First on First – Each month we will bring you the story of Italians and Italian Americans who accomplished firsts!
Soaking in baths and hot springs is nothing new. Many different cultures have been benefiting from hydrotherapy for centuries. The Jacuzzi family took this once step further to invent what we know today as whirlpool hot tubs.
In the early 1900s, the Jacuzzi family moved to the United States and settled in California. The family began working in aviation, creating a propeller known as the “Jacuzzi toothpick,” and later, designing the first enclosed cabin monoplane.
A few years later, in the 1920s, the Jacuzzi family turned their attention towards agriculture. In 1925, the Jacuzzi brothers invented a new type of pump that moved water from the ground more efficiently. This pump provided the grounding for the jet pumps used in whirlpools and hot tubs today. When one of the Jacuzzi family members developed juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the brothers decided to adapt their agricultural invention for personal use. In 1956, the portable hydrotherapy pump became a way to turn any ordinary bathtub into a relaxing spa.
Less than a decade later, the next generation of Jacuzzi’s decided to upgrade and improve the portable pump. Proud Italian American Roy Jacuzzi had worked in the family business for years. In 1968, he created the world’s first whirlpool bath aptly named “Roman.” With this innovation, the word and brand Jacuzzi has become synonymous with the relaxing spa.
The Jacuzzi Family: important in aviation and agriculture,
and the first to create the whirlpool spa!
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