So much has been given to me." 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."
(All photos are courtesy of Bissell, Inc., unless otherwise noted.) Below: Many early Bissell Carpet Sweepers reflected the company's Grand Rapids origins.
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.
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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.
Carpet sweepers represent about a 1 million unit category, which has remained constant over the past decade.
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.
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