Rediscovering Los Angeles — Sam Kee Laundry

Jan. 20, 1936, Rediscovering Los Angeles

Jan. 20, 1936: For this installment of Rediscovering Los Angeles, Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit a Chinese laundry on Figueroa near Temple.

Turner writes:

It was a busy hive before John Chinaman cut off his pigtail, back when he had the quaint custom of taking a huge mouthful of water and spraying it over the bone-dry clothes before he applied the iron. This traditional custom was finally broken by threats and pleadings of municipal health officers, who accomplished the substitution of a tin mechanical sprayer.

“Chinatown,” anyone?

Jan. 20, 1936, Rediscovering Los Angeles

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2 Responses to Rediscovering Los Angeles — Sam Kee Laundry

  1. Eve says:

    There are still a tiny handful of 19th-century clapboard houses in Manhattan. I used to work near some on the Upper East Side–adorable little holdovers from the pre-brownstone days. I shudder to go back and see if they are still there.

    Oh! I just remembered the Sam Carr bookstore in the East 80s, from 30-some years ago. It was an old townhouse with an antiques store in front, then you walked through the back yard INTO THE BARN (!), which was full of dusty old books. Bliss!

  2. moviepas says:

    Anna May Wong became a star in films both in USA & England but her life was somewhat short. Her Dad should have been very proud of her. She was the star of a 1922 2-strip Technicolor feature film called Toll of the Sea which has survived minus the last reel(c10mins). This is on dvd with stills to pad out an ending.

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