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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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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.

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.

Former Stunt Driver Jim Kirby & His Disassembled Acura

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

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 Mall Crawler Gone Crazy

Jim Kirby doing a little inner city rock crawling.

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

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Jim Kirby's Challenger car excepting award

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Rock Crawler and RZR Drifting.

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My Eastern Shore

My Eastern Shore
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:08:55 -0800

Posted in Queen annes county on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 4:00 am. | Tags: United Communities Volunteer Fire Department, Jim Kirby, Kent Island Elks Lodge, Kent Island American Legion Post, Ron Siarnicki, Chris Tona Sr., Ucvfd, Firefighter Of The ...

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 ...
Blackmore Vale Magazine
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:00:28 -0800

Neighbour Jim Kirby said villagers were concerned that a hut would be sited within the curtilege of the 15th century church, an area of seclusion and quiet. "It is an insult to the structure, and to people who have lived here for half a century," he ...
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, 21 Nov 2014 14:32:18 -0800

IOWA CITY — Iowa heavyweight wrestler Bobby Telford says this year's team has developed a bad attitude. And that's a good thing for the No. 1 team in the country. “Everyone talks about the last couple of years and this team being hungry,” Telford said ...
Akron Beacon Journal
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:26:33 -0700

Photo of the lake and the Kirby House at the former Girl Scout camp, Crowell Hilaka. The 336-acre camp, founded by inventor Jim Kirby, is known for its extraordinary natural resources and historic landmarks and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy has ...
Laurinburg Exchange
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:52:30 -0800

Following the retirement of Jim Kirby, whose business sold insurance through Nationwide, Norton's new business will also incorporate policies available through his agency. She has sold insurance since 2001, and has worked for Nationwide in the past.

The Keene Sentinel

The Keene Sentinel
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:59:56 -0800

It sure beats shovelling. Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff. Jim Kirby uses a snow blower to remove the heavy snow from his driveway on Meetinghouse Road in Keene on Thursday morning. A common site. Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff ...

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