APRIL 15TH IS NATIONAL LAUNDRY DAY!
The 21-trillion dollar national debt and this year's NLD theme, "Let's get the kids to do the laundry," calls to mind Emmett Lee Dickinson's now-classic poem "Said Debt to Reason" (below on the left). Dickinson's poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem "Said Death to Passion" (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
Said Debt to Reason
"Give of thine a Trillion unto me."
Said Reason, through contracting Breaths
"A Trillion Times Thee Nay."
Robbed Debt from Peter
To pay Paul
He – slimy as an Eel
Situated in the West Wing
And then Debt signed the deal.
By Emily Dickinson:
Said Death to Passion
"Give of thine an Acre unto me."
Said Passion, through contracting Breaths
"A Thousand Times Thee Nay."
Bore Death from Passion
All His East
He – sovereign as the Sun
Resituated in the West
And the Debate was done.
National Laundry Day is always LOADS of FUN!
The word "laundry" derives from the word "laundered," which comes from two Welsh terms: "Lloon," meaning "loon" (or "eccentric crazy lunatic") + "dyrte," meaning "dirt" (or "filthy soil").
For centuries, the Welsh affectionately called the English "Lloon dyrtes," and in English, the word morphed into "laundered."
In the mid-1800s, Emmett Lee Dickinson established April 15th as National Laundry Day. Dickinson had invented the laundry basket on wheels, and wherever he went, he urged others to join his crusade for national cleanliness.
Pictured at the left: Revelers enjoy one of the first observances of National Laundry Day. A particular delight for children on early National Laundry Days was when they got to turn the crank on the wringer.
APRIL 15: NATIONAL LAUNDRY DAY
Pictured above: Senator Ralph Cresewyk Maytag
from Washerst, Pennsylvania
Pictured below: Vintage NLD advertisements from 1953, 1958, and 1964.
Washerst, Pennsylvania: The Cleaning Capital of the World
Washerst, PA, the home to Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request) is often referred to as the "cleaning capital of the world." Washerst is home to the internationally famous Washerst Dry Cleaning Academy and the International Institute of Laundry and Ironing Sciences.
More past adverts for National Laundry Day: