The earliest reported illustration of a washing machine was said to have been cited in 1629 German book by Octavias Strada von Rossberg, The machine was reported to have been invented in the last half of the 1400s by an Italian, Jacopa de Strada.
In 1805, the US patent Office issued the first American patent for hand-operated washing machine. By 1880, the Patent Office had granted more that 4000 patents for hand operated washing machines.
In 1870, the first tub with a drain plug appeared on the market. The owner was however responsible for building a trough or drain line from the tub to a safe outdoor dump spot.
In 1880, several American companies offered washing machines that included a built-in firebox to heat the water in the washer.
It is widely reported that A.J Fisher, an employee of Hurley, first invented the electric washing machine with his patent (966677) dated August 9, 1910. Although Fisher’s patent pictures and electric motor on his washer, the patent description only mentions the motor in passing.
The resulting ‘Thor’ electric washer was produced by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago. A year later, in 1911, another electric machine was produced by Lou Upton and his uncle Emory. Lou had patent on a manual washing machine, and Emory ran a machine shop.
In 1922 the Maytag Corporation began producing agitator washing machines. These new machines were a big improvement can use coin-operated machines in laundry rooms in their apartment buildings.
It was not until 1937 with the introduction of automatic washing machines that an operator was no longer required to perform the various steps of washing, rinsing and wringing.
Invention of washing machine