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Post# 241604   7/22/2013 at 23:38 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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I was given a couple of interesting machines today. A Eureka and a Coronado.

Post# 241605 , Reply# 1   7/22/2013 at 23:38 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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The Eureka cleaned up very nicely

Post# 241607 , Reply# 2   7/22/2013 at 23:41 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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As did the Coronado. Add an appropriate hose and a couple of parts and it looks very good.

Post# 241608 , Reply# 3   7/22/2013 at 23:46 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Incidentally from what I can find out the Coronado was made for the MacLeods stores from about 1955 to 57 (possibly a bit earlier but I cant confirm that) This is a 1956 Ad for it. I assume from the difference in the logo on it that mine is an earlier model as the logo shown in this ad is also in the 1957 ad.

Post# 241645 , Reply# 4   7/23/2013 at 05:59 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

That Coronado, Absolutely stunning!! What I wouldnt give if some of those showed up around here!!

Post# 241649 , Reply# 5   7/23/2013 at 06:15 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
RE Coronado..

A very similar machine was sold under the Spiegel name, that is the only other machine like this I have ever seen a picture of.

Post# 241665 , Reply# 6   7/23/2013 at 07:47 (1,850 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Great job Doug

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You do enjoy cleaning up and detailing your cleaners :)

That Eureka style was around in one form or another for a long time wasn't it? Like from the mid 1950s with the first vibra beat models? Or was the first one called the 10/10?

I think this design was surprisingly futuristic as it foretold the basic design of many other cleaners right up to the present day.


Post# 241668 , Reply# 7   7/23/2013 at 08:25 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Al, Hans:


The Canned Ham style Eurekas were around for about 20 years. I think this is one of the last versions put out. (Or at least very late) Definitely in the 1970's.


Post# 241669 , Reply# 8   7/23/2013 at 08:30 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Incidentally, the Coronado name plate says made by Emco. Inc. Bloomington, Il. The design of the machine looks a lot like the Royal/Kingston/Firestone machines with the exception of the top but it also has some elements that look like Eureka as well. Makes you wonder who that company was associated with.

Post# 241776 , Reply# 9   7/23/2013 at 18:26 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Sold it under their name,Housemaid,in the 50s, I have only seen it in the catalogue until now!!! Im so Glad you posted a picture, I love aNY odd swivel top!!

Post# 241778 , Reply# 10   7/23/2013 at 18:27 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I just noticed something!!

The hose is the exact same weave and color as an Atlas Eldorado!!!!

Post# 241779 , Reply# 11   7/23/2013 at 18:51 (1,850 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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If Emco was in Bloomington, Illinois, then chances are it was somehow connected to the Eureka Williams Company which was headquartered in that town.

That Eureka canister was known as the Empress II, a more modern and improved version of the famous Empress canister from the late 1960's. It took on the 1800 Series model numbers, with 1820 being the low end, and 1880 being the top of the line. I would date this around 1970.

Eureka used a "sports car" metaphor for marketing this beautiful vac. Trade advertisements called it the "FastVac" and touted it's large "Mag Wheels" for easy movement over all terrain, racing stripes down the sides (yours seems to be rubbed out), "easy on" push pedal designed like a car's accelerator pedal, and even "radio push buttons" on top to adjust the suction. Yours seems to be a middle of the line: The low end version had no suction buttons (1820), and the high end version had 7 buttons (1880).

This was the Eureka canister that came before the boxier "Sweet Sixteen" 1600 series (Ironside, Quiet Kleen, etc.), and the design survived into the 1980's when it was enhanced by a power nozzle to become a deluxe Roto Matic Power Team canister vac. Store brand versions of this include Eaton Viking in Canada, and JCPenney and Wards in the USA. Not sure if there ever was a commercial Sanitaire version though.

Love the fact it came with all those duplicate Eureka attachments! :-)

Post# 241788 , Reply# 12   7/23/2013 at 20:22 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

You really do find some great things, I need to post some pics of the Canadian Lux you sent me the body for, it came out great.That coronado I have is closely related to a Gem or Watermatic, this one is totally different.

Post# 241795 , Reply# 13   7/23/2013 at 21:33 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Hans

I used a spare hose from a Viking vacuum cleaner that is the same as the Atlas. The original one for this machine would have been the same colour but with a black tracer. This was as close as I could come.

MacLeods, like many other stores, bought stuff from many companies and put their house brand name - Coronado - on them

Hey Brian:

I believe this is a model 1860. Looked at that yesterday and forgot to put it down. There were also two Singer versions of this machine, which I have too (Thanks again for the one pictured here Dave). One with power nozzle one without.

