5 Things to Know About Thomas L. Jennings, The First Black Patent Holder

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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.

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  1. THIS IS PAUL BOGLE – NOT THOMAS JENNINGS

  2. I was just about to say that. Odd mistake. But when you google it, some pics of Bogle as well as Jennings come up for some reason

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