Vacuum cleaners

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About vacuum cleaners

In the early 1900s, the switch to electricity in Australian households ushered in a brave new world of labour-saving devices and futuristic inventions. The influx of novelty gadgets was typified by the arrival of the vacuum cleaner, which promised a dustless, more fragrant, drudgery-free world.

Increasingly, electricity was used to power all kinds of new appliances, from telephone clocks and fireless cookers to an all-in-one device that promised to clean knives and boots, polish plates, shine fire grates and extract dust from carpets. It was predicted that in 100 years hence, housework would be abolished – and, compared to the ordeal of cleaning a house in 1909, perhaps that wasn't so far off the mark!

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Vacuum cleaners

ELECTRIC LIGHT AS A HAIR RESTORER.

Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), Saturday 10 March 1900

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ELECTRIC LIGHT AS A HAIR RESTORER. "The popular idea that electric light is injurious to the hair is," says Miss Lea, a clever American lady, "a great mistake." She has been experimenting lately on the effect of electric light on the hair, and has come to the conclusion that if you want to have abundant and glossy locks electric ...

ELECTRIC SEWING MACHINES.

Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), Saturday 16 March 1901

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ELECTRIC SEWING MACHINES. Sewing up-to-date is a very different matter to what it has been. In one or two of the city workrooms the sewing- machines are driven by electricity. It is said that in six months this motive power will be found in all the workrooms. At present it is a novelty. In one or two other rooms gas engines are ...

DUSTLESS CARPETS.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Saturday 18 October 1902

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DUSTLESS CARPETS. The Booth system of removing dust from carpets and other household fabrics, will be found of great value to all who regard cleanliness as one of the necessities of civi- lised life. The apparatus, which is readily adaptable to hotels, theatres, and all car- peted premises where men most do con- gregate, consists of ...

THE HOUSEHOLD.

Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), Saturday 29 November 1902

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THE HOUSEHOLD. A gathering of a peculiarly novel charac ter was held at the Mutual Store on Monday afternoon, when a number of prominent city gentlemen were treated to an exhibi- tion of cooking by electricity, the demon strator being Miss Fawcett Storey, of the City Council's electrical staff. Miss Storey filled a difficult role ...

THE VACUUM CLEANER.

Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), Thursday 02 February 1905

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THE VACUUM CLEANER. A demonstration of the Vacuum Cleaner of Vic- toria, Booth's patent, attracted a number of inter- ested spectators to 195 Swanston-street, last Thurs- day, where an exhibition was given by Messrs. Steele and Co. The motive force is supplied by a small petrol engine, from which spring long flexible tubes, with nickel ...

THE HOUSEHOLD.

Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), Saturday 04 February 1905

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THE HOUSEHOLD. An interesting method of "spring clean- ing made easy" was displayed at Steele and Co.'s warehouse in Swanston street last week. The vacuum cleaner which is just being introduced into Victoria will provide some relief to housewives. By creat- ing a high state of vacuum suction the dust is by this new cleaner most ...