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The Vacuum Cleaner - by Carroll Gantz (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 230

Genre: Technology

Sub-Genre: Inventions

Format: Paperback

Publisher: McFarland & Company

Age Range: Teen

Author: Carroll Gantz

Language: English

Street Date: September 19, 2012
TCIN: 78571587
UPC: 9780786465521
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-2116


House cleaning has been an innate human activity for centuries, but only since the early 19th century have mechanical devices replaced the physical hard labor (performed mostly by women). Mechanical carpet sweepers were replaced by manual suction cleaners, which in turn were replaced by electric vacuum cleaners in the early 20th century. Innovative inventors, who sequentially improved vacuum cleaners as electricity became commonly available, made these advances possible. Many early manufacturers failed, but some, such as Bissell, Hoover, Eureka, and others, became household words, as they competed for global dominance with improved features, performance, and appearance. This book describes the fascinating people who made this possible, as well as the economic, cultural, and technological contexts of their times. From obscure beginnings 200 years ago, vacuum cleaners have become an integral part of modern household culture.
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