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Carpet Sweepers ➔ Carpet Sweeper, Perfection

Identifier:
1990.22.279
Description:
Rectangular wooden case with decal and gold stenciling. Four rubber-covered wheels. Two tin dustpans; one dustpan lever on top. Single brush. Iron toggle link, wheels, and side brackets are coated with orange enamel. Model name: 'Perfection.' Previous # 403/424.;Top: 'Abner's.' Upper side panels: 'Perfection'. Stencil on top and upper side panels.. Stencil: 'Made in Germany/Directions...' Stamp: '424' Decal: 'E Pluribus Unum'. Stencil on front panel. stamp on right side. Decal on top..;Collected by Bissell in or before February, 1894..;Collected by Bissell in or before February, 1894.. Collected by Bissell in or before February, 1894..;1) '403'. Metal tag on right side. |
Date:
1893
Materials:
Wood, Iron, Tin, Rubber
Dimensions:
4.25" 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.