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Interesting story on history of the Dishwasher
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Post# 1092399   10/8/2020 at 11:27 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Came across this story on my news feed today.  Had no idea DWs dated back to mid 1800s.


Post# 1092452 , Reply# 1   10/8/2020 at 17:29 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Thank you Matt!

Back in the late 70s or early 80s, the Science and Technology Division asked our office to subscribe to the IEEE publications package. Then as now, it is difficult to find out what the acronym stands for and back then we did not have Google for searching. I had to look it up in the Dictionary of Acronyms and then maybe go to the Encyclopedia of Associations to get contact information. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers generates a wide range of publications. Very important among them are standards for just about everything. The Library bought these things for many years, but I think they are now deposited on Copyright. Two copies of every publication submitted for Copyright have to be deposited in the Library of Congress. The deposit program is the main reason why the Library's collections have grown so vast.

I went on to read about Marie Curie. I never knew that she had a daughter. I wonder if Irene was her own night light. I did read decades ago about how the little dishes of radium glowed in the lab at night after they had extracted it from the ore that used to be called pitchblende:

Uraninite, formerly pitchblende, is a radioactive, uranium-rich mineral and ore with a chemical composition that is largely UO₂, but due to oxidation the mineral typically contains variable proportions of U₃O₈. Additionally, due to radioactive decay, the ore also contains oxides of lead and trace amounts of helium. It may also contain thorium and rare earth elements.

It's no wonder that Marie Curie died of cancer, working with what she devoted her life to before anything was known about shielding.

I remembered this lady's invention's connection to Hobart's production of the dishwasher from an earlier reading of the story. If you ever go to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, you can see the many early approaches to mechanized dishwashing. That's also where we saw the genuine one millionth Bendix Home Laundry with the silver and gold trim.

Robert ran onto an early mechanical dishwasher at an estate sale decades ago in the the Twin Cities on a day of Estate Saleing and shared pictures with us. A lady who was the mother of school friends of my mom told us about a wealthy lady in Hibbing that had a mechanical dishwasher in her kitchen.

This post was last edited 10/08/2020 at 17:44
Post# 1092474 , Reply# 2   10/8/2020 at 20:05 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I remember seeing the early dishwashers at the Henry Ford Museum.. Haven't been in probably 25 years. One was a horizontal half oak barrel with a wire metal basket that swung back and forth. I can't remember if it was hand driven or motorized.

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