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washing clothes across the world

 
 
Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 08:47 pm
So I fell in love with this photo:

http://todayspictures.slate.com/20100922/images/PAR237147.jpg

IRELAND—County Kerry, West Coast, 1988.
© Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

This is one of 15 photos of washing clothes (or washed laundry) by Magnum photographers in Slate's Today's pictures series, "The Way We Wash Our Clothes"

link - http://todayspictures.slate.com/20100922/

Actually, it's not today's feature - that's Brigitte Bardot.. but below any of the featured 'days', you can find past subjects and photos.

So, it all makes me want to get back to line drying more than I do.


 
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:00 pm
We're not allowed to dry our clothes in our back yards here (?) or else I would (in the summer of course). Our winters would crack the fibres!
dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:07 pm
@Mame,
not allowed?
Eva
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:09 pm
@dyslexia,
Yep, not allowed. Can't do it inside the city limits of Tulsa, either.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:11 pm
@Eva,
a law?
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Ceili
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:15 pm
A stupid bylaw generally... or a neighbourhood thing, the same one that dictate the plants, roof, colours and so on in new communities within most cities.
dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:15 pm
@Eva,
That is the stupidest and environmentally damaging, unnecessarily energy consuming rule/bylaw i have ever heard of.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:18 pm
@Ceili,
so we're talking covenants here, not city ordinances?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:30 pm
I haven't line dried here, partly because I had hoped to rebuild my back patio overhead structure (it's hilariously built), and sturdy lines would be part of that.

I did used to line dry back in my old home towns, much of the time anyway. It was mostly a nice cheering thing to do, and energy savings were just added to that.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:37 pm
I will agree it's stupid. I'm sure it was all started with fear of the tenement laundry look, or people just freaked at contiguously positioned drying sheets.

dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:41 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

I will agree it's stupid. I'm sure it was all started with fear of the tenement laundry look, or people just freaked at contiguously positioned drying sheets.


yeah, seems like something that originated in california Laughing Laughing
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:42 pm
@dyslexia,
Believe it or not, dys, even in CA I never ran into that in designing - but I suppose it is there too in some areas.

Places I designed for, after the first years in the mid eighties, were mostly urban single family houses, often older, and even if they were originally built as a small tract (I could name some back in LA) they changed over the years so that only an interested eye might pick up that the buildings had some similarities.
Ceili
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:45 pm
@dyslexia,
Yes. Developers will put this into a covenant, and some suburbs actually have bylaws against hanging laundry. I don't know of any cities but I wouldn't be surprised.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:45 pm
@ossobuco,
well osso, I guess I should have said Cali or Frisco, I'm just not hep.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:46 pm
@dyslexia,
You mean in Colombia?
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:46 pm
I dry some of my laundry outside. I bought a drying rack from IKEA and
hang mostly shirts and t-shirts outside. It smells so good, plus the sun acts as
natural bleach for my whites - I never use bleach.
Eva
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:49 pm
City code.

Falls in the same category with parking cars on grass, which is also illegal. Low priority, so enforcement is spotty.

Funny, the things people consider "unsightly." Laughing
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:51 pm
@CalamityJane,
I should do that, while I wait for my money ship to sail in with gold coins for doing a new patio structure. Although in the Spring, watching for expected winds can get a little hairy.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:54 pm
@Eva,
I could probably write a 20 volume screed just on what I think of this kind of social regulation. Levittown on steroids.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 28 Sep, 2010 09:55 pm
@ossobuco,
Do that, osso! These drying racks are cheap and you're doing something for the
environment. Plus, it puts less strain on your clothes, and it smells so good...
did I say that already?

Eva, it's prohibited here too, but I like living dangerously Wink
 

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