WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, October 26th. Doing laundry was a wearying, time-consuming chore for many centuries. The industrial revolution and American inventiveness attacked the ancient chore on this date in 1858, when Hamilton Smith patented a rotary washing machine. It was hand-driven, with a crank turning a perforated shell within a wooden tub. This was scarcely a labor saving invention. People continued to use the tub and washboard, even after the first electric washer came along in 1908. A few years later, the agitator-type machine appeared and gained immediate popularity. Finally, in the late 1930s, the fully automatic washer with a spin cycle went on sale. Today, over 85 percent of the nation's households have a washing machine. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
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Development of washing machines/accessed 7/22/2016: http://inventors.about.com/od/wstartinventions/a/washingmachines.htm
First fully automatic machine/accessed 7/22/2016: http://esporta.ca/evolution-of-washing-technology/
Household data/table 10: http://www.census.gov/hhes/well-being/publications/extended-11.html
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau