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Abandoned Laundry, Birmingham, AL

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Dec. 10th, 2006 | 09:10 pm
posted by: andewms in abandonedplaces



This is an abandoned industrial laundry located along the 1st Avenue South train tracks that run through downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The faded sign running along the top read "Perfection Laundry".



Inside, we found rows of heavy duty washers and dryers;



the upstairs (where most of the roof had collapsed) we discovered worker paperwork dated 1986 scattered around the floor.



Also upstairs, we encountered a large grey cat sitting directly at the end of a rickety connecting hallway. When we opened a door the cat was there just staring at us from the other end. When I called to it, the cat calmly went down inside a loose floor board and disappeared.

The complete series here

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subliculous

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from: subliculous
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
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hey, two of my favorite things combined - laundromats and abandonment. thanks! these are great.

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from: newyorkinthe50s
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
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i love your icon. and i love photographing laundromats

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subliculous

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from: subliculous
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
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huh. 'k.

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from: ex_juandave
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
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Great shots

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from: andirawks
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
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woah! as a fellow Birminghamian, AWESOME!

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from: andirawks
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
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hah never heard of that one.. I'm in Alabama though

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Andy

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from: notgruntled
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
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I'm convinced that Stephen King worked in an industrial laundry at some point in his youth, because they show up in a lot of his stories. As he uses the setting, it's a pretty terrifying place -- all noise and steam, filled with machines that could chew you up and spit you out without missing a stroke, and creaky floors where an army of giant rats could surge out at any instant.

It's even creepier when abandoned. That helical hallway in the fourth shot looks like the kind of a place where King would turn to HP Lovecraft and say, "Dude, this is creeping me out. Let's go have an absynthe."

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Prosto Алексий

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from: protey_chamber
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
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WoW - that colour in the second photo!

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rob waters

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from: evilrob
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
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That's just awesome. Specially since I work for an industrial textile/linen service and I remember when they used to use those big box shaped washers and dryers. wow.

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from: thallium
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful! One of the best sets I've seen on here.

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from: dreamgirld23
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
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awesome.

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thelonious stereo

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from: jeffkahl
date: Dec. 11th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Wow awesome! I especially like the store front with the disused train tracks! And the shot of Big Blue (as I like to call the big washer) is so cool!

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Melly.. Sophie.. whatever you know me as

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from: uniqueladym
date: Dec. 14th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
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this is definately one of the best entries ever
thanks a bunch
i love all the shots esp the blue washer and dryers!!

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