Booth's 'Puffing Billy' vacuum cleaner, 1901.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 17cm x 32cm

Booth's 'Puffing Billy' vacuum cleaner, 1901.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Hubert Cecil Booth invented the 'Puffing Billy' vacuum cleaner in 1901, it was the first succesful vacuum cleaner. He experimented with sucking air, his new machine was more succesful than other similar inventions due to an effective source of power. 'Puffing Billy', had a 5 hp piston pump driven by a petrol/gasoline engine or electric motor. There were no brushes; dust was extracted entirely by the powerful suction through nozzles at the ends of long flexible tubes.

Image Ref.


buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas