Refrigerator magnets picture a Christmas advertisement for Hoover vacuum cleaners. A stylized Santa Claus reminds readers that Christmas is fast approaching. Highlighted in the advertisement are Hoover Triple Action uprights models No. 29 and No. 42, and Aero-Dyne canister vacuum cleaners, Model No. 41 and No. 51, as well as an electric iron, all with a red christmas bow. (Yours Truly has a 1974 Hoover upright that works like new!)
The first known vacuum cleaner was invented by a department store janiter with alergies, James Spangler. Spangler patented his device and set about making a dozen vacuum cleaners a month.
He gave one to his cousin, Susan Hoover, whose husband, William "Boss" Hoover, was in the fast-declining business of manufacturing carriage seat leather. Hoover purchased Spangler's patent and kept Spangler on the payroll to do what he loved best, inventing things. Before Spangler's death in 1913 he got to see his baby grow to a successful product sold around the world. In the early 1930s Hoover hired product designer Henry Dreyfuss to give the upright a new look. Dreyfus designed a Bakelite shell for the base that concealed the motor and incorporated the headlight. In 1986 the Hoover family sold the company to Maytag.
Read the whole story about the Hoover company on Wikipedia.