This item is a Boss Washing Machine, No. 30. Manufactured by the Boss Washing Machine Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio somewhere between 1899 and 1929.
The body and wooden portion of the machine are made of Louisiana cypress, and it includes a hand-cranked "Revolving Clothes Spreader," which was patented in March 1899, and made by Lovell Manufacturing in Pennsylvania.
William Blackstone of Blufton, Indiana, built the first mechanized washing machine in 1874. Many argue that the invention of the modern washing machine, "saved women's lives," transforming housework forever. Yet, despite the introduction to new appliances throughout the 20th century, the average housewife still worked a 99 hour work week. Makes you wonder what
grandma would have thought if she were given the choice of "delicate" or "permanent press."
This object was loaned to us by Janet Jung and is currently on display in our permanent exhibitions.