Early Chinese Laundries and American-style Marketing

Some early Chinese laundrymen placed small business ads in local newspapers that simply gave the name and address of their business, but soon some employed more promotional wording in their ads that emphasized quality, speed, and reasonable prices.   Promises of  “satisfaction guaranteed,“first-class work,” and New York style began to be used by the more sophisticated.

Even humorous slogans could be found such as “We Wash Everything But The Baby.”

wah lee middleboro vt adL. A. Hop leeJohnston PA  CL ad blotter everyt nbut the baby



1897 Ohio1884  Oakland  ldy ad
1893 vermont


1899 medford




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2 responses to “Early Chinese Laundries and American-style Marketing

  1. Hi sir/ma’am,

    I find this extremely interesting! May I know where you obtained the advertisements? I am interested in researching this for a project.

  2. Glad you found this post of interest. I searched a newspaper archive: http://www.newspapers.com/
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