The debate rages on.
Linguists and historians can’t seem to agree on the origins of the expression “Davey Jones’ Locker”
(referring to the bottom of the sea where drowned sailors go).
Meanwhile, there’s no debating the fact that Indy’s best dry cleaners has installed drop-off (These lockers are very dry and definitely above ground!)
lockers in a dozen of its retail locations.
The first mention of Davey Jones was in a book, published in 1751, called The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle. “This same Davy Jones, according to sailors, is the fiend that presides over all the evil spirits of the deep,” wrote author Tobias Smollett.
A second theory is that “Davey” equals “Duffy”, the West Indiana term for ghost, and that “Jones” stands for “Jonah”, whom God punished by causing him to be swallowed by a whale.
There’s more. A 1594 song called “Jones’ Ale is Newe” told of a pub owner who threw drunken sailors into his ale locker and then dumped the lockers onto passing ships.
I can assure you – at Classic Cleaners, lockers are used for convenience, not punishment. Our lockers are for holding clothes, not ale or sailors!)
Working late? Just returned from vacation? It’s so convenient to drop off your personalized express dry cleaning bag in the secure chute. We do the rest. Then, once your clothes are ready for pickup, we store them in a locker accessible by your personalized PIN.
Next time you visit us at Classic Cleaners, tell the manager you’re ready to sign up for your very own locker services.
You can hear the Davey Jones name right in the U.S. Navy song, Anchors Aweigh. “Sail on to victory, and sink their bones to Davey Jones, hooray!”, the words go.
At Classic Cleaners, we won’t be sinking anybody’s bones. Every so often, though, after seeing how beautifully a problem garment turned out under Classic Cleaners specialists’ expert care, customers do let out a “Hooray” or two!
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team