The amount of change that may occur throughout time never fails to amaze us. Change is unavoidable in all aspects of our existence, from our personal lives to technology discoveries. Realizing how much has changed in the past may be both terrifying and invigorating.
Do you remember when cleaning first appeared in the 1930s? Take a peek at this weird contraption now! It’s a Hercules vacuum cleaner from the 1930s. Is it anything like the current, elegant vacuums we have? Back then, a vacuum cleaner like this was considered unique and exciting. Try to imagine what life was like back then!
The Hercules vacuum cleaner was not only a practical tool, but it was also a stylish and gorgeous equipment. The models were rather extravagant, with some being covered in crocodile leather. It’s incredible that these vacuum cleaners were promoted during the Great Depression, when many families were struggling financially. They symbolized luxury in the face of adversity.
Let us go back much further. Did you know that the ordinary broom took until 1797 to perfect? After witnessing his wife struggle to sweep, a Massachusetts farmer devised the “broomcorn,” which quickly became popular. However, as time passed, people began to want more effective cleansers. In the 1860s, Daniel Hess created the first vacuum cleaner. It drew dust and particles through the gadget using an air draft. Though far from ideal, it was a step in the right direction.
Let’s go back to 1869, when Chicagoan Ives McGaffey attempted to invent the vacuum cleaner. His invention was intended to address the problem of dust and dirt accumulation in homes. Unfortunately, because it was more difficult to operate than a normal broom, it was not widely adopted.
Then came James Murray Spangler, an Ohio janitor from Canton, who completely transformed the game. Spangler created an upright, portable vacuum cleaner that sucked up dirt and shot it out the rear into an attached pillowcase through constant design improvement. In 1907, he established the Electric Suction Sweeper Company and submitted a patent for his innovation. Spangler’s vacuum cleaner set the norm for modern vacuums with its motor-driven brush and ceiling fan motor.
When financial troubles occurred, Spangler was forced to make the tough decision to sell his company to his cousin Susan Hoover. As a result, the Hoover vacuum cleaner was born! As a result, the Hoover brand has come to stand for dependable household cleaning equipment.
So, how far has the vacuum cleaner progressed? Technology has tremendously transformed our lives, from the amusing Hercules to the modern Hoover. When you visit your children, show them the Hercules vacuum cleaner and see if they can recognize it. They will undoubtedly be unaware!
So, the next time you use a contemporary vacuum cleaner to effortlessly clean your house, take a moment to reflect on the incredible trip that this ordinary household item has taken. It demonstrates both human ingenuity and the continual evolution of technology.