I had no clue what this was

When I saw a photo of this object on the internet, I had no idea what it was! Though I wracked my brain trying to figure it out, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Do you have any idea what it is? If you guess a vintage vacuum cleaner, then you’d be correct! The vacuum cleaners as we know it today may look a little different now, thanks to advancements in science and technology. But vacuum cleaners really went through a major transformation during the 1800s, when growing awareness of hygiene and advancements in technology meant that people...