1901 The Puffing Billy – Hubert Cecil Booth
According to his account, Booth saw an invention similar to Thurman’s in London, and then reversed the flow of air to make the “Puffing Billy”. Booth would pull his vacuum cleaner
around London for high-profile jobs, including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Windsor Castle. Wealthy clients bought their own models, and a few were built into the homes of the rich; much like a central vacuum unit.