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Alva Josiah FISHER - 1907-1908 - The electric washing machine is invented (Alva J. Fisher, United States)


"Dateline 1907 - Chicago Cubs sweep World Series, defeating Detroit Tigers in four games. A washing machine operated by electricity rather than by hand has been marketed by the Hurley Machine Company. The Hurley uses a small motor to spin a drum that holds clothes, water and soap. Its main competition is the Maytag Pastime. The Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory were formally merged and admitted as the 45th state of the union. A light bulb with tungsten filament is being marketed by General Electric, which says it gives better light. A light, portable vacuum cleaner is being marketed by the Hoover Suction-Sweeper Company..."

The Wabaunsee County Signal-Enterprise, Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, Thursday, February 8, 2007

"The first washing machine powered by electricity was invented by Alva J. Fisher in 1908. Fisher worked for the Hurley Washing Machine in Chicago and named his creation The Thor.

Previous to the invention of the electric-powered washing machine, James King invented a machine that used a drum device in 1851 that is still in use today for some machines. His machine was hand powered. In 1858 Hamilton Smith created the first rotary powered washing machine. Rotary power uses a 4-stroke combustion cycle. Both of these inventions are what made Alva J. Fisher's invention of the electric washing machine possible."

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The Thor Washing Machine Comet Elec. Co. Eugene Daily Guard Eugene, Oregon Thursday, December
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Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 16, 1917
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A War Time Necessity for the Home Thor Electric Washing Machine The Crawfordsville Review Crawf
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Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 14, 1920
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The Spokesman Review, Spokane, Washington, November 4, 1931
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