Laundry Delivery, Ma’am


My Great Grandparents, Charles and Brigitte (Breilh) Mazeres were in the laundry business.  They first ran French laundries in San Francisco, then Modesto, and finally ended up in Oakland, Alameda County, California, around 1910.

This photograph was taken around 1915.  The dapper gent is my Great Grandfather, Charles Mazeres dit Salanave.  He is standing in front of the Tenth Avenue French Laundry horse and carriage.  This is how he traveled the Oakland area  delivering laundry to their customers and promoting their business.  If you look closely, you can see a telephone number.  What a modern business they had!


This is my submission for the 18th Edition of Smile for the Camera, “Travel”.

3 Responses to “Laundry Delivery, Ma’am”

  1. Midge Frazel

    What a coincidence! My great grandparents also owned a laundry business but on my coast in the state of Rhode Island. Wonderful photo!

  2. Janet Iles

    You have a great photo. It must have interesting when the different businesses went door to door with their horse and carriage.

  3. admin

    Midge, almost my Dad’s entire side ran laundries. A relative told me that for recent immigrants it was a very cheap business to start up. You didn’t need alot of equipment and there was a huge need especially in cities like San Francisco.

    Janet, I bet they knew each and everyone of their customers.

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