a rubber hose
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Garden Hose

Gardeners once watered plants with hoses made of leather or canvas. Then, in 1870, Benjamin Franklin Goodrich introduced the first rubber hose. Thirty years later, it was still a luxury; Sears Roebuck's hose sold for 14 cents a foot—$2.80 at today's prices—but without any couplings. Now, an everyday garden hose like this vinyl model sells for about 25 cents a foot, couplings included.
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