Old-Fashioned Washing Machines
In the late 18th century and the early 19th, hand-powered machines like the one above were used to clean clothes. At the time, steam-powered machines and electricity were not widely available to make washing clothes more efficient. The machine above was the best alternative to washing clothes by hand or by a washboard. Jennings did not invent a washing machine. As a tailor and dry cleaner, he would have employed this type of washing machine in the cleaning of his customers’ clothing.