"Thought for today:
"Are you old enough to remember the old wringers that were used to squeeze out all the water from mum's mid-week wash? Many's the time I have had my little fingers caught between the rollers?
While I recall that my mother's wringer had a metal base instead of the wooden one shown here, the wrung clothes were guided into an old tin tub by the child helper before being hung out to dry.
For the poorer folk, their washing lines were hung across the street if the back yard wasn't convenient. Whenever this drying method put the family clothe's line on public view, only the best of garments tended to be hung which might include men's undergarments, but never women's drawers and frillies which were dried in house whenever no concealed back garden was present.
So even back then folks, the poor male's underpants became the underdog of the public washing line.When I once asked my mother why this was so, she simply replied,'No decent woman shows her knickers off in public to every old Tom, Dick and Harry!' This is where the phrase, 'You shouldn't wash your dirty linen in public' originated." William Forde" October 31st, 2014.