Good Drying Weather

My mother tells me many people don’t use clothes lines  or washing lines any more. They use tumble driers, instead. They must have big electricity bills. What better way to dry your washing that using good old fashioned solar power? In the early modern period people just laid their clothes out on bushes to dry. The word “clothesline” wasn’t used until the 1830s.  Presumably, increasing urbanisation meant that things like bushes or even rocks were no longer available to dry clothes on!

Good Drying Weather

Good Drying Weather

24x30cm oil on linen canvas

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  1. My mother always used a clothesline till she couldn’t anymore. In California, it was used all year round. Unlike her, I was an “as soon as I can get my hands on a dryer” adopter. Then when I moved to a cold climate, it was either the dryer or clotheslines in the basement. The dryer won before the competition was even announced. Ah, modern life…

  2. California must be an ideal place for a washing line – all that sunshine. Mind you, there is the hassle of pegging the clothes out. I will only use wood pegs. I hate plastic ones.

  3. The rotary line was being used in 1860s in Australia and in 1911 Gilbert Toyne, a blacksmith, wheelwright and farrier, too out a patent on 4 rotary designs. He went onto market these designs himself.

  4. Thanks Rosie – yes, we are going along. I am really looking forward to see all the different art by Swansea-based artists. Are you?

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