What 15 Groundbreaking Inventions Looked Like When They First Came Out
The first vacuum cleaner was patented by inventor Hubert Cecil Booth in 1901.
The first vacuum cleaner didn’t suck the dirt up – it just blew it away with compressed air. Upright vacuum cleaners with bags on a stick followed in 1907, the brainchild of William Henry Hoover.
The first electric washing machine also included rollers to wring wet clothes out.
Alva John Fisher invented the electric washing machine in 1908 and patented the design in 1910. It got the name “Thor” from the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago.