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Post# 218883   2/12/2013 at 14:48 (1,709 days old) by earlieone (San Mateo, CA)        

SyFy Original Being Human. Besides Downton Abbey my favorite show on TV.
Last week’s episode a vintage constellation and this week’s episode a filter queen with power nozzle. The hose was replaced on the filter queen. I believe they actually used the machines in the shoot because the sound seemed correct instead of piped in generic.

Post# 218899 , Reply# 1   2/12/2013 at 16:49 (1,709 days old) by thekirbylover (Warrington, cheshire )        

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kirby on being human

Post# 218905 , Reply# 2   2/12/2013 at 17:22 (1,709 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

The Help Movie from 2011 had a Kirby upright vacuum and had a Aerus Electrolux canister vacuum and had a Shinalator aka Filter Queen canister vacuum.

Post# 218908 , Reply# 3   2/12/2013 at 17:26 (1,709 days old) by KirbyUltimateG (Troy Ohio 45373 USA)        

The Brady Bunch TV Show from 1969-1974 had a Hoover upright vacuum and had a Aerus Electrolux canister vacuum.

Post# 218961 , Reply# 4   2/12/2013 at 22:53 (1,709 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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I keep hoping that now that "Downton Abbey" is into the 20's, that they start showing the household help using a vacuum. So far, no luck. I DO remember that on the new "Upstairs Downstairs" they showed the maid bringing the chauffeur a Hoover to repair. It was a ruse to get him to pay attention to her. It worked. They got married.

Post# 218990 , Reply# 5   2/13/2013 at 10:18 (1,708 days old) by dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        

Not really vintage but there was a dyson dc04 constant max on nursing the nation last week

Post# 218994 , Reply# 6   2/13/2013 at 10:37 (1,708 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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There was a Sebo BS36 shown last night on a tv programme I watched. Cant mind the name of it, but it was your typical hotel lobby and a maid coming out of a room and the Sebo parked up against it. I've never had those uprights before but they do seem to be very popular.

Post# 219009 , Reply# 7   2/13/2013 at 15:05 (1,708 days old) by earlieone (San Mateo, CA)        

@ Thekirbylover - I missed that one. Good Catch!
@ Portable. Yes i keep thinking the same about Downton. there should be a Hoover sighting soon.

Post# 219019 , Reply# 8   2/13/2013 at 16:00 (1,708 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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On "Last of the Summer Wine", a long running sitcom in the UK,,"Auntie Wainwright" who ownes and runs a second hand shop always has a few 1950s era Hoover Juniors for sale outside, next to her stairway leading to her doorstep.

Post# 219026 , Reply# 9   2/13/2013 at 17:02 (1,708 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
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I THINK that in one of the earlier episodes Clegg (Peter Sallis) is seen using a Hoover 119 (your Hoover 115)


Post# 219065 , Reply# 10   2/13/2013 at 21:55 (1,708 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I seem to remember Clegg turning on a Junior or Senior and it spewing feather everywhere. I could be wrong on the details of what happened though.

Post# 219094 , Reply# 11   2/13/2013 at 23:56 (1,708 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Will have to keep an eye out for that one! I have seen Pearl (Howard's wife) bringing a 1970s Hoover Junior down from upstairs, and in one scene Glenda brings a Junior like upright into her Mum's kitchen after using it,,i think it was a Hotpoint, not sure.

Post# 219121 , Reply# 12   2/14/2013 at 09:43 (1,707 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
'old' Upstairs Downstairs

had a footman bringing up a wood case hand pump with hose and asking the maid why she couldn't just use a broom and pan.

Post# 219414 , Reply# 13   2/16/2013 at 21:14 (1,705 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        

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I remember an old episode of"Monty Python",where Graham Chapman, dressed as Mrs. Beethoven kept interrupting her husband with the vacuum while he was trying to compose. It was a 115 Hoover.The movie"Come September",was on this week. There was an English Hoover #65 in the hallway of the villa. Also on "Bewitched"where Endora,summons Serena to impersonate Samantha.They hide in the utility closet on the service porch-the only time the inside was ever shown-very large. Not only do you see the famous Dial a Matic. You can also see the box that held the attachments,on the shelf above the freezer.

Post# 219501 , Reply# 14   2/17/2013 at 15:45 (1,704 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Thats cool, i will have to keep an eye out for that Bewitched episode!

There are at least a couple episodes of Leave it to Bever where June Cleaver is vacuuming, wearing her proverbial pearls and formal dress.
I know there is a chrome GE Swiveltop used a few times, and a Compact used a few times in early episodes.
We dont actully see the Compact, it is usually behind the sofa or chair, but she is definatly useing a Compact hose, wands and rug tool.
In one later episode, Wally (the older brother) comes home from school and June is just putting the GE Swiveltop back in the hall closet, and Wally helps her.
She is also using the hose backwards,,has the curved end of the hose in the machine, and the strait end in the wands.

I know there is an episode of Father Knows Best where the mother is using an Electrolux XXX on a latter, and makes Betty (the oldest daughter) take over and finish while she goes onto some other chore.

There are a few scenes of the Dick Van Dyke show where Laura Petre is vacuuming with an early 1960s Hoover Dial a Matic.
There is also a Dial a Matic used on I dream of Jeanie,,and also a blue/green GE Roll Easy.
Infact, one episode revolves around the "Blue Jinn",,king of the Jeanies,,and how Major Nelson traps him in the Dial a Matic. The dial goes along by itself, so i wonder if its the same one used in the Bewitched episodes.

