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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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Reston Now
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0700

Reston photographer Jim Kirby has published a collection of some of his best work in a new e-book “Reston at Fifty: A Celebration in Pictures.” The pictures range from athletic events to snowstorms to concerts on Lake Anne Plaza and Reston's paths in fall.
Laundry and Cleaning News
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:30:00 -0700

The video features several drycleaner members as well DLI staff including CEO Mary Scalco, director of membership Jon Meijer, director of education & analysis Brian Johnson and analyst Jim Kirby. Scalco said: "We wanted to explain clearly what we do ...
Fort Mills Times
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:56:15 -0700

As vice president of product management, vice president of technology, and vice president of implementation and customer service, respectively, Nicole Miller, Rick Slavin and Jim Kirby will play major roles in ensuring CarePayment remains the leader in ...
Laurinburg Exchange
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:03:45 -0700

Grand Knight Jim Kirby estimated that about $2,000 would be raised on Thursday. “If we have an exceptional fish fry it may be more than that,” he said. “The Red Cross is a good organization to support. Next year maybe it'll be someone else.” Volunteers ...
Escanaba Daily Press
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:03:45 -0700

Jim Kirby, owner of Sayklly's Confectionery & Gifts, said there has been only a slight decline in business for the local candy store. "Sales have been OK through Valentine's and now starting Easter," he said. "Even our Christmas sales were good." On ...
PR Web (press release)
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:12:39 -0700

Jim Kirby, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, Clinical Coordinator at The Kroger Co., also applauded his team on this achievement and seconded the importance of impacting patient care. “Success in MTM can be measured in many different ways. We believe the most ...

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