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Vintage photos of:
December 1943. "Traveling servicemen may take a shower, shave, and wash and iron clothes at the United Nations service center in Washington, D.C." View full size. Photo by the unstoppable Esther Bubley. (Showering and shaving we've seen. Are there photos of clothes-washing? Yes indeed. Ironing? Yew betcha.)