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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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Jim Kirby Mall Crawler Gone Crazy

Jim Kirby doing a little inner city rock crawling.

Best Practices for Installing Solar PV on Lowslope Roofs with Jim Kirby

SolarMOOC Presentation "Best Practices for Installing Solar PV on Lowslope Roofs" with Jim Kirby from May 23, 2013.

Former Stunt Driver Jim Kirby & His Disassembled Acura

Former Stunt Driver Jim Kirby & His Disassembled Acura http://www.CarCastShow.com.

Vintage Dick Harrell Jim Kirby 68 Camaro funny car warm up

Vintage Dick Harrell Jim Kirby Don Hardy built nitro funny car. Warming up the big block at Berger Chevrolet Grand Rapids, Mi. 8-27-11.

Best Practices for Installing Solar PV on Steepslope Roofs with Jim Kirby

SolarMOOC Lecture from May 9th, Best Practices for Installing Solar PV on Steepslope Roofs with Jim Kirby.

Jim Kirby

After Bill Porterfield restored the Fred Gibb/Dick Harrell 1969 ZL-1 Super Stock car in 1989 he took it back to KCIR, one of the tracks the car had spent a l...

Jim Kirby / Dick Harrell 1968 Camaro Funny Car

Crystal City, MO. September 7, 2013 In the pilot seat, Valerie Harrell, and her first time to warm up this particular funny car. Valerie is no stranger to fa...

Jim Kirby Automotive 20th Anniversary

Parking Lot Crawling with Jay Beebe, Kelly Brooks and Jim Kirby.

Jim Kirby's Challenger car excepting award

Jim Kirby's Challenger Willy's at the Summit Motorsports Park after accepting the Blue Sued awarded giving the crowed a royal salute.

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth - Jim Kirby, President

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PopMatters

PopMatters
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 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 ...
 
The Harlan Daily Enterprise
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 ...

Arkansas Business Online

Arkansas Business Online
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:07:28 -0800

... back into the student housing market, and couldn't be happier to have rekindled our relationship with The Dinerstein and Caltagirone families and the Sterling organization," Jim Kirby, GMH Capital Partners' executive vice president, said in a news ...

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 City Wire
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:58:08 -0800

... additional outdoor living features to the pool patio and rooftop terrace. "We are tremendously excited to have Sterling Frisco kick off our re-emergence back into the student housing market, said Jim Kirby,” executive vice president of GMH Capital ...

The Daily News Journal

The Daily News Journal
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:03:45 -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 ...
 
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.
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