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Carpet Sweepers ➔ Carpet Sweeper, 'westend'

Identifier:
1990.22.198
Description:
Rectangular wooden case has three flat top panels and slanted upper side panels. Black stenciling; decal of eagle with banner. Two tin dustpans. Single brush. Toggle link, wheels, side brackets and dustpan lever are coated with black enamel. Cord bumper surrounds case. Model name: 'Westend.' Previous # 522.;'Westend'. Stencil on upper side panels.. Directions in German.. Stencil on front..;Collected by Bissell in or before February, 1907..;Collected by Bissell in or before February, 1907.. Collected by Bissell in or before February, 1907..;1) '522'. Metal tag on right side. |
Date:
1906
Materials:
Iron, Wood, Tin
Dimensions:
4" h 14.25" w 9.75" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Bissell Incorporated
Rights:

Makers/Donors
Abner

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.