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Post# 133176   4/19/2011 at 19:22 (2,316 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

My Mom and Dad married Dec 6 1950, They saved there money, and in 1952 bought ...for 350.00 a 1948 Plymouth 4 door De Luxe, and For 99.95 at Home Electric co. in Lenoir NC, a model 815 GE Swivel Top, the first canister made by General Electric, it served until I was about three, 1968!!

Post# 133177 , Reply# 1   4/19/2011 at 19:24 (2,316 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Before the Plymouth, they WALKED !!!

Post# 133178 , Reply# 2   4/19/2011 at 19:24 (2,316 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Hi Hans, I was just talking to Fred about that the other day, my mother had a turquoise first generation Eureka Princess.  We had that vacuum until the early 70's when my parents went to Sears and bought a square canister, I don't think it was a Lady Kenmore but it might have been.

Post# 133179 , Reply# 3   4/19/2011 at 19:27 (2,316 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
My Maternal Grandmother!

Bought 1948, a Electrolux XXX complete with cordwinder and polisher, which my Mother and Aunt said they used each and every Saturday to wax and polish the hardwood floors with!!!

Post# 133182 , Reply# 4   4/19/2011 at 19:30 (2,316 days old) by Brandon_W_T (Omaha NE- Das Auto)        

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My mom says she remembers having this lindhaus looking machine. (almost electrolux upright styled) She bought it when she married my dad back in 1993.

I know my grandma bought an electrolux Super J and every thing else like the floor polisher/scrubber, and stuff.

She remembers it well, and really liked it.

I have been looking for an Electrolux Super J in good condition with power nozzle for her. Have yet to find the right one.

She said the hose got crushed and it was very expensive to fix so she traded the machine in. She said she really regretted it.

Post# 133184 , Reply# 5   4/19/2011 at 19:41 (2,316 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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My mom's first vacuum was a 1990 Eureka ESP 2011. It was a wedding gift, and she had it for 7 years! That is the longest she has ever owned a vacuum. My dad's first vacuum was a tan JC Penny 'Hoover' with a square headlight. He said that is all he remembers about it, and it was a hand me down from either his parents or his ex wife's parents. But he specifically remembers it being tan, having the big headlight, and saying JC Penny on it. I would love to find out what it actually was!


Post# 133185 , Reply# 6   4/19/2011 at 19:47 (2,316 days old) by 1926700 ()        
come on....

this is easy...yall know my answer....Hoover Convertible U4119

Post# 133186 , Reply# 7   4/19/2011 at 19:52 (2,316 days old) by eurekastar (Big Spring, Texas)        

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Well, I won't say it was a vacuum cleaner my "parents" owned, because I don't EVER remember seeing my Dad use one!  However, they were given a new Kirby when they got married in 1953, so I'm assuming it was a Model 513.  I vaguely remember it when I was a kid.  But the vacuum I remember the most was a green Hoover Convertible.  I don't remember it having a headlight, but I do remember that it used the Type C bag.  The outer bag had snaps.  Those Type C bags were always a mess to change!  She finally got a Kirby Classic Omega (which I now own) when I was in Junior High School.  I have no idea what happened to that Convertible or her Kirby 513.  My Mom is always hard on vacuum cleaners.  I see those "torture" tests on Youtube.  They're nothing compared to what she does to a vacuum cleaner on a daily basis!

Post# 133187 , Reply# 8   4/19/2011 at 19:53 (2,316 days old) by 1926700 ()        

yes thats the very one.....hers was the first version from right at 1979....from what i hear this model ran to 1985....and there is another version same color combo, but the only thing different is this later one had the plastic swich plate and slider switch as oppose to the metal switch plate and classic toggle switch that was always used before...

and heres the sales literature on it....

Post# 133188 , Reply# 9   4/19/2011 at 19:56 (2,316 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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The Hoover Convertible was most likely a model 1030. It was a metal based lime green convertible with no headlight and a snap-up bag using Type C bags. Where the headlight would be, it would have send Convertible with a brown square going around it. They are very nice vacuums.

Post# 133192 , Reply# 10   4/19/2011 at 20:03 (2,316 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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We lived with my grandmother, and we used her fabulous Hoover Model 28. It's still one of my favorite Hoovers, and a real workhorse. My parents went out and bought a Hoover Model 31 Special in 1959 (no headlight, snap-up vinyl bag). I was sick. My aunt had the DeLuxe Convertible 65 with the headlight and zip-up bag. I bugged my mother for days...."Why didn't you get the NICE Hoover, like Aunt Barbara?"

Post# 133195 , Reply# 11   4/19/2011 at 20:10 (2,316 days old) by kirbyduh (South Central Kentucky )        

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My parents had a Rainbow D4 SE. I LOVED that vacuum. They had every optional accessory but a couple years before I was born, their house exploded. I'm guessing they hadn't had the machine very long. The explosion destroyed the aquamate, rainbowmate, 2 quart basin, and wet hose. I think it is a great testament to that machine's durability that it survived an explosion! We sold it in a yard sale because mama got tired of emptying the water.(I think this was around 2002) It was replaced with a Eureka Whirlwind.

Post# 133197 , Reply# 12   4/19/2011 at 20:36 (2,316 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
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Electro Hygiene Tank in the 50's. Traded in Premier 21 that was my mom's mom and dad's,  they lived with us at the time.





Post# 133201 , Reply# 13   4/19/2011 at 20:54 (2,316 days old) by lovecanisters ()        
Hoover 1030

My parents first vacuum was the Hoover 1030 convertible with the matching slim line or slim liner ?!? canister...think they purchased that in 1970/1971 when they purchased their first home. I still have the upright, canister was tossed a long time mom then went to a TOL Sears Powermate Canister in 1975, that's the vacuum I remember most playing with, but played with both...haha I was upset when mom threw out the Kenmore in the early 80's when she went with a self-propelled Hoover Concept One...I'm on a mission to find that the Sears model. I have the 1980 "Sears Best" canister and love it...

Post# 133206 , Reply# 14   4/19/2011 at 21:03 (2,316 days old) by OpelGTKarl (Kirkland, Washington)        
My Parents had.....

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My dad's parents had an Airway 66 as their wedding present and my mom's parents had a light blue Hoover Conny. My dad later had a plastic Hoover Convertible in college. Fro their my parents joined the Amway business and we've been selling and maintaining the ClearTraks ever since.

Post# 133209 , Reply# 15   4/19/2011 at 21:10 (2,316 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I think a Singer canister.

