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Clothespins

F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 100.

Day 251 / 365

What did the first sock say to the second sock in the dryer?

I’ll see you the next time around

Interesting Fact: The survival of the spring-hinged clothespin into the modern era is an unlikely story of Darwinian selection. From 1852 to 1887, the U.S. patent office issued 146 separate patents for clothespins. The first design that resembles the modern clothespin was patented in 1853 by David M. Smith, a prolific Vermont inventor. Smith also invented a combination lock, a “lathe dog” (a machine part for shaping metal) and a lifting spring for matchboxes. His “spring-clamp for clothes-lines” offered an elegant model of “two levers” hinged so that “the two longer legs may be moved toward each other and at the same time move the shorter ones apart.” Smith’s design was later improved by the 1887 patent of another Vermont inventor, Solon E. Moore, whose great contribution was the “coiled fulcrum,” made from a single wire, which joined the two grooved pieces of wood at the center of the clothespin. Moore’s version had the advantage of being both sturdy — it kept clothes securely on the line — and easy to manufacture. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/magazine/who-made-that-clothespin.html?_r=0 )

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23 Comments

  1. AHHH! Very interesting detail on clothespins! I actually still use them almost daily (strangely enough.)

    • I think a lot of people still do use them. I’m not sure if anyone will come out with a better to hang cloths out side. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing with us. 🙂

      • My grandmother still hangs clothes outside- I think the drier replaced the pins in that arena for me. I use them to pin back drapes- not the best home decorating concept, but it works well.

  2. I now only have plastic clothes pins with the spring mechanism but back in Scotland I was still using some wooden pegs that were bought from an old Traveller woman in the 1950s. I gave them away when we emigrated. I wish I had kept at least some of them.

    • Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your story with us. It would be cool if you did but maybe you will come across some again. 🙂

      • Well thank you for tolerating my share because quite honestly I have had no other opportunity to convey my sense of loss over having impulsively let my ancient clothes pegs go. 😀

  3. Fantastic photo. Clothes pins, that’s only the second time I’ve heard them called that…here, they are pegs.

    • Thank you very much for stopping by and checking out my work. See on the other side I never heard them being called pegs. I guess it depends where you grow up. 🙂

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