1900s

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Photo courtesy of Original Buzz. For more info on the history of the vacuum cleaner, visit Original Buzz

 The first vacuum cleaner was invented in 1901 by Hubert Cecil Booth. Although the invention was supposed to be an easy tool to aid in housework, the first design was too big to fit in a regular home and had to be completely redesigned in the next year.

 

 

 

 

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The image shows Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland and her daughter attending the first Ladies Automobile Club meeting in 1903. The club was formed in response to the Royal Automobile Club refusing to let females join. More information can be found in this chapter from The Car and British Society: Class, Gender, and Motoring.

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Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Post Gazzete, circa 1955

In 1905, the first nickelodeon was opened to the public costing only a nickel to view a film. Above, Cynthia Hahn, granddaughter of John P. Harris, operates the first nickelodeon invented by her grandfather. For further reading on the history of the Nickelodeon, visit Pittsburg’s Post-Gazzette’s website.

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In 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey along with three other women began a cross country road trip across the United States in one of Ford’s first model T cars. The photo above shows the group on their trip. To learn more about Alice Huyler Ramsey and her expedition, visit  blogger Rebecca Hensley’s page.

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Photo Courtesy of Kheel Center, Circa 1900.

The image above shows women at work using sewing machines in the textile industry during the early 1900s. With the development of the sewing machine, the garment manufacturing industry nearly doubled between 1900 and 1910. For more information on the invention of the sewing machine, visit the International Sewing Machine Collector’s Society official website.

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