Post# 133213 , Reply# 16   4/19/2011 at 21:17 (2,316 days old) by luxman107 (USA )        

My parents first was an automatic E..My mom used my grandmothers xxx until she got her own Electrolux in the mid 50.s

Post# 133214 , Reply# 17   4/19/2011 at 21:18 (2,316 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

The first vacuum I can remember my Mom having was a Kenmore canister. It was burnt orange with a disc on the bottom of it (where the motor was). It had a white hose. I can't tell you the model number, or even if I would be able to recognise it today. It wasn't my favorite. My Grandmothers was. When the Kenmore quit (around 1966) the household got a two-tone blue Lewyt (Shetland-Lewyt?) AND a pinkish Regina Electrikbroom. Had both of those until 1975 when some no good dirty rotten rat fink Kirby salesman sold them a Classic Omega III. After which I was no longer in the house. My Grandmother's machine was still going strong well into 1977 when my Grandfather passed away and everything was sold/given away while Grandma was in assisted living.


Post# 133216 , Reply# 18   4/19/2011 at 21:19 (2,316 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

Now, don't go having an attack...........I was the Kirby salesman......

Post# 133219 , Reply# 19   4/19/2011 at 21:26 (2,316 days old) by Automatic-Shift ()        
Hoover Convertible Model 710

My parents bought their first vacuum back in 1969. It was Hoover Convertible Model 70. And, it was ferocious, at least to me. I was so afraid of it...Ron

Post# 133220 , Reply# 20   4/19/2011 at 21:26 (2,316 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        

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The first vacuum my Mom had when I was born was a '50s Kirby 511.  God, I wish I had that machine today!  She had it until sometime in the '70s when she got a Hoover Convertible U4005 from K-Mart.  That machine was so darned plain (blue snap bag, no headlight, no handle grip) that I actually despised it!  Now the only thing I have in my collection that's even REMOTELY close to it in plainness (is that a word?) is my 1020 Convertible.  Even though I was still kinda young, I didn't hesitate to let my Mom know that there WERE better choices out there.  But, at least she bought a Hoover.


She had the 4005 for almost 15 years, and then she began to get my castoffs -- starting with a Panasonic-made Kenmore Whispertone upright (which broke before it could get into my collection), then going to my Miele Powerhouse Plus S174i Upright and finally ending up with my Windsor Sensor SR12.

Post# 133222 , Reply# 21   4/19/2011 at 21:33 (2,316 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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My mom has told me that my Dad had a some type of an 90s Dirtdevil for awhile, died picking up kitty litter. I'm not certain what it was, but from what I'm told I think it was a Featherlite style machine. Then he got a white first gen Hoover Elite which also died by kitty litter. Then, when they got married in 1996, they went to Target and the got the Hoover Elite we had until 2004. Guess how that one died. Kitty litter! All of these vacuum were 90s machines and bought before I was born in 1997. My family has long vacuum-brand loyalty stories I can tell if anyone is interested.

Post# 133223 , Reply# 22   4/19/2011 at 21:55 (2,316 days old) by xraytech ( Pittsburgh, PA)        

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My mothers first vacuum was a Eureka 1428 upright purchased at Sears by her bridesmaids in 1984, she had paired with it a JCPenney badged PortaPower she bought with here employee discount. Since mother is very rough with vacuums the Eureka was replaced in 1987 by a Kenmore Lifestyle self-propelled, and that was replaced in 1989 by a Hoover Elite 200, I remember that being such a dissapointment since it was so plain in comparison to the Kenmore I had gotten used to, and it wasnt the Concept Two I begged for at Service Merchandise

Post# 133225 , Reply# 23   4/19/2011 at 22:17 (2,316 days old) by KirbyDS80 (California)        
Don't remember...

I don't remember the model, but what i do remember is that it was some kind of old style Eureka upright that was white... That's all i remember because i was too little. However i remember after that we got a hard bagged Eureka The Boss World Vac, then another old school Eureka in a dark blue color, then we were given a Eureka ESP with a headlight which my dad uses that thing is cool. We had to replace the original bag since the zipper stripped out, Oh and i almost forgot my god mother gave me a Eureaka Powerline soft bag version, I loved that thing until one day she gave out for good :(.
And that's my 2 cents worth,

Post# 133226 , Reply# 24   4/19/2011 at 22:59 (2,316 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

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My parents were married in 1947 but didn't own a vacuum cleaner until a couple years before I was born.  Their first vacuum was a factory rebuilt Hoover Special model 700, given to them by a friend in the early 50's. 

Post# 133227 , Reply# 25   4/19/2011 at 23:13 (2,316 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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My parents married on June 6, 1969. But I don't know what vac they had before their marriage. I know sometime after their marriage, while they lived in Plymouth, WA, they had a gold-colored Hoover Slimline canister. They retained this when moving back to P-town in May of 1976.

But on November 7, 1978, my dad got himself into a deal with a Kirby salesman, representing the C & E Kirby Co. located on NE 72nd & Sandy. My mom strongly despised this course of action at the time, insisting the Kirby was old-fashioned-looking (think 1920s to 1940s) but my dad ultimately won out. This meant my parents relinquished the Slimline in favor of the Kirby Classic III, which was the first family vacuum I'd ever known.


Post# 133228 , Reply# 26   4/19/2011 at 23:19 (2,316 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My parents got married in June of 1958

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The house, (this house) had a GE upright. Was awful, I'm told. My dad then bought the HOOVER 67 2 weeks before I was born. It's still here.

Post# 133233 , Reply# 27   4/19/2011 at 23:27 (2,316 days old) by markemark ()        

my grans was a beat 64 with a replace shake out bag but now is long gone

Post# 133234 , Reply# 28   4/19/2011 at 23:35 (2,316 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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My parents were married in Feb. 1971. Their first vacuum was a disc shaped Hoover, suction only(don't know what model it was, it was long gone before I started my obsession). It was followed by a Hoover Convertible(also, I don't know the model... for the same reasons as before.) I do know that the Convertible was mom's birthday gift from dad and she did NOT appreciate it. Later came the Kirby Tradition, which mom agreed to buy when dad was out of town(he was a long-haul trucker)and could not object to the purchase.
No wonder they divorced. But the Tradition has lated to this day.

Post# 133240 , Reply# 29   4/20/2011 at 00:00 (2,316 days old) by Vegaslux60 ()        
My Folks first vacuum !

Hi Everyone! When my folks, Maryann & Walter were married in November 1942 (that was the first time when, they ran away! They were later married on Valentine's Day in 1943 in church to appease the family!) They had no vacuum and no car ! It was wartime and those luxuries were scarce. My Mom did have a Bissell carpet sweeper and in 1945, they bought a 1939 gray Oldsmobile! Their first vacuum cleaner was a Premier upright, purchased in a department store, in 1948. I do vaguely remember it being maroon and chrome. In 1952, new vacuum! Electrolux model 60 with all the available goodies. That's the vacuum, I grew up with and loved ! Then, in 1959, the Premier literally fell apart one day in the middle of the livingroom carpet! I remember my Mom laughing! They went to Fallers furniture store and bought a new Hoover Convertible model 66 upright in that beautiful garland green color. Both served very well into the seventies when Mom purchased a 50th Golden Jubilee Electrolux, then in the eighties a Hoover Power Max with power drive. Read Mom's book as she mentions her Electrolux and other appliances a few times!

