Rubbish removal team gets stuck with pins in Queens full-house furniture removal job
Great news! I found a bag full of old clothespins to go with my 1950s clothing rack I wrote about back in April.
I was on a full house furniture removal job in Queens just last week when these one-piece wooden clothespins made their new home in my garage. They’re not your typical clothespins with springs to keep them opened or closed. Rather, they are one-piece pegs with two prongs that are positioned close together so they’ll hold up clothes on a rack. These were created by Jérémie Victor Opdebec.
Oddly enough, there are no wooden clothes pin manufacturers left in the United States.
Fun facts from HeritageAndHistory.com:
- “The earliest American patent for a clothespin, issued in March 1832, described a bent strip of hickory held together with a wooden screw.”
- From1852 to 1887, the U.S. Patent office granted patents to around 150 different clothes pegs.
- In the United Kingdom, the wooden peg was often made willow because the wood was naturally springy and could be found in many woodlands.
- In the 1900s, it was common for girls to draw faces on the pegs and makes clothes from scrap material, turning the simple peg into a doll.
- In the UK, clothespins are called “clothes pegs” or “dolly pegs.” In the film industry, they’re called “C47s.”