Chinese Laundry In Montana Territory
A late nineteenth century interior of a Chinese Laundry in Nevada City, Montana, a ghost town in the high desert gold mining country.
In the old west men did mining, logging, and other heavy labor and needed their clothes washed occasionally. Industrious Chinese usually operated laundry facitlities without complaint.
There is more than one story about what the miners thought was a stupid Chinese Laundryman who got rich cashing in all the gold dust that washed out of cuffs and shirt tails. In any event, it was hard work and everything needed to do the job is in this photo: a washing machine, a clothes dryer, an iron, and a basket to carry the laundry in and a table to fold the clothes on.
May 1st, 2011
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