Discussion in 'Rugs and Textiles' started by T Monahan, Apr 15, 2018.
Have you seen one of these before?
Is that an old Moore machine?
"Not a MOR Time Saving Machine"
You may guess again.
Is that beater machine?
Merza. A very compact machine, which cleverly returns a rug to the front by feeding it under the machine. The drum was supposed to open the nap for better deep soil removal. I've only seen one that was in that condition.
When was the hayday of all these mechanical rug washing machines?
Back before civilization collapsed...
In 1949 Cecil Treadway heard about Arthur Moore building an automated rug washer in Elkhart Indiana. Mr. Treadway owned Boushelle’s Rug Cleaning in Chicago Illinois.
When Mr. Treadway visited Moore’s facility in Elkhart, he immediately wanted Arthur Moore to build him an automated rug washer too. Later in 1949 he did so and the rest is history. That was the beginning of the Moore operation that would explode into an international company, making it the number one rug washing equipment manufacturer in the world.
The 50's, 60's and 70's were explosive decades for the company. 100's of machines were put into operation worldwide.
The gray one looks like Guy Culbertson's...
30 years of heyday is about right for all of the machine makers.
Moore initially built scrub brush machines like the others, but when they introduced the Roll-A-Jet, (using compression rollers instead of brushes) it revolutionized the wash process. It didn't take long for Connersville and Merza to fold.
50 years later, it's still the high water mark for automated washers.
And now here's Tom adding scrubbers (cimex) back on the front end!
Cimex makes magic scrubbing rugs.
Here is an advertising piece from 1965. (The MOR Roll-A-Jet was born in 1963)
Your buddy was impressed