier on the hands.

    Remember the wringer washers?

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    The RV Park in Florida where we winter allows clothes lines. A lot of us use them.

    They are the pole variety.

    I still take my fabric to the laundromat to dry it, though.

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    during WWII we had a clothesline out the second floor window that we used through a window (in NYC). it attached to a tall pole. if the wind blew something off it was long gone. LOL. i helped my grandma by handing her the push clothespins. and then taking them back. that was in a brownstone apartment.

    years later my mom had a wringer washer that emptied into a sink. it had tall legs. by then my dad was home and mom and i weren't living with the grands anymore. all i remember is diapers, diapers, and more diapers. first my dbro's and then my dsis's.

    it was such a chore then, but so nice now. it's like alone time. your mind is free to wander. you don't have to think about what you're doing. you're on automatic pilot. no noise. no interruptions. just you and sun.

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    I wish that I had a clothesline now, :D I remember jeans that would stand up on their own they were so stiff :lol: :lol: :lol: I used to take a couple of loads of dried clothes to the laundramat just to soften them in the dryer for a few minutes :roll: :roll: I just could not put those stiff rough diapers on the babies or wrap them up in the rough towels :wink:

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    I remember clotheslines. I still like to hang out my sheets when I can. They smell so good. Love the poem.

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    when i posted this, i never realized what a bunch old fogies there were here. i only knew about me. LOL! :mrgreen:

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    when we first moved out here in Az,we weren't allowed to use the dryer,only in emergencies or extended rain.we always hung our clothes out to dry,after all we have about 300 days of sunshine.I am thinking about putting one up in the backyard.

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    I still use a clothesline for most things, but I live in the Sunshine state.

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    I just used mine this week for the first time this spring...I couldn't wait until the weather was decent enough to use it again.
    I only have 1 line now, and I had to argue with husband to keep it...He doesn't like it. Oh, but to go to bed with bedding fresh off the line...........

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    What wonderful memories! I have been thinking about getting one again. I loved the smell.

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    One thing I was SOOOOOOO excited by when I moved to Spain was being able to dry my washing outside so easily. On the first day we moved over to Spain, I had the workmen hammer two scaffolding poles into the bare earth and strung a line up, and I had to ring my Mum in the UK to tell her the washing dried in an hour!! I do use my dryer during wet spells and this winter it has been used more than ever, but much prefer to dry my washing outsides. I loved nothing better than seeing a whole row of white nappies blowing in the wind AND I used to iron them too!! I was one of the last to use Terri Nappies my sons are 25 and 22 :D

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    We always had a clothesline where we lived, that is IF it were feasible. I love hanging clothes out! I think drying them in the sun made them just smell better for some reason.
    Grew up with a clothesline and sometimes Mom would put the clothes out and she would see a "streaker" going thru the yard after something that was needed on the line. Good thing we lived out in the middle of the country! lol Yes, it was usually me running out there. lol
    I loved the wringer washer we had too....we had the good one, could either go electric or by hand. That's what Mom wanted, so that's what she got. That way, if power went off, she could still finish the clothes.

    I told hubby that when we get our house, I want a clothesline. He laughed and said sure...then I KNOW the clothes will be folded once they are dry. lol (I don't like folding clothes, but you HAVE to fold when they come off the line!) :) :)

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    Terri, what a picture that would have made if you could have caught the streaker on camera...great blackmail to be had lol!!

    BW ...looky what you made me do on a Sunday!! What will the neightbours say?? Just as well I ain't got any too close then isn't it :wink:

    See Sasha wondering what Mum was upto..I was near the car and she thought I was going out without her!!
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    lol Izy
    Every once in a while a car or truck would catch someone streaking across the yard. Not too often tho. Had to learn how to RUN FAST and if you heard a vehicle coming, had to find a something to duck down behind, which was a hard job to do, especially if Dad wasn't home because he parked his truck near the line and you could hide behind that.

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    I use a clothesline as much as I can.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Terri, what an image I've got in my brain now!

    I still use a clothesline (I don't have a dryer!) but I don't hide my 'smalls' behind the sheets - loud and proud, that's me!

    K x

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