Top Ten Demonstrations of Love- page 6 | History | Smithsonian
Current Issue
July / August 2014  magazine cover

Save 81% off the newsstand price!

(Bettmann / Corbis)

Top Ten Demonstrations of Love

The inventor, the celebrity and the royal highness couldn’t resist the draw of making a grand gesture to the love of their life

Disposing of Drudgery

Garbage disposal
(Courtesy of Flickr user misterbisson)
In 1927, a Wisconsin architect named John W. Hammes watched his wife painstakingly dispose of food scraps by wrapping them in newspaper and tossing them in the trash. Eager to make her life easier, he dreamed up a device that would grind food into pieces tiny enough to be washed down the drain. Hammes patented the garbage disposal, the In-Sink-Erator, in 1935.

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus