History of Sunshine Clothesline Dryer Since 1913
As I am told the story of how the Sunshine Clothes Dryer originated; Joseph Clay always shoveled the snow from underneath his wife’s outdoor clothesline each time it snowed. This of course was not a task he liked. After one unusually deep snow he decided that job could be made easier. Very soon after that snow storm he invented the Sunshine Clothes Dryer, the first umbrella style rotating clothesline. Joseph B. Clay was granted a US patent in December 14, 1915, number 1,163,639. Snow removal under the clothesline became a tolerable task for Joseph Clay.
This story and many pictures are courtesy of the Cedar Falls Historical Society, and from Roger Clay, Joseph's son.
Below are very early advertisements for the Sunshine Clothes Dryer, from this and other historical findings we have determined the Sunshine Clothes Drier was developed in circa 1913 and patented in December 14, 1915 US Patent number 1,163,639. Copies of the US patent are also shown on the Patent Page.