1888 Washing Machine


This is a Washing Machine was made by the Brammer Manufacturing Company of Davenport Iowa in 1888. It is a wooden rotary washing machine. This was the first machine which removed and washed away dirt from clothes. This style of machine was also the first designed for convenient use in the home.

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