The Clothes Line

The clothes line....a  dead give away.  Do the kids today even know what a clothes line is?  I am sure a lot of you are too young to remember the clothes line, but for all of us who are older, this will bring back the memories. . . . at least it did for me.



  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.


A  POEM (Author unknown)

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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