Spinning Stories

Walk Dates – Summer 2010 by cqualmann
July 12, 2010, 11:38 am
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Spinning Stories, a walk about laundry and the places people chat, tell stories, exchange tips and share news,

Saturday 17th July 2010, at 11am
Thursday 22nd July 2010, at 6.30pm

tickets £10, booking via the Women’s Library

tel. 020 7320 2222

The walk begins at the Women’s Library, Old Castle Street, London, E1, which is on the site of the old Goulston Square washhouse, and ends at the Boundary Estate Community Launderette, one of the few remaining facilities in the area. It includes a number of launderettes and public baths, past and present, and invites participants to think about changing attitudes to women’s talk, to public and private spaces, and to the role of informal chat in everyday life.


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It was late July or early August when I went on the Spinning Stories walk, but I did want to leave a story that was passed onto me by my father, about my Zadie (granddad).
My Zadie’s parents immigrated to New York in the early 1900s, and lived in a small apartment, like many other immigrants at the time. Everyone hung their laundry outside of their apartments, and some had nicer clothes than others.
My zadie, at this point a young man a self-conscious about his appearance, probably somewhat ashamed of his modest clothes, had an idea to improve his closet. He decided to take a nice outfit from one of the clothes lines. The neighbors caught him, and he got in trouble with the NYPD.
Somehow, he had managed to get out of the trouble long enough to get home, talk to his parents, and board a bus (or was it a trian? I don’t know) to Chicago.
You can imagine, there are more stories to tell, but for now, rest assured he (eventually) grew out of his youthful swindling, and established himself as a domesticated father and blue collar business man in Chicago. He didn’t know his fate was hanging on the line in New York, but how many kids really do?

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