Steve T
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Asked on Mar 15, 2012

A curiosity- does anyone know what these are?

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My brother lives in an old house in Boston and sent these pics. Anyone have any idea what they are?
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85 answers
  • Project Style, LLC
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Our guess is that it is used to air dry things--towels, clothes, etc.

  • Steve T
    on Mar 15, 2012

    That was my guess, too.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Urban clothes line...very old...and very unique. a definite "Keeper"

  • The Manly Club
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Never seen that before. Thanks for posting! I love seeing stuff like this.

  • Steve T
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Yeah... I told my bro, "Definitely DO NOT remove that from the door."

  • Kathleen C
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Yes that's an olden day clothes drying rack. I also have one. You can also hang and dry flowers on them.

  • Lin R
    on Mar 15, 2012

    What great character in that door.

  • Sherry G
    on Mar 15, 2012

    clothes drying rack

  • Bree H
    on Mar 15, 2012

    tie rack

  • Hope C
    on Mar 15, 2012

    drying rack

  • Debbie C
    on Mar 15, 2012

    It was probably in the kitchen area, used for drying dish-towels. And for sure DO NOT REMOVE!!!!

  • Tashiara P
    on Mar 15, 2012

    I knw thats for hanging stuff to dry, they have those in our dorm at wsu. I hang my towels on them after every shower

  • Tina D
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Maybe since it was near Boston it could be a pasta drying rack.

  • DeeDee T
    on Mar 15, 2012

    How awesome! I agree, a drying rack.

  • Petra E
    on Mar 15, 2012

    very cool.

  • Donna V
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Clothes Hanger's!!

  • Mike C
    on Mar 15, 2012

    yes clothing hanger, I have one by my pool for our pool towels.

  • Sandy D
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Clothes drying rack, we had 2 in my home when I was growing up in the pre-dryer age.

  • Kathleen R
    on Mar 15, 2012

    It is a towel rack, my Mom had one in our kitchen, while I was growing up...we had lot's of towels, family of seven, and no dishwasher, just three daughters!

  • Marilyn S
    on Mar 15, 2012

    This is a cloths dryer that they used in the '1950's it is the same thing that they use today but is made of rope and they use it in your shower

  • Verna B
    on Mar 15, 2012

    It is a drying rack my mamaw had one in her house on the door in the kitchen when I was a little girl I used to stand on the chair and hang her dish towels on it, I asked her one time why we did not have them in our house and she said city folk do not know how to build a good house. I sure did love that woman lol from KY

  • Jeanette C
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Drying rack that could also be used for drying bunches of herbs and strings of leather breeches beans.

  • Steve T
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Yep, Debbie C... the door its on used to be the kitchen.

  • Jerry H
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Its for colored flags!! green= pot roast for dinner red= chicken for dinner = blue is fried taters etc LOL

  • Jan H
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Drying rack!

  • Karen B
    on Mar 15, 2012

    for hanging the clothes that were freshly ironed while ironing, before putting them away

  • Susan W
    on Mar 15, 2012

    drying herbs, flowers, other plant material possibly.

  • Rebecca W
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Indoor clothesline.

  • Bunnie B
    on Mar 15, 2012

    maybe some kind of knitting yarn kind of thing.

  • Bonnie
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Any kitchen use needed! It's a drying rack. And if there's one in a bedroom, it usually held ties.

  • Kathy D
    on Mar 15, 2012

    indoor cloths drying racks

  • Bonnie
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Pasta, lots of pasta!

  • Nancy L
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Yep, it's a clothes hanger. Great for wet gloves, wool socks ect...

  • Su T
    on Mar 15, 2012

    out of curiosity what room is it in?

  • Judy B
    on Mar 15, 2012

    yep--thats a drying rack--I own a 100+ year old home and I have one in my kitchen that I use to hang and dry herbs on--wonderful!

  • Pat H
    on Mar 15, 2012

    It is a necktie holder that swivels out of the closet?

  • Deborah C
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Clothes dryer.

  • Steve T
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Su T, its in the kitchen, so I think we have a consensus... drying rack.

  • Evelyn E
    on Mar 15, 2012

    I have a free-standing one that folds up for travel. It makes a complete circle when up and over 3 feet tall. Great for drying camping gear or beach towels when out at the island. Love the old stuff.

  • Shawn G
    on Mar 16, 2012

    Drying rack for clothes. my grandparents had one in their house when I was younger.

  • Connie H
    on Mar 16, 2012

    yes...it is an antique drying rack. Very cool!!! =>

  • I have one tucked away somewhere from my old house in upstate NY

  • Marcy
    on Mar 16, 2012

    Looks like something from the 80's move The Goonies!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 16, 2012

    @Jerry H....love the flags....pot roast?...I'm all over that.

  • Everyone has gotten it completely wrong. Its Boston. It is a direction system for tourist who get lost off the Freedom Trail red line. You point one to Lexington/Concord, one to Harvard, one to MIT, one to North Church. Well you get the point.

  • Susan S
    on Mar 16, 2012

    Soooo glad you cleared this up Kevin. Of course it WOULD be a lawyer who would share the "truth" w/us!!!

