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!
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