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Thought I might stir up some memories for a few people...

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The Clothes Line. Do you remember?

The clothes line....a dead give away. Do the kids today even know
what a clothes line is? For all of us who are older, this will
bring back the memories.

1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes.
Walk the length of each line with a damp cloth around the line.

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.

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 line was '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.

Ode to the Clothes Line

A clothes line 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 design.

The line announced a baby's birth
To 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 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 gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way..

But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryers make work 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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Oct 12 @ 11:34AM  
When I was a kid my Mom had a clothesline along with a dryer. She used to always hang the clothes to dry in the Spring, Summer, and Fall and used the dryer during the winter months. I've always loved the smell of clothes dried on the line.

I have 2 neighbors that still dry their laundry using a clothesline. And one still hangs her clothes on the line in the winter.

It isn't totally "gone" yet...but almost.

Oct 12 @ 11:51AM  
We had a clothes line. I loved the smell of fresh laudry dryed on the clothes line..I am with Sugar on this

Oct 12 @ 12:42PM  

I still use a clothesline, for hanging my dogs bedding out after washing it all. Keep expecting my neighbours to have a cash collection to buy ME new bedding.

Oct 12 @ 2:26PM  
Umm.. I have a clothesline.

Oct 12 @ 3:08PM  
Umm.. I have a clothesline.
Yep me Too!!!

Oct 12 @ 7:04PM  
Good for hanging kids and pets up to dry too after a bath!


Oct 12 @ 7:16PM  
We had one growing up. I haven't seen one in years. We had a special folding rack for drying clothes when it was raining that went in front off or over the heater.

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