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Post# 370455   4/10/2017 at 23:05 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Today I made a visit to the Vac museum in St. James, MO.! What a place! I highly recommend that all vac collectors make a visit if they can. I arrived shortly after it opened at 9 am. Connie, Tom's assistant was there to greet me. I wandered around on my own looking at all the vacs and taking lots of pics (to be uploaded later when I get back home). Both Tom and Connie said I could try the vacs but I just didn't have time. Tom and his husband Donnie arrived about 11 am and then they showed me in detail some of the vacs. Tom certainly knows his vacs and obviously loves his dream job! We went for lunch and then back to the factory to see all the vacs that were not on display as well as a tour of the shop floor where the vacs are made. I had to leave around 2 pm as I had a 4 hour drive to make to Kansas City for the organ convention I am attending Tues., Wed. and Thurs. and then the 2 day drive back home.

Gary





Post# 370456 , Reply# 1   4/10/2017 at 23:23 by petek (Ontario)        

Stop in at my house on your way home. I'll put the details on FB private msg

Post# 370473 , Reply# 2   4/11/2017 at 09:52 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Thank you so much for the visit yesterday Gary. We had an AWESOME time visiting with you. You're a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. I know it's a long drive, but one day, you'll have to come to a vacuum cleaner convention. We hold them every year, at the Vacuum Cleaner Museum, the second weekend in June. There's no costs to come, just bring your smiling face. Hope to see you again soon.

Tom


Post# 370474 , Reply# 3   4/11/2017 at 10:01 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Thanks Pete...I messaged you on FB.

And thanks Tom. The vac convention would be fun but one hell of a long drive!!! LOL


Post# 370494 , Reply# 4   4/11/2017 at 15:19 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Tom has a FANTADTIC collection! we are very fortunate to have him doing what he does so well.
Andy


Post# 370495 , Reply# 5   4/11/2017 at 15:21 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Please ignore my typing area!
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Post# 370827 , Reply# 6   4/16/2017 at 15:50 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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As promised, here are the pics of the vac museum. The vacs are in rooms categorized by decade. First up the view from outside, entrance hall and the 1910 room.



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Post# 370828 , Reply# 7   4/16/2017 at 15:51 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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1920s room

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Post# 370829 , Reply# 8   4/16/2017 at 15:53 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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1930s/1940s

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Post# 370830 , Reply# 9   4/16/2017 at 15:55 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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1950s

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Post# 370831 , Reply# 10   4/16/2017 at 15:58 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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1960s

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Post# 370832 , Reply# 11   4/16/2017 at 16:00 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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1970s

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Post# 370833 , Reply# 12   4/16/2017 at 16:02 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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1980s

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Post# 370834 , Reply# 13   4/16/2017 at 16:04 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Current new Simplicity and Riccar vacs assembled in the attached manufacturing facility.

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Post# 370835 , Reply# 14   4/16/2017 at 16:07 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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And last but not least, a pic of the stage at the Lowrey organ convention I attended, which was the prime purpose for my trip to Kansas City.

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