Many household owners and mothers would agree that vacuum cleaners are among the greatest inventions of the modern world. Without it, cleaning and keeping our houses pristine would be too much of a drudgery to do it by ourselves. Vacuum cleaners and efficient and allows the fast cleaning of carpets, upholstery and just about every nook and corner and gathers dust. Its invention has provided those who are in charge of cleaning to do more important tasks or to have for time to relax
As mentioned in the various history sources on the history of vacuums, there were a number of people who had a hand in “inventing” the device. Every creation and innovation has made significant improvements that lead to the vacuum cleaners that we use today.
Below is a timeline and point-by-point history of the vacuum development:
1858 – Hiram H. Herrick invented the first carpet sweeper.
1860 – Daniel Hess patented his version of the carpet sweeper.
1869 – Ives W. McGaffey patented the whirlwind sweeping machine.
1876 – Melvin Bissell developled a push powered sweeper he called the “Grand Rapids.”
1899 – John Thuman developed a gasoline powered “pheumatic carpet renovator” that used compressed air instead of suction.
1900 – Corrine Dufour invents the first electric carpert sweeper.
1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth invented the first electric cleaner that used suction which he later called “vacuum cleaner.”
1905 – Walter Griffiths invented the first portable vacuum cleaner.
1905 – David T. Kenney applied for his first patent, the “Apparatus for Removing Dust” but it wasn’t granted until 1907.
1905 – Chapman and Skinner invented the moveable electric vacuum.
1906 – Jim Kirby designed his first vacuum that used water to separate dirt and cloth to filter out dirt.
1906 – Hermans Bogenschild patented a “dust removing apparatus” that’s mounted on wheels.”
1908 – James Murray Spangler patented the first portable electric suction cleaner.
1909 – Detroit businessman Fred Wardell established the Eureka Vacuum Company.
1910 – Charles Beachm Frederick Osius and Louis Hamilton developed a small motor that ran on AC or DC electrical power.
1919 – Jim Kirby agreed to design exclusively for George Scott and Carl Fetzer.
1920 – Airway Sanitizor introduced the first vacuum cleaner that used a disposable bag.
1924 – Gustaf Sahlin introduced the Electrolux tank vacuum cleaner in the United States.
1926 – Hoover developed positive agitation that increased dirt removal efficiency.
1930 – The first plastic vacuum cleaners was introduced in the market.
1935 – Scott and Fetzer introduced the Kirby Model C, it was the first vacuum that carries Jim Kirvy’s name.
1950 – The first convertible upright line of vacuums was introduced to the market.
1954 – Hoover introduced a vacuum that floats like a hovercraft, also known as the Constellation.
1963 – David Oreck starts manufacturing upright vacuum cleaners for the hotel industry.
1969 – The first self-propelled vacuums hit the market.
1978 – James Dyson got to work and built over 5,000 prototypes before perfecting it 5years later.
1979 – Black and Decker introduced the first cordless hand-held dustbuster designed by Carroll Gantz which became instantly popular in the different vacuum store.
1997 – Swedish manufacturer Electrolux unveiled the Trilobite in BBC’s Tomorrow’s World.
2002 – Helen Greiner and her colleagues at iRobot introduced Roomba. They expect this development to boost the vacuum sales.
2011 – British inventor Jake Tyler developed the world’s first vacuum cleaner made from cardboard as his final degree project at Vax HQ.