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Josephine Cochran invented the first practical dishwasher. She had expected the public to welcome the new invention, which she unveiled at the 1893 World’s Fair, but only the hotels and large restaurants were buying her ideas. It was not until the 1950s that dishwashers caught on with the general public. Josephine Cochran’s machine was a hand-operated mechanical dishwasher. She founded a company to manufacture these dishwashers, which eventually became KitchenAid.

-Mary Bellis, About.com

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