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'Daisy' No 2 vacuum cleaner, c 1914.

'Daisy' No 2 vacuum cleaner, c 1914.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


First patented in 1908, the 'Daisy' requires only one person to operate it. Although called a Sweeper, it is really a vacuum cleaner with the wheels pumping a double-acting bellows inside the casing of the machine. The cloth dust-bag is inside the box, at the back. Its power is very limited and it only just raises crumbs and dust from the floor.

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