Monday, August 26, 2013

Olympia Laundry and Dry Cleaning Co.

Corner Hill and East Side

Olympia Towel Supply Company was incorporated in 1921 by George Elson, a 26-year Greek immigrant, and his partners R.A. Drake, and Albert Walker. Elson seems to have flirted with the retail laundry business during the 1930s, but by 1949 returned to towel supply. After he died in 1950 his son, Charles Elson ran the business.

In 1960 the Laundry was still going strong as Olympia Laundry and Towel Supply Company. They supplied clean linens for many of the finer restaurants in Dallas, averaging 14,000 table cloths and 40,000 large dinner napkins per week. The last year I found a listing for Olympia was 1968.

There's an old brick building at the corner of Hill Ave. and East Side with a front door set diagonally to the corner, which looks as if it could have housed a laundry at one time.

George Elson, founder of Olympia Laundry

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