Suck, Don't Blow!: The Gripping Story of the Vacuum Cleaner and Other Labour Saving Machines Around the House
Launched in 1906, the Puffing Billy was an elaborate machine and the equivalent would cost #2000 to buy in the 1990s. This text follows the chain of false starts and ingenious ideas which have evolved around the modern-day vacuum cleaner.
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Trans-Atlantic Publications
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Pretty fun, but clearly British, so a lot of the brand names weren't ones I recognized. Also, many of the cultural trends are a bit different from the time frame in the U.S. I didn't actually finish this--the last two chapters I only browsed. Lots of period ads are reprinted inside, which was fun