Patent Model - Improvement in Washing-Machines

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Alfred Sullivan (b.1830, d.1889), Patentee
Production date
Aug 08 1871
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Wood, iron, brass
11 x 12 x 7" (27.9 x 30.5 x 17.8cm)
Sullivan's patent "relates to improvements in machines for washing clothes and other fabrics; and it consists in the employment of an endless slat-band, peculiarly mounted inside of a suitable suds-box. Rollers are arrangement above this band, between which and the band the clothes or other fabric to be cleansed is placed. A curved washboard is given a back-and-forth rubbing movement over the rollers by means of cranks, under which the fabrics are carried by the revolution of the rollers, the whole being operated by cranks with the band." (Patent Number 117,940)
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