First Washing Machine Patent

March 28th Celebrates First Washing Machine Patent

Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on March 28th 1797, Nathaniel Briggs got a patent for his washing machine.

The earliest special-purpose mechanical washing device was the washboard, invented in 1797 by Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire. Back then you had to do everything by hand.

By the mid-1850s steam-driven commercial laundry machinery were on sale in the UK and US.

After the items were washed and rinsed, water had to be removed by twisting. To help reduce this labor, the wringer/mangle machine was developed, but who invented the washing machine?

In 1851, James King invented the drum washing machine, but it was still a hand powered washer. This machine used a hand powered spinner to agitate the water. The first rotary washing machine was patented in 1858 by Hamilton Smith.

Who invented the clothes dryer?

A hand-cranked clothes dryer was created in 1800 by M. Pochon from France. J. Ross Moore, an American inventor from North Dakota, developed designs for automatic clothes dryers during the early 20th century.

Who created the first electric washing machine?

The first electric washing machine was invented by Alva J. Fisher in 1907. Patents: James King patented the first washing machine that was not a scrub board in 1851. In 1858, Hamilton Smith patented the rotary washing machine. In 1910, Alva J. Fisher received a patent for the first electric washing machine.

Before 1800 not many people had seen a washing machine, let alone used one. For another century after that they were not found in many homes, even in developed countries where the industrial revolution was well under way.

The first United States Patent titled “Clothes Washing” was granted to Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire in 1797.

This was known as the Box Mangler, it consisted of a heavy frame containing a large box filled with rocks, resting on a series of long wooden rollers. Washing was laid flat on a sheet and wound round one of the rollers. Two people pulled on levers to move the heavy box back and forth over the rollers. It was large and expensive and required heavy labor to operate.

As we celebrate how on March 28th 1797, Nathaniel Briggs got a patent for his washing machine.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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