The first Siemens vacuum cleaner. (Germany, 1906)
If you think the vacuum cleaner that you have now is a pain in the neck, imagine hauling this behemoth of a machine around the house while you try to suck up crumbs before your next dinner party. At the time Siemens referred to these mechanized monsters as “dedusting pumps” which is a pretty on the nose name that we should start using again.
These machines weighed about 660 pounds(!) and had one horsepower. If you wanted to deduct your home with one of these bad boys you really had to want to do it. Thankfully, a better version of this dedusting pump was on the horizon, and it didn’t weigh as much as a car.