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Post# 370336   4/9/2017 at 06:38 (436 days old) by Rhazlitt78 (Oxnard)        

Ok so i found this in my alley i been searching online for make model number worth basically anything and everything i could find on it and have come up empty for about 3 week can someone please tell me what it is im holding on to thank you its driving me nuts

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Post# 370364 , Reply# 1   4/9/2017 at 14:16 (435 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Keep it. If you are a collector, hold onto it. If you just want to sell it, sell it on the Supermarket forum on here.

Post# 370387 , Reply# 2   4/9/2017 at 16:19 (435 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

Looks to be of the same time of the wireless vacuette that James Kirby designed in the early 1900's before all homes had electricity. It used a geared front wheel assembly to spin a fan to create suction. Does yours have a brush roll/agitator in it? It is a rare piece and very valuable/collectable.

Post# 370417 , Reply# 3   4/10/2017 at 10:20 (434 days old) by Rhazlitt78 (Oxnard)        

Thank you guys very much i was really wanting to sell it because im not a collector i jus didn know what kind it was or what i should sell it for and yes it does have a roller/agitator

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Post# 370420 , Reply# 4   4/10/2017 at 12:20 (434 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I wonder if they have this model at the Museum of Clean in Idaho? You might want to ask them.

Post# 370454 , Reply# 5   4/10/2017 at 22:53 (434 days old) by Rhazlitt78 (Oxnard)        

So i emailed the museum of course they are closed today but i did find what i think could be a patent number on it (prov pat 15201/48) but again google let me down now im obsessed with this thing i search whirlwind it comes up ives mcgaffey i search whirlwind de kux it cones up cotton candy machine i dont know what else to do any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Post# 370466 , Reply# 6   4/11/2017 at 08:50 (433 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Alex TAber (caluga) would be the one to answer all your questions on this. He is currently o vacation but keep checking back in a couple weeks when he returns.

Post# 370472 , Reply# 7   4/11/2017 at 09:50 (433 days old) by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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Looks to be made by Vital. There were rubber rings around the drive wheels. You'll have to use a Kirby belt on each drive wheel, or it won't 'drive' the fan on rugs.

Post# 370478 , Reply# 8   4/11/2017 at 11:08 (433 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I hope you get a response back from the museum soon. It's an interesting looking piece!

Post# 370481 , Reply# 9   4/11/2017 at 11:43 (433 days old) by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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Very cool, very old, very obscure. Excellent find!

Post# 370483 , Reply# 10   4/11/2017 at 12:02 (433 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Hard to believe somebody just dumped that in an alleyway. I guess for some folks, 'old' just equals 'junk'. Fortunately, that machine has survived long enough to be an antique, if not an artifact.

Post# 370499 , Reply# 11   4/11/2017 at 17:19 (433 days old) by Rhazlitt78 (Oxnard)        

Thank you guys so much for your help so far still havent heard back from the museum even emailed a couple of other places hoping maybe they would know no luck yet i found a auction for 2 of them from 2010 it came up "2 antique whirlwind de lux vacuums" didnt say how much they sold for or anything jus a picture and that was all that was the only thing i could find its like this thing only had like 3 made and thanks kirbyvertibles ill send himba message when he gets back as hard as it will be to wait guess i got too and now im even more obsessed with this thing thanks to dysonman i really wanna crack it open see how it works all i can see really is a little plastic fan like thing behind the wheel brush im very curious jus goes to show some people dont stop to think what they have before they chuck it

Post# 370500 , Reply# 12   4/11/2017 at 17:31 (433 days old) by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Where's the battery?

I can imagine somebody got rid of it because they couldn't find the charger port for the non-existent battery. "What do you mean this has no battery?"

Post# 370503 , Reply# 13   4/11/2017 at 20:19 (433 days old) by Rhazlitt78 (Oxnard)        

So after a long and grueling 3 weeks i finally figured out the brand atleast the brand it is whirlwind but as for maker or year or price im stumped kinda like the guy looking for the charger port on the non existent battery


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Post# 370552 , Reply# 14   4/12/2017 at 11:33 (432 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I think it's the coolest non electric I have ever seen!!

