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Metropolitan Washing Machine Company

Moses Weld Terrill was persuaded by David Lyman to move his family from Vermont to Connecticut in 1861 to join David and his father in an enterprise called the Metropolitan Washing Machine Company. (More to come, but we need to do a little research first.) Contact Conrad at cwterrill@comcast.net.


News Item Scrapbooks

(These will change as we find more news items, which will be inserted chronologically.  If you know of any, let Conrad (cwterrill@comcast.net) know.  Thanks.)

MWMC news items, 1857 to 1860 (PDF, 4.4 MB)

MWMC news items, 1861 to 1864 (PDF, 4.0 MB)

MWMC news items, 1865 to 1867 (PDF, 5.6 MB)

MWMC news items, 1868 to 1879 (PDF, 3.2 MB)

News items concerning David Lyman (PDF, 7.9 MB)

News items concerning Orange Judd (PDF, 1.1 MB)


American Agriculturist articles introducing the Metropolitan Washing Machine and the predecessor of the Universal Clothes Wringer:

American Agriculturist, Sept. 1858, p. 280, “Another Washing Machine”

American Agriculturist, Aug. 1860, p. 247, “Machine for Wringing Clothes”


The Great Farini carried an Empire Washing Machine on his back on a tightrope over Niagara Gorge, set it up  in the middle and washed a load of clothes.  The Empire Washing Machine was basicly a Metropolitan Washing Machine (perhaps purchased directly from MWMC), with modified pestles.  Here's a link to a picture of Farini with the washer.

Farini crossing Niagara River Gorge carrying a washing machine


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Documentation for remaining items (PDF, 20 KB)

Pamphlet for Doty’s Clothes Washer, and Churn Power (PDF, 6.5 MB)

U.S. Patents (See the Documentation file for an index. The file sizes are generally between 500 KB and 1 MB.):

13356, 26735, 27781, 30530, 31895, 33075, 34178, 34459, 37699, 42723, 42908, 43089, 43384, 47774, 49025, 49043, 50482, 50531, 52273, 52867, 54764, 56676, 56910, 61680, 63272, 63273, 65862, 68576, 72407, 73701, R2913, R2914, R2920, 78651, 78940, 79096, 90185, 93222, R3755, 112884, 113130, R4570, R4574, 122658, 122659, R4844, R5223, R5224, R5225, R5330, 138235, 149200, 166108, R9158, 318850.

MWMC Records from NYC Directories (PDF, 903 KB)