Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A MOST UNUSUAL LAUNDROMAT

Jim and I visited one of the most unusual laundromats in the world. It was unusual in several ways. First, it had post office boxes in it. Old ones to be sure. The building once housed a post office. I guess the owners decided to keep that layer of history. Nice of them.
People can't resist putting fake mail in them in the boxes.
This is the only laundromat I've ever seen with stained glass windows.

Fancy chairs, tables, plants and cozy little seating areas, certainly another unusual characteristic. None of the green plastic chairs. Patrons relaxed, read the news, brought their lunch.

 And, how many laundromats have old time 78 records framed on their walls?
While cruising through old pictures, I decided to revisit this unusual laundromat on Rampart St. in New Orleans which was once a recording studio. Another layer of history preserved here along with pictures of some of the great rock and roll stars that recorded here. Little Richard above.

Lloyd Price----

---and Jerry Lee Lewis. The framed pictures hang high and out of reach. The building is full of windows and light. Hard to get decent photos, but the thrill for rock and rollers is encased in this laundromat. Fats Domino, Shirley and Lee, Roy Brown, Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Smiley Louis, Annie Laurie, and others.





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