Thursday, May 15, 2014

A long time an antique!

Many of you would recognise the above photo as a "Hills Hoist", which was invented in Australia in the late 1940's, and to promote the sales, miniature versions (about 5 feet high) of the well know "clothes line" was given to reps to demonstrate how the contraption worked.

Back when Noah was a boy, my father was a builder and dealt with the local building supply store for all his timber, nails and ...well everything... and one day, when Dad was there buying supplies,  the manager of the store was throwing the clothes line on the rubbish pile... Dad asked if he could have it and take it home for his "girls" (my older sister and I) to hang our dolls clothes on.

 I am now in my late 50's and the clothes line has been at my parent's home all the time, until Mum moved in with my partner & I a year ago after being on her own since Dad passed away 3 years earlier.  I insisted on bringing the miniature Hills Hoist to my place and it now has pride of place in our back yard.

I had visions of growing a climbing rose over it, but I think I might just let it stand there on its own.

It still works and I have had many people offering to buy it as they have never seen one that size before.  I hope my daughter will want it after I have gone and then it passed onto her daughter, but I'd say they wouldn't see the sentimental value in it and get rid of it.

Until next post...


  1. We will have it, thank you.. Need somewhere to peg the kids by the ears when they are naughty ;)

  2. what a great keepsake to have and pass down.

  3. How lucky you are to still have you clothes line. I'm glad you are going to leave it unadorned.