Does anyone remember these? My mum had one when my brother was a baby. As I have said previously my mum was pretty anxious about making sure that our clothes were properly dried and aired none more so than in the cold winter months. I remember that mum would only have it in use whilst we were in the house and when it was on we were kept at by and away from it. As it was made of metal it got very hot on the outside very quickly.
Along with other young mums when my brother was born she had a heck of a job getting the Terry nappies dried and that is when they invested in one of these cabinets which details its history here:
This bit of kit was the forerunner of the tumble drier (many moons ahead) and a different way around things. I don't remember the name but I definitely remember the picture of this cabinet and it had wooden slats in the top on which you used to drape your ironing for airing or wrung out washing for drying. Mum had ours years and used it pretty much until they bought the first tumble drier. It was then that I was lent it (not long after I got married) for a little while and then it went back to Mum and Dad's.
I am not sure what happened to it. I suspect that they had no further use for it and it was taken to the tip. I would have loved that airing cabinet if I had known as although being a little battered it was a hard working member of our family for many years. It also did a sterling job.
We do not know we are born these days compared to the labours of our predecessors and the hours and hours it used to take to accomplish things. I know one thing I could not be without my washing machine or indeed my tumble drier. I rely heavily on this with working all week however in the summer months I do line dry as much as I can I also dry clothes off hangers (like my hand washed jumpers) as I do not want to shrink my good jumpers. If the washing machine goes down there is mass panic as I do appreciate the labours involved in washing clothes by hand and keeping things clean. So in the greater scheme of things the thing I would most hate to be without is my washing machine fastly followed by my tumble drier.
Today we have different variants of the same thing more lately the airing frames/hangers from Lakeland which are electric. A new take on an old idea.
Catch you later.