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Say hello to America's first washing machine! The Thor Washing Machine was the first electric-powered washing machine to be manufactured and sold on a large scale in the United States. Its rotating tub, which automatically switched directions to prevent clothes from bunching together, was a great improvement over earlier machines that were powered by either humans or gas engines. Other companies like Maytag and Upton Machine Co. (later the Whirlpool Corporation) soon added their inventions to the marketplace, and within 10 years electric dryers became available to anyone able to splurge on the household luxury.
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