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Machines began to enter homes in the 20th century, helping women to do their housework chores better and more often. This advertisement, showing a woman in a long white apron feeding clothes from an electric washing machine into a standing tub, praises weekly laundry done the electric way and shows the machine as a kind of magical tool for making less work. Mixing water and electric motors is dangerous, however, and one wonders about the safety record. Made by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago and New York, the 1915 advertisement promises that for 2 cents an hour the "Red Electric" will do the work better and in less time than ever before.


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"Red Electric" Washing and Wringing Machine pamphlet

creator   Hurley Machine Company
date   c. 1915
location   United States
process/materials   paper print
item type   Public Announcements/Advertisement
accession #   #1977.11.02

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