How old is this Manhattan laundry room sign?

If you’re lucky enough to have a basement laundry room in New York City, then you probably find yourself down there poking around as you wait for the final minutes of the spin cycle to finish up.

That’s how this old-school sign was discovered, hiding on the back of a basement utility door.

The building it was found in is a 12-story residence built in the 1920s. But how old is this sign? Considering the typeface and that “tenants” were replaced by “shareholders” at least 30 years ago), I’m guessing at least half a century.

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2 Responses to “How old is this Manhattan laundry room sign?”

  1. Greg Says:

    How does one leave a washer unclean after use?

  2. Buzz Says:

    Greg, we’ve forgotten in these days when most of us use liquid detergent or even those little premade pods, but it was possible to leave quite a mess from powdered detergent, whether from spillage or from undissolved residue. And some people STILL have to be reminded about dryer sheets and lint screens.

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