It is hard to imagine why this photograph was taken. The image pre-dates my existence by several years as this is the view of my parent’s back garden in Chorlton, Manchester, somewhere I never lived. It seems that Mum and Dad are using the reverse suction of their newly acquired Electrolux ZA30 vacuum cleaner to spray the garden. Dad being an industrial chemist by trade, I imagine it was something akin to agent orange 😉
I remember the device fondly. To a pre-school imagination it bore a striking resemblance to the steam engines of the day (LMS Coronation Class to be precise) such that I could not resist using it to journey around the house. This was an industrial strength machine which gave many years of reliable service. It was still in use when I was evicted from home many years later for sins deemed far greater than riding the vac.
Stranger than my image is the video of the same machine on YouTube. The owner must be rightly proud of his Electrolux which ceased manufacture in 1948 🙂