Vacuum Cleaner, "DC07", 2002 Plastic, polycarbonate, metal, rubber. Gift of Paul W. Thompson. 2009-35-1-a/e.
What is this?
Upright vacuum cleaner: metalic gray, yellow, and clear housing leading up to handle, with cavities for tools (brushes, tubes); front dominated by motor and collection bin assembly of yellow and clear plastic; at bottom, wide, low cleaning head with brush in front, two wheels in back, yellow at joints and adjustment points.
Why is this in our collection?
From Acquisition Justification: "British industrial designer and inventor James Dyson has been heralded for the highly functional and robust objects, ranging from wheelbarrows to rest room hand dryers, that he has designed for over 20 years. He came to prominence for the innovative Dual Cyclone (DC) vacuum cleaner technology he invented in the early 1980s. Prior to Dyson's innovation, vacuum cleaners used bags or filters that often clogged, resulting in reduced suction. Frustrated by a clogged vacuum cleaner during his own home renovation in the late 1970s, and inspired by a cyclonic filter he had seen at a local sawmill, Dyson realized that by making a vacuum cleaner's airstream spin rapidly, centrifugal... more