Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2011

Clothesline, what’s that?

December 1, 2011

Something I just invented. It’s called a clothesline. It is found in the backyard and dries clothing perfectly, especially on windy days. Clothing smells fresh and feels soft, and oh my, the smell of sheets after a day out in the fresh air is fantastic to behold.

Actually, I didn’t invent the clothesline. It has been around forever. It’s just that it has been so long since we have seen one it would seem like a new invention. I have heard that some cities ban the use of one, and I think that is a shame. The youngsters now do not know about the fresh smell and feel of their clothes. We used one in 1951 after we moved into our house on Lois Street and probably did not get our electric dryer until about 1956. It was sure the dryer was a time saver but it did make the electric bill go up and that hasn’t changed.

On June 7, 1892, the first early American patent for a clothes dryer was granted to George T. Sampson, His dryer used the heat from a stove to dry clothes and is an example of a ventilator type machine. Electric clothes dryers appeared in 1915 and were probably used commercially. In 1938 J. Ross Moore invented electric and gas models that were produced by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company. They were automatic. In the 1940s they became commonplace alongside the washer market. In the 1950s there was a sensor added that would automatically turn it off when the clothes were dry. Since then so many gadgets have been added to make them even more convenient. Now every household has one.

Out of curiosity, we tried an experiment recently of letting clothes hang dry in our basement, just tumble with no heat for a short time to help take the wrinkles out, and were amazed at the difference it made in our electric bill.

The wonderful wrinkle-free clothes help a lot too.

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