Vintage Durango: What the dishwasher???

by Patty Templeton

Love your dishwasher? Thank an old broad who got pissed at her servants always chipping her posh-ass China in 1887. Josephine Cochrane didn’t trust humans to do a job right, so she designed the first automatic dishwasher, and her company later became KitchenAid.

That good ol’ dishwasher that Ms. Josephine made didn’t become available to the public (instead of just bigass hotels and restaurants) until the 1950s. It didn’t mean most folks could afford the novelty kitchen gadget: $219.95 in 1952 is the equivalent of over two grand in today’s dollars. It would take till the 1970s before dishwashers really became affordable.

Bonus weirdness: Why the hell where they selling dishwashers at a music store? What’s up with that, 1952?

Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer


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