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Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

Accessory, Doll


Accession number: 2016.27.1
Category: Toys
Object type: Carpet Cleaner;Bissell
Date: 1908 – 1915
Materials: metal
Measurements: 15.8 cm LTotal artifact
Measurements: 15.8 cm L x 12.9 cm LHandle
Measurements: 15.8 cm L x 12.9 cm L x 3.5 cm L x 2.3 cm WBody
Description: Miniature Bissell carpet cleaner. Painted peach colour. Has four working wheels painted red. Wheels and bristle brush roll rotate. Body of cleaner moves. Has intricate pattern on top and sides of body. 
History of Use: Used as a toy by David Freeman's mother, Elizabeth when she was a child living at 2724 Windsor Street in Halifax. Used as furniture in her dollhouse. May have come from her father's store. Family lived on Windsor Street until 1917 when the house was damaged in the Halifax Explosion.

The Bissell carpet cleaner was patented in 1876. The company was started by Melville Bissell. When he died in 1889 his wife, Anna, became the CEO. She was the first female CEO in America.