Post# 133250 , Reply# 30   4/20/2011 at 01:18 (2,316 days old) by westingman123 ()        

Mama and Pop were married in 1950. It snowed on their wedding day--in March! When I came along, they had a Lewyt that Mama used daily until it burned up in the late 70's. It's the vac that started it all...

Post# 133252 , Reply# 31   4/20/2011 at 01:27 (2,316 days old) by edgar (Belgium)        
my parents first.

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My parents first was me ;-)) and a long with it a Philips hr 6232 the left one in the pic.


Post# 133253 , Reply# 32   4/20/2011 at 01:50 (2,316 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Kirby 511 or the model that was available in 1951.My Mom says the vacuum was bought in Ohio the year I was born-they moved from Mas. to Ohio that year-and a DTD salesman doing door knocking or "Van Campaigns" sold it to them.My Mom was mad at Dad when he used the Kirby's sprayer to spray varnish on paneling in a room he was remodling-he took the machine to Kirby for cleanup and refurbishing-after that he bought a Sears Craftsman air compressor and paint sprayer for his spraying jobs.Still looking for one of those Kirbys.It was lost in the Rapid City SD flood in 1972.The machine still worked-the tools were lost years before.

Post# 133254 , Reply# 33   4/20/2011 at 02:03 (2,316 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




I have asked my mom about this. She said they had a "second-hand Royal tank" that they got from someone in their church when they were first married (in 1947 - yes, they've been married 64 years!!).


She doesn't remember the model or anything about it except that it was "black." Then of course they got an Electrolux E-Automatic when she was pregnant with me. They did not get the cord winder, just the halo, but they did get the polisher, which has altered my life to this very day.


Post# 133258 , Reply# 34   4/20/2011 at 05:50 (2,316 days old) by vacuumboy1993 ()        

When my parents started living in the flat in 1988, my mother inherited grandma's Tornado TR11 Électronique, then in April 1993 when I was a baby she got a Vorwerk Kobold 121, and the old Tornado came back to my grandparent's house

Post# 133259 , Reply# 35   4/20/2011 at 05:52 (2,316 days old) by vacuumboy1993 ()        

mom's Vorwek Kobold 121

Post# 133264 , Reply# 36   4/20/2011 at 07:09 (2,316 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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My mom's first vacuum was a tank style but I don't know the make or model.  It had thick chrome runners, with a pointed black cone shape at each end.  The body was greenish/brown I think and cone shaped at each end.  The cones were black also.  There was a round push button on/off switch right behind the handle, removable cord and the hose inlet and exhaust were at an angle, about 45 degrees.  The hose had a screw type connector, was rubber I think, had a straight hose handle as both steel wands were curved.  There was a mop like floor tool as well as the standard brush style, rug nozzle, crevice tool, dusting brush and upholstery nozzle.  It had a shake out style bag.  I don't remember my mom actually owning it but I remember her telling me that she only had it for a very short time and then gave it to my grandmother after she bought a Filter Queen.  This would have been in the mid 1950s.   I remember my grand parents kept the hose and tools in a large canvas bag under my grandfather's bed and the vacuum was kept in a pillow case, also under the bed (there were no closets in the house).  I only got to use the vacuum a few times because then my mom bought my grandmother a Constellation model 86 or 88 (it was light blue in colour) for a Xmas gift.  After that my grandparents used the other vacuum just for cleaning out the pipes to the wood stove. 



Post# 133266 , Reply# 37   4/20/2011 at 07:30 (2,316 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
cleaning out the pipes to the wood stove.....

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Cough.  Cough.  Wheeeeeeeeze! 

Post# 133267 , Reply# 38   4/20/2011 at 07:31 (2,316 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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After they got married in 1947, my parents either received as a gift, or bought on their own, a brown General Electric cylinder vac - I think it was close to the Air-Flo AVT 150 models I have seen on the internet. When my fascination with vacs started as a toddler, I would play with the cloth-covered hose and attachments and pretend I was cleaning like Mom!

When my parents bought their turquoise Eureka Automatic Upright (similar to my profile photo but without the cord-reel), it came with a turquoise attachment set. I loved comparing the blue and brown tools from both vacs, and when I noticed that the GE tool set was missing a crevice tool like the Eureka had, I went hunting for a brown crevice tool in all the closets and drawers of the house and garage! Never did find it.....

Here's a very very close version of the GE vac:

Post# 133268 , Reply# 39   4/20/2011 at 07:34 (2,316 days old) by timborow (Georgia)        

My parents married in 1966. They had some kind of Hoover stick vacuum. It was blue. I barely remember her using it, but I do remember a distinct smell and sound from it. In about 1973, my grandmother gave my mom her tan GE swivel top and blue Eureka upright when she got a new Hoover. I am not very good at model numbers, so does anyone know what kind of blue Hoover stick vacuum that could have been?

Post# 133270 , Reply# 40   4/20/2011 at 07:49 (2,316 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Exactly!  And there would be soot everywhere from when my grandfather dismantled the stove pipes and before he vacuumed them out.  I remember him doing it once without telling my grandmother that he was going to do it.  Normally she would have covered everything up in the vicinity to protect it from getting covered with the soot.  She was so angry when she came home and saw what he was doing.  Soot is not easy to clean up. 



Post# 133271 , Reply# 41   4/20/2011 at 08:02 (2,316 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
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a Kenmore canister. I remember it very well. I used to sit on top of it and ride it when she vacuumed. One day the vacuum was out, and I picked up the wands and pretended to be vacuuming. She saw me and snuck up behind me and turned it on. It scared the living hell out of me! Shortly after that my Mom died in a car accident, and my Dad decided to relocate us to Florida, where my Aunt and cousin had moved to. I remember the day the movers came, I pulled the vacuum out of the closet and sat there, refusing to move until I saw them pack it up and put it on the truck. This picture is not the exact model my Mom had, but it is very close. I don't use it for cleaning, but like to just plug it in sometimes and run it, just to hear the sound.

Post# 133274 , Reply# 42   4/20/2011 at 08:54 (2,316 days old) by 1066hoovers ()        
Hoover Senior Model 638

My parents set up home in 1959. My mum didnt like the new Hoover Deluxe Model 652 because it was pink so they bought one of the late blue model 638s which had just come to the end of its production run. Great machine - used to Hoover with it quite a lot. I remember turning it over with my dad and freeing the agitator from string or whatever had got stuck in it from over entheusiastic Hoovering! They used it up until the 1980s.

Post# 133286 , Reply# 43   4/20/2011 at 12:06 (2,315 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Re Blue Hoover Stick....

Probably would have been a Lark, They brought the name back in the early 60s and used it on a quick broom type thing.

Post# 133332 , Reply# 44   4/20/2011 at 17:59 (2,315 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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Joe - That's a very sweet story about your Mom and the Kenmore.


Jonathan - Did those 638's have a shake-out bag, or were they Type C paper bag outfitted? I can't remember what they did in England....

Here's an ad I have from long ago. I don't remember where I got it.....It makes reference to a "Disposall" bag. Was that like our Handi-Sac?


Post# 133343 , Reply# 45   4/20/2011 at 20:03 (2,315 days old) by pinkge (Indianapolis,Indiana)        
First vac...

My parents first vac was a GE deluxe upright,with a box of attachments second hand.This was 1950.Mom said,her purchase was because the sellers were transfering to a job over sea's and they could not afford the cost of a new vac.They used it until my mom cut out a picture of a new Hoover 63 and pinned to the cork board in the kitchen.Which,one day my mom and I drove to town in our 1951 Studebaker Landcruiser to Reifer's and purchased the Hoover 63,attachments.I remember the salesmen assembling it and placing it in the trunk of our car.Mom,had the Hoover until they moved to Tucson.My grannie had a Hoover 27,my aunt a 634.Now I have the 634.Today,mom,has a Hoover upright and canister.

Post# 133354 , Reply# 46   4/20/2011 at 21:17 (2,315 days old) by williamr1248 (USA)        
what was your parents first vacuum???

They bought a Air-Way 66 in early 50's. Used it until 1963 when she bought a new Hoover Convertible. They didn't like the Hoover and traded it in on new Air-Way 88 in 1965. Still using the Air-Way 88 46 years later. I still have the old Air-Way 66 and it works fine.

Post# 133356 , Reply# 47   4/20/2011 at 21:38 (2,315 days old) by indyhoover (Trenton, MI)        
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was a Hoover Model 60 which I barely remember, but I do recall I was frightened by it. My mom had gotten it from my Grandma after my great-grandma had died and left my Grandma her Hoover Model 28. The Model 60 didn't last too long after that because my mom was banging the dust out of the cloth bag against the brick and smashed and broke the bag collar (oops). The Model 60, unceremoniously dipatched to Good Will, was replaced by a Bissel stick broom and a Eureka Princess canister, and then eventually by a Hoover 719.

Post# 133359 , Reply# 48   4/20/2011 at 22:07 (2,315 days old) by frkirby560 (Memphis, TN)        

My parent's first vacuum was a Hoover 62 with all the attachments. I remember it perfectly. We had it till we got a Hoover Convertible Model 69 with deluxe attachment set in 1965.

Post# 133365 , Reply# 49   4/20/2011 at 22:31 (2,315 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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My parents married in Oct 1956. The first vacuum was a Westinghouse. I remember plying with it when we lived in Kentucky. We had it until 1967 when my mom got a Blue Hoover convertible, that was replaced in 1972 with an Airway Sanitizor 88 mark II.

Post# 133387 , Reply# 50   4/21/2011 at 01:23 (2,315 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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My parents married in 1963,first living in a small upstairs apartment. Their very first vacuum was a blue Eureka stick vac. When they moved into a larger house in the late 60s, they bought a Hoover Connie (dust blower),,dont know what model number, but it was yellow and dark tan or taupe?,,had the red Hoover logo underneath the hose inlet.
In 1972 they built a new home with wall to wall plush blue and green sculptured shag.
By this time i was vacuum crazy and dreamed of having a Kirby Classic, or Central Vac!
Mom then purposely and with intent went WITHOUT ME (knowing how much i wanted to go) to buy a new Hoover Dialamatic Powerdrive at KMart,,dont know what the model # was, but it was cream and tan colored,,with the headlight.(this is still a sore subject between us to this day)
The DAM proved to be nothing but trouble, and ended up catching fire and burning a hole in the shag,,right in the middle of the living room. ( i couldnt help but snicker a little over that one!)
This was about 1980. (Which by then it was my job to do all of the vacuuming, and had been for several years).
I was working and had my own money by this time, and traded the DAM for a used Rainbow D2 with the Eureka style PN. And then traded the Rainbow for a used red Kirby Classic 3 a few yrs later. (was testing and trying to find out which one i liked best)
After i left home,
They traded the Kirby for an Electrolux upright Discovery 3 (tan model) in 1988,,and then when it went kablooey in around 2000, Dad bought a Hoover Windtunnel power drive that they are still using. Tried talking them into a Kirby again but they hated having to take the head off for attachment use,,ect. Oh well!

Thank God for my dear Grandma and her Kirby D50 and new Electrolux Golden Jubilee, that i loved! One of the most exciting times in my whole life was when Grandma bought that new Golden J. She knew it would make me so happy.
Something Mom would NEVER have done!

(My mother has always dismissed my vacuum obsession as completly rediculous and worthless. She thinks vacuum cleaners are nothing more than GLORIFIED TRASH CANS, and could never understand why i would care so much about something so discustingly rediculous. HA,wasnt easy living with her!)

Post# 133388 , Reply# 51   4/21/2011 at 01:32 (2,315 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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A fvaorite Aunt and Uncle got a GE Swivel Top (light brown and cream colored) as a wedding present in 1957. It is STILL going strong to this day. They have had a new hose and attachments over the years, and she still uses it for all the above the floor cleaning.
She uses a Hoover Convertible (not sure of the model #),for her carpet, from about 1976-77,,its yellow with the handle grip and has a striped bag,,still going strong,,has had new brush strips and of course a new belt and bag once in awhile,,she still uses it regularly!

Post# 133395 , Reply# 52   4/21/2011 at 06:20 (2,315 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

I know just how you feel, My mom would not buy the Super J that I begged her to in 78, instead she bought a Celebrity 2 Powermatic, which cleaned well, but was definately NOT an Electrolux!

Post# 133397 , Reply# 53   4/21/2011 at 07:22 (2,315 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Would anyone have any idea as to the make (or even pics) of the vacuum I describe in my post (#133264) above?  I've yet to come across anything that looks like it.




Post# 133399 , Reply# 54   4/21/2011 at 07:56 (2,315 days old) by 1066hoovers ()        
Hi John

The 638 was the first Senior cleaner to have the throwaway paper bag, known in the UK as the Disposall bag (dont think that really caught on though). Your advert reminded me - the cleaning tools, complete with double stretch blue hose, were kept in a wooden cupboard (made by my dad) at the bottom of the stairs. I used to enjoy cleaning the stairs with them although it never stretched as much as in the ad - loved all the different attachments!
Here is a photo of it!

Post# 133404 , Reply# 55   4/21/2011 at 08:21 (2,315 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
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Gary, as I was reading your description of that vacuum I was sure I've seen a pic of it, or something very similar in the last couple months here.  Now, tracking down that post where I saw the pic could be quite a scavenger hunt!  I sure hope some others find your question and lend a hand in the search.   It's going to drive me crazy until I find it.



Post# 133469 , Reply# 56   4/21/2011 at 17:01 (2,314 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
This is mine

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My parents were married in June 1949, but it was not until 1957 that they got their first cleaner, when my mother was pregnat with me!

