Patent Model - Improvement in Washing-Machines

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Elliot Dickerman, Patentee
Production date
Apr 29 1873
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Wood, iron
13 x 9 3/4 x 7" (33 x 24.8 x 17.8cm)
Dickerman's patent "acts by squeezing the clothes, the motion being communicated by a nearly horizontal movement of the hand. The action of operating is analogous to that of rowing a boat, which is one of the easiest for the muscles in proportion to the amount of energy expended. The clothes are squeezed in two lots by a squeezer, which is suspended on links so as to traverse nearly horizontally, but with a slight rising motion toward each end of its path." (Patent Number 1328,235)
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