Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Dishwashing Machines

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
circa 1891-1950
Physical Description:
0.23 Cubic feet
consisting of .5 box.
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Dishwashing Machines forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This material consists primarily of printed advertisements, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, advertising cards, postcards, pamphlets, price lists and installation instructions from manufacturers and dealers of dish washing machines. Some of these products are hand held appliances. The appliances are operated by electricity, steam and gas. Most of the dishwashers are manufactured for home use. There are a few advertisements for commercial dish washers. Rather for home or commercial use, advertisements stress the labor saving importance of dishwashers, emphasizing the features that sterilize, dry and polish dishes. These features, plus the elimination of soap and dish towels heightens the diminished use of manual labor. The reduction of contact with soap and the lessened hardship on delicate hands was especially aimed at the housewife. Some of the advertisements listed satisfied customers and their addresses. Most of the advertisements include images of the dishwasher.
There are a few publication s concerning dishwashing. The Department of Bacteriology and Public Health published a research bulletin in 1949 on studies on dishwashing. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company also produced a pamphlet as part of its series of health books. The pamphlet offers work-saving suggestions to housewives with an emphasis on dishwashing.
The material dates from 1891-1950 but the bulk is early twentieth century.

Arranged in two subseries. Subseries one is organized alphabetically by name of company.
  • Subseries 1: Manufacturers and Distributors, circa 1891-1950
  • Subseries 2: Related Publications, 1949, undated

Vanessa Broussard-Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Dishwashing Machines is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Materials in the Archives Center
Materials in the Archives Center
Archives Center Collection of Business Americana (AC0404)

Forms Part Of
Forms Part Of

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Business ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kitchen appliances Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dishwashing machines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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