It is a Bylock Electromaid, and it lasted until 1968. This is very much a BOL machine, earlier Bylock cleaners were based on Apex models. It took me quite a long while to find this one, so now very glad to have it


Post# 133485 , Reply# 57   4/21/2011 at 19:01 (2,314 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I said what my parents had before they met each other. Obviously, there would have been a time when they had the two vacuums in the house, but I'm guessing that wasn't very long. The first vacuum they bought together, was a Dirt Devil Deluxe. It was a Christmas present for my mom, which would have been in 1997. They got married in 1995, and my mom used her Eureka ESP until then. Think of that MAJOR change! Going from a direct air cleaner with no attachments, to a clean air vacuum, with onboard tools and much more suction! That Dirt Devil went through a move, so all of the attachments were lost. It was replaced around 2000 or 2001 with a Fantom Thunder.

Post# 133548 , Reply# 58   4/22/2011 at 00:35 (2,314 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Kenkart, i know what you mean! you were lucky to have had that Celeb 2, I could only DREAM of having a vac like that with a PN! ( I HATED that Connie and that DAM powerdrive with a passion) I would have been thrilled with a Powermatic!

I still have Grandma's 1974 Golden J,,its one of my prized possessions. The motor is a little tired now,,but still fires right up!

To this day my mother says a vacuum cleaner is nothing more than a glorified trash can. HAHA (there are very few things we agree on)
She makes my Dad do all the vacuuming.

Post# 133579 , Reply# 59   4/22/2011 at 09:10 (2,314 days old) by FilterQueenMan (Park City UT)        
Mama's Vacuum

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My parents got married in 1952 at the very young age of 15 for my Mama and 17 for Daddy. They did not get a vacuum till they had been married for 5 years. My Grandmother gave it to them. It was a GE swivel top tan and dark brown. Then after I was born (one of 6 kids) she got a dark blue and light blue Premier swivel top.

Then in 1972 our family business took off and my Mom got a brand new Electrolux 1205. I have the 1205 I do not remember what they did with the GE or Premier. Then when they downsized to a 2 bedroom condo back in 1993 she switched and purchased a Hoover Celebrity II. They had that for only a year and the housekeeper dropped the hose in the toilet when vacuuming and sucked up water and killed it.

I am now working and so I purchased a Miele do not remember the model and they had that till they passed and then it went to my sister who killed it in short order by leaving it outside in the rain. She said she was cleaning her car and got distracted. As she is a total air-head that is plausible.

Post# 133746 , Reply# 60   4/23/2011 at 05:47 (2,313 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
My Mom's first vacuum

was a 1948 Hoover Model 28 with all the attachments. Then in 1963 she got a turquoise Electrolux model G, and the Hoover got sent downstairs to be used in the basement. She used the Electrolux until a year ago when she passed away. I now have both her Hoover and Electrolux in my collection....

Post# 133755 , Reply# 61   4/23/2011 at 08:53 (2,313 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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You family DOES have a thing for vacuums and WATER!!

Post# 133761 , Reply# 62   4/23/2011 at 09:41 (2,313 days old) by minivanmegafun ()        

My mom had a Electrolux Super J, which she got shortly after my grandmother upgraded to a Diamond J.

The Super J is long gone, but the Diamond J is now in my closet and still runs fine!

Post# 133776 , Reply# 63   4/23/2011 at 11:04 (2,313 days old) by Westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        

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When my folks married in 1956, someone had given then an old Royal tank. Then in 1959 when I was about 2 years of age, our neighbor Gloria who sister worked for the General Electric Company in Ohio, arranged for my mother to purchase a machine through Gloria's sister. My mom thought she was getting a model like Gloria had; a Westinghouse canister model DC 7. Instead she got a GE canary yellow canister machine with a plastic swivel top and no wheels. The machine came with a rectangle rug/floor attachment, dusting and upholstery (fabric) attachment. No crevice tool. Needless to say, she was quite disappointed. My mom told me that they paid $35 for the machine.
In those days we lived in a new 3 bedroom ranch style house. The only carpeting was in a small living room. I do remember her wearing out the original fabric nozzle and a replacement as well. She did not care for the rug nozzle, though she did use it too. I also remember my dad buying replacement attachments for the vacuum cleaner, including a crevice tool.The hose was replaced twice.

I remember the color of the replacement attachments: rug nozzle and fabric nozzles were green and the crevice tool was blue. The dusting brush never was replaced, though after time it disappeared. It probably was thrown out my accident; never did find it. The machine eventually ended up at in the basement, and in or around 1967 it was tossed in the trash. The machine was pretty-well tow up by then.

Years later, my dad told me that this machine probably was an economic model from the factory. My dad work for Sears as a repairman. So, after that we always had Kenmore machines, until in 1990 I bought my mom a Royal tank with power head. She ran that machine for 15 years. My mom now has a Sears Kenmore machine which was purchased 10 years ago. She does not do much vacuuming today.

Post# 133809 , Reply# 64   4/23/2011 at 14:24 (2,312 days old) by LillyLux (Oklahoma City)        
Parents first vac

My parents had my Grandmother's Hoover model 29 when they lived in Dallas as newlyweds. After they moved to Oklahoma my grandmother got on my dad's case and told him to buy his wife (my mother) a Hoover! So my dad called the furniture store that sold Hoover vac's and they delivered a blue Hoover model 63. I still have one just like it. I also had my grandmother's old maroon 29 Hoover--and it seemed like that thing was much more powerful than the 63. Maybe that was because of the paper insert in the 63 model. The 63 also had a wrap around trim. Later we had a used Electrolux XXX and then a rebuilt Kirby 509 (that was my sixth birthday present:), and a rebuilt Electrolux model E for my nine'th birthday. We also got a used Lux S for upstairs. In later years a Kirby "composite" built around a rebuilt Dual-50. Then I went to work for Kirby in high school and sold mom and Omega and she kept her then model L Electrolux. When the S broke a wheel I traded her up to a rebuilt AF Lux from where I worked. Those are the vacs of my girlhood.

Post# 133852 , Reply# 65   4/23/2011 at 17:42 (2,312 days old) by luxflairguy (Sumas)        

My parents only had two vacuums in their married life. They married in 1946 in Washington D.C. and moved to Seattle soon after. The first machine was an Electrolux model 30. I don't know if it was a new machine purchase or a re-build. It is still running. The motor was serviced twice in roughly 1960 and again in 1967. Each time I of course lobbied HARD for a new vacuum. In 1969 we moved to Tacoma into a home with lots of wall-to-wall carpet, all white. We hadn't even finished unpacking when who appeared at my Mother's insistance, but the Electrolux man! She bought within 20 minutes a first generation 1205 complete with power nozzle. I still have it.

Post# 133858 , Reply# 66   4/23/2011 at 17:48 (2,312 days old) by fanonthefloor (Dearing,Georgia)        

My mom and dad married June 21,1986 and a couple weeks later she went to Montgomery Ward and bought a blue and white Eureka with the attachment kit, then in 2000 came a Eureka Whirlwind then the Oreck in 2002.

