Tuesday, August 30, 2011

From the "I Just Love that this Exists" Department

Check out this AMAZING roll of dry cleaning order forms.  Isn't it great?  And up until last Friday, I had no idea such a thing existed.

I got this roll after helping Kim Geiser in her booth at CREATE! in Chicago.  She just gave it to me for my help. How cool is that?  :D

A quick check on Google found that David, one of the original brothers who not only was a partner in the business but who was also a philanthropist and social activist in the Brooklyn area, died in 1937.  The former site of the Kliegman Brothers warehouse, which closed in 1999, was cited in 2009 for being a toxic fume area and required a Superfund clean-up.  Isn't it incredible that we can find this stuff out with minimal effort?  How much microfiche would I have had to look through (and WHERE?) to find this information 20 years ago?  Fascinating.

Judging from the strong logo, lack of zip code and the alpha-numeric phone number I'm going to place this roll somewhere in the Forties or Fifties.  I think anytime after 1960 is too late.  The roll itself is in surprisingly good shape - it was probably sitting in a warehouse for decades.

This is just one of those pieces that makes me smile just looking at it.  I like to imagine the hustle and bustle of a busy dry cleaning business when I see this.

YOU BET I'll be using this in my art!  I could almost do a 6' installation with the amount of tape on this roll!  Stay tuned - when I use it I'll post the finished product here!  :D


  1. Thanks Pam! It's just so graphically perfect, isn't it? :D