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Post# 365371   1/19/2017 at 21:21 (303 days old) by EurekaFan (Wisconsin)        

Hey everyone!

I was just wondering if you had any info on Eureka cleaners from the 50s through the 90s. I don't know much and was hoping to gain some more knowledge from joining this forum!

Thanks all.





Post# 365403 , Reply# 1   1/20/2017 at 15:10 (302 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Welcome to Vacuumland! I used the search bar for the forum archives to find another thread that will be somewhat helpful to you, because it includes a chart of bag types and a corresponding list. There are many Eureka threads--some including photos and scans of ads, so you'll want to perform your own searches, but this one will get you started. Hopefully another Vacuumlander will be able to provide a model timeline for you.

www.vacuumland.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-...

I personally don't have a lot of knowledge of Eureka vacuum cleaners except that the uprights from at least the '60s and '70s resembled Hoover cleaners in many ways--including a variety of color combinations of the handles, casings, and bags.

Also, here is a company history overview, in case you're interested:

The Eureka Company ("Eureka" is Greek for "I have found (it)!") was begun by Detroit real-estate auctioneer Fred Wardell in 1909. He ran it until his enthusiasm waned in 1939, and he persuaded Henry Burritt to take over. Burritt merged Eureka with Williams Oil-O-Matic Heating Company in 1945 in a strategy to rejuvenate its floundering sales through diversification (oil-burner production was moved to Sweden after seven years). In 1953 Eureka-Williams was purchased by Henney Motor Company of Freeport, IL, and in 1959 it was merged with National Union Electric Corporation. AB Electrolux of Sweden purchased National Union in 1974 and changed the Eureka division name back to The Eureka Company a year or so later. In 1983, in an attempt to cut production costs, Eureka began to move vacuum cleaner production out of Bloomington, opening a plant to make uprights in El Paso, Texas, and in 1984 opening one in Juarez, Mexico. In 1990, Eureka announced that it was moving production of upright cleaners completely to El Paso. The manufacture and assembly of canisters were consequently consolidated at its plant at Normal, Illinois, while headquarters and other manufacturing operations remained at Bloomington. In 2004 the company's name was changed once again to Electrolux Home Care Products North America (later Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.), the factory in El Paso was shuttered, and all manufacturing was moved to Mexico. In December 2016, the Electrolux Group sold the Eureka brand to Midea Group Company, Ltd.



Post# 365419 , Reply# 2   1/20/2017 at 20:08 (302 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Harrison,

Here’s a list I obtained from the Hesco Inc. website www.hescoinc.com/schematics_eurek... and some others I added. I have no idea how complete it is for the 1950s-1990s range (I didn't copy everything), but at least you can use it as a guide to help you find models you’d like to have.

The list doesn’t include rebadges with private retailer names like Eaton's "Viking," The Bay's "Baycrest" and "Beaumark", JCPenney, Montgomery Ward, Firestone and Western Auto.

Also, this thread, #90 from 2006, includes good information and quite a few photos:
www.vacuumland.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-...


Canisters

450A

500 & 700 Series (Prince/Princess)

500, 502, 508, 513, 550, 555, 560, 702, 703, 705, 711, 713, 714, 730, 736, 737, 738, 739, 740,741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761, 765, 770, 773, 780

800 Series (Roto-Matic)

900 Series (Roto-Matic)
960 (Gold Crown, 50th Jubilee), 965a

1100 Series (Empress)

1200 Series (Roto-Matic Power Team) 1973-
1243, 1244, 1245, 1246, 1248, 1249, 1254, 1255, 1259, 1271

1600 Series
1620, 1625, 1630, 1640, 1650, 1660, 1663, 1680

1700 Series (Power Team)
1730, 1731, 1740, 1743, 1745, 1746, 1750, 1756, 1757, 1758, 1760, 1761, 1763, 1770, 1773, 1777, 1778, 1783, 1784, 1788, 1764, 1774, 1790, 1791

1800 Series (Empress II)
1810, 1820, 1830, 1833, 1840, 1860, 1880

POWER NOZZLES (Old Style)

Ironsides
1739, 1789, 1799

Rally
3837, 3850, 3860, 3865, 3916, 3930, 3974, 3975, 3977, 3987, 3988



Uprights

200 Series
210 (Easy Glide), 260 (50th Jubilee model), 265, 270 (Vanguard)

600 Series
625, 625D, 626

900 Series (Heavy-Duty)
918

1400 Series (Princess)
1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1410, 1411, 1412, 1413, 1414, 1415, 1416, 1417, 1418, 1419, 1420, 1421, 1422, 1423, 1424, 1425, 1426, 1427, 1428, 1429, 1431, 1432, 1435, 1436, 1437, 1438, 1439,1440, 1441, 1442, 1443, 1444, 1446, 1447, 1448, 1450, 1452, 1453, 1454,1455, 1456, 1457, 1458, 1458A, 1459, 1462, 1463, 1466, 1469, 1470, 1471, 1473,1485, 1486, 1489, 1490, 1495

1500 Series (Emperor)--Panasonic rebadge

1900 Series
1903, 1923, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945,1946, 1947, 1967, 1968

1934AGS

2000 Series
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2030, 2033, 2035,2036, 2042, 2042D, 2043, 2044, 2045, 2047, 2048, 2049, 2050, 2052, 2053, 2055,2058, 2060, 2061, 2062, 2064, 2068, 2070, 2071, 2072, 2073, 2074, 2076, 2077, 2079, 2080, 2080B, 2081, 2082, 2083, 2084, 2085, 2086, 2087, 2088, 2090,2091, 2092, 2093, 2095, 2097

2300 Series (Dial-A-Nap & Rugulator)
2315 (Sport), 2325 (Casual), 2375 (Everyday), 2385 (Chic) Wild Moss bag pattern, moss green color

3200 / 3300 / 3400 / 3500 / 3700 Series
3210, 3220, 3240, 3360, 3320, 3325, 3330,3331, 3335, 3440, 3450, 3460, 3470, 3560, 3710, 3711, 3715, 3720, 3721, 3760
3690AV
3712

5000 Series (Self-Propelled)
5040, 5047, 5060, 5070, 5071, 5077, 5085
5134, 5150, 5175


C Series
C2031, C2032, C2035, C2037, C2045, C2055, C2057, C2063, C2065, C2066, C2094, C2125, C2132A, C2194, C2720, C2740, C2770, C4046

S Series (Sanitaire- Domestic “Blue Line”)
S634
S639, S644, S645, S648, S650, S652, S654, S655, S657, S658, S659, S660, S661, S662, S663
S647A
S670A-1
S677A-1
S678
S782, SC785AT
S785AT-1


SC Series (Sanitaire--Commercial “Red Line”)
SC675, SC679, SC681, SC684, SC688, SC699, SC886, SC887, SC888, SC899
SC689A
SC881A
SC882A, SC883A
SC785AT-1
SC5815A
SC5845A
SC6600, SC6600A (ProTeam)
SC9150, SC9150A, SC9150B, SC9180


Post# 365420 , Reply# 3   1/20/2017 at 20:25 (302 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Here's a copy of the 200-series upright manual cover with the "flying E" logo. It's either from the late '50s or early '60s.

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Post# 365422 , Reply# 4   1/20/2017 at 21:18 (302 days old) by EurekaFan (Wisconsin)        
Wow!!

Thanks so much for all of that information! This is going to be super helpful. Thanks again!

Post# 365451 , Reply# 5   1/21/2017 at 12:17 (302 days old) by ronni (USA)        

You're welcome!

You may also be interested in Eureka floor polishers. Two models I found referenced online were the Model 10 and the Model 20.

I don't know if Eureka made carpet shampooers prior to the 1980s with the Eureka branding. There were some produced in the Sanitaire line (Sanitaire Heavy Duty Blue vacuum cleaners were first offered to consumers in the 1950s. Then, in 1972, Eureka launched the Sanitaire products for commercial users).


