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Booth's original red trolley vacuum cleaner

Booth's original red trolley vacuum cleaner
3 7 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 29cm


Booth's original red trolley vacuum cleaner, 1905. Original vacuum cleaner supplied to the Royal Naval College, Osborne. Hubert Cecil Booth made the first succesful vacuum cleaner in 1901; 'Puffing Billy' which had a 5hp piston pump driven by a petrol/gasoline engine or electric motor. There were no brushes; dust was extracted entirely through nozzles at the ends of long flexible tubes. Too large for domestic application, Booth's red mobile units would park outside a house, whilst yards of hose would pas in though the windows to reach inside and clean.

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