GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Sep. 29, 1958


$3 Washing Machine. In undeveloped nations, washday means a trek to the nearest stream, where clothes are beaten or scrubbed by hand. To improve on this, the International Cooperation Administration demonstrated a wooden, hand-operated washing machine simple enough to be built by semiskilled workers for $3 on a quantity basis. The washer holds the clothes in a rectangular tub while two plungers, attached to a crossbeam that is operated by hand, force water back and forth through them. ICA plans to send models to its missions around the world.

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