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Vacuum Cleaners A Brief History (PDF)

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									Title:
Vacuum Cleaners A Brief History

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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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