Sometimes the most ordinary household items have a fascinating history. Clothespins1 have been used for many years to pin laundry to clotheslines2 so they can dry in the sun. Most clothespins today are two pieces of wood or plastic that are joined together by a spring3. The inventor of this design was an American named David M. Smith. He was from Vermont and patented4 the first clothespin in 1853.

  The original style of clothespins, however, was created by a religious society called the Shakers. Their clothespin is made of a single piece of wood. The two legs of the pin are pushed apart and then the tension5 between them grasps the clothes.

  Clothespins are not only used for hanging laundry. During World War II, people did not have a lot of money, so a box of clothespins was a popular children's toy. In the film industry, special wooden clothespins are used for working with movie lights. They clip colored filters6 to the lights and keep messy cords7 out of the way. Though they are small, clothespins have proven to be extremely convenient and helpful throughout history.





《Building Your Vocabulary》
1. household a. 家用的
The store mainly sells household supplies.
2. fascinating a. 迷人的
This city has a fascinating nightlife.