Feb 05-12

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2012: February: Feb 05-12
Winter Laundry    ...scroll down to share comments
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Starting them early    ...scroll down to share comments
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 08:13 am:

These days we don't give much thought to the washer and dryer that sit in most of our homes, or other conveniences we take for granted. Courtesy of the Negaunee Public Library, today's first photo takes us back to the late 1800's when laundry required quite a bit more effort, and was a challenge to dry in the winter. Little sister demonstrates her technique in the second picture, obviously during warmer days.

It has been quite warm here in the U.P. this weekend, making life a little more difficult for the snow statue builders at Michigan Tech. This is the week of the All-Nighter competition (Wednesday), and everybody's hoping for a cold snap and some quick fresh snow to work with. We welcome your pictures of the festivities in Houghton.

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So far it looks like a pleasant day here in the Copper Country (almost live, Houghton County Airport). Wonder if anybody will be watching football this afternoon? Have a good week :o)
DEAN SCHWARTZ SR. (Lulu) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 08:23 am:

Go Giants !!!!!!!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 08:26 am:

Laundry seems such an easy task today...makes one wonder if today's way will be crude in 75-100 years from now?

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 08:31 am:

...a little to much starch?

By Richard Wieber (Dickingrayling) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 08:36 am:

Love the old phoos from our past. There seems to be quite a difference in the snow depth on the roofs of this house. Deep on the porch roof and much thinner on the house roof. A lot of heat loss. Check out the ice hanging from the rear eaves. No wonder they used so much wood. Is that laundry what they call "freeze dried"?

By Jim Nicholas (Jimn) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 08:56 am:


By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 09:34 am:

Yes,Richard, that laundry is exactly what you'd call freeze dried! First the wet laundry freezes, then the ice sublimates, with the water transforming directly from ice to water vapor. Takes a bit longer than 50 minutes on the permanent press cycle, but it works. No electric bill involved, either.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 11:05 am:

That's a time I remember well..not in the 1800s but in the 1940s, and '50s. My mama would hang clothes on the line and they would freeze immediately. But it did seem to help soften the sheets, and you're right, Jim, they smelled so good and fresh afterward. ahh memories!:)
No watching football in my house, Charlie, even if I had TV. Boring.:(

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 11:10 am:

Meant to comment on the last photo....love the little girl in a 'dress', with her hair done up so nicely and neatly. More sweet memories!

By Richard J. (Dick_fl) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 02:52 pm:

I agree Shirley. No football in my house, not even if I had a tv.
I believe in computers but got rid of the boob tube years ago.
Plenty to do without one and if you do get bored one can
always read a book.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 03:12 pm:

You're so right, Richard, and that's my favorite pastime, reading!:)

By Theresa Barnes (Flash) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 03:46 pm:

Go Giants!!!! Our kids live in Upstate New York!
Reading is a big pastime with me too, Shirley.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 03:48 pm:

I'd bet most of us are readers since we love this site so much. Just ordered a few books off of the B & N site for my Nook. Can't resist when they're 99 cents.

Love these old pictures on Sundays. Thanks, Charlie!

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 04:15 pm:

We'd hang diapers on the line and listen to them clack through the night outside our window in the mid 1970's just north of Centennial Heights. The UV rich sunlight took care of anything missed by the old wringer washing machine. You'd know they were mostly dry when they quit making so much noise clacking in the breeze. Oh the not so good old days.

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