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Vacuum Cleaner Co

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of 25, Victoria Street, S.W.

c1902 Company formed to exploit Hubert Cecil Booth’s invention of the vacuum cleaner. The company provided a cleaning service to houses and larger buildings.

Catalogue described "the new method of house cleaning by means of a vacuum, on Booth's system. The cleaning agent is air. A vacuum is established by means of an air pump operated in a portable truck, which carries the entire plant, and the suction of air created by this means is carried to the carpet or furniture being treated, through flexible india-rubber tubes, with the result that by passing the cleaner over the floor the dust contained in and under the carpet is drawn up by the great suction pressure, and removed along the tube to a filter attached to the truck, where the dust is collected and deposited."[1]

1902 Cleaned the carpets in Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Edward VII[2]

1903 Public company incorporated as British Vacuum Cleaner Co

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1902/11/07
  2. Gloucestershire Echo 25 July 2019