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    Read a reference to this in today's Sunday Times readers' letters page and just had to follow up on it.

    Swastika Laundry

    The Swastika Laundry was a laundry founded in 1912, located on Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, a district of Dublin, Ireland. It was founded by John W. Brittain (1872–1937) from Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim who was one of the “pioneers of the laundry business in Ireland” having founded the Metropolitan and White Heather Laundries in 1899. He was also the owner of a famous horse called Swastika Rose which was well known “to frequenters of the Royal Dublin’s Society’s Shows“.

    They used electric vans, that were painted in red with a black swastika on a white background,[2] to collect and deliver laundry to customers.

    In 1939, the laundry changed its name to "The Swastika Laundry (1912)"[3] to make clear the distinction between its use of the name and the symbol and the recent adoption of the symbol by the National Socialist (Nazi) Party in Germany.
    I'm guessing the Swastika choice was from the Hindu/Asian good luck symbol more than anything, besides being a very distinct and catchy logo, as a certain Central European party likewise decided. Rudyard Kipling used to use it on his books as part of the interest in all things Indian until the Nazis came to power, when he - like the Laundry - refrained from further usage of it.

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    Swastika Laundry

    As pointed out in The Inquisition’s earlier piece on Hermann Goertz the laundry drew attention from patriotic nazis. Both Goertz and his fellow spy Unland, felt they had no option but to use the laundry. Quite why they risked giving themselves away by doing is anyone’s guess. Perhaps they felt it was a cover operation, which it was not.
    The Swastika Laundry’s chimney is now a protected structure. It remained decorated with swastika livery even after the company was bought out by Spring Grove Laundry in the 1960s. Jobs were advertised in Irish print media right up until the late 60s. In fact, it remained decorated until the 1980s.
    Anyone around Ballsbridge in the '80s remember seeing swastika-symboled van driving about?

    I don't think I'll look at sleepy Ballsbridge in quite the same way again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little_Korean View Post
    Read a reference to this in today's Sunday Times readers' letters page and just had to follow up on it.

    Swastika Laundry



    I'm guessing the Swastika choice was from the Hindu/Asian good luck symbol more than anything, besides being a very distinct and catchy logo, as a certain Central European party likewise decided. Rudyard Kipling used to use it on his books as part of the interest in all things Indian until the Nazis came to power, when he - like the Laundry - refrained from further usage of it.

    Definite points for further research here:

    Swastika Laundry





    Anyone around Ballsbridge in the '80s remember seeing swastika-symboled van driving about?

    I don't think I'll look at sleepy Ballsbridge in quite the same way again.
    Swastika Laundry was operating in Rathmines in the 1980's (close to the bridge at Portobello) and yes the swastika was still used as the company symbol.
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    Say what you like about the Swastika laundry, but I'll bet they got your whites whiter than white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.R. Haldeman View Post
    Say what you like about the Swastika laundry, but I'll bet they got your whites whiter than white.

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    I heard the Swastika Laundry co. were the final solution to all your laundry needs.
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    Pretty sure already a thread about this crowd, complete with photos of their vans and their chimney
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    Quote Originally Posted by H.R. Haldeman View Post
    Say what you like about the Swastika laundry, but I'll bet they got your whites whiter than white.
    They didn't use tumbledryers - everything got a good Aryan on the line.
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    I remember meeting the owner once

    It was almost 40 years ago so its a bit of a blur now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asparagus View Post
    They didn't use tumbledryers - everything got a good Aryan on the line.
    I did Nazi that one coming . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by H.R. Haldeman View Post
    Say what you like about the Swastika laundry, but I'll bet they got your whites whiter than white.
    Table linen was their speciality. No problems with gravy stains after they had done the job.

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