24 thoughts on “#Vintage Clothes Dryer – Wordless Wednesday

    • Joni says:

      My mother says before she had a dryer she put the clothes out all year round, or hung them up in the unheated basement, and they would be stiff! The first dryers weren’t that safe and she also recalls a dryer fire once. My neighbour does that too – puts thing out in the winter and I don’t know how she can stand it……to save on hydro a bit I guess. Wouldn’t be worth it to me.

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  1. Linda Schaub says:

    Very clever Joni – my mom hung out her laundry for years. First it was using the pullies which were rigged up to the two Oak trees in the backyard. Then they got carpenter ants and two poles had to go up instead. In those days my mom was feeling much better and she hung that laundry up every time but the dead of Winter – sometimes she’d bring the sheets in frozen the way they happened blew in the breeze. I am not so diligent – very pretty sheets.

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    • Joni says:

      My mom used to hang everything out in the 50’s before she got a dryer and they would always be stiff in the winter. The sheets are old but still nice – I’m partial to blue.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        And our moms never thought anything of it – more work, an added step. My mom never had a washer/dryer until 1985 – before she had a wringer washer and hung everything outside or in the basement. Blue is good – some of my sheets are decades old, but they are flat sheets and pull out constantly – very annoying. I got one fitted sheet set and it also came off when the mattress shifted.
        Maybe it’s me.

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  2. Eilene Lyon says:

    We have too many trees here to hang, plus the dust from our dirt road would just make all the clean stuff filthy again. But I do love the concept. Certainly remember my mom drying clothes outside when I was growing up. Smelled nice, but not soft, at least at first.

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    • Joni says:

      Everyone seems to remember their mothers hanging laundry out. My mother says she didn’t have a dryer until the 50’s and then when she got one, she had a dryer fire! I hang my sheets out a few times each summer, but try to avoid the days my neighbours are burning wood!

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  3. J P says:

    I must have one of the few mothers who did not hang clothes outside. My small town relatives all had big steel poles cemented into the ground for clotheslines. I wonder how many millennials even know what a clothespin looks like.

    We have way too many trees to dry outside but my Mrs gives things a short run in the dryer then puts them on hangars and hangs them on racks we have in the basement to finish. Yes, our dehumidifier runs a lot.

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      • Joni says:

        I haven’t seen them in years, but then I buy my clothespins at the dollar store. I think people used to make little dolls out of them or used them in crafts so maybe they are still around?

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