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Apocalypse Monday: 1924

Apocalypse Monday: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Ford Motor Co. -- Manhattan Laundry trucks." Emblazoned with the ominous slogan WASH DAY DOOMED. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Florida Ave. N.W.

Manhattan Laundry
—With the Famous Net Bag System
1336-1346 Florida Ave. N.W.

The Final Trumpet

Interesting selection of after-market klaxons on these trucks. The Model T of this era was delivered with a weedy sounding buzzer for a horn, not loud enough to raise the dead, or to bring customers to their doors.

"Make mine Manhattan"

My folks used Manhattan, and at that time the jingle was "Make mine Manhattan, Manhattan laundry for me."

My mother was a typical '50s wife in a lot ways, but she drew the line at doing my father's shirts.

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