Post# 219618 , Reply# 15   2/18/2013 at 09:36 (1,703 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
June and her pearls

Everyone males fun of June Cleaver wearing pearls all the time but what a lot folks do not know is that there is a real reason why Barbara Billingsley always wore those pearls. According to Barbara herself, the reason she wore those pearls is because her neck had a big hollow spot right in the center of her neck and when she was filmed in black and white is showed up as a black splotch. They came up with idea of her wearing the pearls to cover up the hollow spot and that is why you never see her without them on Leave it To beaver. PAT COFFEY

Post# 219780 , Reply# 16   2/19/2013 at 15:32 (1,702 days old) by marks_here (Crossville TN & Altoona PA WOO HOO )        

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I was watching Ellen today & she was using an Oreck Magnesium on stage ... it didn't sound all that strong . . . Mark

Post# 219937 , Reply# 17   2/20/2013 at 13:08 (1,701 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        

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I remember June's GE cannister. There was an episode of "Beaver on recently where she was vacuuming the woodwork,&the hose was on backwards. As for the vacuum on "Jeannie",they may have used the"Bewitched" one,but in the last scene where the blue djin comes out of the water with the broken vacuum. I'm sure they used a duplicate. The vacuum was rigged with a remote control where the brush was,&I'm sure Screen Gems didn't ruin it,as it shows up in later "Bewitched" episodes.Pat is right about Barbara Billingsely's neck,she said this in many interviews.Did you know her father was Sherman Billingsely-the owner of the famous Stork Club in NY.

Post# 219986 , Reply# 18   2/20/2013 at 16:51 (1,701 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Ill be darned,,did not know that,,and also did not know about why she wore the pearls,,thanks for sharing that, good to know!

Other vacuum sightings - There is an episode of "The Partridge Family" where Shirley Jones is using a Regina Brush and Beat upright. If i remember correctly, she is actually using it,as the bag is inflated, and i think there is a headlight.
She turns it off to speak, and the light goes out, and bag deflates.

There are also several episodes of "All in the Family" where the vacuum cleaner is evident. One early episode, "Edith" brings a 1950s (i think, may even be 40s) model GE upright from upstairs and puts it next to the closet by the front door.
A little later in the series, "Archie" is vacuuming with a blue hood/white body/blue hand grip Hoover Covertible. Unfortunatly the producers chose to use sound effects, as it dosent even sound like a convertible being used, and the bag is not inflated while he is using it - cheezy. Hated it when they do that.

Also a little later in the series, Edith is vacuuming with a green Hoover Dial, and has the hose attached. She is trying to vacuum under the TV, and the floor brush gets stuck and comes off, sending her into a chair. Her friend, crossdresser "Beverly LaSalle" comes in and picks up the whole console TV, and Edith grabs the floor brush. Haha

Also, in one episode, after a fight, Archie is trying to make his own supper, and spills cereal all over the kitchen floor, so goes to the broom closet for the broom. The broom is holding up a shelf, which colapses and falls to the floor with a loud crash and clank when he pulls the broom out. On the shelf were the metal chrome wants to a green BOL Kenmore cannister, which can be seen with its hose on the closet floor.

Being a big fan of The Mary Tyler Moore Show,,i was always expecting to find out WHAT kind of vacuum Mary Richards had. We never find out, as there is NEVER any sign of a vacuum cleaner in that show. NEVER.
In one later episode, (where Ted and Georgette plan a last minute shot gun wedding in Mary's appt.) she goes to get the vacuum,(when she finds out whats about to happen) but we never see it. DARN!

I always imagined Mary Richards had a early 1970s Dial a Matic or an Electrolux 1205.

Also, Episode of "The Golden Girls", "Rose" the Betty White character, is using an Electrolux Silverado Special with the hose in the blower,stuck in her pants!,,she is trying a new thing called "Vacuum Slacks",,,and of course they blow up instead of suck in.

Also an episode of the GGs shot in the garage, there is a Regina Brush and Beat upright in the back ground. Have often wondered if it may be the same one that Shirley Jones is using all those yrs before on the Partridge Family, as it is an unusual and rare vacuum. Strange that one would be in 2 different shows, 20 yrs or so apart.

Also and episode of "The Bob Newhart Show" where his wife Emily, played by Suzanne Plashette has an Electrolux 1205 strapped to a dinning room chair and the hose in the blower mode with one of the metal wands attached to the hose,,has a ping pong ball suspended in mid air.
There is also an early episode of the same show where one of Bobs patients (he plays a Psychologist) is selling vacuums,,and Bob of course buys one. Its a blue Electrolux model G with just the hose and a generic floor brush.

Fun memories!

Post# 220023 , Reply# 19   2/20/2013 at 21:04 (1,701 days old) by raycarter (Taylor, Michigan)        
Two other All In The Family/Golden Girls sightings...

In the 1976 AITF episode, "Edith's Night Out", Edith is vacuuming her living room with a Hoover Convertible Elite model U4059. And in the 1986 Golden Girls episode, "Blind Ambition", you can see a Hoover Dial-A-Matic 1120 in the background during the yard sale sequence out on the lanai.

