Lancaster Laundry

Late last month, on business trip with my husband, we were again in Lancaster County where I have taken many photos of laundry, mostly laundry hanging on the clotheslines of Amish families. My penchant for laundry photos goes back to our trip to Italy in 2011, and since then I have been collecting  laundry pictures. I also tell all my family and friends who travel far and wide to take laundry photos. I definitely have a photo phobia for clotheslines and plan to make a photo-journal album of many of the photos—a  back burner project.

We stopped at a roadside food stand near Lancaster because I wanted to buy fresh corn. As I stepped out of the car, I looked up and saw a long clothesline from the second story of the building, which was actually a house with the large food booth built in front of the house. There were also plants for sale, and my husband (I call him our plant manager) picked up a couple of houseplants.

The flower bed was at the corner of the food stand, which you can see in the upper lefthand corner of the photo.

Above is the photo of the flower bed, and below is the clothesline in three parts, because it spread across the house onto the area where the plants were for sale. There are no photos of the corn. It was so good, we ate it all up, sharing it with our next door neighbor.  Not sure I will get back to Lancaster before the end of the summer, but the corn was sweet enough to make a special trip, with or without the clothesline!

Note: It was a cloudy day with sprinkles of rain, so the colors are not so vivid as they would be on a sunny day. I hope someone took down the clothes before they became rain-soaked!

6 thoughts on “Lancaster Laundry

  1. Fantastic shots, ES. As a lifetime clothes line user, I think this is pretty interesting stuff. Thank YOU!!

  2. The Amish and I have the same pact, we both hang our laundry out for both the free drying the sun
    provides as well as the fresh clothes that bring a lovely smell creating the smell spell of freshness
    our mother’s and grandmother’s provided for us. The only difference is the nature of their clothes,
    the men’s pants and the women’s jumpers are solid black while the blouses and shirts range in color
    from deep purples, emerald green, and electric blues to the more subtle blushes of pink, aquamarine
    and azure. The deeper tones seem to be more prevalent among the Old Order Amish.

  3. Laundry hung out in the fresh air–it was cleaner back “then” is one of the treasured smells of
    childhood. Mother’s home baked/ cooked foods can be added to that. Our olfactory histories
    are an important part of our memories.

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