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1916 - ITALIAN IMMIGRANT INVENTS EFFICIENT STREET CLEANER

From a poor shoemaker in the little town of Torricella Peligna (in the province of ChietiAbruzzo region), to a millionaire in Pennsylvania, seemed a remote possibility to Henry Pezzetti when he passed through the grates of the old immigration station at the foot of Washington Avenue some 23 years ago, but American ways and American ideals, the hope of every immigrant who leaves his native shores, soon impelled him to try his hand at creative work.

Now, after much toll and hard labor, Pezzetti is about to realize the fruits of his own ideas in an invention which promises to revolutionize street cleaning, do away with much of the labor involved, cut down the contractors' profits and save thousands of dollars annually to the larger cities. The Pezzetti sanitary, dustless, street sweeping and cleaning machine is the invention which this naturalized citizen of Philadelphia is looking to make his fortune, and he is now actively promoting a $125,000 corporation, organized under the laws of New Jersey, for the purpose of putting the machine on the market.

The machine is entirely automatic in its operation and requires only the service of one man to operate it. A brush sweeps all the dirt on a revolving belt, which in turn carries it to a cup where buckets on an endless chain carry it up through an inclosed stack and dump it into an inclosed cart. Four levers govern the machine, the cart being dumped and returning to place automatically.

When Henry Pezzetti first came to Philadelphia as a boy of 13, he took up his father's trade, that of a shoemaker. But he did not like it, and soon he took up woodworking and carving. In this trade he became proficient, making as high as $25 per week, most of which he put in the bank. He diversified his trade by studying machinery and when the opportunity offered he took a position in an automobile factory.

Then, like all young men, he took a wife, and they went to housekeeping at 1508 Dickinson Street. His wife was a good housekeeper and was tidy in her methods, but somehow she never seemed able to keep the dust off the parlor furniture. One summer about four years ago, Henry Pezzetti was sitting by the window when a street sweeper came by. It was hot and the street was dry. In a moment he was enveloped in a cloud of dust and dirt. Choking and coughing, he closed the window, but when the dust had settled and he regained his composure, an idea was born. Why not invent a machine that would save every house-holder the experience he had just gone through?

He went to his room and crudely sketched a picture of the type of sweeper that is now in vogue. He became so immersed in it that he forgot his supper. That was the first of many suppers he missed in the last four years, but he stuck tenaciously to his task and about a year ago he succeeded in working out his idea in concrete form. After six months' hard work in the cellar of his home, he finally completed a working model, which he now proudly displays to prospective purchasers of stock in the office of the Pezzetti Corporation, Security Trust Building, 3d and Market streets, Camden.

Numerous engineers have examined the machine, according to Pezzetti, and have declared it to be entirely practical and something that has long been needed in cities where street cleaning has become a problem and where factories are being built almost daily. The officers of the Pezzetti Corporation are: Henry Pezzetti, president; Anthony Masington, vice president; John J. Conway, secretary; Nicholas Squillace, assistant secretary; Peter J. Deery, treasurer, and I. S. Prenner, general counsel.

SOURCE: 

Evening Public Ledger, July 05, 1916