  • Peggy B
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Yes- I think it is something people would hang gloves and hats on when wet

  • Deborah C
    on Mar 21, 2012

    tea towel rack I have one in my kitchen as well.

  • Ruth K
    on Mar 21, 2012

    little big for tea towel racks.

  • Lee Ann Yeager
    on Mar 23, 2012

    coat rack?

  • Norann P
    on Mar 23, 2012

    It was use for hanging up or drying candles and if it was smaller then it would be used for hanging your unmentionables, but I think this one is for drying your gloves and scarfs.

  • Diane C
    on Mar 29, 2012

    I have one I use regularly on my back porch. It is a drying rack for laundry.

  • John P
    on Apr 1, 2012

    clothes drying and holding rack

  • Susan S
    on Apr 1, 2012

    Well folks, personally, I think it's time we "HANG" this conversation out to dry!! LOL ; ~ )

  • David S
    on Apr 7, 2012

    old clothes hangers have them , worth$$$$

  • Smokey E
    on Apr 8, 2012

    This looks like a clothes drying rack often hung near a radiator or a wood stove in an older home.

  • Henry B
    on Apr 9, 2012

    It is an antique fold down drying rack. When not in use, the arms fold together and then it can be un-hinged and stored downward out of the way. Usually used for drying dish towels & cloths by those that still wash dishes by hand.

  • Lori L
    on Apr 12, 2012

    very cool

  • Terri S
    on Apr 12, 2012

    Some kind of hangers for drying clothes, I think. From a long time ago.

  • Ann L
    on Apr 21, 2012

    Yes they are hangers to dry clothes on. I remember Grandma having these. They were used when weather to cold to dry outside. or too wet outside

  • Tee B
    on Apr 27, 2012

    Yes, they were used to dry towels, etc.

  • Nancylou J
    on May 10, 2012

    it's like a clothes rack 2 dry light ideas on. In college we washed out our underware and hung on 'em.......LOL Would love 2 find some of these.

  • Teresa A
    on May 13, 2012

    It is an old fashioned clothes dryer. You can spread the slats apart so the clothes hang separately. I have one in my house that I can raise and lower the height of the slats. I can't see from the photo if the slats adjust like that on this one. My Grandmother tells me one can dry a set of double bed sheets on one of these. I use mine to hang my winter coat on a hanger to let it dry before it goes into the closet. It is a very handy item.

  • Catherine D
    on Aug 11, 2013

    Makes a great decoration as well for a laundry room along with an authentic wash board

  • Tina D
    on Aug 23, 2013

    It is a pasta drying rack for homemade pasta.

  • Teresa A
    on Aug 23, 2013

    It is a clothes dryng rack. I have one in my kitchen above the radiator. Mine folds out but has a wooden slide to slide the wooden slats up. When my 92 year old Grandmother saw it she said she had one and could dry a full set of sheets on it.

  • Linda Barrett Dirksen
    on Mar 31, 2015

    If it were lower it would be for kitchen towels, higher is for clothes

  • Mez970076
    on Apr 29, 2015

    My mum had a couple of these to dry the spaghetti on our spaghetti and pasta making days. Then one was put away and the other was used for tea towels.

  • Diena Cameron
    on Apr 29, 2015

    It's definitely a dishtowel rack, so they dry after each use. But my grandmother and mother both used them

  • Beth Gee
    on Jun 17, 2015

    What room is this in?

  • Donna n
    on Jun 23, 2015

    a clothes rack or towel rack, depends on the room its in

  • Sally Cochrane
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Clothes dryer

  • Barbara
    on Dec 31, 2015

    I agree with meza1952. I believe they are spaghetti or pasta drying racks. Most of the towel racks were made of stainless steel, my gram had two of them in her 'service porch' to dry towels she used to dry dishes (before dishwashers!).

  • Tcs
    on Jan 3, 2016

    I think I've seen these in libraries. Map hangers. Could the house possibly be of historical significance where maps of Boston were drawn or just a map maker drawing plots of property. Just a romantic suggestion.

  • Dws4365378
    on Feb 3, 2016

    Yes, drying rack, ds up or down depending if used or not. Grandmother used it, now I have it.dwswartz

  • Dws4365378
    on Feb 3, 2016

    its dwswartz8020 not dwswartz020.

  • Sarah Barron
    on Jun 22, 2016

    clothes airer by the looks of it

  • Janet Borden
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Its a drying rack, probably for towels or clothing.

  • Jude
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Oh I know it's a drying rack & I soooooooo wish I had one !!!

  • Sue T
    on Jun 26, 2016

    A clothes drying rack, I have one I got from Victorian Trading Co. LOVE IT!

  • Dian
    on Aug 5, 2016

    Definitely a drying rack. My Grandmother had one in her old farm kitchen, near her wood fired oven. Great for drying snowy mittens from her 10 kids, & grand kids.

  • Dusty Hampton
    on Aug 5, 2016

    1800's answer to drying clothes. they are beautiful and usually very well crafted

  • Tkl8421471
    on Aug 5, 2016

    wall mounted towel dryer!

  • Hen4540157
    on Aug 8, 2016

    Definitely drying rack &...a really nice one at that!

  • Crystal Straub
    on Aug 10, 2016

    Dish towel dryer

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