Start Time: 02:48
End Time: 05:33
Guest host Jo Piazza shares the story of how Josephine Cochran invented the first dishwasher in the late 1800s.
Upload Date: Mar 23, 2021
After growing bored of the mundanity of handwashing dishes, Josephine Cochran decided that there was a better and more efficient way for her to clean her china. In this episode of Part-Time Genius, guest host Jo Piazza shares the story of how Josephine invented the first dishwasher in the late 1800s.
while now, Because when we think of inventors and I want you to think about it for a minute, I want you to close your eyes and I want you to say the word inventor. You can say it out loud or you can say it in your head, and then I want you to think about who pops into your head. Whose picture? Thomas Edison, Ben Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell. Old man. Whole lot of old men. You can Google inventors, too, And I actually I just did a Google inventors here, and all that pops up on the first image search is a bunch of old men. I should not find this surprising because women have been written out of a lot of history since the beginning of history. But now, right now, today in this episode, it is time to give lady inventors there do well. Let's get started. Number two, the dishwasher. This is actually a kind of weird story because the dishwasher was invented by a socialite, a fancy rich lady named Josephine Cochran. Josephine's dad was a civil engineer, and her grandfather was an inventor Old men again, and he made several important contributions to the steamboat, so engineering things and making stuff. It was just in her blood. But she lived most of her life as a socialite, fancy rich girl. She was charged with entertaining the guests that her husband brought home. One day, she realized that her servants were chipping her China while they were hand washing the plates. She was very irritated by this, very irritated that her China was getting tripped. So she started doing the China herself, washing the dishes, the crazy thing for a rich lady to do back then, and she realized just how tedious a task that it was took it as a challenge. She went to her shed out back because you know, all rich ladies have a shed, built a box, constructed wires to hold the dishes and realized that a simple jet of soapy warm water heated by a copper boiler would do the task for her. Initially, the machine was hand cranked, but then she added a motor to outsource that work. I love a good outsource. In 18 93 she presented her Cochran dishwasher at Chicago's World Fair, where it won an award for its design and durability. Later she made a heap of money when her company sold to kitchen aid. Also, fun fact. Her face was then also put on a Romanian stamp. We don't know why that is, but a good lesson for all of us when the people who work for you aren't doing a good enough job, Invent something to replace them. Make a ton of money, get your face on a