John Lennon's long-lost laundry letter

Oct 27, 2010 at 8:28 p.m. ET

A letter written long ago by John Lennon shows that at least one thing really ticked off the peacenik: Bad laundering.

John Lennon letter

John Lennon's letter to his washer woman turned up on and reveals one of Lennon's greatest pet peeves: Dingy whites.

The letter reads:

"Dear Laundry,

Mrs. Yoko Ono Lennon does not, will not, has not dyed her hair, she does not sweat (most Orientals do not sweat like us) - What is your excuse for turning my brand new white shirt yellow?

John Lennon"

The letter, written sometime in the 1970s, reveals a rather cranky Lennon much different from the mellow one normally presented. Of course, I'd be cranky too if my nice snowy white shirts came back from the cleaners yellow. One can only preach so much peace and love when couture is being sullied.

Other points of interest in the note? His use of the term "Oriental," a dated term many Asians now find offensive, to describe Ono's ethnicity, and his mention that such people don't sweat like what Lennon must have been referring to as Caucasians when he said "us." Interestingly, a quick Google search reveals that many people of Asian descent actually do sweat much less than any other ethnic group.

The original note, written by hand and signed by John Lennon, is currently on display at The Mansion on O, a Washington, D.C. hotel and museum.