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18/04/1934 The first laundromat is opened in Texas

The 1st laundromat, also known as washateria, was opened in Fort Worth, Texas, by John F. Cantrell. Although steam-powered laundry machines were invented in the 19th century, their cost put them out of reach of many. Cantrell and others started renting short-term use of their machines.


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