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   Vol. 6, Issue 3
   June 2011
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Excerpt from American Agriculturist, Volume 41, 1882.

A Clothes Line Elevator

As usually strung up, the clothes line is almost out of reach, especially at the ends, and clothes are hung upon it with some difficulty, especially by a person of short stature. This difficulty can be quite successfully obviated, by the use of the simple arrangement shown in the engraving.

Elevator for clothes line.
Elevator for clothes line.

The elevator consists of a plank post, a, projecting four feet above ground, to which is bolted at the top, near one edge, a lever, r, five feet in length. The end of the clothes line is attached two feet from the bolt. The opposite end, three feet in length, is used for a handle or lever for adjusting the clothes line, when filled with clothes, and is retained in position by a wooden button.

A small block is nailed upon the post at p, to hold the lever in a horizontal position, while the clothes are being placed upon and removed from the line. A similar "elevator" may be placed at each end of the clothes line, and it may be made of any desired size.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1882. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.

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