Thursday, July 1, 2010

Vintage wooden clothespins

Did you know that the first clothespins were designed
by the Shakers? They did not patent many of their inventions
and between 1852 and 1887 the U.S. Patent Office granted
146 different patents for clothes pins.

That is a lot of patents!

My mother hung clothes on the line
when I was growing up and I am sure that is so for many of you.
I , in turn, also used to hang many of my clothes
outside on the line and loved the fresh smell
when I was taking them down.

I remember many days of stiff towels and jeans
and no matter what I did, they stayed stiff
even after folding them. I did get a little wiser
at one point and put them in the dryer on
air dry only, but that only did so much! lol

I don't hang clothes out as much as I used to, but once
in awhile I will still put my linens on the line.
Nothing like fresh linens waving in the breeze on a beautiful summer day!

Do you still use clothespins? hang clothes or
just for crafts?



Julie Marie said...

Hello Sandi... I love your old clothespins! I have mine from YEARS ago, and no, I don't use them for crafts... some things I will never change from their original state and clothespins are one of those things... I too always hung clothes out to dry... I still love seeing them blowing in the breeze... to me that is the epitome of simple country pleasures... xoxo Julie Marie

Irene said...

I love the old clothes pins. I stopped hanging clothes on the line when my son started with allergy symptoms, and I suddenly I thought we stay out on those allergy sensitive days, and yet I expected him to sleep with his face in a pillow case covered with pollen, so that ended my clothes hanging, so now the clothes pins are a decorative thing only.

The Cedar Shingled Barn said...


I still hang clothes on the line along with sheets, rugs and towels. If there is a good breeze, they come in wrinkle free. If not, I toss them in the dryer for 5 minutes to fluff. Clothes and other things off the line smell so fresh! Thanks for the post, I enjoyed it very much.


Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

I do hang clothes. mostly shirts or blouses on the hangers and then out on my gazebo to flip away, I will hang over my deck handrails as well. At one time I hung out sheets but not anymore. People used to hang out everything, including underwear. Once my hubby hung out mine and I got mad that my neighbors could see them, LOL. Jane

Lady Farmer said...

Hi Sandi~
I hang my clothes on the line every chance I get. But it does rain here alot so, not as much as I'd like. I don't hang jeans, towels or sweatshirts on the line too often because they get stiff or never get dry! I have discovered, though, that if you leave them on the line overnight, the dew helps them to be a little softer. And since we live on a bay the breeze is always blowing a little, and that helps with the stiffness, too!
I like to buy new clothes pins every year so the old ones won't stain my light colored clothes from them when they turn dark. I did finally learn to bring my clothespins in with the dried clothes so they should last longer!
I would love to find some of the vintage clothespins just for decoration. I think they are such a neat invention!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I remember a couple of times my mother being stung by a bee that was sitting on the clothespin as she was taking the clothes down.

I think here clothes would sometimes mildew before they'd dry. I don't know how anyone lived here before clothes dryers.

I use clothes pins to hold potato chip bags closed.

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hi, Sandi!

My old style pins got the white paint and "snow" glitter treatment and I use them for hanging up my chenille spread. I use the new fangled spring loading kind for the real clothes line- only- I don't have one here!!! :(

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Hi Sandi... I don't hang clothes hardly at all anymore... Tom still likes his sheets on the line but I prefer the dryer most of the time... I remember how stiff the towels and jeans would get compared to dring them in the dryer... Old clothes pins are neat ... Happy Fourth...