Man on Wire

Not really Man on Wire, more Man’s Washing on Wire.  I am guessing these lines are a thing of the past but maybe not; washing lines strung from tenement windows to a series of distant poles which look as though they alone are responsible for keeping the buildings upright, bending with the strain.  The washing at the top would seem to benefit most from a drying wind but pegged too lightly and the smalls would most likely end up floating on the Tay.  These are more pictures taken along the back streets of Dundee in the 1970s; I would guess the poles and lines have disappeared along with the supported buildings.

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  1. Cate Franklyn · July 12, 2013

    Here in Astoria Queens we still have laundry hanging to dry between buildings.

  2. LaVagabonde · July 12, 2013

    Wow, you’re right. It totally looks like the wires are holding up the buildings in the first photo. How did they manage to hang the laundry out that far???

  3. Tish Farrell · July 12, 2013

    very atmospheric shots.

  4. patrick · July 12, 2013

    The technology has come on a little – a lot of tenements have retractable washing lines now, at least in Edinburgh. Can’t speak for Fundee…

    • northumbrianlight · July 13, 2013

      What do you do Paddy? BTW – cheque and card arrive ok? I only ask because it remains uncashed – must be rich 🙂

  5. cd1972 · July 13, 2013

    Great photos!

  6. bentehaarstad · July 14, 2013

    Very nice photos. 1970’s, that is great. It is a good thing to keep old photos.

    • northumbrianlight · July 15, 2013

      It is – they look so ordinary at the time but as they age they take on an entirely new meaning, part nostalgic, part historic. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment.

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