MANCHESTER, N.H. — The man whose invention invented the wet cleaning machine is dead, according to the New Hampshire Museum of Natural History.
John Stumpf died Tuesday at age 82, the museum said.
Stumpf’s name will be added to a growing list of people who invented a new kind of dry cleaning service.
His invention, called the “Dry Cleaning Machine,” was patented in 1928 and he is widely credited with the first use of the machine.
He also invented the process of putting items on the machine for the first time.
Stumps death is the latest in a long line of deaths in New England, where many businesses have been struggling to survive on dwindling labor and capital.
In 2015, the U.S. Postal Service lost more than 5,000 jobs because of the economic downturn, and the state has been hit by the loss of more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs since the Great Recession began in 2007.
Stumping also invented a “dry cleaning” service called “Gentlemen’s Wearhouse” in 1952, which he sold to Sears.
The New Hampshire museum, which has been using his name since 1947, says the dry-cleaning machine was used at a time when most businesses were closed, and was sold in stores to make money.
Stumpy also invented an “auto wash” machine in 1957, and used it to wash clothing in the home, as well as washing cars, the New England Historical Society says.
He died in 2011.