Do You Remember?

Southeastern Iowa at the Stringtown Amish community
north of  Kalona on a very cold day
Do you remember.....

  • When the wash went on the outside clothes line no matter how cold it was?
  • When clothes sometimes were  freeze-dried, and stiff as a board?
  • When most barns were red and utility poles only had 2 lines..one for electricity and one for the telephone?
  • When cattle gleaned in the harvested corn field?
Bonnie, my sister-in-law, and I talked about this over coffee time.  She remembers her mother hanging wash on a line in the living room in the coldest months; Myrna and I remember hanging laundry in the basement furnace room.  None of us had a clothes dryer until we married.  And no, none of us want to go back to winter outside clothes drying.  I do use laundry racks and hangers for a lot of our wash, but I also have a first-floor laundry room that our mothers would have appreciated.  

7 comments:

  1. Oh; ;Those Where The Days'. (not saying the 'good ole days either'. Not all bad as there where some good days. Back in the day; life was so much simpler than todays world. Everyone always seems to be in such a hurry no days.
    Remember when mom would hang out her clothes on outside line and at times it was so cold that the blue jeans immediately turned into stiff like boards. Why she hung them outside when so cold; knowing they wouldn't dry so finally she put lines up in the basement. I own no dryer machine; haven't for over 20 years. All my clothes are line dried
    The electricity and telephone party line. Oh, how I hated the party line. Absolutely No privacy.
    Also remember when having no postage stamp that we would put change in the mailbox and our mail carrier would put a stamp on our envelope a whole .5 cents for a stamp in the 60's but then I think in 1968 or 69 postage went up to .6 cents

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  2. I remember my Mother hanging clothes on the line and in the winter they were stiff as a board frozen! Love the smell of sheets hung out to dry. Thanks for bringing this memory back.

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    1. I remember our mom making US hang the sheets on the line in the winter, Brr! Not a bad chore in the nice warm weather though, better than weeding the garden LOL

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  3. I think I've done it all . . . hanging laundry out on the line in winter (trying to do it with insulated gloves on!), using lines my husband put up in the attached garage, using folding racks and hangers and finally (and thankfully!) having an automatic gas dryer. What heaven that was and I truly appreciate it every time I use it now.

    When we first moved here to northern Minnesota, we had a party phone line and there was one woman who would answer the phone (no matter whose ring it was) every time and didn't hang up but always listened in on your conversation!

    I also well remember the cattle turned into the harvested corn fields in Illinois. The deer would take advantage of the leavings, too. And also the littler creatures such as pheasants, mice, raccoons, etc. The ways of nature . . .

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    1. I too was on a party line in Northern MN. Our problem lady got on the phone early in the morning and wouldn't give it for hours. Never did figure out when she got anything else done.

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  4. we still hang washing out over here. My MIL had me go out in the hail the other day to get her laundry. Its very common in the UK

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    1. We do too...and many folks living in the country especially still do, but I hang mine inside in the winter, not outside like our Mom did.

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