Brit Patents Vacuum Cleaner

Accommodation Search

History on 8th February


Shergar kidnapped

Mary, Queen of Scots is executed

First Episode of Grange Hill

Brit Patents Vacuum Cleaner

The 8th of February 1901 AD

Dust-removing devices of various sorts had preceded that produced by Hubert Cecil Booth, the Gloucester-born engineer and designer, but his is widely regarded as the prototype for the modern vacuum cleaner – pre- Dyson at least. His first patent for such a contraption was granted on February 8 1901.
Booth’s background included designing suspension bridges and Ferris wheels, and even work on Royal Navy battleship engines. He had seen a dust-blowing machine demonstrated at St Pancras Station, and immediately realised that a version able to suck the dust up and capture it would be far superior.
The engineer’s rather unsettling test for his theory was to place a handkerchief over a dusty restaurant chair, and then by mouth suck that dust into the cloth. Try not to think of what sort of dust is deposited on chair cushions. Booth’s micro-test led to macro-machines – he supplied cleaning services using a carriage-mounted vacuum machine, powered by an oil-engine, long tubes being fed into buildings to cure their dust ills. He was less successful in the domestic market, both with his original machines – too noisy – and subsequent designs for smaller units. But he did manage a major marketing coup, his firm cleaning the carpets in Westminster Abbey prior to Edward VII’s coronation on August 9 1902.

More famous dates here

5763 views since 3rd February 2012

Brit Quote:
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
More Quotes

On this day:
Battle of Hedgeley Moor - 1464, Robinson Crusoe Published - 1719, Treaty of Amiens Signed - 1802, Crick and Watson discover DNA - 1953
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages