Most of the time I resist the urge to rant about "the way things used to be", but I noticed something recently I am compelled to mention. When both my parents were gone and I was cleaning out their house, I brought home all the towels, washcloths, sheets and bedspreads they had. I am an only child, so don't be thinking I was stealing from siblings. I have now had those towels, etc. for 10 years and most of them had been bought between the years of 1950 and 1982, after which my Mom was too ill to shop. Would you believe that most of those things are in better condition now than the towels and sheets I bought between the years of 1980 and now? I have been using Mom's towels and sheets since 1995, and they are none the worse for the wear, while the ones I've bought recently are noticeably thinner and in some cases, shredding on the edges.
I have towels that I used at summer camp in the late 40's, and I know this because they are marked with my name in the corner. They are still usable and while they are a little thin, you would never believe they are more than 50 years old. Why on earth cannot the current manufacturers make towels and sheets that withstand the rigors of washing machines the way they used to? That is a rhetorical question, of course, I know they CAN make them, but they don't because it would mean we never have to buy them again unless we get tired of the colors. It is too bad that the work ethics and product standards of previous times have been forgotten - or more likely - set aside for the almighty dollar.