Post# 133885 , Reply# 67   4/23/2011 at 20:59 (2,312 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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When my parents married in 1950 they lived on the second floor of Gramma Schaef's huge Victorian house in downtown London Ontario. Her brother Uncle Harry and his wife Aunt Bern(ice) lived on the third floor. Gramma had converted the house to three apartments just before the war. Being younger by 9 years than her 5 married siblings Mom Marylou lived with Gramma on the first floor until she met and married Dad Jack. Each large floor comprised 3 bedroom apartments with two baths, kitchen, dining room and living room. Both families bore and raised 3 children while there. My brother came along in 1951 and myself in 1953. Our 'apartment' was so large - the house was 3 times as long as it is wide with a two story stable barn with a turntable in the back yard (all carriage and auto access was through the back lanes) - that my parents had a student border Bill Schwetz renting the third bedroom until my sister came along in 1955. Bill was a lifelong buddy and babysitter long after we moved to our own house through the 1960s and in the 70's when Bill married the beautiful Maple.
We moved out of Dufferin Street in 1961. The house 'exploded' in 1965 entirely due to the city's purposeful neglect because they wanted the land to build their new City Hall, Concert hall, Apartment building and City Plaza for Canada's Centennial in 1967.
While I have vivid memories of the entire house and floor plan I am particularly fond of the leaded cylinder glass bay above the front porch entrance. This was the small kitchen off the dining room to the left. I would lie in that window and listen to the table radio for hours while my brother and sister were in the livingroom to the right watching the 19" B&W TV. :-)
The Big House on Dufferin Street:

Post# 133892 , Reply# 68   4/23/2011 at 21:07 (2,312 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Anyway, Mom would go down the back servant stairs and borrow Gramma's Filter Queen Model 200A, which she gave us when we moved to South London. I remember this beast so well and Mom would tie up my sister's hair in rags and set her under the FQ hairdryer hood. I also remember the cloth tool saddle yoke with pockets that sat on the motor rim. I don't have that Filter Queen but I do have one just like it that I got from Pete. Now if only I would find that tool saddle...

When the 200A wore out Mom got another used Filter Queen, probably the Model 700 or a brown 33 because I recall it had the Power Nozzle.

FQ Model 200A

Post# 133898 , Reply# 69   4/23/2011 at 21:34 (2,312 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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In 1967 Dad surprised Mom with a brand spankin' new Electrolux 89 with PN.

This vacuum was considered long gone and lost for years by Mom. Unbeknownst to her, when it was replaced with something I don't recall (I left home in 1969) Dad absconded the 89 to his basement and later garage workshops - whence Mom would never tread unbidden - where it served admirably for decades as his Shop Vac. He engineered & canoodled many modifications from spare parts to keep it running.

Two years ago at Christmas Dinner I brought up the subject of Mom's lost 89. My brother piped up that he had it in his basement gathering dust. Only he knew! He had taken it home after Dad died.

The next day I packed that vacuum in the car and brought it home. I have left all Dad's improvements just as he left it. Green Body well-dented, Red cordwinder and gray cord, green woven hose sealed with a layer of matching red Tuckey Hardware plastic bags and a pale yellow PN Model 200, no doubt acquired at some local vacuum Shop as required through the years. Nothing could break the green telescopic wand apparently...
Besides all the usual vacuuming tasks he used it to clean up balsa wood sanding dust from his airplane model hobby and also had a hookup to the belt sander and table saw.
Jim says that Dad called it The Baboon...because of its Red Ass. (He was no doubt thinking of the Mandrill baboon) Family story - great wistful memories. LOL

Post# 322142 , Reply# 70   4/16/2015 at 02:32 (859 days old) by nazard (Paris, France)        

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in 1959 or 1960 my parents got a hoover Senior 652A, grey color.
It still works very well.
Belt stays in very good condition, also Brushroll. And bulb is still OK

Post# 322156 , Reply# 71   4/16/2015 at 11:09 (859 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
Parents and grandparents

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I remember as a 3 year old the Electrolux salesman showing up at our door literally right after our Westinghouse purple torpeedo vac crapped out as if the guy had ESP. Mom was flabergasted. He brought in both a low end blue L and one with a cord winder and powerhead. Asking mom if she had any trade in's she promptly went in the cellar and brought up her grandfathers model XI. The saleman was flabergasted and told her that was by far the oldest machine he had traded in for many a year! He told mom that was going in the front window on display. Mom settled on the regular blue L and still has it to this day as her main cleaner.

In 1978 Tehans department store was having a sale on Regina Electrikbrooms and her and Nana went there to check them out with me in tow. They settled on the deluxe blue 3 speed model with power plus and Nana bought both herself and mom one. Well mom's got used very hard and eventually sold at a garage sale in 1995 but I still have Nana's and it works as new.

Speaking of Nana, which of course was mom's mother, she had a brown model G Lux with powerhead as her daily driver bought new in 1968 right up until 1997 when she went into a nursing home. She gave it to me when I moved to my first apartment in 1998 and I used that awesome machine for a while until the hose gave up. I had her original hose ends with a new tan section installed, cleaned up the tank and cord and powerhead and from that point it has been carefully stored in a box complete as a show piece. She still purs like a kitten and runs as new to this day.

Dads mom who I called Gram, bought a new model E lux during the 50's and they had that machine right up until there passing in 1995. They also had a 1968 green one speed Regina broom that I loved using when I went over to there house. Of course I have both machines in mint condition stored away at my place curently. Pics to follow sometime soon.

Post# 322163 , Reply# 72   4/16/2015 at 12:38 (858 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
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got this as awedding present back in 1954 so it was already 3 years old when i came along as a child i was terrified of it but i grew to love it .Mum and Dad are long gone but the Hoover is still here with me

Post# 322164 , Reply# 73   4/16/2015 at 12:53 (858 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

Grandmother on Mom's side never owned a vacuum. Her only cleaning devices were broom, mop, and dust mop.

Grandmother on Dad's side had a Electrolux XXX, but wouldn't use it because it used electricity. Grossen had more money than Hitler, but would rather go to bed when the sun went down than pay for electricity.

My Mother's First vacuum when she married husband #1 was a Kirby, that's all she's had since. Various models throughout the years, the original Kirby was destroyed in a fire, and replaced with a Kirby Classic for the cost of $12.50. Classic Omega was bought in 1975, which I still have.

Post# 322186 , Reply# 74   4/16/2015 at 16:46 (858 days old) by fantomfan (Rochester, New York)        
Mom's first vac

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My grandmother bought my mom a Kenmore Powermate around 1987 as a housewarming gift.
She used it up until I was born, 11 years later. Around the time I was born they bought a Kenmore Destiny Plus. That saw it's fate from vacuuming nails/other crap when our old carpet was ripped up in 2002. Sad thing is, It could have been saved and It probably would have still run today.

