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What is Clothespin in Tagalog? History, Types, and Earlier Designs

What is Clothespin in Tagalog? History, Types, and Earlier Designs

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A clothespin in Tagalog is called “sipit ng damit,” where sipit means “clip” and damit means “clothes.” Also called clothes pegs, clothespins are small laundry fastening devices that hold clothes hanging on a clothesline. Interestingly, this tiny invention has other notable uses such as holding nails while hammering them and as clothespin dolls. Before clothespins were invented, washerwomen used to hang clothes hoping that they wouldn't be blown by the wind. The first recorded patent for clothespins was awarded to Jeremie Victor Opdebec in 1809. His clothespin design is a one-piece wood with two prongs but without any mechanism. Hence, it was not as efficient as one would expect.  In 1832, Samuel Pryor became the first American to receive a patent for a clothespin. However, the U...