Regarding the old upright Edith carries downstairs in the first season episode "Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood", which I have on DVD, I studied the cleaner carefully after pausing the DVD at that scene, and found the cleaner to actually be a Hamilton Beach model 14V. (Although I can see how you could have confused it with a GE; their AVF series uprights were remarkably similar to the Hamilton Beach uprights of the 1940s and 1950s.)

Post# 220024 , Reply# 20   2/20/2013 at 21:16 (1,701 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
And A More Recent Sighting!

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Did anyone see Mike & Molly this Monday night? Molly's Mom's boyfriend had taken a part time job selling vacuum cleaners. Mike had just gotten home from work and Molly from the Dr.'s office when he shows up at the house with the machine & they slam the door in his face at least twice before finally letting him in. Mike & Molly are trying to have a conversation but he plugs it in and fires it up anyway. The machine appeared to be a Dirt Devil Steam Vac instead of a regular vacuum cleaner. In another scene he is disrupting the whole family.

Post# 220041 , Reply# 21   2/20/2013 at 23:26 (1,701 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Raycarter, thank you! I will have to keep a eye out for that GGs episode,,i know the exact one you are talking about,,dont know how i could have missed that Dial a Matic!
And, Im glad to know about the old vac in the AITF episode. Thank you!

Jeff, didnt see that, will have to watch out for it!

Post# 220234 , Reply# 22   2/22/2013 at 00:02 (1,700 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        

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Laura Petrie, also had a hoover 68 convertible in the early episodes.There was an episode of"All in the Family",where Gloria was using the green Dial a matic also.It would have been funny to have Mary Richards,with the 68, or the Dial a Matic,from her previous show.Saw an episode of"That Girl",where Ann Marie was cleaning Donald's apt. She too had a 68 convertible.Another episode had her working in the vacuum dept of a's. There was a Hamilton beach cannister on display. Then a lady inquires about an upright. I believe it was a Hoover 29.Funny, since that model came out in the early 50's.Maybe they were selling reconditioned vacs also! Since it was filmed at Desilu,then. I wonder if it was the same one Lucy used in the early episodes of"I Love Lucy". Speaking of that show No one ever mentions the Hoover 65 convertible in the first scene of "Lucy Goes to Sun Valley"on the later Lucy-Desi show.She's cleaning out the closet in the Conneticut house,&you can see it by the fireplace.

Post# 220290 , Reply# 23   2/22/2013 at 11:35 (1,699 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        
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As is often the case, Hollywood isn't always entirely realistic in terms of portraying lifestyles of their characters inside the worlds they're supposed to exist (don't even get me started on "Friends" and "Seinfeld").

Back in the '70s, though, they WERE much closer to the mark in terms of living arrangements; Archie Bunker's Queens row house was appropriately clean, but shabby -- just what you'd expect from a single-income working-class household. Bob and Emily Hartley lived in a lovely Chicago high-rise, but it was nothing too fancy -- one bedroom plus study (the study, of course, we never saw), bath and a half, small but functional kitchen (I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sunken living room though!). The Jeffersons lived in an appropriately-sized and decorated three-bedroom in a postwar Manhattan high-rise (my best friend once lived in the Jeffersons' actual building).

But as someone who's worked in broadcasting for 25 years, I can say confidently from inside the industry that they were off the mark with Mary Richards. The apartment was certainly lovely (and ever-so-suspiciously *identically* laid out to the Hartleys' Chicago pad, with the U-shaped sunken living room and floor-to-ceiling windows against the back wall -- but of course both shows were shot by same company). Mary's apartment in the early days was a studio, but one of the most beautiful studio apartments I'd ever seen, and tastefully (and expensively) decorated.

No way could a 20-something entry-level television news producer in a market like Minneapolis in 1971 afford such a place, let alone have it so extensively stocked and furnished. How many 25-year-old single girls do you know today who have a fully-stocked kitchen, silver and china service for 8, and the wardrobe she wore?? Frankly, given the hours that news producers work, there would simply have been no time for her to create such a home for herself, let alone the funds to do it with.

If we were keeping with the Hollywood fantasy, then Brian nailed it earlier: she would have had a Hoover Dial-a-Matic. Definitely not an Electrolux; canisters are far too fussy for on-the-go women like Mary. But as long as we're continuing the fantasy, the upright she had certainly would have been the newest and most modern that Hoover would have offered at the time.

Realistically speaking, however, the real-life Mary Richards, just starting out her television career in a new city like Minneapolis, would almost certainly have inherited a 1940s-era Hoover upright from a grandmother or great aunt who just upgraded herself to a top-of-the-line Kirby or Electrolux. Or, being thrifty and resourceful, she would have found a good deal at a flea market or yard sale.

It's not surprising that Emily Hartley would have a high-end Electrolux.

Edith Bunker, however, would certainly be using the same vacuum she got as a wedding gift in 1945 -- whatever Hoover was making back then. Definitely an upright.

At the Jeffersons' residence, I remember Florence using some '70s model Hoover Convertible upright. I remember thinking, though, even as a kid, why -- if they were so "rich" -- did they not at least have a headlight on their sweeper? But that detail aside, a new Hoover Convertible for an apartment like that would have been most appropriate.

Post# 220543 , Reply# 24   2/23/2013 at 21:59 (1,698 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Was just watching Jumpin Jack Flash, the office was being cleaned by female janitor with a salmon DAM

Post# 220597 , Reply# 25   2/24/2013 at 08:23 (1,697 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
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What about the Hoover FloorMate commercials? Makes me want to buy one; but they never show the model with tools.