Post# 365494 , Reply# 6   1/22/2017 at 15:19 (300 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hi Harrison,

You can get a nice record of the history and development of the Eureka Company by looking at some of the advertisements they put out over the years. I'll try to post a bunch of them for you over the next few months...hopefully in chronological order so you can see how the product line evolved over the years.

Click on the button that says "View Full Size" so you can read the content of the advertisement.

Here is a print advertisement from 1946, just after World War II ended:



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Post# 365653 , Reply# 7   1/26/2017 at 02:40 (297 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
EurekaFan...

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Let me post some paperwork that might just flip your switch! I am pretty much the resident Eureka lover here. Enjoy!

 

Jae

The Eureka Empress!


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Post# 365654 , Reply# 8   1/26/2017 at 03:35 (297 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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Thank you for posting these photos. Eureka at its very best. Brings back memories.
I have the 2070 in Blue and my aunt wanted a new vacuum when she built her new home and she had seen my vacuum and I took her to the vacuum store and she purchased the
2071D, which was just like mine only in the cream color.


Sincerely,

PR-21
Bud


Post# 365667 , Reply# 9   1/26/2017 at 16:47 (296 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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wow...thank you for those gorgeous Eureka beauty shotssssssss

...*faints*...bang....

EurekaPrince


Post# 365674 , Reply# 10   1/26/2017 at 19:51 (296 days old) by EurekaFan (Wisconsin)        
Awesome!!

Those are so cool! If you have more please post them!

Post# 365682 , Reply# 11   1/26/2017 at 21:45 (296 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
Certianly EurekaFan....

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I would be more than happy to share..


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Post# 365683 , Reply# 12   1/26/2017 at 21:53 (296 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Great pics!

I noticed that some of the model designations have letter suffixes. Did that indicate an update or alternate iteration as Hoover's model suffixes did (e.g. was there a 1660-A along with the 1660-B)?


Post# 365686 , Reply# 13   1/26/2017 at 22:31 (296 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
as far as I have leardned with Eureka.....

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With the letters, they indicate a change. like for example the model 2042. The first model 2042 A as released as part of the 1972 line, in Wild Moss green and Antique white, when the model was reissued in 1975 as a part of the new machines with the new Lexan plastic bases, they changed the colors and it became a 2042 B. That is all that is, the change could be one, or many specs of a machine.


Post# 365687 , Reply# 14   1/26/2017 at 22:41 (296 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Good to know. Thanks for the response.

Post# 365696 , Reply# 15   1/27/2017 at 07:09 (296 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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It's interesting. Sometimes Eureka changed the suffix letter to indicate a minor change (like colour), but other times they actually notched up the number itself. In 1974, I remember giving my dad one of the colour line-up inserts (posted above) from the Home Furnishings Daily Chicago Housewares Show special edition. It shows the great upright lineup that topped Consumer Reports tests in 1973 - Models 2042, 2082, 2072, etc. I wanted Dad to buy the deluxe Cordaway Rugulator 2082. When he brought it home a few weeks later, it was a 2083: the difference? a little indentation on each side of the metal base plate which were called Edge Kleeners. Eureka even added little decals on each side of the gold base to advertise the enhancement.

Another interesting thing about model numbers in the 1960's. As Eureka approached 1960, its two main vacs had Model Number 260 (Automatic Upright) and 960 (Rotomatic Canister). Then as they approached 1970, the Vanguard upright had model number 2070.

Eureka. The very best in vacuum cleaners.

Those were the days, my friend. :-(


Post# 365701 , Reply# 16   1/27/2017 at 09:01 (296 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Eureka not the one in AR!

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Anyone seen the passion play?

Hmm! I do know where I can get Eureka 1489 from reply #11 pic #11. I may go get it tomorrow. Even though I’m not a die-hard Eureka person I do have/like the Vanguard, and model 1265 from pic # 15 reply #7 and one similar to model 1428 reply #11, 14. I just sold model 2215 to a fellow collector on here and I know he will happy with it!

Thanks for posting Jae. Not many people take the time or have the knowledge to post advertisements like this and I find them fascinating.


Post# 365774 , Reply# 17   1/29/2017 at 02:38 (294 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
EurekaFan...

