Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hanging Out The Wash

This goes along with other posts on laundry. Here is some research on wash tubs (or coopering a wooden bucket) and ironing. This evening, I cam across this wonderful image of a woman hanging laundry on a clothes line. I can't wait to find images of period clothes pins. In this image, it looks as if she is not using clothes pins. How interesting.

From Gutta Percha, Its Discovery, History, and Manifold Uses 1851

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"And here among the maple sugars, &c., is an American clothes peg made of maple-wood (an article still a great curiosity with many English people from its strong contrast to their clumsy peg made in three pieces and bound with tin, which rusts, and iron-moulds the clothes)." 
From The Horticulturist 1856

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"They have also, after due deliberation, abandoned that part of the line known as the Shepherd's Bush Clothes Line, though the laundresses have been hanging out for better terms; but your Directors prefer the chance of the drygoods to the prospect of having a damp thrown on any of their lines by a class of people who refused to stir a peg or even a clothes peg to meet the views of the proprietors."
From Cyclopaedia of Commercial and Business Acecdotes 1865

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I am guessing that these pegs could look like this:

from http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/peg.html

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Here is an interesting article on the topic of clothes lines. It gives both the old way and a new way:

From The Ohio Cultivator 1854
I think that this article is very interesting in that the new design is still very much in use today.