Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. Hood River has had many inventors working to improve the productivity of its orchards. This is the Ideal Fruit Washer manufactured by the Ideal Grader and Nursery Company of Hood River. I suspect there are still some of these operating at orchards around the valley.
I wonder if Charlott has worked with one of these?
The names August Bosse and John Guignard are associated with the Ideal Grader and Nursery Co. Were they also the inventors of this machine?
l.e. on 26th December 2013 @ 7:18am
No, this was well before my time. Ideal Grader was I think there where P.P. and L has their office. I might be mistaken.
charlott on 26th December 2013 @ 8:36am
I thought Ideal Grader was where Central Sales was, now Platt electric.
Jim Gray on 26th December 2013 @ 1:21pm
Google Patents shows the following for August Guignard:
Invented, "Tractor Safety Device," U.S. Patent No. 1,399,552, patented Dec. 6, 1921.
Invented, "Machine for Sterilizing and Washing Fruit," U.S. Patent No. 1,708,364, patented Apr. 9, 1929.
Invented, "Fruit Grader," U.S. Patent No. 1,318,990, patented Oct. 14, 1919.
Jeffrey Bryant on 26th December 2013 @ 9:29pm
This 1917 add is for the fruit grader not the washer. Which would have come first for the apples?
l.e. on 27th December 2013 @ 7:28am