Post# 322191 , Reply# 75   4/16/2015 at 17:10 (858 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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My parents had a 1950s vintage ('56 or 57 maybe?) Lewyt canister. It was vertically oriented like a shop vac with a charcoal gray tank and a pink motor on top. That thing was around the house well into the '80s, maybe even the '90s. The thing still ran but we quit using it because the hose was split.

Post# 322192 , Reply# 76   4/16/2015 at 17:18 (858 days old) by Dandagreer (Nashville, TN)        
What a fun thread!

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My parents received this model of Eureka for a wedding present. They used it until my Great Grandfather went into nursing care and we inherited his Kirby Sanitronic VII. I loved that old sad my Mom sold it in a yard sale a few years ago without my knowledge!

I have such good memories of vacuums growing up!

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Post# 322277 , Reply# 77   4/17/2015 at 10:07 (858 days old) by nazard (Paris, France)        

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Anthony, I love the picture of your Hoover 612.
The one I'm going to get is not in same wonderful condition as your one.

Do you use paper bag?

Post# 322278 , Reply# 78   4/17/2015 at 10:36 (858 days old) by HOOVER61 (baltimore maryland USA)        

my parents were married in 1957and they set up housekeeping with my fathers parents
I remember an Electrolux in1965 my mother bought a hoover convertible model 35
which did not last
long but most of my vacuum memories revolve around our
hoover 61 which I currently still use it is on its 3rd set of chassis moter rebult 1n1984 the attachments were gone by the time I was interested in it
but I was able to get my godmothers tools off her 29
bought a 2nd 61 in1998 to balance the wear and a 3rd 61 at my vacuum repair shop as a parts donor

Post# 322289 , Reply# 79   4/17/2015 at 13:21 (857 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        

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the hoover 612 has been completely refurbished i even made the bag myself

Post# 322298 , Reply# 80   4/17/2015 at 14:29 (857 days old) by citroenbx (england)        

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dyson dc01

in 1998

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Post# 322341 , Reply# 81   4/18/2015 at 00:16 (857 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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My Moms first Vacuum Was a Moulinex Major. I searched long and hard to fine one like it and last year my Good Friend Adrian Gave me a Delux version.

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Post# 322609 , Reply# 82   4/20/2015 at 04:33 (855 days old) by boxer_rules (Switzerland)        

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This upright vacuum cleaner was my mums first vacuum! A "Tornado", the swiss edition from Vorwerk. If some of you guys have this one in the collection, I would be happy to see better photos.

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Post# 323290 , Reply# 83   4/25/2015 at 16:14 (849 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
my moms first vacuum

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was a Hoover Celebrity Powermatic canister vacuum it had the air ride body style whit the caster wheels on the bottom it was light blue on top and dark blue on the bottom .I was in love whit that vacuum cleaner i still remember cleaning my moms car whit it in a hot summer after noon aaah the memories . One day my mom ex boyfriend took it away whe thought he was going to fix it .... he never did i had lost my beloved vacuum .Im still looking for on btw . It was replace by a 4 gallon shop vac that lasted 12 years that thing was used and used again by my mom my brother and me also .It saved us from a flood to whe had a leak in the basement because of a crack in the foundation out came the mighty shop vac to the rescue I have a video of it on my you-tube channel 4 gallon shop vac power head demo .That's right i added a power head and a 16 feet long hose that thing was a beast loud but function right .I replace that whit a c9 compact electra .

Post# 323294 , Reply# 84   4/25/2015 at 16:25 (849 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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thecompactelectrac9 guy shopvac i was taking about

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Post# 323424 , Reply# 85   4/26/2015 at 23:23 (848 days old) by vacuumfreak95 (Aransas Pass, Tx)        

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My Parents married in 1995 "same year I was born" and bought a Kenmore Power Path upright from Sears. I remember it very well, so they must have had it for awhile.

Post# 323431 , Reply# 86   4/27/2015 at 06:23 (848 days old) by Sensotronic (United Kingdom)        

The very first vacuum cleaner I remember my Mum getting was a McDonald Electric upright.

I must have been four or five when my Dad brought home a plain brown cardboard box containing said cleaner which required some assembly. The cloth bag had a very distinctive smell that became stronger as the cleaner was used. Oh to be able to smell that scent again!

I believe Oreck used the design for their early models, but I could be wrong.


Post# 323470 , Reply# 87   4/27/2015 at 15:38 (847 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
as a little boy

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back in the early 60s i remember my aunty having a Goblin upright vacuum cleaner it was called The Goblin Wizzard Delux cream handle and blue bag the main body was blue with a cream hinged flap where the tools fitted with a red goblin on the bag it looked a little like a hoover 119 i have never seen another.has anyone got one? .The thing i remember the most is the stink of dog that came from it when it was in use [my aunty had a yellow labrador]and the fact that she was always having to empty it because it would fill up with dog hair

Post# 323487 , Reply# 88   4/27/2015 at 18:35 (847 days old) by floor-a-matic (New Rochester/Pemberville OH)        

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I think my parents had a Shetland or GE Swivel Top; but was traded in for a Electrolux 1205 back in 1970; which I still have

Post# 323501 , Reply# 89   4/27/2015 at 22:59 (847 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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My parents were married in 1936, but didn't have their own vacuum until either 1951 or 1952, when they bought a brand new Lux XXX, with cord winder, Companion tool holder, sprayer, vaporizer, and floor polisher. Mom used it until 1974, when I bought her a 966 Electro-Hygiene tank, while I was selling Electro-Hygiene. Here's my Lux XXX, just wish I had Mom's. This is actually about 3 or 4 years older than Mom's, but similarly equipped.

Post# 331676 , Reply# 90   8/14/2015 at 00:07 (739 days old) by EasyAce (Las Vegas)        

My parents' first vacuum cleaner was a first-year General Electric swivel top they got as a wedding present, I think.

They unloaded it in 1962 in favour of an Electrolux Model F. (Thank GOD they did, that GE turned into a pain in the ass---something happened to it and when you used the upholstery nozzle it made a loud buzzing noise like a hive of hornets on amphetamines. No idea what happened, and in time it cost suction, so they were only too glad to get rid of it and so was I, I hated that buzzing!)

When my mother remarried (she was widowed in 1966), she traded that in for an Electrolux 1205 only because she wanted the power nozzle. She kept that Lux for the rest of her life (she died in 1992), and my stepfather kept it until he died in 2001.

Post# 331678 , Reply# 91   8/14/2015 at 01:41 (739 days old) by martin187 (Illinois)        

my parents got married in 1998 and as a wedding gift my grandmother gave my mom a hoover powermax supreme canister, when the hose broke on the canister my mom bought a dirt devil featherlite, and in 2003 my mom bought a kirby ultimate G. It was weird when she bought the kirby because they took the dirt devil, and my brother cried (he was 3, i was 1.5) even though he hated that thing.

