Patent of the week- Washing Machine
Washing machines today are an integral part of the modern society and is a necessity to keep clothes clean and fresh. It requires minimal human intervention and can be done by anyone without owning a specialized skill.
In the late 19th century there were certain hindrances and problems with the development of washing machines wherein the clothes would not be cleaned as thorough with the machines as they would have been done manually by hand. Another problem with the machines were that the clothes would end up getting stuck inside certain parts and end up getting torn apart.
Mildred M. Lord solved this hindrance through his invention upon which he obtained Patent Protection with the patent number US529869A on November 27th,1894
This invention had certain new and useful Improvements in Washing-Machines, it Forced liquids, gases or vapours through textile materials to effect treatment in the case of washing, dyeing, bleaching, sizing impregnating. Thus, cleaning the clothes more effectively and thoroughly, making them fresh.
The objective for his invention was for a a simple, efficient and durable washing-machine that could be easily operated. A machine which would Wholly avoid the wearing and tearing of clothes in the process of washing, and to this end his invention consisted of new and useful improvements in that class of washing-machines in which a suds box was used with a swinging agitator. This helped the clothes from being washed efficiently and not tearing apart in the washing machine.