Photos and text by Algerina Perna
Members of the Tsao family have been faithfully washing Baltimore’s shirts, blouses and linens at the T.C. Wing Chinese Hand Laundry in Roland Park since 1932. This is the city’s only remaining Chinese laundry.
Chak Wing Tsao, an immigrant from China, started the business. Since his retirement in 1978, grandson Ricky and his wife Shirley have been carrying on the tradition of customer care and personal attention. Each garment is carefully cleaned and ironed, then wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.
Shirley Tsao is the friendly face behind the counter, who considers her customers members of her family. “I am so fortunate to have the most wonderful customers,” she said. Over the years she has visited them in their homes and attended weddings and special events for 5 generations of families.
Shirley quips that one day, if she ever gets to retire, she’s going to write a book about all the small-town Baltimore stories she hears from her customers. She has the title, but needs time to write the novel. “Dirty Laundry,” is what it will be called, she says with a laugh.
Revellers covered in tomato pulp participate in the annual “Tomatina” festival in the eastern town of Bunol, on August 30, 2017.
The iconic fiesta — which celebrates its 72nd anniversary and is billed at “the world’s biggest food fight” — has become a major draw for foreigners, in particular from Britain, Japan and the United States.
Volunteers aboard the SS John Brown are maintaining more than a boat. They’re keeping alive a symbol of Baltimore’s industrial heyday and the World War II homefront, when jobs were plentiful, and people were united in a common purpose. The SS John Brown, which turns 75 next week, is one of the last Liberty Ships still in operation.
Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation Saturday after the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey, which has lingered as a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground.
Monica Flores was returning from a holiday abroad when Chilean police stopped her for questions at the airport. They were bothered that their records didn’t match: She had left the country with a son and returned with a daughter.
While the rest of us were busy watching the eclipse, another rare event was happening down in Washington. Three corpse flowers went into bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden, the first on Sunday, August 20.