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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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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 ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:54:43 -0700

The band is currently a six piece: Ken Pritchett (vocals), Geoff Ellis (lead guitar, mandolin and vocals), Bryan Wilkinson (bass guitar and vocals), Steve Potts (guitar, saxophone, banjo and vocals), Jim Kirby (keyboards, guitar and vocals) and Alan ...

American Drycleaner

American Drycleaner
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:37:30 -0800

“Bright colors send up a flag that there is a dye process that may have some problems in cleaning,” says Jim Kirby, chief garment analyst at DLI's International Textile Analysis Laboratory (ITAL). Operators should be sure that their solvent is moisture ...

Reston Now

Reston Now
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:08:08 -0800

Paddleboarding on Lake Anne/Credit: Jim Kirby After a successful first season offering Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) classes at Lake Anne, Surf Reston is seeking to expand its operation to Reston's other lakes. Surf Reston has asked Reston Association ...
The Middlesboro Daily News
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:41:15 -0800

... with the deterioration of the structure it would be a prudent use of state funds to demolish the buildings and cap off some of the lagoons,” said Environmental Scientist Jim Kirby, from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department for Environmental ...
Washington Post (blog)
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 02:30:00 -0800

The most expensive condominium ever on the MRIS multiple-listing service has hit the market. A penthouse known as Residence 703, under construction at the Lauren in Bethesda, is listed for $10.5 million — well above the previous $6.795 million record.


Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:15:00 -0800

Roland's musical training under Peter Vaughn was quite extensive, but he also identified Jim Kirby (whom he called “Uncle Nat”) as yet another teacher. It was from Uncle Nat that young Roland learned a number of African songs as a child. He apparently ...

The Daily News Journal

The Daily News Journal
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:09:59 -0800

MURFREESBORO – Narcotics investigators raided the Church Street New & Used Tire Shop today, Rutherford County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni confirmed. "This is a long-term joint investigation with several other agencies," she said. "Due to ...

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