Laundry Photos

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

I am still collecting laundry from all over the world, because I want a second book called Romancing the Clothesline: The History of Laundry. My first book onto is topic, For the Love of Clotheslines, is available on Amazon.



A member of my extended family, Friedhilde, is from Europe and on her last visit there, she captured two laundry photos and sent them to me. They were taken in Schmalkalden in Thüringen (Thuringia), Germany.  Since I have no laundry from this area, I was happy to receive them. I also love the architecture of the houses.  But how do they hang it?

Thanx, Friedhilde!


Just a Line!

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Some of the best pictures in my new book, For the Love of Clotheslines (available on under my full name: Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson) are pictures of the art work by Jockie Loomer-Kruger. Here is one of Jockie’s paintings in my book:


Jockie also wrote a memoir which I reviewed, entitled: Valley Child: A Memoir, Recounted in Story and Folk Art. Here is the link to that review:


Both of us love clotheslines and coincidentally, we both collect postcards. Jockie sent me this one (below) from 1910. It was addressed to Aunt Annie by someone named John Barnes, with the clever  “Just a line from ……” above the clothesline.


Additionally, I checked the stamp on the other side and it was one cent. I still remember penny postcard stamps, although it has been many years since a postcard stamp was only one cent!