Kenmore v. Whirlpool

Beginning in 1947, Nineteen Hundred Corp. sold the automatic washer through Sears under the Kenmore® brand name. To make the most of this opportunity to reach new consumers, Nineteen Hundred […]

Stars, stripes and multitasking

As the outbreak of World War II brought consumer manufacturing to a halt, Nineteen Hundred Corp. focused its attention on two endeavors: manufacturing gun mounts and airplane wings to support […]

Down but never out

The Depression hit Whirlpool Corp.’s industry hard: only around 30 percent of all washing machine manufacturers survived the economic downturn. Demand plummeted, forcing Nineteen Hundred Corp.’s manufacturing to operate at […]

Weathering a wartime economy

To keep the business afloat during World War I, Upton Machine Co. purchased American Tool Company, a manufacturer of toy popguns, cork guns and air rifles, and the Stopple Kook […]

Eastward and upward

By the mid-1920s, Upton Machine Co. needed to expand east to support its partnership with Sears. In 1929, the company merged with the Nineteen Hundred Washer Company from Binghamton, New […]

Uptons on display

Before television, how did consumers see products in action? Mainly through demonstrations and showrooms such as this Upton portable display room. By 1916, potential consumers could find Upton washers in […]

A test of integrity

Upton Machine Co. snagged a critical first customer—the Federal Electric division of Commonwealth Edison—but the company wasn’t on the road to success quite yet. Every washing machine in Federal Electric’s […]