Thread Number: 35465  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Who invented the friction sweeper?
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Post# 381240   11/13/2017 at 02:12 (316 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        

An interesting look through the patents revealed
the John Stamm 1913 filing for his version

The written description explains its mechanism
and operation.

Its a very cool concept. I'd like to find one

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Post# 381244 , Reply# 1   11/13/2017 at 07:10 (316 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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You could probably build one from the patents.

Post# 381247 , Reply# 2   11/13/2017 at 08:14 (316 days old) by ZEKE (Wilbraham, Ma.)        
Friction Sweeper

I have a Sears Roebuck Fiction Sweeper for sales.
Has Bag and sweeper.
I do not know if this is the original bag to this sweeper, though.
The bag is clamped onto the casting of the sweeper.
I have photographs if yo are interested.
Fiction Fan work well / most of the brushes are gone

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Post# 381260 , Reply# 3   11/13/2017 at 12:22 (316 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        

In Carol Gantz' history of the vacuum cleaner book,
she notes Scott & Fetzer's Grasshopper friction-vac
went on sale in 1910.

Stamm, from Canton, Ohio, may have been associated
with the Vital Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland who
sold the Vital friction sweeper in 1917 (4 yrs. after
Stamm's patent filing).

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