100-Year-Old Hints for Drying Clothes Outside


| 5/10/2013 4:33:00 PM


Tags: country skills, clothes drying, laundry, Linda Holliday,

Why do movie producers allocate mountains of money to depicting the teeniest details, over-the-top costumes, heart-pounding special effects and lavish scenery, yet fail to get it right when showing a routine task such as hand-washing clothes?

Clothes drying on the clothesline.

In a recent popular thriller, two women scrubbed a mass of clothes in a pond, and then toted the wet garments in a pail to a clothesline. One woman grabbed three sopping-wet pair of jeans and slung them over her shoulder to walk down the line to hang them. But first, she stood there and chatted with the supposedly wet jeans on her shoulder.

Anyone who has ever washed clothes by hand knows how difficult it is to wring out all (or even most of) the water, especially from heavy trousers, blankets or rugs. Why would anyone drape cold, wet jeans on themselves? I couldn’t figure out why those Hollywood producers who spent mega-millions on their movie didn’t take the time to accurately portray this simple domestic scene.

Then it hit me.

It’s because they didn’t know.

When I grew up in the 1960s and 70s, every home had a clothesline. Even if there was an electric or gas




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