Johnson’s Wax Floor Polisher

An image of a grey closet. Inside there is a floor polisher, which looks like a thin vacuum.
Polisher in the Kitchen closet
A close up of the polisher head. On the bottom there is a yellowing sticker with the name of the company and information about the product.
Close up of the polisher

Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 1920
Materials: Metal and electronics 

There are a great many objects in the Eldon House collection that would have been time savers for the house staff. This is a floor buffer or rotary floor machine. It is an electrical floor scrubber that was used to clean and maintain non-carpeted floors, such as hardwood, marble, tile, or linoleum. It would have helped maintain a nice shine on the floors and saved time as the staffing numbers decreased in the 1920s and 30s.