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#390844 - 23rd Feb 2010 10:47pm Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ?
lynneb Offline
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In New Ferry,near the Toll Bar (same side as Woolworths & the Co -op with its overhead system of taking the order,cash in & then returning the change down a shute !)
There was a little shop (a Chinese Laundry)with nothing in it except a counter,an ironing board,& a Chinaman with a long black plaited pigtail (to his waist)who spat on his iron ..creating loads of steam....which scared me witless !

I used to go in there with my oldest brother. He was picking up,our Grandfather's white collars.
The Chinese man, picked up a collar,spat on his iron,& a few minutes later..the perfectly,starched and curled collars were put in a round leather box.
When we arrived back home at Grandpa's...he gave my brother a "Thrupenny Jozzler "..for going.

(Can anyone explain that expression ? )
I know it was a 3 pence (old money )...

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#390908 - 24th Feb 2010 9:11am Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: ]
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Seem to recall a Chinese laundry on Borough Road, now long gone. LH side heading down town. Somewhere in the vicinity of the library (?) From the top deck of the bus, you could look down into where they did the ironing. Clouds of steam and pigtails - as lynneb said !

I quite like ironing, as long as it's only hankies and tea towels. Anything more involved is a no-no. I might attempt a "posh" shirt if I have to, but that's it !

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#390942 - 24th Feb 2010 11:47am Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: ]
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Can't remember any specific one, but they were quite common.

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I quite like ironing, as long as it's only hankies and tea towels. Anything more involved is a no-no. I might attempt a "posh" shirt if I have to, but that's it !

I haven't ironed since I left the RAF in 1960. I don't own an iron, nor anything that needs ironing; not even a shirt. If I have to go to a funeral,(increasingly likely at my age), I'll have to go & buy one.
"Thrupenny Jozzler " never heard that expression. We called them Thruppeny Joeys; can't explain that either.
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#390945 - 24th Feb 2010 12:18pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: chriskay]
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Thruppeny Joey or thruppeny bit we called them. A Jozzler is a new one on me. Maybe shows my lack of education !!!

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#391021 - 24th Feb 2010 8:48pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: ]
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There was a Chinese laundry on Conway Street, Birkenhead, on the left-hand side going into town. It was between the old Conway Street School (now the Conway Centre) and the Crown Pub (round about where Europa Boulevard now is). We used to take my Dad's collars there years ago and it was still going in the early 70s. By then, a launderette had also opened a few doors away.

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#391037 - 24th Feb 2010 9:54pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: ]
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yes the chinese laundry on Borough road was right opposit the library. I use to go there to get my white shirts washed and ironed during the 50s. some will remember the standard dress for us {teds} was a white shirt with slim jim tie


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#391473 - 26th Feb 2010 12:04pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: lynneb]
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Dont remember a laundry on New Chester Rd but there was one in Brownlow Rd New Ferry in the 40s, early 50s,it was just an ordinary terraced house.You were given a little coloured square of paper as a receipt,I was always nervous of going.No Chinese takeaways then

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#420284 - 18th Jul 2010 3:52pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: jimbob]
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i am looking at the death certificate of Fong Chang Lee, died 29 January 1946, age 57. His occupation was Laundry Proprietor, 342 Borough Road, Birkenhead. the informant of his death was H Y Cheung, his nephew. Would like any information anyone has, either then or now. Is 342 Borough Road still standing?
Kind regards to all

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#420317 - 18th Jul 2010 7:15pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: anin1]
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Originally Posted By: anin1
i am looking at the death certificate of Fong Chang Lee, died 29 January 1946, age 57. His occupation was Laundry Proprietor, 342 Borough Road, Birkenhead. the informant of his death was H Y Cheung, his nephew. Would like any information anyone has, either then or now. Is 342 Borough Road still standing?
Kind regards to all


If its the one next to the Happy Valley, it is no longer there and was knocked down some years ago. photo put up by dereckdwc on other thread.


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#420342 - 18th Jul 2010 8:46pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: bert1]
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Conway street school

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#420344 - 18th Jul 2010 9:17pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: pammyj]
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342 Borough road, was in the row of properties that the photo shows been knocked down. I use to live at 380. The chinese laundry was still operating in the early 60s. so the gentelman in question must have been an earlier proprieter of the laundry.


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#420636 - 20th Jul 2010 2:59pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: jimbob]
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the wife of one of my ancestors worked in a laundry in birkenhead before she was married and so did her sister, i have it on 1911 census, it says ''Mr Travis Laundryman''
ancestors wife was a carrier out, and her sister was a coller ironer,they lived in Hind St, behind Birkenhead central, i would like to find out were this laundry was.

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#420637 - 20th Jul 2010 3:09pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: lynneb]
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Registered: 19th Jul 2010
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Loc: bromborough
yes used to go in with my dad in the very early sixties to get his collars done I was very young but vaguely remember a tiny window inside the shop that you were served through interesting memories.

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#420639 - 20th Jul 2010 3:30pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: chris7777]
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Originally Posted By: chris7777
the wife of one of my ancestors worked in a laundry in birkenhead before she was married and so did her sister, i have it on 1911 census, it says ''Mr Travis Laundryman''
ancestors wife was a carrier out, and her sister was a coller ironer,they lived in Hind St, behind Birkenhead central, i would like to find out were this laundry was.



I wonder what constitutes a laundry in 1911, many a woman or family would take in washing and ironing, perhaps behind a shop or in the back room of a house, A collar ironer did exactly that and there was also a ironer.
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#420711 - 20th Jul 2010 10:25pm Re: Does anyone remember the Chinese man/Laundry ? [Re: bert1]
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1916 wilmers st directory
hope this helps


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