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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Carpet Sweepers ➔ Bissell Carpet Sweeper

Identifier:
E1990.22.1454
Description:
This Bissell carpet sweeper is made of wood and has a floral design on the top. The wheels are located on the sides and a metal handle extends from the top which a wooden pole would have connected to. The words "Bissell, Grand Rapids" can also be seen on the top and there is a metal plate on the side with the number 345 on it. 
Date:
1886
Materials:
Wood, Metal
Dimensions:
4"" h 14"" w 9.5"" d
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Bissell Incorporated
Exhibit/Program
Streets of Old Grand Rapids (after 1994)
Maker/Donor
Bissell Inc.
Bissell Inc. was founded in 1876 by Melville Bissell in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bissell was responsible for the invention of the carpet sweeper and built the company's first manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids in 1883. By the late 1800s, they were producing 1,000 carpet sweepers a day. When Bissell passed away in 1889, his wife Anna took over as CEO, making her the first female CEO in America. As the times changed the company began to manufacture vacuums and carpet shampoos. As of 2019, Bissell Inc. is still one of the leading companies in floor-care. 
Related Place
Grand Rapids
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