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Series - Vacuum Cleaner

The first vacuum cleaner was invented by Daniel Hess in 1860.  Early Vacuum cleaners were hand operated and involved the use of bellows.  By the early 1900, gasoline and electric powered Vacuum cleaners began to be developed.  Vacuum cleaners remained a luxury item until shortly after World War II when their use became widespread.  Click on the links below to view some patents of note regarding the development of the Vacuum Cleaner.

Invetntion Filing Date Patent (PDF)
Carpet Sweeper (No. 29,077 to D. Hess) 6/10/1860 download
Improved Sweeping Machine (No. 91,145 to I. McGaffey) 6/8/1869 download
Improvement in Carpet Sweepers(No. 199,612 to M. Bissell) 12/3/1877 download
Pneumatic Carpet Renovator (No. 634,042 to J. Thurman) 11/14/1898 download
Improvements relating to the Extraction of Dust from Carpets and other Materials (GB No. 17,433 to H. Booth) 8/30/1901 download
Separator for Apparatus for removing Dust (No. 739,263 to D. Kenney) 2/8/1902 download
Improvements in Vacuum Apparatus for Removing Dust from Carpets and for other like purposes (GB No. 21,304 to W. Griffiths) 10/20/1905 download
Dust Removing Apparatus (No. 867,006 to H. Bogenschild) 10/31/1906 download
Carpet Sweeper and Cleaner (No. 889,823 to J. Spangler) 9/14/1907 download

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Vacuum CleanerThis is an early example of a hand powered vacuum cleaner invented by Ives McGaffey.  His patent (No. 91,145) for this device issued in 1869.