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I decide to take some good pictures of the best of the best, the pride and joy of the Vacuum Gallery here at Jae Place! So, for your viewing pleasure, the VERY BEST of my Eureka uprights!

 

From left to right,

1.Model 250A '55

2.Model 260 '59 Gold and Green 50th anniversary edition.

3.Model 265A '67 The Cordaway

4.Model 2081B '72 The Vanguard

5.Model 2070D '72

6.Model 2083A '74 Golden Powertouch

7.Model 2042A '73

8.Model 2385A '76 Wild Moss Continental "Chic" 

9.Model 2325A '76 Wild Moss Continental "Casual"

10.Model 2093A '78 Brandywine Cordaway

11.Model 4036A '80 Widetrack

12.Model 2091A '82


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Post# 365780 , Reply# 18   1/29/2017 at 07:22 (294 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Amazing Eureka upright collection, Jae! Very jealous!!!!

Looking at the Automatics 250 and 260, I could see now how easily these Eurekas would have scared me half to death as a child. The headlights and the whole look of the motor heads make them look like some terrifying mechanical monsters - especially when the headlights are turned on! Yikes!!!!! The later Vanguards and round Continentals look less menacing!

It's no wonder many of us vac fans were terrified of these machines as toddlers... :-(



Post# 365791 , Reply# 19   1/29/2017 at 09:41 (294 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        
Jason

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I've never been quite the Eureka expert... What year(s) would the Eureka 2050 have been produced?
Andy


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Post# 365830 , Reply# 20   1/29/2017 at 17:51 (293 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I would date the 2050 to the same years as the 2070 Vanguard: circa 1970 to 1972.

Post# 365843 , Reply# 21   1/29/2017 at 18:57 (293 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        
Eureka

Here's a random 80's Eureka...

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Post# 365943 , Reply# 22   1/31/2017 at 19:07 (291 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Here is an Eureka advertisement from 1953....

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This is when Eureka introduced a "tub" style canister cleaner called the "Roto-Matic" because the hose swivelled 360 degrees on the top of the tub.....



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Post# 365944 , Reply# 23   1/31/2017 at 19:17 (291 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
And here is another print advertisment from 1956....

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...which shows an improved Roto-Matic canister in red, plus a larger Super Roto-Matic and a new Super Automatic Upright Cleaner....

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Post# 365952 , Reply# 24   1/31/2017 at 22:44 (291 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
I have one of those small Roto-Matics....

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Mine is dated 1954. It is in perfect condition, even has a brand new, genuine, vintage Eureka paper bag, from the correct era. I just need a hose for it (excuse the pics of the old vacuum room, lol).


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Post# 365959 , Reply# 25   2/1/2017 at 05:57 (291 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Wow! That IS in excellent condition! Hope you find a hose to complete the package.

If I remember correctly, Eureka had a winner with the Roto-Matic as it was not that expensive and was highly rated in Consumer Reports at the time.

I guess it was Eureka's answer to the GE Swivel Top tub vac of the same era.


Post# 366589 , Reply# 26   2/11/2017 at 20:59 (280 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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And here is a photo of a Eureka vacuum display from a store from about 1957 or 1958 or 1959. The store is already displaying the new 50th Golden Anniversary (1909-1959) editions of the Eureka Super Rotomatic Golden Crown canister (in green, cream and gold) and the green and gold Super Automatic 260 upright cleaner in the centre with the matching cardboard tool carrier. The anniversary editions were already being advertised in 1957, two years before the actual anniversary, so it's hard to tell exactly which year this photo is from.

Wish I had this in colour!


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Post# 366602 , Reply# 27   2/12/2017 at 08:37 (280 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Did they still make the

round canisters in 1959? My parents received a pea green canned ham Mobile-Air vibra-beat for a wedding gift in '59.

Post# 366615 , Reply# 28   2/12/2017 at 13:02 (280 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I'm pretty sure the Super Roto-Matics were still being made at the same time as the new Mobile-Aires. Probably into the first years of the 1960's when the Eureka line-up went all Lagoon Blue. There was a blue version of the Super Rotomatic barrel vacuum, which means it was being sold alongside the other blue canisters and uprights.

