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Old 04-23-2017, 10:45 PM   #1
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Apr 24th, 2017: Money Laundering

I had a lovely day with a lovely friend so here's a quicky.

A 1912 Washington Post account described how the laundry had “dozens of rolls, many gears, and operates with the same clash and clang [as a printing press]. The money is placed between two canvas belts at one end of the machine. It runs through a solution of laundry soap and boiling hot water, where it is thoroughly cleansed. It then enters another vat in which there is a solution of stiffening material and germ-killing solution. From this vat it is drawn between a gas heated mangle, where it is ironed as stiff as new bills.”
The money laundry saved the Treasury $250,000 a year in production costs, but not everyone was a fan of the cash cleaners. The Treasury printers’ union, for one, viewed the money laundry as an existential threat. The printers used to be paid a piece rate for every sheet they completed, and the laundry shop threatened to reduce demand for new prints. Other white collar Treasury employees resented the laundry for disturbing their workplace serenity. Back in the day, the Treasury building was half office, half factory, with the basement and attic filled with noisy printing presses. Apparently, it got quite loud when everything was up and running.
The nation’s bankers, for their part, thought that the laundry was great. Bills that went through the scrubber were softer than fresh notes—an important factor for people who spent their day counting money by hand.
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:02 PM   #2
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There is also coin washing.
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Old 04-25-2017, 03:33 AM   #3
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True money laundering instead of the robbed use.

I wonder if it removed all the cocaine too? Oh wait, that was before it.
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:24 PM   #4
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Naturally the paper money had to be machine washed. They wouldn't let you throw it in the wishing well to soak with the coins.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:07 PM   #5
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Oh wait, that was before it.
Heh, not even.

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