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The First Vacuum Cleaner


The First Vacuum Cleaner
British engineer Hubert Cecil Booth patented the motorised vacuum cleaner in 1901. Far from the slender, high-tech pieces of equipment we have nowadays, this vacuum cleaner was so cumbersome it had to be drawn by a horse and cart. Because most Victorian houses didn’t have electricity, Booth’s machine had to get its power from coal or oil. It would park outside a house and a 244-metre (800-foot) long hose would snake in through the windows and the oil-powered engine would burst into life. It sucked the dirt into a filter, ridding homes of years and years of accumulated dust. Far too big for everyday use,

Booth successfully marketed it as a hired service and was even asked to clean the ceremonial carpet for King Edward VII’s coronation in 1902!

The First Vacuum Cleaner