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Sweeping Through Vacuums

Updated on August 5, 2013
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Sweepers & Vacuums

Sweeping Through Vacuums

Volume 3, Issue 6, August 5, 2013

The vacuum cleaner was invented in 1868 by Ives W. Gaffey of Chicago who actually invented the first vacuum. But there were attempts long before Gaffey in 1599 by some inventors in England. In 1901, Hubert Cecil Booth invented the electric vacuum and in 1903, John Thurman integrated marketing door to door sales by selling vacuums or what were called sweepers.

In 1907, James Spangler re-designed and converted the electric vacuum to change the vacuum with the current styles of household goods and current trends in the environment. The electricity movement in electronics began a rapid-fire of product production powered by electricity.

By 1907, James Spangler had made changes to the vacuum cleaner and had made a vacuum that had a bag attached to the frame to maintain the dirt from the suction when picking up dirt from rugs and carpet. James Spangler also had a company called, Electric Suction Sweeper who sold his idea (vacuum) and company to his rich cousin William Hoover who re-designed and invented the electric vacuum with a bagpipe and suction at the end of the pipe; a vacuum that we know and enjoy today. Hoover re-invented the vacuum with a leather suction bag (bagpipe) from one invented by his cousin who only had a plain suction bag attached to a mechanical device (a fan); Hoover saw promise in this new household invention and knew it had to be carefully marketed door to door with appointments, home demonstrations, and showings of the vacuum. So in comes the newest marketing sensation in this innovative and new marketing business strategy, “door-to-door sales.”

However this was not the first or last time that someone decided to re-design or change the vacuum in any way. Sir James Dyson re-invented the vacuum completely in the 1970’s where having a bag-less vacuum was conceived and designed that worked functionally as a cyclone suction machine where it replaced the bagpipe to a filtered canister where it removes dirt and grime from the carpet or rugs in the home. The Dyson cyclone vacuum has moved and given innovation a nudge where it opened the minds of scientists and inventors alike to invent new and wondrous air conditioning devices and fans that provide a cleaner, aerated, heated, and oxygenated atmospheres and environments in the home or business.

The style of the vacuum has changed and evolved with the vacuum just like its environment. When the first vacuum or sweeper was considered, the woman of the home was dusting off the rugs or carpet with a stick or bat and batting her way toward cleaning up the dirt and grime from the carpet or rug as it hanged off of a clothes line. It was back-breaking work when the vacuum invention was considered along with the other chores of the era, that took twenty-four hours to complete. Then the first mechanical vacuum was made where attachments that included fans and bags on a stick, it evolved further to include electricity that had powered the vacuum. When the vacuum evolved and changed in the 1900’s electricity was all the thing and lightbulbs were in their infancy, that included revamping and inventing electric powered appliances and whatever the home or business was using at the time to move the household forward in the current market and ultimately into a new and electrified movement.

The electrical vacuum was born and looked like something out of an outer space movie and could of very well been conceived out of seeing some movies of this era (Outer Limits, Lost in Space); the vacuum had a dome-shaped container that replaced the bag or bagpipe in its functionality or maintenance by use of a canister. Then, a new age emerged and the Dyson Cyclone vacuum changed the design, look, and functionality of the vacuum all together. It was revamped entirely.

The Dyson product moved and inspired innovative change in the world of appliances that the cyclone function is fused now and used in air conditioning where the oxygenated and aerated areas of the home and business changed and are using fans with blades to fans that have no blades, inspired and invented by Dyson where the functioning of this cyclone movement and style generated and produced an oxygenated area. This new product unveiled by Sir James Dyson is called the Air Multiplier Machine in October of 2009. Sir James Dyson, also founded and formed a foundation in 2002, to inspire and educate young men and women in engineering, design, and science to become inventors of the new age in technology.


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