The Shark Lift Away Rotator commercial; I question about its ACTUAL performance vs. its cleaning performance on TV.

Bissell Lift Off carpet shampooer commercial

Bissell Big Green (Rug Doctor's competitor unit)

Rug Doctor Mighty Pro

Post# 220605 , Reply# 26   2/24/2013 at 09:41 (1,697 days old) by ocscott3085 (DMV)        

As a side note I will say that the Shark Rotator's actual performance is just as good in reality as it is portrayed during the infomercials. I'm not sure it will physically last as long as its warranty but longevity isn't something most consumers are considering these days.

Post# 220640 , Reply# 27   2/24/2013 at 15:05 (1,697 days old) by motojoejo (MO)        

I've see a purple Hoover Caddy vac on a few episodes of Arrested Development.

Post# 220644 , Reply# 28   2/24/2013 at 15:59 (1,697 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

It's kind of funny about Leave it to Beaver, on the earlier episodes when they lived in their first house June vacuumed with a Compact, once they moved to the second house not only was the vacuum that she used a GE swivel top, but all her kitchen appliances were GE, you could see her GE Frost Guard bottom freezer refrigerator, the famous GE cooktop with the white push buttons and a GE wall oven, I don't remember if there was a slide out dishwasher or not, would be interesting to see.

Post# 220761 , Reply# 29   2/25/2013 at 13:57 (1,696 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        

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Edith did have the vacuum she probably got as a wedding present. The Hamilton Beach upright,was from that era. One thing that I always remember was the position of her kitchen.Having lived in similar homes,the kitchens' were off of the dining room-to the side,where the Bunker's basement door was.Where the Bunkers'dining room door was, there was a door leading outside,usually with no stairs.It was to annex a room addition-an extra bedroom as ours had.To be built later,as the family grew. This layout,however wasn't practical for filming before a live audience. Years ago they ran an article in TV guide,as to what the interior of the actual house in Queens that was photographed on the show looked like.The layout was almost exactly as the set.It was much nicer though,with dark woodwork,& lots of antiques.I remember the lady who lived there was quoted as saying."None of the homes in that neighborhood were as beat-up looking as the Bunkers."That house today would sell for about $400,000.

Post# 220762 , Reply# 30   2/25/2013 at 14:03 (1,696 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        
I beg to differ with you, MJM ...

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The Bunkers' house today, in Astoria, would be closer to $550K.

Post# 220808 , Reply# 31   2/25/2013 at 20:09 (1,696 days old) by vacuumfreak (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)        

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Maybe not on TV, but I was just scrolling through my suggested videos on youtube, and the song "I want to break free" by Queen popped up, and in the beginning theres an old Hoover Junior.
Check it out!

Daniel :-)

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Post# 220828 , Reply# 32   2/25/2013 at 22:08 (1,696 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        

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You're right about that!

Post# 220841 , Reply# 33   2/26/2013 at 00:09 (1,696 days old) by motojoejo (MO)        

Just saw Peggy carrying an Electrolux XXX on Mad Men.

Post# 220950 , Reply# 34   2/27/2013 at 00:00 (1,695 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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lately Ive been watching several episodes of The Price is Right game show,on Youtube, dating from the mid to late 1970s.
In several of the "Showcase" part of the show, at the end, they have given so many yards of such and such carpet, and a brand new Filter Queen Cleaning System to go with it. I dont know the Filter Queen model numbers, but its always the dark brown and chrome model FQ. They show close ups of the machine, and it does have the PN socket, and 2 speed switch.
Whats interesting is that they show the vac with just the standard carpet nozzle,wands, and attachments. No Power Nozzle.
Since most of the carpet they are giving away is the thick shag, you would think they would have given the PN with the Filter Queen. Afterall it was THE Showcase!

I do remember a neighbor buying a new Filter Queen in around 1976, but it was the tan model, and without the PN or floor brush. But it did have the PN socket, and was a 2 speed.
It came with a a felt like pad that snapped onto the bottom of the rug nozzle.
Evidently in those days, the PN was an optional attachment that was also an extra charge.
This neighbor was a friend of my parents, and i remember them saying they had bought the machine at a home show, and paid a hefty price for it, and since they had mostly wood floors at the time, they didnt need or want the PN.
Only problem was they moved to a different house shortly thereafter, that had wall to wall thick carpet, so ended up buying a Hoover Upright for the carpet. I got to use that new FQ several times,,it really was an excellent machine. I'll bet they still have it!

Post# 220951 , Reply# 35   2/27/2013 at 00:06 (1,695 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Also on The Price is Right of the same era, they have given away a Central Vac system called Wal-Vac. It looks like the whole system is in the wall,,motor unit, inlet, and all. How strange. Has anyone heard of this? Must have had an extremely long hose with only ONE inlet for the whole house?
Whats stranger is that The hose they show with the unit on the show is short, like a regular 6 foot Eureka hose, and Eureka attachments that would have belonged to a mid 1970s Eureka cannister. Never heard of this before, or seen one.
Ive seen and used central vacs of that era, of course, but not ever heard of this Wal-Vac.