Post# 241796 , Reply# 14   7/23/2013 at 21:42 (1,850 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Never knew that there was a Singer version! Kewlllllll! I know Eureka made some of the Singer canisters of the 1960's, but who woulda thunk they relabelled a "FastVac Power Team" as a Singer.

Aren't Eureka William's classic attachments beyoooooootiful? :-) Love that upholstery nozzle and horsehair dusting brush.

Post# 241797 , Reply# 15   7/23/2013 at 21:48 (1,850 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Correction - Doug's Singer shows the full "Control Panel Dashboard" with 6 "radio buttons" - not 7 as I described above. It also has the racing stripe down the side.

Eureka's Empress II Power Team was given a model number in the 1200 Series, like all of their first Power Teams. I believe the deluxe model was 1280. First versions were "Not Recommended" by Consumer Reports in 1974, as they did not like the fact that the 360 degree hose connector at the canister could rip out the power nozzle cord from the main unit. I think subsequent models restricted the rotation to 200 degrees or something like that....

Post# 241798 , Reply# 16   7/23/2013 at 21:52 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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The singer without the PN

Post# 241799 , Reply# 17   7/23/2013 at 21:53 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Oh the Singer without the PN is the model C21 and the one with the PN is the model C23

Post# 241800 , Reply# 18   7/23/2013 at 22:05 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have..

A blue one somewhere, but I have a Singer complete with the box and Singer re badged Preco power brush! it turned up at the Re Store in Greensboro!I also have a 1010 Eureka that is about the same thing, the problem is you cant get bags anywhere, I search the old hardware stores anytime I travel.

Post# 241801 , Reply# 19   7/23/2013 at 22:06 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        


Post# 241802 , Reply# 20   7/23/2013 at 22:11 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        


Post# 241803 , Reply# 21   7/23/2013 at 22:12 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

This thing REALLY has good suction!

Post# 241804 , Reply# 22   7/23/2013 at 22:13 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I Installed..

A new cord, as you can see the original was gone, but the hose is great.

Post# 241814 , Reply# 23   7/23/2013 at 22:51 (1,850 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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That would be a Singer C2 (C3 looked about the same but had a place in the kit for a floor brush while it was optional on the C2)

Post# 241815 , Reply# 24   7/23/2013 at 22:54 (1,850 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
It does have,,

An extra wide matching floor brush too..

Post# 241817 , Reply# 25   7/23/2013 at 23:03 (1,849 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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And for our UK friends: that Eureka MobileAire 1010 is your Parnall Tenten. Would love to get my hands on a 220volt MobileAire one day!!!! :-)

Post# 241820 , Reply# 26   7/23/2013 at 23:15 (1,849 days old) by chan55 (Green Bay, WI)        

Back in the 60's there was a Gambles Hardware store where I lived. They sold Coronado appliances. Even Dryers, and Freezers. My Aunt and Uncle used to buy from them. The owners went to my church.

Post# 241832 , Reply# 27   7/24/2013 at 02:27 (1,849 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Parnall 10/10

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Here is a picture of the Parnall and as you can see, its identical to the Eureka - I presume they must have imported them or assembled from kits of parts from the US.

Parnall was a small scale manufacturer primarily of laundry appliances - tumble driers, a wringer washer (probably not far beyond 1960, if that) and top loading semi and fully automatic washing machines based, very largely, on the Thor Automagic. The cleaner is know to have been on sale from at least early 1960, if not before, until at least the end of 1963


Post# 241833 , Reply# 28   7/24/2013 at 03:35 (1,849 days old) by 1926700 ()        
well, as long as were shareing......

Eureka Empress I and II, and mobile airs..........heres my Empress II with headlighted PN. Mine is dated 1976

Post# 391431 , Reply# 29   5/2/2018 at 00:52 by Dusty (New York)        
Eureka 1860 HEPA retrofit?

My Eureka 1860 is a dead ringer for the one cleaned up by Collector2. Not nearly so clean, and long ago "refurbished" with added weatherstripping and some duct tape (not pretty, but it worked). The motor's bearing is probably much the worse from not having changed the filter often enough (and the filter itself being so flimsy that a lot of dust must get past it), but it works.

The one thing I miss is that it doesn't have a HEPA filter. Anyone know of a way to retrofit one to it? I assume it would have to go on the output, as there's probably not a lot of clearance above the motor. I wouldn't be adverse to fabricating a housing a la Apollo 13's CO2 filter, but won't bother unless it is simple and durable. There's a limit to my frugality.

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