Post# 370565 , Reply# 15   4/12/2017 at 14:04 (432 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Somebody didn't know what they had...

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If I'm looking at your link correctly, it shows that pair of whirlwinds sold for 2 British Pounds......or $2.50 in US currency.......WOW!!!

Post# 370566 , Reply# 16   4/12/2017 at 14:16 (432 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        

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Okay, so I found something about these machines you might be interested in. It appears they may have been made in the 1930's and had to be assembled by hand. Scroll down about half-way of this website I'm linking below and you will see one with a little blurb about it.


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Post# 370567 , Reply# 17   4/12/2017 at 14:21 (432 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Here's another ad for it

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Supposedly from 1952......

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Post# 370618 , Reply# 18   4/13/2017 at 04:26 (432 days old) by Rhazlitt78 (Oxnard)        

Steve your a genious all of you people are i swear ive aged atleast 40 years in 3 weeks since i found this and started trying to research it losing my hair and you guys come up with stuff i couldnt find daily thank you all so much and yeah steve i had to recheck that twice myself when i saw it 2 pounds is $2.50 im little scared to try and sell it now lol

Post# 370619 , Reply# 19   4/13/2017 at 06:34 (432 days old) by KirbyKleanKarpet (Florida )        
Still a neat find!

It is still a neat find, even if it isn't worth much. It certainly isn't common. I personally also "Googled" this thing when you posted it, and all I could find was that auction (on two different websites), and a whole bunch about the Hoover Whirlwind, which is nothing more than a new plastic vac. I think it's neat to have something that few people know anything about! If anything, it is an interesting conversation piece, whether it's valuable, or not!

Post# 370634 , Reply# 20   4/13/2017 at 10:55 (431 days old) by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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You have a great piece of history. A member of the old vacuum club brought one to a convention one year. We were all surprised how late these were made. Non-electric vacuums, while fun to show off, don't have the 'wow' factor of an electric machine of the same vintage. I know hundreds of vacuum collectors, few have any non-electric machines. The ones who do, have a far larger collection of electric cleaner. I'm telling you this because you may get the feeling these non-electric cleaners are not worth much (if you look at eBay), although many sellers are very optimistic when listing them. I've seen VERY few actually sell with a completed auction.

As you've said, you're not a collector. If you kept it, it would have a 'can you believe they used to do this' kind of humor to showing it off, but once your friends and family have seen it once, it wouldn't be something you'd use or show off again. If you sell it, at auction, please don't be surprised if it doesn't close for much. If it does sell for a good amount, that's a bonus. But don't be surprised if it doesn't sell for 'a lot'.

At the Vacuum Cleaner Museum here in St. James, Missouri - we have about 12 non-electric cleaners. They are the first thing you see on the museum tour, and we kind of laugh at them. "More work than they're worth" type of humor, before we move on to the vast numbers of electric cleaners.

Post# 370653 , Reply# 21   4/13/2017 at 20:08 (431 days old) by Rhazlitt78 (Oxnard)        
Its kind of grown on me

So i finally heard back from an expert he actually gave me the back story of this thing (screenshot of email below) dysonman you my friend are correct they really arent worth much from what i was told cheap flimsy metal started in 1930 and continued through the war manufacturers actually asked the consumers to send the boxes back to help with the war as long as it took me to find out what i had the more i sat here looking at it the more intrigued i got by it think the mystery of it was what intrigued me the building anticipation of wondering do i have something worth millions or something that would make me more recycling with my not saying im not disappointed to find out its only worth about $90 at most in this condition but but the more i think the more i want to research how to bring it back to life without scratching the original paint the roller i know is chrome i buffed that out but im scared to touch the rest lol but thank you all for your help the mystery has finally been solved

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