VACUUM CLEANERS by Elaine Marie Alphin


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In the eclectic Household History series (see Goldstein, below), a unique volume that, in short chapters, explains the composition of dust and dirt, shows how a vacuum cleaner works, and details the history of its invention and development from a huge coal-fired machine requiring three operators to the cordless Dustbuster. Generously illustrated with full-color photographs and drawings, the book includes instructions for making a vacuum suction device from cardboard tubing and a soda straw. While the book is unlikely to inspire youngsters to desire closer acquaintance with this unglamorous machine, it's remarkable for showing how much there is to say about such a humdrum device.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1997
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda