Hand dryer; Supreme Handryers Auckland New Zealand; 1970; 2008-14


Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum Inc.


Hand dryer

About this object

The electric hand dryer was invented in New Plymouth. A fan blew heated air over wet hands to dry them. It was more hygenic than a hand towel in public toilets. When the hands move into the semienclosed space the infrared beam is interrupted and the dryer starts. After a fixed time the dryer stops.


Supreme Handryers Auckland New Zealand

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials

Aluminium, plastic and electrical items

Subject and Association Description

Electric hand dryer

Credit Line

Gift to TATATM

Object Type

Hand dryer

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Paul 10 Nov 2010 23:17 PM,UTC

I suspect it is just this style of hand dryer that was patented in New Zealand (date unknown).

Mary 23 Oct 2010 19:05 PM,UTC

The electrical electric hand dryer was actually invented in 1948 by an American George Clemens.

Russell Aroa 24 Feb 2009 02:47 AM,UTC

This hand dryer was invented (in New Plymouth) by my father Brian Aroa with old patents pending under RD AROA (since sold)



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