Louis Krauss

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Business advertisement with a Triumph cradle swing, 1898

Karl Louis Krauss (born April 25, 1862 in Neuwelt , † December 5, 1927 in Dresden ) was an industrialist and bathtub manufacturer . In 1887 he founded the Krausswerke, which later became the Schwarzenberg washing machine .


After an apprenticeship as a plumber and completing the years of wandering , Krauss worked at various metal goods factories in Berlin until in 1887 he set up his own workshop with plumbing in his parents' house in Neuwelt, an old spoon forge in the Saxon Ore Mountains.

In addition to devices for domestic use, funnels, soap basins, etc., he also manufactured lanterns for locomotives. Krauss' Triumph cradle bath swing , which was produced millions of times, led to an improvement in general hygiene, as the Krausswerke advertising slogan suggested: "Every German has his bathroom every week". With devices such as a potato press, steam jet washer, laundry bell and drum washing machine , Krauss helped make it easier to cope with the household. In 1905 he introduced rust protection through hot-dip galvanizing in the Ore Mountains and produced wash bowls and hot water bottles in large numbers.

Socially and politically he was active as a city councilor in Schwarzenberg and as a curator of the technical school for sheet metal processing in Aue .

After the war, Krauss moved to Dresden in 1919, where he devoted himself to design and research. He was killed in a traffic accident and left behind his son Friedrich Emil Krauss .