Post# 220971 , Reply# 36   2/27/2013 at 09:27 (1,694 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
The Price is Right

I remember a Price is Right,or similar,with an AirWay and power nozzle at a time when I didn't know they were still made as we had almost NONE in my area after 66.--Also an episode of Let's Make a Deal when the 'guest star' was Milton Berle and when a ShopVac was shown(for contestant to guess prices)he said he knew how much they were as he got one for the garage.--Wal-Vac-I think these were fairly well known including for motor homes,etc.The short hose might have been for display only to avoid clutter of full length.--I found an Intervac(?) at a flea market that I have found nothing on.The motor & fan mounts between studs,then a long hose,then the hose handle unit contains the paper bag,then wand and atts.Anyone heard of??

Post# 220980 , Reply# 37   2/27/2013 at 10:36 (1,694 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        
tv vacs

I seen on the waltons a black rexair and a hoover and some royals, and on that 70s show a electrolux xxx. d.a.m. on bewitched.

Post# 221026 , Reply# 38   2/27/2013 at 16:14 (1,694 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        
youtube ..

" don't dream its over " music video by Crowded house.

check it out

Post# 221050 , Reply# 39   2/27/2013 at 18:54 (1,694 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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There is a Barbara Streisand song/movie where she is pushing around a Red Kirby Classic 3.
I remember the Kirby isnt plugged in, and there isnt even a cord attached,but she pushes it around while she is singing.
Not exactly sure, but i think this movie/song is the one with Ryan O'Neal called "The Main Event,,made in 1979.

Post# 221056 , Reply# 40   2/27/2013 at 21:02 (1,694 days old) by raycarter (Taylor, Michigan)        

On MTV back in 1984 (when they actually played music videos) I saw the video for Barbara Streisand's "Emotion." Toward the beginning of the video, she is pushing a Hoover upright from the late 1920s/early 1930s, either the model 425 or 575.

Post# 221063 , Reply# 41   2/27/2013 at 21:46 (1,694 days old) by sbakerde (Millsboro, DE )        

Wal-Vac was a short lived brand of built in system also sold under the Black & Decker name. They used a smaller diameter pipe and proprietary inlet valves. The valves are even an odd opening size. I have seem about half a dozen installed in southern Delaware. To my knowledge they used a 25 foot hose not a 30, and never offered an electric power head. I have seen a few that included the preco air nozzle. I believe these were sold mostly through electric supply houses and hardware store. NuTone most likely took their place rather quickly.

Post# 221065 , Reply# 42   2/27/2013 at 21:58 (1,694 days old) by sbakerde (Millsboro, DE )        
more sightings

In Malibus Most Wanted (movie from 10+ years ago) the housekeeper appears to be using a Filter Queen Princess III, the hose appears to be the 10 foot. Does anyone remember the commercial from a few years ago for clear duct tape. They showed an Electrolux 1205 with clear duct tape over the mid section of the hose. I also recall an episode of Home Improvement where Tim installed a central vac ( which all we saw was a very generic crushproof hose and metal wand), and he "souped up" the old Electrolux canister. A Diamond Jubilee I believe. How about the metal Eureka canister (roto matic style, green?) in the basement corner on That 70's Show. That one was not correct to the era, the model shown would have came out in the late 80's. My mother had one she got as a wedding gift, it lasted to the mid 90's when the motor finally gave out. Poor vacuum didn't know my family is a bunch of clean freaks.

Post# 221070 , Reply# 43   2/27/2013 at 23:26 (1,694 days old) by vleetx (Low Desert, CA)        
british tv BBC

If you happen to watch "are you being served" I have seen a couple of hoover canister vacuums on there. And later onn the series "are you being served again" they use an old upright, and they keep refering to it as a "junior goblin" I still enjoy seeing that video of queen where freddie mercury would suddenly change into drag and go across the room with a small hoover upright.

Post# 221074 , Reply# 44   2/28/2013 at 03:18 (1,694 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Are you being served & Queen

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As noted above, in one of the episodes of AYBS the cleaners are vacuuming the stairs down from the lift with Hoover Freedon cannisters - there were no US equivalents of these models.

In the Queen video Freddie Mercury is using a Hoover Junior 119 (US 115) although it does not have the original bag or flex. However, what may not be so well known is that in the scenes before his entrance there is what looks like a lamp with steam coming out of it. This is a "Teasmade" and an lamp/alarm/tea maker. This was manufactured by Goblin who would have been classed as No. 3 vacuum cleaner manufacturer in the UK, the Teasmade was a long running product line that ran alongside their vacuum cleaners.

Associated with this, at one time they also manufactured what might be the first clock/radio sold here

Post# 221078 , Reply# 45   2/28/2013 at 05:05 (1,693 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
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There is an episode of AYBS? early on - series 1 or 2, I think, where Captain Peacock is telling the cleaners to "get that vacuum cleaner out of here" and mentions something about the old bags, which Mr. Rumbold over-hears incorrectly and assumes Captain Peacock is referring to the cleaners as "old bags". The vacuum in question was a white and grey Hoover Senior 652E, I believe.

Post# 221079 , Reply# 46   2/28/2013 at 05:14 (1,693 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Here's an episode of Corrie from 1984 featuring the Rovers Return cleaner. Can't say that would've been the most practical vacuum to clean a pub with


Post# 223583 , Reply# 47   3/14/2013 at 18:09 (1,679 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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As a big Kenmore fan, does anyone know of any Kenmore vacuums being used in TV shows or movies?

