Monday, October 27, 2014

Beilstein Steam Laundry

From the late 1890s until about 1909, the Beilstein Steam Laundry did business at 630 Market Street. The proprietors in 1898 were Henry J. Beilstein and John Pfanner, but in 1900, they were Henry J. Beilstein and Philip J. Pfanner. In the picture above, you can see that some customers arrived at the Beilstein Laundry by horse driven vehicles, and others by bicycle. The inside of the laundry is pictured below. Both males and females were employed at the Beilstein Steam Laundry.

In an advertisement which appeared in the October 27, 1904 issue of the Sandusky Star, the proprietors of the Beilstein Steam Laundry stated that that they could get dress clothes in order for the weddings and parties of the for the fall and winter season.

The 1910 Sandusky City Directory listed the business as the Beilstein-Pfanner Laundry, still located at 630 Market Street. By 1915, the Beilstein Laundry and the Philip J. Pfanner’s Dry Cleaning and Dyeing businesses were at separate locations. The Beilstein Laundry had moved to the 200 block of Jackson Street, and Mr. Pfanner’s business was located at 318 Washington Street. In the twentieth century, the Beilstein and Pfanner families both operated dry cleaning businesses for many years.

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