This was taken from an article written in 1959. Funny how just 50 years later people have forgotten how messy a vacuum cleaner can be without disposable bags.
“Paper dirt collector bags
Only five years ago one of the most distasteful jobs around the house was the emptying of the vacuum cleaner bag. Today, the use of disposable paper dirt collectors has done much to eliminate most of the unpleasantness of this chore. The cost of these bags varies considerably, from about 15 cents to 35 cents each for different models of cleaners, which means a small addition to the household expenditures. But the feature has now come to be considered a “necessary luxury” by most vacuum cleaner owners.”
The good news is, bag technology has improved to a very high level of dust containment today, and bagless vacuum cleaners are the worst choice in comparison to a well-engineered, top quality bag type cleaner.