Even at 84 years old, Anna was described as a "bright-eyed, shrewd, modern, young-old woman," who had "managed to keep pace with the world, to retain her grasp on business, to keep carpet sweepers moving briskly in a vacuum cleaner minded world.
Below: Many early Bissell Carpet Sweepers reflected the company's Grand Rapids origins.
Below: Bissell Carpet Sweepers sold well in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Though Anna Bissell is best remembered for her namesake product, the Bissell Carpet Sweeper, her life story reflects the strength and courage that ranks her among the most exemplary women in history.
Bissell & Sons would soon become the birthplace of one of the world's most known and loved household necessities--the Bissell Carpet Sweeper.
The Bissell Carpet Sweeper was ultimately born out of necessity.
Patented as the Bissell Carpet Sweeper in 1876, Melville began manufacturing his invention in a spare room above the crockery shop.
It was not long before Melville and Anna went on the road selling the Bissell Carpet Sweeper door to door.
NEW YORK - Non-motorize carpet sweepers still are sweeping up steady sales despite competition from high-tech electric cleaning machines, manufacturers and retailers report.
We sell a lot of carpet sweepers - at least 24 a month," said Betty Smith, co-owner of Mrs.
Royal's carpet sweepers have a planetary gear system with a 3 to 1 ratio, which creates a faster brush roll speed, and has the capability of spinning forward or backwards.