Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic – Laundry Day

Clothes Pins  (2)webLaundry Day Photography by Isadora

It seems like yesterday that these handy little clothes pins/pegs were the only way to dry our washed laundry. Today, we have electric dryers to do what was a fun chore when I was a child.

Clothes Pins  (3) web

My sister and I used to place the pins/ pegs at the edge of our fingers and pretend they were our long fingernails. It was such fun talking with our hands and acting like we were sophisticated older woman.

Ahhh …. Childhood memories can be very nostalgic.

The design was invented by David M. Smith (inventor) of Springfield, Vermont, in 1853. By a lever action, when the two prongs are pinched at the top of the peg, the prongs open up, and when released, the spring draws the two prongs shut, creating the action necessary for gripping.
The design by Smith was improved by Solon E. Moore in 1887. He added what he called a “coiled fulcrum” made from a single wire. This was the spring that both held the wooden pieces together and forced them to snap shut. Information from Wikipedia

Cheri Lucas Rowlands has challenged us this week with the word: Nostalgic http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/nostalgic/

Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.

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27 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic – Laundry Day

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  3. My mom and sisters still use this eco-friendly drying method–wooden clothespins and all. I would, but I live in a condo complex and that sort of thing is frowned upon. But when I lived in the Broken House, I had a clothes line and used my time hanging and taking in dried clothes as a time of meditation (unless rain was coming down).

    Ah, the fresh smell of clothes off the line…


    • Personally, I hang my clothes on hangers outside to dry. I live with too many wild animals to risk putting up a clothes line. There was a small cougar on my neighbors property about a week ago. I don’t think I’d like to be friends with it. hahaha
      I do love the way the clothes has a fresh. I used to iron to meditate. Now, I don’t iron just meditate. ~~~~~ : – )


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  7. Stunning shots Issy and I am still doing that as I love the sun’s smell on my clothes as well it saves a lot on electricity too. The tumble dryer is only used when it rains or when the washing doesn’t get dry in the cold months. Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *big hugs*


    • Yes, I love the smell of clothes hung to dry outdoors. In Florida, I can take advantage of our hot days to do that.
      The indoor dryer is for rainy days. My friend had these on her clothes line. I just couldn’t resist the photo.
      It brought back a few childhood memories which is – Nostalgic.
      Your welcome and Toodles to you ….
      Issy xoxo


  8. Love the pic of those old pegs, Issy. My mom had long pegs with no springs in them. We still peg out washing here in South Africa. I much prefer my washing dried outside. At my home in Florida, I have to use the tumble drier for most things. It seems such a waste of energy.


    • I used to have the pegs your talking about as a child. I used to create dolls out of them with scraps of fabric and makers.
      The imagination of youth.
      I hang some things outdoors on my lanai but never on a clothes line. It’s nice to have the fresh smell on the fabric. I agree ..
      I dislike wasting energy. Glad you enjoyed this post, Sylvia.


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