On Matlock there were several episodes that clearly show vacuums. It's been a while, but I think I remember a Regina Housekeeper used to clean Matlock's foyer. Another episode shows a Hoover Elite II with red soft bag and light gray onboard tools being used to clean a law office. Another episode shows Matlock in a garage investigating a case and there is a Dustbuster hanging over a workbench.

Finally that most prominent vacuum shown is a Rainbow D4 SE. A childhood friend of Matlock's who sells vacuums comes to visit and supposedly injures his back and has to reschedule his demos to take place in Matlock's living room, so he can lie on the couch. You can see the Rainbow with gas pump handle hose and PN set up on the floor, and in a chair is the wet pickup hose, on the coffee table are papers and on the far wall is leaning the Rainmate and there are shampoo bottles on the mantle. He tells the people to grind sawdust into the carpet and then he gets up to vacuum it up, when Matlock finds out his back is not injured.

Post# 223784 , Reply# 48   3/16/2013 at 05:18 (1,678 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
It's funny about June Cleaver

I used to always call my mother June Cleaver, because she never would come out of her bedroom in the morning without her makeup on and her dress and high heel pumps, and she always wore them when she was cleaning.(Talk about uncomfortable) and now that I think about it she always had on pearls or some kind of necklace and matching earrings.... But in her later years when I moved back home from California I used to think she was Judge Judy to a tee....She is probably up there shaking her finger at me now.. LOL.... Dan

Post# 223867 , Reply# 49   3/16/2013 at 15:48 (1,677 days old) by luxman107 (USA )        

The Donna Reed show early episodes, Donna is seen using a GE roll along. Actually Jeff was using more than Donna.. Now in the later episodes she is using a Hoover upright,, again though Jeff is using it more than Donna.. Love that show anyway. It is my new guilty pleasure. I

Post# 224104 , Reply# 50   3/18/2013 at 09:23 (1,675 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        

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Donna was using a Hoover 64 at the end of the episode where Shelley Fabares sings "Johnny Angel." Shelley was using a Kirby 150-I think on an episode later in the week. Love that show, one of my favorites! June Cleaver was vacuuming with a Compact yesterday morning.In the episode where Eddie Haskell,tricks Beaver into telling a little boy who doesn't speak english,that he has the face of a pig.

Post# 232232 , Reply# 51   5/11/2013 at 15:37 (1,621 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        
Kenmore vacs on tv

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Maxwell Smart had an early duo-power upright. The Munsters, had a Commander cannister,the hose was always on the blower-end,& rigged so the dust would fly out. On the last season of "Hazel",when she went to work for Mr.Baxters' brother,they had an old Kenmore-Birtman made upright,from the late 1940's.On the 1st episode,Mrs.Baxter is carrying it down the stairs.Naomi on" Mama's Family" had a 1980's Kenmore upright.Fred Sanford had a coffee can Kenmore upright in the living room.

Post# 232255 , Reply# 52   5/11/2013 at 17:07 (1,621 days old) by squarehandle ()        
I coulda sworn

I saw the Draper's maid using a Hoover Connie on a recent episode of "Mad Men"

Post# 243031 , Reply# 53   7/30/2013 at 16:14 (1,541 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

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Post# 245043 , Reply# 54   8/10/2013 at 17:37 (1,530 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Bridget Jones is currently on TV up here in Scotland. Early in the film she's seen pushing a light blue Hitachi bagged upright around...

Post# 245429 , Reply# 55   8/12/2013 at 20:20 (1,528 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        
vacuum sightings on tv

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Donna Reed was using her GE Rolleasy,on an episode last week. She was offended by someone who said she was"just a housewife'.The vacuum was making a noise that seemed to call her a housewife,some good shots of her turning the switch on,& off with her foot.Two recent sightings of Samantha Stevens DAM.One episode she was carrying it by the handle,into the living room,while Mrs. Kravitz#2-Sandra Gould was talking on the phone.Another had Serena sitting on the couch while the vacuum moved by itself.The hose from the cleaner to the bag was plugged into the tool opening.Probably rigged to give the extra parts,that moved the vacuum,more room.Another episode of Donna Reed,coming up has her using a Premier upright,when Esther Williams comes to visit.Donna must have been very hard on equipment.During the show's eight year run she had a total of 6 vacuums.A Roll-easy,& the Premier,in seasons 1&2.Seasons 3&4,she had a Hoover Citation,64 & a Kirby/w a shampooer.Season 5,a Hoover 66 Convertible,followed by a Singer twin fan in the later seasons,when the show was sponsored by Singer.

Post# 245715 , Reply# 56   8/14/2013 at 17:50 (1,526 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        
tv vacs

in 1976 there was a kids tv series called Kizzy about a little gipsy episode 1 "the wagon" the butler at the Admirals house is seen vacuuming the stairs with a lux z55 hes using 1 extension tube and the floor brush ..check it out on youtube im not sure how to give the link.... the vacuum is actually working and he switches it off....

Post# 245718 , Reply# 57   8/14/2013 at 18:35 (1,526 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        
In Everybody Loves Raymond...


...Season 8, Episode 10, "Jazz Records" (2003). A 1950's Hoover vacuum (Model 63 maybe) behind a table in the basement, near the stairs.

