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Post# 117810   12/11/2010 at 13:39 (2,501 days old) by sanimatic ()        

I don't get much opportunity to collect, mainly because of the size of my shoebox townhouse. But I could not resist this, and it's not like it takes much space. Always wanted to see one of these, let alone own one. Thanks to VintageCanister for pointing it out to me.

Post# 117811 , Reply# 1   12/11/2010 at 13:41 (2,501 days old) by sanimatic ()        
Side View

Here is the right side view

Post# 117812 , Reply# 2   12/11/2010 at 13:45 (2,501 days old) by sanimatic ()        

the left side / rear view. It works OK, but needs a new belt. The one there is about in shreds. Also needs a change of the bag. The disposable bag basically had 10 lbs of "stuff" in a 5 lb sack...

Post# 117813 , Reply# 3   12/11/2010 at 13:48 (2,501 days old) by sanimatic ()        

The sweet older lady that owned this even left the original sales tag on it all these years.....

Post# 117823 , Reply# 4   12/11/2010 at 14:56 (2,501 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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Congratulations, Chris -

They were kinda quirky vacuums, but there's something "fetching" about them. I used to have one, and changing the Type C bag about drove me nuts. I needed 6 hands to get the outer bag lowered, the paper bag carefully removed, and the whole thing replaced and put back together again. I liked the cleaning job that the Lark does, though. It was a good little vacuum. I just wished they had designed a better bag system.

Post# 117824 , Reply# 5   12/11/2010 at 15:19 (2,501 days old) by sanimatic ()        

LOl, really laughing as I type this, John. That must explain why the sweet old lady, possibly NEVER changed the bag in this Lark that I just received. I am going to try to find hazard waste gloves and attempt to change it tomorrow.

Post# 117829 , Reply# 6   12/11/2010 at 16:40 (2,501 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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That is SO CUTE! I have never seen one in person.

Post# 117887 , Reply# 7   12/12/2010 at 13:14 (2,500 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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Chris -

How did the bag change go? Did you find Jimmy Hoffa buried in
the bottom of the dirt?

Post# 117888 , Reply# 8   12/12/2010 at 13:46 (2,500 days old) by sanimatic ()        

Haven't psyched myself up to dive in just yet, John, but that must explain the yellow do not cross tape that has now been placed around my Lark.

Post# 117964 , Reply# 9   12/13/2010 at 01:39 (2,499 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Nice Lark 12

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Congratulations on the Lark 12! I have one too, and agree, it's a great little cleaner. Wish I could find attachments for it.

Post# 117994 , Reply# 10   12/13/2010 at 14:17 (2,499 days old) by akabent (Orange County)        
Congrats! Obviously well cared for...

What a nice find. Original bag, cawd, and plug, too! YAY!!
Very nice.

Post# 117995 , Reply# 11   12/13/2010 at 14:28 (2,499 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I've had a couple of 115s over the years but never a Lark.

The one I =really= want (badly!) is the U.K. Junior Model 370 from 1935.

Here's a YouTube video of Jack Copp's 370, and the photo is from U.K. collector Paul Linnell's web site.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO electrolux~137's LINK

Post# 117999 , Reply# 12   12/13/2010 at 15:49 (2,499 days old) by whirlpolf (Germany)        

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Lark, a cute and neat little vacuum, reminds me of the Dirt Devil Broomy vacs. Has anyone got a video of it in action? I wonder what it sounds like. The larger Hoovers have that certain growl to them (Convertibles and Seniors/Rangers), so what about this one?

Post# 118010 , Reply# 13   12/13/2010 at 17:12 (2,499 days old) by sanimatic ()        

There are videos of the Larks. Most I have seen are of the 1956 model, just after this one. I know Jack has videos of that one. It does have a Convertible (or Senior) sound to it when working properly, even if motor is slightly different pitch. Mine is still undergoing basic maintenance and I want it to be seen in it's full glory, but I WILL post a video of it when it is finished.

Post# 118013 , Reply# 14   12/13/2010 at 17:17 (2,499 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
In action

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This is Jack's (dysonanimal) model 14 which is similar, although it may be slightly wider that the Lark shown above - if I recall correctly the Lark 12 used the same brush roll as the Junior 115/119 where this one used a Senior brush roll.

Jack's is quite noisy, the Lark 12 may well be quieter.



Post# 118024 , Reply# 15   12/13/2010 at 17:46 (2,499 days old) by sanimatic ()        

I have to say that mine, posted above, sounds similar to Jack's. But I don't have a fresh belt yet and I don't want to run it for more than a sec w/ that one. I am really falling for this Lark.

Post# 118068 , Reply# 16   12/13/2010 at 22:31 (2,498 days old) by motojoejo (MO)        

That is a beautiful machine!!!

Post# 118617 , Reply# 17   12/18/2010 at 17:56 (2,494 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
I love the fact

that she still had the "sweeper" price tag on it. Was this Minnie Pearl's Lark? Happy hoarding buddy! =0)

Post# 118622 , Reply# 18   12/18/2010 at 18:51 (2,494 days old) by sanimatic ()        

Nice when friendships are made on this site. Thx for the heads up on this one. I am determined to send some sort of huge, dust gathering, "thing" to your your place, in thanks.

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