Drying our clothes: Machine vs Nature

Photo: Lise Lafond

Instead of using your energy-eating electric clothes dryer, try using a clothesline (weather permitting).

In 1892, inventor George T. Sampson patented America’s first ventilator-type clothes dryer. It consisted of a rack and used heat from a stove. This was a great improvement over the old method of drying clothes over a fire, which got the clothes dry but had the disadvantage of making them smell of smoke. Gas- and electricity-powered dryers were invented in the late 1930s and early 1940s.