When Was the Vacuum Cleaner Invented?


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The first vacuum cleaner was called the Whirlwind and was invented in Chicago, Ill., by Ives W. McGaffey in 1865. This vacuum cleaner required the user to manually turn a crank while pushing it at the same time, which made it difficult to use.

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When Was the Vacuum Cleaner Invented?
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Only two known examples of the Whirlwind still exist today. One is located in the Hoover Historical Center in Canton, Ohio, and the other example belongs to a private collection. There is not a lot known about the Whirlwind, with most of the inventor's inventory having been destroyed in the great Chicago fire. The Whirlwind was made from mostly wood and canvas.

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