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    THIS IS FUN TO READ AND TRUE...
    WE ARE PROBABLY THE LAST GENERATION THAT WILL REMEMBER WHAT A CLOTHESLINE WAS.
    And in lots of places they are illegal. It's the poem at the end that's the best!!!
    Remembering Mumís Clothesline.
    THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (If you donít even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

    1 You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.
    2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs.. NOT the waistbands.
    3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes - Walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
    4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.
    5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?
    6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, Or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!
    7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could Hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)
    8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... Clothes would "freeze-dry."
    9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky"!
    10. 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.
    11.. Clothes off of the line before dinnertime, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed. IRONED??!! Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!
    12. Long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push the clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.) didn't brush the ground and get dirty.

    And now the POEM...

    A clothesline was a news forecast, to neighbours passing by,
    There were no secrets you could keep, when clothes were hung to dry.
    It also was a friendly link, for neighbours 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 night clothes and a bathrobe too, haphazardly were strung.
    It also said, "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 neighbours 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 neighbours knew each other best... By what hung on the line.
    It's not where you live... It's HOW you live..

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    A chap who worked for me had his aunt over from usa at his mums house,in the morning his mum ask him to put on the tea pot,here is the funny bit ,he had hung old tea bags on the line night before,so when his mum ask he whipped open the blinds and said will i use the old ones on the line or should we open the new ones,mum did not talk to him for days.
    Only dirty people wash
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    Your post reminded me of this Dad always sang
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    Love it! Except in my world it was clothes pegs and clothes props
    What's so funny about peace, love and understanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckheart View Post
    Love it! Except in my world it was clothes pegs and clothes props
    and holidays.....not vacation.lol
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    still like to get my washing out on the line.......then finish it off (airing) inside..........i never use mydryer...storedin anupstairs cupboard .

    so very true words with the poem.........especially the order and the way the clothes were hung on the line........

    pitty it didnt include comments made by others when the washing line full of washing that didnt comform.

    then on very windy days, going in search of washing that had blown off the line and came to rest in next doors garden. lol

    some parts of the country even had washing line strung across the back streets......can just imagine all thr nattering and chattering that went

    went on in the streets on a monday morning.......community life...ahh...

    now a days you hardly get to see the neighbours never mind get to know them.
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    And nobody has a clothes horse these days!

    They were so useful for providing modesty and warm towels when using the tin bath in front of the coal fire.

    The order was always the same Gran (who lived with us); Mum; Dad (but after the introduction of Pit Head Baths he didn't bother at home); and finally me.

    Following Dad, with his weeks worth of coal dust, I always came out blacker than I went in.
    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
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    Quote Originally Posted by r4dent View Post
    And nobody has a clothes horse these days!

    They were so useful for providing modesty and warm towels when using the tin bath in front of the coal fire.

    The order was always the same Gran (who lived with us); Mum; Dad (but after the introduction of Pit Head Baths he didn't bother at home); and finally me.

    Following Dad, with his weeks worth of coal dust, I always came out blacker than I went in.

    recall playing with clothes horse and using it to make a tent or den with a sheet thrown over it.

    dad also used it once as a chicken coop for a day or two till the proper coop was finished........


    but best of all was it see it full of nicely ironed clothes getting aired and finished..
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    Quote Originally Posted by r4dent View Post
    And nobody has a clothes horse these days!

    They were so useful for providing modesty and warm towels when using the tin bath in front of the coal fire.

    The order was always the same Gran (who lived with us); Mum; Dad (but after the introduction of Pit Head Baths he didn't bother at home); and finally me.

    Following Dad, with his weeks worth of coal dust, I always came out blacker than I went in.
    I have one and use it to air my clothes off after I bring them in off the line. Never use my dryer trixie either always try and get them out on the line. trixie I had to do that the other week my sheet had gone into neighbours garden
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