I am a long-time reader of The Straight Dope, but this is my first time to
use the Messageboard.
I have a question. I have an old photograph of a street scene dated
1935 (Sorry, but I don’t know which city). Outside one of the
buildings is a sign that says “Oriental Laundry,” underneath which
is the phrase “NOT in the TRUST.” Internet searches have turned
up no results that would explain what this means. I was wondering
if somebody might have better luck and be able to shed some light on what
this sign was all about and why they thought this was important information
for potential customers.
Thanks in advance for any info you can come up with.