BVC hand-operated vacuum cleaner, c 1911.
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Print showing a BVC (British Vacuum Cleaner) hand-operated vacuum cleaner with one tube and suction nozzle. The British Vacuum Cleaner Company was founded in 1900 by Henry Cecil Booth (1871-1955), the inventor of the vacuum cleaner. Like most early upright models, this vacuum cleaner worked using suction only and was mounted on two wheels with a 'pitchfork' handle. By 1911, the company claimed to have 20,000 customers on their books. After 1926, BVC domestic cleaners were sold under the brand name 'Goblin'.