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Carpet Sweepers
Household ➔ Oversize Carpet Sweeper 'bissell's Bare Floor Sweeper'

Identifier:
1990.22.1360
Description:
'Bissell's Bare Floor Sweeper'.;Collected by Bissell.. Bissell, Inc..;Bissell, Inc..
Materials:
Iron, Rubber, Wood
Dimensions:
9" h 29" w 16.5" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Exhibit/Program:
Big Stuff (November 12 2011 – February 29 2012)
BIG STUFF from the Permanent Collection
An inspired selection of favorites chosen by the Museum Staff

For more than 150 years, the Public Museum has been collecting STUFF.  We’re the keepers of important “one for the record books” stuff; quirky “what were they thinking” stuff; fragile “from a bygone era” stuff; patent-related “don’t forget whose stuff this is” stuff; small to the point of being overlooked stuff; and BIG “how did you get that through the door” stuff.  In short, we keep track of history through the physical objects our society has amassed along the way.  
But stuff requires more storage space than anyone cares to think about.  As a result, a mere 10% of the Museum’s collection is on display here at any given time.  This is our attempt to correct that.  We’ve pulled back the dust covers, opened the drawers and invited Museum staff members into the archives to vote on their favorites in one category - BIG STUFF.  Conjure up all the adjectives you can come up with to replace BIG, then have a look inside!

Related Entity:
Bissell Inc. (creator)
Alternate names: Bissell, Bissell Incorporated
Bissell Inc. was founded in 1876 by Melville Bissell in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bissell was responsible for the invention of the carpet sweeper and built the company's first manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids in 1883. By the late 1800s, they were producing 1,000 carpet sweepers a day. When Bissell passed away in 1889, his wife Anna took over as CEO, making her the first female CEO in America. As the times changed the company began to manufacture vacuums and carpet shampoos. As of 2019, Bissell Inc. is still one of the leading companies in floor-care.