Hoover 'Keymatic' washing machine, 1963.

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Hoover 'Keymatic' washing machine, 1963.

The first electric washing machine was introduced in 1908 by the American Alva J Fisher. However, these machines did not become widely used until 1947-1950. This is one of the new type of automatic washing machines which incorporated full wash, rinsing and spin cycles and was extremely successful in the 1960s. The Hoover 'Keymatic' featured a novel means of programming the machine by using the 'keycard' to select the wash programme. This model 3224 was introduced in 1961. Three-quarter view.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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20 October 2003 12:20
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