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Title: Vacuum Cleaners A Brief History Word Count: 412 Summary: These days, vacuum cleaners are a f amiliar tool in any household clean ing arsenal, but this has not alway s been the case. In days gone by, c leaning was a job performed by usin g more primitive tools, like the tr usty sweeping brush or broom Keywords: vacuums Article Body: These days, vacuum cleaners are a f amiliar tool in any household clean ing arsenal, but this has not alway s been the case. In days gone by, c leaning was a job performed by usin g more primitive tools, like the tr usty sweeping brush or broom. And w hile these tools were undoubtedly o f enormous value to the house clean er who had little else to work with , we have come a long way since the n, and, in some ways, have come ful l circle. It was the Industrial Revolution th at set the cleaning world alight. B efore that time, the sweeping brush was king, and really, it was proba bly quite adequate. But though the presence of heavy dust and grime in creased during the revolution, as t he cities in which many people live d became covered in soot and other industrial by-products, the dirt th at was created was really not suffi cient reason for housewives to beco me the queens of cleanliness they d id. Around this time, though, a hug e propaganda campaign was born that alarmed people with its prophecies . Health and lives were in mortal d anger if dirt was not tamed, and cl eaning products of all sorts witnes sed an enormous jump in sales. It was against this backdrop that t he first vacuum cleaner came into b eing. Invented in Chicago in 1865, this hand pumped device lead the wa y in vacuum cleaner development. Fo llowed by a range of similar device s, the design became more and more intricate as the years progressed, with the cleaners growing ever more ornate and multifunctional, being used as sideboards, among other thi ngs. However, requiring two people to operate it, this type of machine was less than user friendly. The democratization of electricity availability opened new door in vac uum cleaner development. Emerging j ust after the turn of the twentieth century, the electric vacuum clean er, made by brands such as Hoover, made housework easier for millions. Using a fan motor and a pillowcase as a dust collector, a man named S pangler began a trend. Soon after, William H. Hoover came aboard, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today we are eager to eliminate dir t from our lives as were our Indust rial Revolution forefathers, and th e choice of vacuum cleaners availab le today reflects this trend. And w hile housework can be a tiresome ch ore, it was this enthusiasm for cle anliness that brought the vacuum cl eaner into our world, so that now, after a hundred years or so of tech nological development, we can rid o ur homes of dust and dirt in minutes.
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