Post# 331679 , Reply# 92   8/14/2015 at 03:34 (739 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

For what I could remember-A Kirby 510 or 511.Machine bought the year I was born.1962 divorece-Dad kept the Kirby-Stepmom had a Kenmore "KenKart" pink-whellbarrow KN.The Kirby and that together made a good team.My Mom and Stpdad bought a Hoover dial-A- Matic.Was an early one-amostly metal-was used with the hose as a canister and upright.Later My Mom bought homes with central vacuums-Balck&Decker and NuTone.She kept the Dial-A-Matic for carpets.She no longer used the tools.

Post# 331696 , Reply# 93   8/14/2015 at 09:43 (739 days old) by RainbowD4C (Saint Joseph, Michigan )        

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My moms first vacuum was one that my Aunt gave her as a house warming gift when she rented her first apartment. It was a golden GE Swivel Top. I was three years old. Over time it went to her sister. My Grandma upgraded to a New Electrolux. I don't remember the model but I was about 5 at the time and she gave my mom the old Electrolux she had. My mom always had the hand me downs from my Grandma. It was around 1986 when she finally bought a new one from Sears.

My mom was always hell on vacuums and so is my sister. She killed the Electrolux my Grandma gave her. Bought the Kenmore and had that about seven years or so before she killed it.

Post# 331699 , Reply# 94   8/14/2015 at 10:06 (739 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
My "training" vacs...

were a Kirby 505, and a coral/white GE canister. Back then before power nozzle canisters, most homes had both upright/canister vacuums unless they didn't have rugs. In the 60's when we went to wall-to-wall carpet, I noticed the rug nozzle plate on the 505 was snagging the Dupont 501 loop carpet, so we got a Hoover model 1010 on sale for $48.88 plus tx. She wouldn't spring for the headlight model, and sure wouldn't think of spending over a hundred for a new Kirby...oh well. I did try, our neighbors had a Sanitronic that I was in love with!

Post# 331731 , Reply# 95   8/14/2015 at 20:48 (738 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

My parent's first vacuum was a Kirby 518, which I still have, I refurbished it some years back and it sits in the box, I took it to the 2014 100th Birthday Kirby convention and it won 1st prize for best rebuilt. I still have a few of my parent's old vacuums.

Post# 368923 , Reply# 96   3/22/2017 at 14:58 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        
You Guys Are Lucky...

I remember two bagged vacs that my dad used to clean drywall dust. In the house, we had a Shark upright that started "screaming" a year later. Bought a Bissell Lift-Off, but me as a dumb 5 year old cut the cord WHILE IT WAS LIVE!!! We got a Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum to replace the Lift-Off. The Healthy Home got nasty and was replaced with a Dyson DC25 which I loved! (I didn't know Dysons were terible!) My great grandmother had a Hoover Elite with a metal brushroll, but that was tossed because the belt had slipped.

Post# 368925 , Reply# 97   3/22/2017 at 15:56 by Ctvacman (CT)        

A 1982 Lux Olympia One Deluxe, still have and it runs great. I said we should get another vac since the Olympia was getting old haha, so they bought a Renaissance. I remember that day vividly, the salesman started to pull out a 6500 and before he got it out my mom said is that the best? He said actually we have a brand new machine, we were the first house in CT to have one, that dealer got them first and he hadn't sold any yet since he literally got them the day before. I always remember being jealous of my friends with their cheaper machines, everything I grew up with had to be the best.

Post# 369194 , Reply# 98   3/25/2017 at 17:15 by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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My parents first vacuum was a new Electrolux Model E purchased from a friend of my Dad. At the same time my grandmother has a brown Kenmore Commander pull around tank from the late forties, that was shaped like a torpedo and sounded like a jet engine winding up when it was turned on. Today I own one just like it along with a recently acquired Kencart version in the same color. Very nostalgic for me!

Post# 369213 , Reply# 99   3/25/2017 at 19:36 by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

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My great Grandmother's first vacuum was an Electrolux Model XXX back in the late 40s or early 50s. My grandmother's first vacuum was a Hoover Model 28. My parent's first vacuum was a Hoover Sprint (elite style machine) as a wedding gift.

Post# 369217 , Reply# 100   3/25/2017 at 20:03 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

100 replies on this post!

Post# 369231 , Reply# 101   3/26/2017 at 00:23 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The first vacuum I know of is a Kirby that was bought from a DTD salesman in 1951 the year I was born.My Dad used the sprayer attachment to spray varnish or something on wall paneling and it got all over the new Kirby.My Mom said she was furious about the new vacuum getting messed Dad bought his first air compressor from Sears to use for spraying and then took the Kirby to the Ohio Kirby place where they cleaned it up.the machine got lost in the Rapid City flood in 1972.Used that machine to clean my room and the hosue when my turn came up on the duty roster.My stepmom had a pink Wheelbarrow Kenmore canister that we used with the Kirby.The Kirbys tools got lost many years ago.Figure the Kirby they would have bought would have been a 510-511?Would like to get one.My Stepmom said she bought the Kenmore in 1958.Was a neat vacuum.

Post# 369251 , Reply# 102   3/26/2017 at 10:20 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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My Mum first got married in 1974 to her first husband, so I don't know what her first vacuum was. She didn't marry my Dad until 1988 and at the time had a Hoover Turbopower U2332

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Post# 369445 , Reply# 103   3/28/2017 at 21:29 by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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My parents had a 1970's Hoover Celebrity II Elite canister for the main floor of the home. The second floor had a Pickles model Convertible from the Condiment series. They also had a Black and Decker DustBuster.

Post# 369448 , Reply# 104   3/28/2017 at 22:02 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
This is a great thread!

Love seeing and reading all of the history here...

My mom's first vacuum that she owned was a Kirby Dual Sanitronic 50, bought new in October 1965. My dad believed in buying the best of everything then, so I am sure he was responsible for the purchase. And like the other stuff he bought back at that time - the Zenith color TV, the Lawn-Boy mower, the Kenmore sewing machine, the Toastmaster toaster, etc, the Kirby is still in routine service. She has the rug renovator and original paperwork to go with it.
I was scared of the Kirby when I was little and used it when I was older - I thought it was a great machine. While still running okay today, the bearings are getting noisy and the armature is heavily grooved. I will be restoring it this fall as a Christmas gift to her. Therefore this Kirby will be her first - and last - vacuum!
Here are a few pics of it from last month when I was evaluating it. The scratches were from me trying to get it under my bed!

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Post# 369863 , Reply# 105   4/3/2017 at 02:54 by delores (Virginia)        

My folks married in 51, my mom's first vacuum was a two-tone green GE swivel-
top with the gray cloth hose. It came with a box to store it in. The hose was stored in the lid. My mom died when I was 6 two years later, my stepmom had an Electrolux Automatic with the halo. I have several GEs including one NOS. Pictures to follow.

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