How many of you remember the cloth diaper services that used to operate in most urban areas? I say *remember* because I don't know if any still exist with the vast majority of households using disposables in the US. They were still around in Baltimore as late as the mid-1970s because a friend of mine worked for "Nu-Dy-Per" diaper service on a pickup/delivery route. I remember the trucks were mostly a salmon pink color and had some baby-ish graphics on the sides.
One funny experience (funny now, not too funny then) he had was with a truck with a bad latch on the rear door. He was bouncing down one of the main city thoroughfares with the truck loaded from pickups when the rear door flew open and a sack of dirty cloth diapers landed in the street. Of course, the sack had to come open and soiled diapers were laying all over the place. However, he had to go back and grab up all the nasty diapers because the sack was tagged with the customer's name, and they would be charged for the missing cloth diapers - how many you received and sent back was accounted for. By the time he told me about his experience he was able to laugh about it, but he didn't work for them much longer. A truckload of messy diapers didn't go too well with hot Summer days in the city.