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Kirby History

The Kirby Company became a direct-selling organization in the 1920’s, pioneering the use of in-home demonstrations to introduce the Kirby home care system to consumers who are given the opportunity to see and try the system in their own home before they make a purchase. Follow this board as Kirby takes you through its rich history and journey to allow millions of satisfied customers to enjoy cleaner homes with less effort.

The Kerr family from Australia sent us back their great grandmother's 1928 Vacuette Guarantee in a nice frame for our archives. We hope the machine brought her many years of great service!

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The 1975 Sani-Pocket allowed owners to scrape excess dirt from the filter bag into the Sani-Emtor without touching the dirt. This was before Kirby vacuums had disposable filter bags.

Polishing a silver platter with the optional Handi-Butler attachment and the Kirby Heritage vacuum model in the early 1980s.

We love this cute vacuum cartoon on the front of the Model 505 Owner Manual.

This 1975 photo shows the Kirby Crystalator attachment in use. It was used to “de-moth” closets and garment bags.

A photo of the 1921 Second Annual Convention of Vacuette Salesmen. Nice hats :)

Carl Fetzer, one of The Kirby Company’s founding fathers, joined forces with entrepreneur George H. Scott in 1914 to form the Scott and Fetzer Machine Company producing automotive parts. The precision of their tools and dies prompted Jim Kirby to turn to them to produce his vacuum cleaner.

This photo of the production line was taken at the Kirby Cleveland factory in the late 1940s.

Remember the Shag King from 1979? Follow us on Pinterest for more information on Kirby history and vacuum cleaners!

  • Lacey C.

    OMG! My mom had this one! Cost her almost $700 WAY back then!!

One of the unique features of a Kirby home care system is the portable sprayer - or "Suds-O-Gun" as it was called in 1950. Follow The Kirby Company on Pinterest to learn more about our history, vacuums and cleaning products!

The Kirby 510 model vacuum cleaner portable mode included a shoulder strap for easy carrying. This model was produced in 1950.