In New Berlin, Ohio in the mid 1800’s a clever,but far too trusting man called J. Murray Spangler turned to a pal in the above mentioned job, this friend had no knowledge of electrics at all (but proved to be a whiz at spotting an opportunity), for help with his brand new invention…The electric suction sweeper. The pal was called W.H. Hoover and the rest is history. What saddens me about this small snippet from tales of yesteryear is that instead of “hovering” the carpet for 150 plus years we could have all been “spangling” it, far more pleasing.
Above fact obtained from “Made in America” by Bill Bryson.