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Armen Cleaners - Pickup / Delivery Service Vehicle, March 1949

Armen Cleaners - Pickup / Delivery Service Vehicle, March 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 28, 1949
Caption
Pick up and delivery service at no extra charge.

Armen Cleaners - 619 Packard, March 1949

Armen Cleaners - 619 Packard, March 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 28, 1949
Caption
619 Packard Near State Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ample Parking!

Armen Cleaners - Marking Machine, March 1949

Armen Cleaners - Marking Machine, March 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 11, 1949
Caption
1. The machine in the center of the bench (illustrated above) is a Marking Machine, by which special identification tags are prepared and fastened to your garments WITH SAFETY PINS. 2. Fancy buttons and other ornaments, if not already removed, are taken off at this time, for safe keeping. 3. This is, also, where all garments are checked for rips and tears. 4. The various spools of colored thread, shown in the picture, are used after cleaning garments to resew previously removed buttons and ornaments. 5. The conduit pipe seen immediately under the marking machine is to dispose of old marking tags, removed from garments to be cleaned.

Armen Cleaners - Clothes Sorting Baskets, March 1949

Armen Cleaners - Clothes Sorting Baskets, March 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 11, 1949
Caption
1. The machine, seen in the above illustration, is for buffing pant cuffs and other lint catching surfaces. 2. The clothes baskets on wheels, that you see in the above picture, are used for the collection of garments before they start on their way to the cleaning machine. Clothes must be sorted in these baskets according to the day that they have been promised as finished work.

Armen Cleaners - Dry Cleaning Department, March 1949

Armen Cleaners - Dry Cleaning Department, March 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 18, 1949
Caption
DRY CLEANING DEPARTMENT 1. WORK BENCH AND SCALE...here, each batch of clothes is sorted and weighed to make a balanced load when it goes into the dry cleaning machine. 2. DRY CLEANING MACHINE...the most modern design and construction available on the market. Back of this machine (not visible in the picture) is a 130 gallon storage tank containing two large filtering units. Clothes are placed into the dry cleaning machine, which is set for the desired operating time, and given a thorough cleaning in Perchlorethycene (a chemical solvent produced by the Dow and Dupont Corporations). This filtered, pure, solvent is pumped, continuously, into garments during the complete cycle of the dry cleaning operation. At the end of the dry cleaning operation, the machine extracts the garments, and automatically comes to a stop. 3. This is the machine into which the extracted garments are put next...here they are dried in room temperature air. 4. This unit is a still...Cleaning solvent is distilled in this machine more than 3 times a week. Even though the solvent is always kept clean, by means of filter powder and filter units, it cannot be kept free of invisible impurities. Such impurities are removed by means of complete and thorough distillation.

Armen Cleaners - Wool Spotting Department, March 1949

Armen Cleaners - Wool Spotting Department, March 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 18, 1949
Caption
WOOL SPOTTING DEPARTMENT 1. In the above illustration...an experienced spotter is going over a pair of pants which have previously been dry cleaned. Every square inch of the garment is checked, under a powerful light, for spots. Every effort is made to remove spots, by using all of the chemicals that modern science provides. 2. The marble top spotting board in the background is used to re-treat certain spots with chemicals, oils, etc. After such a spotting treatment each garment is put through another full cycle of recleaning.