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Carpet Sweepers ➔ Carpet Sweeper, Victoria

Identifier:
1990.22.276
Description:
Rectangular wooden case with three top panels, the middle one painted black with gold stenciling. Four rubber-covered iron wheels. Single brush. Two tin dustpans which swing downward independently; one dustpan lever on each side. Orange (enamel) toggle link attached at sides. Model name: 'Victoria.' Previous # 36/311.;'Victoria'. Stencil on top.. Stamp: '36.' Painted: 'Mar. 21/'91'. Stamp on top. Painted on top..;Collected by Bissell in or before January, 1894..;Collected by Bissell in or before January, 1894.. Collected by Bissell in or before January, 1894..;1) '311'. Metal tag on right side. |
Date:
1889 – 1891
Materials:
Wood, Iron, Tin, Rubber
Dimensions:
4.5" h 14" w 9" 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.