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'Grand Rapids' Bisell carpet sweeper, 1895.

'Grand Rapids' Bisell carpet sweeper, 1895.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


As it is pushed along, the wheels of the carpet sweeper rotate a brush underneath. The brush dislodges the dirt and sweeps it inside. It was invented by Melville and Anna Bisell in 1876 and they went on to build a Bisell factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the US in 1883. After her husband's death in 1889, Anna went on to become the world's first female chief executive.

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