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LAUNDRY

German laundry could not have acquired this perfect ignorance of how to do up a shirt without able instruction--one easily sees England in it. Your collar is like a horse-collar; your shirt can stand alone and when you get into it you feel ready for crime. It is a wonder they do not have more crime here, but it is increasing as adoption of clean shirts spreads among the social democrats.
- Mark Twain's Notebook

Mark Twain in laundry ad
Ad for Lux soap
from The Designer magazine, April 1925
signed by Ralph Ashcroft.


For more on Twain's association with Ralph Ashcroft, see Karen Lystra's DANGEROUS INTIMACY
(University of California Press, 2004).

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