Post# 245721 , Reply# 58   8/14/2013 at 19:05 (1,526 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        
many to note

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Many you may already know, from shows and movies
- Golden Girls had a hoover dial-a-matic- Electrolux 1521- and regina brush -n-beat
- A.L.F had a hoover convertible, and the original dirt devil broom vac
- The Leave it to Beaver movie from the late 1990's had a maroon colored Panasonic upright (can't remember the model)
- Edward Scissorhands had a hoover convertible
- The X files had a weird rebaged hoover consellation called the "electrovac"
- Mr. Mom had a weird rebaged Kirby classic omega ( I can't recall what they called it)
- I Carly had a dyson dc07, a dc24, and a bagless eureka upright
- Good luck Charlie ( I just happened to gaze at it as my brothers watched it), they had a white Kenmore quick clean, not the one with the cord reel.
- Mrs. Doubtfire had a red hoover elite
- Dennis the menace had a shop vac ( I think it was a shop vac), and another old upright, but you could only see the top part
- Prancer had a very old hoover (couldn't tell what it was), and a Kirby tradition
- The 2005 version of The Amityvile horror movie had a hoover constellation
- Super Suckers had koblenzes, and modified fantom cyclone xt's
- The Borrowers had and old upright ( can't remember what it was) ,and one of those Kenmore tank type vacuums
- Jumanji had a red sanitaire commercial
- some random Disney show had a dyson dc40, but I can't remember which show it was
- some 80's movie with tom hanks in it had a Kenmore canister I believe.

Post# 245723 , Reply# 59   8/14/2013 at 19:28 (1,526 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

Note: The vac in Mr. Mom was a Classic, not a Classic Omega, as the Omega had a scuff plate around the rear and a horizontal plug, where "Jaws" didn't have a scuff plate and the plug was vertical.


Also, a rebranded Rainbow E was shown on Everybody Loves Raymond "Humm Vac" (2001.) They still left the Rainbow logo on the attachments and possibly the power nozzle.


Post# 245726 , Reply# 60   8/14/2013 at 19:47 (1,526 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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And just a few weeks ago, on Hot In Cleveland, they had a brand new Dyson DC41. I thought that somewhat odd, considering the ancient kitchen appliances, especially the range.

On Friends, Courtney Cox had a Rainbow Performance Edition. Thankfully, they didn't mask the sound, as most TV shows use a generic 'sound' (usually a Kirby's low, throaty growl) instead of actually using the true sound of the machine.

Post# 245772 , Reply# 61   8/15/2013 at 06:48 (1,525 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
On Friends, Courtney Cox had a Rainbow Performance Edition

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That was in one of the flashback episodes, I believe, where Phoebe is slowly moving out without telling Monica.

Later on, she has a Sanitaire upright that you only ever see the handle of once, and later still she has a DC07.

Post# 245775 , Reply# 62   8/15/2013 at 07:51 (1,525 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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I don't remember that series at all, but I suppose by then I was 18 so probably a bit too old for it.

Canadian readers will recognise the cleaner as being similar (looking at least) to the Electrolux "loaf" models.

Its a 5.50 into the link


Post# 245827 , Reply# 63   8/15/2013 at 12:34 (1,525 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        

thanks a lot for that Al ididnt quite know how to do it

Post# 245928 , Reply# 64   8/16/2013 at 02:28 (1,525 days old) by NYCWriter (New York City)        
It's a bit off-topic but ...

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... OMG do I love the furnishings in Samantha Stevens' living room!

That Hans Wegner "Papa Bear" chair in the corner (with matching ottoman) today -- an original -- in pristine condition -- would fetch over $20,000.

Post# 245929 , Reply# 65   8/16/2013 at 04:16 (1,525 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Embedding video

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It's really easy.

These instructions are for computers with Windows operating systems.
While VL is open and you are creating or responding to a thread, open a second browser window. Access the video you want, and copy the URL from the top of the screen (on the youtube browser window) - you can do this by highlighting the URL with your mouse then hold down the CTRL key and press C - for copy

You have then two options:
Click into the "URL Link to share" box, hold down the Ctrl key and press V - for paste. This will create the blue line under your text "Click here to go to xxxx's link" - this opens a new window

or compose your message and hold down the Ctrl key and press V so that the link you copied appears as a line in your text - this will create the box within your text - this is called (I believe) embedded video.

How this is achieved is far beyond me, it is all down to the clever mind of Robert, who has created so much utility for us.


Post# 245954 , Reply# 66   8/16/2013 at 10:32 (1,524 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        
u r l

cheers for that Al

Post# 315076 , Reply# 67   2/10/2015 at 04:41 (982 days old) by mandurries (Spain)        
Fan-of-fans's Post# 223583

Hi Fa-of-fan´s. Do you remember the Matlock´s episode name where rainbow vacuum appears? i´m looking after it and i can´t find it.


Post# 315092 , Reply# 68   2/10/2015 at 09:05 (981 days old) by sitop (Staten Island, New York)        

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I was catching up on Shamless and frank is in Shelia's basement making his beer. Leaning up against the wall is an early Electrolux "one piece" power nozzle.

Post# 315266 , Reply# 69   2/11/2015 at 22:39 (980 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Mandurries, the Matlock episode is called "The Competition". Unfortunately I don't believe it's on Youtube at the moment.

