Clothes Wringer Patent- Historic Laundry Room Patents Series


Here in the 21st Century, doing the laundry involves sorting piles of clothes into roughly the same color groups, dropping it into a couple of machines, pushing a few buttons, and in an hour or so everything's clean and ready to wear. 

Children, it wasn't alway so.

Not so many years ago, the biggest advance in laundry technology was the washboard and washtub, which replaced taking your laundry down to the riverside and whacking it with rocks. But once your wet laundry was sufficiently rubbed, how did you speed up the drying process? Well, in 1873, Willard P. Brooks patented an improved 'clothes-wringer', which squeezed the water out of your clothes as long and you cranked the handle hard enough. 

This was called a labor saving device. If you can imagine.

This would look fantastic in a Craftsman or Rustic-themed room, and would really appeal to engineers, technicians, scientists, inventors or anyone with a sense of history.


Techniciam Notitae (the technical stuff)   

  • Solid MDF construction
  • High gloss finish
  • Pre-drilled keyhole hanging slots
  • Design is printed using permanent, earth-friendly inks
  • 9" x 12"


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