Post# 366629 , Reply# 29   2/12/2017 at 16:27 (279 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Were the rug and floor nozzles for the Golden Crown made different for the USA than for Canada? My aunt had a Golden Crown and those 2 nozzles did not have the metal elbow piece as shown in the picture. Instead it had the 3rd curved wand.

Gary


Post# 366630 , Reply# 30   2/12/2017 at 16:49 (279 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hi Gary,

I don't think the separate curved wand was introduced until 1959 when the Vibra-Beat carpet nozzle made its debut. Eureka must have thought it would be easier to store 3 separate floor "heads" (bare floor brush, regular carpet nozzle, Vibra-Beat nozzle) if the necks were removed from the nozzles entirely, and replaced by one single curved wand. Marketing wise, Eureka touted the system as making it easier to change floor heads: you simply swivelled any of the 3 heads 180 degrees to the "bottoms up" position which lined up a nipple on the curved wand with a notch in the ring of the attachment neck. This released the tool from the curved wand. You did the reverse to secure another tool. Consumer Reports did not like the system - they found the tools had a tendency to rotate to the "release" position and fall off when being carried between tasks!

Since there was a brief period when both Roto-Matic canisters and Vibra-Beat canisters were both being produced, it makes sense that the later Roto-Matics had the separate curved wand too since it was more economical to manufacture one version of bare floor brush for all Eurekas. The tool set for our blue Super Automatic upright had a separate curved wand for just the floor brush! :-)


Post# 366632 , Reply# 31   2/12/2017 at 16:57 (279 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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That was a long-winded way of saying: I don't think there was a difference in "tool system" between the two countries...there was a change in tool system time-wise with the arrival of a third floor head, the Vibra-Beat, in 1959.

Post# 366633 , Reply# 32   2/12/2017 at 16:59 (279 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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That was a long-winded way of saying: I don't think there was a difference in "tool system" between the two countries...there was a change in tool system time-wise with the arrival of a third floor head, the Vibra-Beat, in 1959.

Post# 366723 , Reply# 33   2/13/2017 at 19:29 (278 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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As far as I know my aunt's Golden Crown did not have the vibra beat nozzle. She had the Eureka storage chest and I looked in there many times just to have a look at her Golden Crown and I never saw a vibra beat nozzle but it did have the 3rd curved wand.

Post# 366724 , Reply# 34   2/13/2017 at 19:44 (278 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I know. It may have not come with the VB nozzle, but because Eureka was already selling the new canned ham vac, all the tools across the Eureka line up had to use the new "neckless" tools. It was probably cheaper to have common "neckless" tools included with all Eureka vacs from 1959 forward, including the old Rotomatics.

Post# 379936 , Reply# 35   10/18/2017 at 11:18 by spr75wshs (Lexington Park)        

Reviving a zombie thread.

Thanks for the info, not a collector, just an everyday user.

Was looking for info on my Old Ironsides, a red Eureka Model 1757 A, which my wife and I got as a wedding present in 1982 and came across this forum. Still runs good. Have replaced the hose once and had the power head rebuilt once (both about 14 years ago). The exterior white rigid plastic parts have gotten brittle, so are well duct taped.

Would not trade it for a new one, though.


Post# 379937 , Reply# 36   10/18/2017 at 11:36 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Great thread for Eureka fans! I especially like the 'Widetrack' models in appearance.....have no idea how good they were.

 

Kevin


Post# 379952 , Reply# 37   10/18/2017 at 17:57 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have

A bunch of Eurekas, From early straight suction uprights, to early 80s self propelled,I will try and take some pictures, I know I have 2 or 3 Straight suction uprights, a Model G upright, a model M upright,a D-272 that needs a handle grip, a 250,260,several mid to late 60s uprights, a 800,both versions of the 800a,a few later 800 style machines, several 900 style machines, one including my kindergarten teachers 910 B that she bought new in October 1962 at Leflers Sewing Center in Lenoir NC,a Empress and a few more canned ham machines including the first a 1010.




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