Tang Coin Laundry baby


Most everything down at the Tang Coin Laundry is old and shoddy.

Not this baby picture. It might be old, but I like it.


Here’s a plug that has been painted about 80 times.


Some switches. Ditto.


Suggestion box and snack machine.


Look! A suggestion. Here’s what it says:


Yes they would!

Dryer door.


Self-portraits taken in mirrors at deserted laundromats are a lot like mug shots. I’ll probably start using this one on facebook.


Here’s the sign that shows you what kind of money you can put in the change machine.


Beaver on top of the gum machine.


Washer door handle.


Pop machine. ‘Dixie-Narco’???


How depressing! Why am I posting this stuff?

Here’s the back of the baby picture. Not so old after all. That baby’s mom should go back to the laundry and get the picture.


Au revoir, Tang Coin Laundry!

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  1. Posted October 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Great post!! You’ve captured the essence of many of the coin laundries I visited in my youth.

  2. Posted October 14, 2008 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Gosh, I didn’t think ANYTHING could make me miss my laundromat days, but this came close.

  3. Robin Kelsey
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    You mean… you’re supposed to outgrow going to the laundromat? When does that happen?

  4. Posted October 14, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Public washers and dryers are so icky. I always feel like my clothes got dirtier after they came out — other people’s hair tangled around buttons, other people’s lint stuck to my sweaters, strange dark streaks on my whites, funny smells in my towels…. Your face in the photo says it all.

  5. Posted October 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I love the smell of laundromats – I took a picture of the inside side door of this one for a post that I am planning. I like your montage – it was highly entertaining.

  6. Robin Kelsey
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see it Woodsy. Charles Earl also has a series on laundromats right now, at Through the broken viewfinder.

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