For sale is an authentic working 1930s CINDERELLA Bubble Action Vacuum CLOTHES WASHER made by the Black & Decker Manufacturing Company, Towson, MD. This washer is marked with a U.S. patent number that was filed in 1927. The washer has a large brass bottom tub with a handle on each side and the original Cinderella decal. The original electric cord has been replaced with a new cord. The washer has a galvanized interior tub. This restored antique 110V washer is super clean throughout. The washer stands about 20 inches high, 26 inches long, and 13 inches wide. The green metal top also has two wood handles and a mounted 2 amp electric motor covered by a chrome dome. The top has metal maker’s mark tag (EBAY currently has a listing selling just this tag for $99). The metal tag reads: “Cinderella Electric Clothes Washer Pat No. 1731517 Volts 110 A.C.-D.C. 60 cycles 2 amps”. You have to love the use of “Cinderella” as a washing machine brand name. The machine for all those families with a step-daughter to press into involuntary servitude. A museum quality antique collectible.
The unusual washing technique behind this patented appliance was using a vacuum action to pull the sudsy water through the fabric of the clothes without agitation, saving wear and tear on all clothes, especially lingerie and baby clothes. The tub could also be heated on top of a stove to wash with hot water, a big plus because many homes at this time had no running hot water.
This washing machine was originally made by the Cinderella Manufacturing Company who in 1931 sold the patent rights to the machine to Black & Decker. The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company was founded in 1910 by S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker as a small machine shop in Baltimore. Decker, who had a seventh grade education, met Black in 1906, when they were both 23-year-old workers at Rowland Telegraph Company. In 1917, after the company received a patent for the pistol grip and trigger switch on its drill, they opened their first factory in Towson, MD.