More Info: Like many inventions, the clothes dryer evolved over a long period from a primitive barrel rolled over an open fire to the electronic marvels in use today.
Source: Hedonic Quality Adjustment Methods For Clothes Dryers In the U.S. CPI”. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Clothes Dryer History Timeline
1799: The first primitive clothes dryer was invented in 1799 by a Frenchman named Pochon. His invention, which he called a ventilator, consisted of a metal drum pierced with holes in which clothes were placed and rolled over an open fire.
1892: In 1892, African American George Sampson received a patent for a similar device.
1930-1936: It was in 1930 that J. Ross Moore developed the first electric clothes dryer. In 1936, he patented both an electric and a gas version.
1937: The Hamilton Manufacturing Company purchases Moore’s patent.
1938-1941: The Hamilton Manufacturing Company sells 6,000 clothes drying units.
1950’s: More manufacturers have joined the marketplace producing clothes dryers including General Electric. Only ten percent of households can afford to own a dryer at an average $230 per unit, which according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics would average to about $1,600. In calendar year 2,000 dollars. Through the decade the dryer evolved from a simple unit that blew hot air through a drum to include the moistureless dryer, a negative pressure system, and automatic dryness controls.
1960’s: The permanent press cycle was introduced.
1970’s: A starter for the gas dryer, an air condensation dryer, and the time drying cycle are introduced.
1980’s: The delayed start timer, and the dehumidification dryer are introduced.