Thursday, March 27, 2008

Throwback Thursday - The Evolution of the Washing Machine

On March 27, 1797, the first U.S. patent for a washing machine was granted to Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire.

I don't know about you, but I can't imagine life without a washing machine. Well, okay, I can imagine it, but I'd rather not. Anyway, here is a brief history of the washing machine....

The very first washer model was invented in the mid-1700s and was known as the box mangle. Following the box mangle came the wringer:

The first U.S. washer model was the scrub board, invented by Nathaniel Briggs in 1797, and probably looked something like this:

In 1851, James King patented a washing machine with a drum:

The electric washing machine was first mass-produced in 1908. It is not known who first invented the electric washer:

In 1937 the Bendix Corporation introduced the world's first automatic washing machine, which is what we use today:

I wonder where the washing machine will go from here.....

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