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Apparently The Guys Who Invented The Washing Machine Have A Famous Great Granddaughter

But, does she get free appliances?

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And while on the subject of washing machines, Kate mentioned that she is, in fact, the great granddaughter of Fredrick Upton, aka the credited inventor — along with his brother, Lou — of the modern washing machine. #casual

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Interestingly, Alva J. Fisher, an engineer for Hurley Electric Laundry Equipment, is also often credited for the invention, more specifically, 1907's Thor Washing Machine.

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Apparently, it's likely that the Upton Machine Company — which was later known as The Nineteen Hundred Washing Company before it became Whirlpool — sold washing machines before Hurley, but just on a smaller scale, which is why Hurley/Fisher is often incorrectly credited as the inventor. (And yes, this 1921 ad is extremely sexist.)