Post# 316463 , Reply# 70   2/22/2015 at 15:26 (969 days old) by vacuser (milford,ohio)        
tv vacuums

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in the movie "burnt offerings" karen black is vacuuming the stairs with a kirby & then hands it off to a boy who carries it down the stairs & sets it down. movie is on you tube & at about 26:52 into it is her vacuuming.

Post# 316534 , Reply# 71   2/23/2015 at 09:57 (968 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        
Downton Abbey

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On the first episode last season,they showed a maid vacuuming. It was at the beginning of the episode. The household was in an uproar,because Lady Cora's maid left.I believe it was a coffee can Hoover upright. They only showed the top of the bag,& the handle,for just a second.

Post# 316539 , Reply# 72   2/23/2015 at 10:56 (968 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Currently working our way through The Golden Girls.

In the first season episode where the girls decide to have a garage sale, one of the things out for sale is a Hoover Dial-A-Matic.

Post# 316540 , Reply# 73   2/23/2015 at 11:07 (968 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Movie sighting...

Last night late, I saw the last 15 min. or so of a Kim Novak movie, 1959, Middle of the Night. It was a scene with the housekeeper vacuuming with a McAllister (sp?) canister, very much a Fairfax look-a-like. The camera pulled back in the scene giving a rather long view of the vacuum. That's the first time I've ever seen that brand on TV or movie.

Post# 316544 , Reply# 74   2/23/2015 at 13:25 (968 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        
Lily Allen caught buying a vacuum cleaner....

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Not so much a TV series but a one off. Lily Allen spotted buying a vacuum cleaner.

Gasp. It appears to be a Vax she is loading into her open top.


Post# 319498 , Reply# 75   3/27/2015 at 19:32 (936 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Paddington bear movie.

The cleaning lady of the house, "has a vacuum for every ocassion." Note the 4 different Numatic models and 2 dust busters lol

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Post# 319574 , Reply# 76   3/28/2015 at 16:33 (935 days old) by sweeperboy (Pennsylvania)        

I don't recall seeing any scenes with a vacuum cleaner in action after the set of Bewitched was remodeled. Perhaps the shag carpeting was too much for Samantha's Dial-a-Matic. The only vacuum I recall was in the episode where everyone has to tell the truth and a salesman comes to the door with a Regina canister. I think this could have been the last episode of the series, as it was remake of an earlier B&W episode.

Post# 319576 , Reply# 77   3/28/2015 at 16:55 (935 days old) by sweeperboy (Pennsylvania)        

No bashing of the Dial-a-Matic was intended by the statement in my last post...just a weak attempt at humor given the two very different carpet styles used on the early and later sets of Bewitched. My grandmother's DAM worked just fine on their paneled living room with medium shag carpeting.

Post# 367900 , Reply# 78   3/5/2017 at 20:45 (227 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        
Mommie Dearest

I just noticed after all the times watching the movie. That it appears Joan Crawford had a Kirby sitting next to the washers and dryers. You see only the handle and top half of the bag. It also looked like it was missing the cord.

Post# 367912 , Reply# 79   3/6/2017 at 01:56 (227 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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This was on The Golden Palace

Post# 367942 , Reply# 80   3/6/2017 at 15:45 (226 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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After watching the Golden Girls when it was originally broadcast as well as the re-runs many, many times including almost every day for the past few could I not know that there was a follow up series called The Golden Palace? I will have to hunt down the episodes.


Post# 367963 , Reply# 81   3/7/2017 at 06:14 (225 days old) by 4seth (Wisconsin )        
Eureka Dial a nap from 1980's on The Middle

I have seen a few episodes where the blue eureka has been pictured and even where "Frankie" is using it. Has a blue and white checkered bag. It seems though that the Hecks have another vacuum also .

Post# 367964 , Reply# 82   3/7/2017 at 06:33 (225 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

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Kirby Classic Omega in Mr. Mom
Kirby Classic Omega in Ant Man
Kirby Classic III in Casper

Post# 367976 , Reply# 83   3/7/2017 at 10:01 (225 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
Bates Motel

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Norman's mother is using a metal based Convertible in the current and last season opener.

Post# 368087 , Reply# 84   3/8/2017 at 18:42 (224 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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I've been watching "Dennis the Menace" on HULU. There are at least 3 episodes so far featuring vacuums.


Mr. Wilson and his wife have what looks like a GE tank. In one episode, he is emptying the vacuum outside, looking for a valuable coin he thinks his wife vacuumed up. In two other episodes, Dennis's parents' vacuum, a GE Roll Easy, is prominently displayed in various scenes. In one episode, Dennis has vacuumed up leaves out in the yard with the GE. Henry has to call "Opie" the repairman to get it repaired. You really get some good views of the vacuums in this show. I'm not even through all of Season One!

Post# 368119 , Reply# 85   3/9/2017 at 06:50 (223 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

I was watching Hoarding: Buried Alive and saw amidst the piles of trash, a Kirby Heritage!!! They later showed a new Bissell Cleanview cleaning the nasty carpet.

Post# 368120 , Reply# 86   3/9/2017 at 06:53 (223 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        
Fresh Off The Boat

It's a comedy about an asian family on abc Funny. One of the neighbors was having a yard sale and there was a shot of a lady begging to get a Hoover Elite for a lower price.

Post# 368298 , Reply# 87   3/12/2017 at 14:58 (220 days old) by vacuser (milford,ohio)        
tv vacuums

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hail caesar has a kirby in it. george clooney movie.

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