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For the American labor leader, see James Kirby. For the baseball player, see Jim Kirby (baseball).

James B. Kirby (September 28, 1884 – June 9, 1971) was a Scottish inventor who moved to America and is known mostly for inventing the Kirby vacuum cleaner.

His father was a Great Lakes marine engineer. Kirby grew up in Cleveland's southwest side on Marvin Avenue. He claims that he got his start early by attending electricity and magic classes at the Y.M.C.A. While attending Lincoln High School he worked as a lamplighter where he walked up and down Scranton road and Denison avenue lighting and snuffing out the street lights for which he earned $16.50 a month. He would often also go to downtown Cleveland and "stuff" newspapers for a dollar a night. He invented his first vacuum cleaner, called the Domestic Cyclone, in 1906, which was a hand-powered canister cleaner that used a water filtration system. Jim Kirby lived most of his adult life on his farm in Richfield, Ohio, about 28 miles south of Cleveland.

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RTO Insider

RTO Insider
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:04:59 -0700

It's not something you can ever rehearse or plan for,” Jim Kirby — commonly called Kirb — said in an interview on the morning of his last day. “It's been a great ride.” The Philadelphia native started his career with PECO Energy on Sept. 4, 1962, at ...

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My veronanj
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:05:09 -0700

Kevin Ryan, who has been sitting on the Planning Board as the Town Council representative, voted against the project, as did mayoral designee Paul Mathewson and Board members Jim Kirby and Jennifer Critchley. Michael Foley spoke against approval but ...

Music News

Music News
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:11:15 -0700

In the April of 2015, Jim Kirby set out to gather group of Herts based musicians to come together in order to create an album to support SANE Mental Health Charity. Aiding them to continue their amazing work and services that they provide. The project ...


Fri, 12 Jun 2015 19:08:32 -0700

WASHINGTON: The United States urged Pakistan on Friday to allow Save the Children and other international charities to work under a legal framework. “We are concerned about Pakistan's crackdown on international charitable organisations and other ...

American Drycleaner

American Drycleaner
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:52:30 -0800

“We write an explanation of our findings and what the findings mean, and a conclusion on why or where this occurred,” says Jim Kirby, ITAL's chief analyst. “Whether it was a manufacturing defect, or if the consumer did something in use or storage, or ...


Thu, 21 May 2015 17:07:32 -0700

Dowling Catholic assistant girls' coach Jim Kirby, who worked with state champion Flood, said athletes who dream about big races should realize that may not result in more attention from college coaches. "It's the apple that everyone thinks, 'If I can ...

RTO Insider

RTO Insider
Mon, 25 May 2015 18:11:02 -0700

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — PJM's Annual Meeting last week marked a number of milestones: It was the largest yet, with 525 attendees, and it heralded the end of CEO Terry Boston's eight-year tenure as well as the retirement of PJM employee No. 13, Jim Kirby ...

Muscatine Journal

Muscatine Journal
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Jim Kirby can still remember the announcer's voice. Katie Flood, a freshman at Dowling Catholic High School, where Kirby was an assistant coach, was winning the 3,000-meter run at the 2007 Drake Relays. Mike Jay's call of Flood's victory, the first of ...

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