Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Laundry Machinery and Accessories
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Laundry
Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Dates:
circa 1865-1933
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1.47 Cubic feet
consisting of 3 boxes, 1 folder, 5 oversize folders, plus digital images of some collection material.
Repository:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Laundry Machinery and Accessories 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 advertising cards, envelopes, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, bills, receipts, price lists, books, and printed advertisements from manufacturers and distributors of laundry machinery and accessories. Washing machines, wringers, dryers, mangles, irons, ironing boards, clothes pins, and hampers are among the items found in this subject area. The material dates from [1865?] – 1933, but the bulk of the material is late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Materials are organized by name of company. There are three folders of materials grouped by type: Patent and trademarks, related publications, and miscellaneous items.

Administration
Processing Information
In 2016, with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund, the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History implemented the use of minimal level processing standards to increase information about and facilitate access to more of our collections. A large portion of stored material from the original acquisition received minimal level processing, which resulted in additions to this Subject category. This effort included basic arrangement and replacement of non-archival housing for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed. Revisions to the encoded finding aid were made to reflect the added content in context to the previously processed material.
Minimal level processing and enhancement of the machine-readable finding aid completed by Nicole Blechynden, September 2017.
Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Nicole Blechynden
Sponsor
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Laundry Machinery and Accessories 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.

Brand Name Index
Brand Name Index
Brand Name :: Company Name :: Type of Product
  • A.B.C. :: Altorfer Bros. Co. Washer & :: Wringer
  • American :: George C. Paine :: Ironing Table
  • Anchor :: Lovell Mfg. Co. :: Wringer
  • Anchor :: Metropolitan Mfg. Co. :: Wringer
  • Atlantic :: M. A. Caldwell :: Washer
  • Bay State :: John C. Clapp :: Wringer
  • Boss :: Foley & William Mfg. Co. :: Washer
  • Boss :: Keystone Mfg. Co. :: Wringer
  • Brass King :: National Washboard Co. :: Wringer
  • Challenge :: S. W. Palmer & Co. :: Washer
  • Conqueror :: Oliver Ames & Sons :: Wringer
  • Conqueror :: Charles W. Bassett :: Wringer
  • Crescent :: Saginsaw Mfg. Co. :: Washboard
  • Crown :: American Machine Co. :: Iron
  • Crown :: George Starrett :: Iron
  • Doty's :: Metropolitan Mfg. Co. :: Wringer
  • Eagle :: Sterling Mfg. Co. :: Wringer
  • Easy :: Syracuse Washing Machine Co. :: Washer
  • Eclipse :: Aetna Iron Co. :: Iron
  • Eclipse :: Metropolitan Mfg. Co. :: Wringer
  • Elite :: Ellerman's :: Washer
  • Favorite :: R. M. Ball :: Washer
  • Metropolitan :: American Wringer Co. :: Mangles
  • Mitchell Improved :: E. R. Florence :: Washer
  • Modern :: Home Devices Corp. :: Washer
  • Mrs. Potts :: American Machine Co. :: Iron
  • North Star :: Pfanschmidt, Dodge :: Washboard
  • Northern Queen :: Fuller Bros. :: Washboard
  • Novelty :: Bailey Wringing Machine Co. :: Wringer
  • Ojoy :: Ellerman's :: Washer
  • Our Home :: Keystone Mfg. Co. :: Wringer
  • Pioneer :: W. W. Babcock Co. :: Ironing Board
  • Queen :: Knoll & Althouse :: Washer
  • Rightway :: American Gas Machine Co. :: Washer
  • Sprung Washer :: American Mfg. Co. :: Washer
  • Standard :: E. H. Huenefeld :: Washer
  • Star :: Knoll & Althouse :: Washer
  • Sterling :: Farwell, Ozmun, Kirk, & Co. :: Washer
  • Thor :: Hurley Machine Co. :: Electric Ironer
  • Thor :: Hurley Machine Co. :: Washer
  • Troy :: Nichols Mfg. Co. :: Iron
  • Union :: John Benker & Co. :: Washer
  • Universal :: American Wringer Co. :: Mangles
  • Universal :: Eclipse Wringer Co.
  • Universal :: Robert C. Reeves :: Wringer
  • Victor :: Robinson & Marriner :: Washer
  • Welcome :: Bailey Wringing Machine Co. :: Wringer
  • Western Star :: Anthony Wayne Mfg. Co. :: Washer
  • White Wire :: Hudson River Wire Mills:: Clothes Line
  • Wyandotte :: J. B. Ford Co. :: Cleaner

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Laundry Machinery and Accessories, 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
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laundry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dryers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Irons (Pressing) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ironing boards Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washing machines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dry-goods Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clothespins Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives