Sprayers from a Chinese Laundry
An entrepreneurial response to discrimination
These brass water-sprayers were used in a Chinese American laundry shop in Washington, DC, about 1900. After finding themselves barred from most industrial jobs and deprived of U.S. citizenship in the late 1800s, many Chinese immigrants started their own businesses, such as laundries, as a means of survival. Despite poor working conditions and low wages, laundries provided much-needed jobs as well as a base for Chinese American political and social organization.
||4" high x 3-1/2" diameter
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