Joel Houghton patented a wooden machine with a hand-turned wheel that splashed water on dishes in 1850. It was hardly a workable dishwasher machine, but it was the first patent.
In 1886 Josephine Garis Cochran, a wealthy woman who entertained often, wanted a machine that could wash dishes faster than her servants, and without breaking them. When she couldn’t find one, she built it herself. So in her Illinois backyard woodshed, Josephine Garis Cochran, with the help of George Butters, a young mechanic, built a dish-washing machine. And so was born the early days of KichenAid dishwasher.
“The United States Patent and Trademark Office said she measured the dishes first, then made wire compartments, each designed to fit plates, cups or saucers. “The compartments were placed inside a wheel that lay flat within a copper boiler. A motor turned the wheel while hot, soapy water squirted from the bottom of the boiler and rained down on the dishes.”
“Cochran showed the dishwasher at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, but only restaurants and hotels showed interest in it. She founded a company to manufacture her dishwashers that in time became Kitchen Aid, but it wasn’t until many years after her death that the machine captured the attention of the average housewife. The machine didn’t gain popularity for home use until the 1950s.”
What do you remember about your dishwasher history?
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