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Saturday, November 15, 2014
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I was driving thru South Paterson, NJ on a recent Saturday morning, and saw something that took me back almost 50 years. I.e., clothes hanging outside to dry! My goodness, someone out there is still using clothes lines and clothes pins!!! That’s the way it was in the neighborhood where I grew up. By the 1980s and 90s, most everyone in town bought their own washing machines and dryers, or used a laundromat. I thought that the fine art of outdoor drying was gone forever. But it looks like it still survives in places!

Well, this neighborhood in Paterson is dominated by recent immigrants with just-getting-by working class jobs. So maybe this is just a part of survival for these families. Well hey, I admire that, and I appreciate the opportunity, however brief, to revisit the way things were back when I was growing up!

◊   posted by Jim G @ 7:18 am      

  1. Jim, And how lovely the smell of clothes hung outside to dry! That is something we have lost with the arrival of washers and driers. Especially when it was windy and the air would flow through every thread of the materials in the clothing, there was nothing better. I did a lot of hanging clothes out to dry and bringing them in for my mother when I was a young girl. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — November 15, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

  2. Yes, the smell of clothes dried outside — another memory of youth! Even in my neighborhood, with the chemical factory down the road, the wash still smelled great when my mother would bring it in during the afternoon. Thanks, Mary, for the memories!

    Comment by Jim G — November 17, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

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