Sunday, 3 June 2012

Reeves Pneumatic Broom, 1913


The Reeves Pneumatic Broom is an early version of what is now known as the vacuum cleaner or 'Hoover'. It's a very simple device - basically you use the pump handle at the top to pump air up and down, sucking dirt etc up. Very labour intensive, but also very, very simple. This nice example is in the Newcastle Discovery Museum

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