The Professor (dish washing machine)

The Professor (dish washing machine)

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Camera-ready pen and ink drawing by Rube Goldberg for his comic invention series The Inventions of Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts. Goldberg drew for the series between 1914 and 1964.
Cartoon text: The Professor turns on his think-faucet and dopes out a machine for washing dishes while you are at the movies. When spoiled tomcat (A) discovers he is alone he lets out a yell which scares mouse (B) into jumping into basket (C), causing lever end (D) to rise and pull string (E) which snaps automatic cigar lighter (F). Flame (G) starts fire springler (H). Water runs on dishes (I) and drips into sink (J). Turtle (K), thinking he hears babbling brook babbling, and having no sense of direction, starts wrong way and pulls string (L), which turns on switch (M) that starts electric glow heater (N). Heat ray (O) dries the dishes. If the cat and the turtle get on to your scheme and refuse to cooperate, simply put the dishes on the front porch and pray for rain.
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Drawing; Pen and Ink
Date made
original artist
Goldberg, Rube
King Features Syndicate
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 19 cm x 49.2 cm; 7 1/2 in x 19 3/8 in
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Credit Line
Mrs. Rueben L. Goldberg
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