Vintage washing machines on display at USHS Woman washing with a tub and wringer, 1902; Elfie Huntington photo. ... Friend, Thor, and 1900 Corporation, for examplea as well as the more familiar Speed Queen, Maytag, and Whirlpool. ... In 1922, Maytag, which had built its first washer in 1907, introduced the agitator, forcing water through the clothes instead of dragging the clothes through the water.