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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?

British industrial designer and inventor, James Dyson, is heralded for his highly functional and robust objects, which range from wheelbarrows to restroom hand dryers. Dyson rose 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 became clogged, reducing 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 force could extract dust and debris and eliminate the need for bags and... more

This is a vacuum cleaner from United Kingdom. It is dated 2002 and we acquired it in 2009. Gift of Paul W. Thompson. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

plastic, polycarbonate, metal, rubber

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 117.5 x 33.7 x 35.6 cm (46 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 14 in.)

This object was manufactured by Dyson Ltd. and designed by James Dyson

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18733399/ |title=Vacuum Cleaner, "DC07", 2002 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=2 October 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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