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Western Travel - Heritage Farmstead Museum (Part Seven) - Plano, Texas - #TravelTuesday

Welcome to my weekly column #TravelTuesday featuring places I've discovered during my research trips or just wandering around in historical areas. I hope you enjoy my discoveries.

Last week we wandered down the main first floor hallway from the front door all the way back to the kitchen area. Today we're going to look back in the hallway at a few artifacts that we missed.


Right across from the telephone sitting area, an electric upright vacuum cleaner (in great condition) leans back in the dark corner.


I tried to find this model or something similar on Google and was able to find a historic advertisement for a Bee-Vac electric cleaner (similar-looking in design).


Now, I'm heading down a rabbit trail, but I just had to investigate the history of electric vacuum cleaners and behold, I found a website dedicated to their history - www.vacuumcleanerhistory.com/. According to the site, a "carpet sweeper" invented in July of 1860 by Daniel Hess. Imagine before this, people had to brush dirt off the rugs. Now this carpet sweeper with its roller brushes and dirt-sucking bellows could make the job back-pain-free. (I imagine it is similar to the modern carpet sweeper we still use but without suction).


In 1901, Hubert Cecil Booth invented a horse-pulled machine called "Puffing Billy" that featured "an internal combustion engine which powered a piston pump which pulled the air through a cloth filter".


In 1907, James Murray Spangler of Ohio invented the first portable vacuum cleaner and sold his patent to William Henry Hoover the next year who redesigned it a little bit and eventually came out with the first upright vacuum in 1926.
Now back on track to our hallway tour for one final stop...


Here's another look at the floral wallpaper and the pair of carved wooden chairs in the hallway.

Learn more by checking out the official site - www.heritagefarmstead.org/

Heritage Farmstead Museum Physical Address: 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75075 Phone Number: 972-881-0140 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4:30pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: $3.00 per person (ages 3 and up) + $4 for tour of house

Photo Credit of Vacuum Cleaner Advertisement - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1021/8371/products/YTH1_008_grande.jpg?v=1493359652
Photo Credit of Carpet Sweeper - "By Underneaththesun - I took this photograph at the Don Aslett Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho.Previously published: No, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67204804"
Photo Credit for Booth's Horse-Drawn Vacuum - http://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2015/08/30/a64bcc8a-8760-4b8e-a403-61a9d93cc795/thumbnail/620x350/60c2e8981cf7e03e13c6c3190b0304b0/horsedrawn-vacuum-machine.jpg#
Photo Credit for Hoover vacuum - https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DVgiNw82S8k/VZQoh__QZvI/AAAAAAAAF54/IWICpgBSwiQ/s1600/FirstVersions_Hoover_Model-0-detail.png

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