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Post# 370524   4/12/2017 at 07:42 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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What is the best looking vacuum cleaner ever made?

I like this.....


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Post# 370527 , Reply# 1   4/12/2017 at 07:49 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
SANIWAY!

The burgundy red color and quality construction are unmatched.

Post# 370528 , Reply# 2   4/12/2017 at 07:50 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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Upload a photo 😊

Post# 370530 , Reply# 3   4/12/2017 at 07:53 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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Do you mean this?
Reminds me of a Dalek. Exterminate 😁


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Post# 370534 , Reply# 4   4/12/2017 at 08:44 by v6jme (Telford, Shropshire/Gdansk/Gdynia)        
Best looking

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In the UK, A Sebo E3, very simple design

Sebo D4

Hoover Sensotronic TS50

Hoover Turbopower 1 handbag versions with headlight

Vorwerk, what a piece of shit ha ha



Post# 370535 , Reply# 5   4/12/2017 at 08:56 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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Sebo E3 very nice. Hoover Elite would be up there.

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Post# 370540 , Reply# 6   4/12/2017 at 09:22 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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The question was 'best looking vacuum EVER made'. Ever being the key word. There are a number of machines in my collection that I could describe that way, but I think the most beautiful is my Brand New In The Box, 1994 Rainbow Special Edition with Performance Edition Power Nozzle. It's stunning.

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Post# 370542 , Reply# 7   4/12/2017 at 09:26 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Always loved the look of my 50s Compact, shape and color. But that is prob memories going on there

Post# 370544 , Reply# 8   4/12/2017 at 09:29 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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I like it 😊

Post# 370546 , Reply# 9   4/12/2017 at 09:34 by v6jme (Telford, Shropshire/Gdansk/Gdynia)        
Oldies

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I quite like the old hoover ranger and the 612



Post# 370547 , Reply# 10   4/12/2017 at 09:53 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I love the Electrolux CB 2000!



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Post# 370548 , Reply# 11   4/12/2017 at 10:54 by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
As they say....

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.....like Tom, I have several vacuum cleaners that I personally feel are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! That NIB Rainbow is indeed a gorgeous machine! The most beautiful machine I own (in my opinion) actually came from Tom Gasko, so I have him to thank for it! My contribution is my unused Electrolux UltraLux Commemorative Edition sans award plaque (as it was never awarded to anyone).

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Post# 370553 , Reply# 12   4/12/2017 at 11:45 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        
Steve:

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I almost forgot how stunning the Commemorative Edition Electrolux was.

The first time I ever saw one in person, was at the Electrolux factory in Bristol. I was President of the old VCCC then, and organized the Convention that year. I got to walk around with the CEO of Electrolux, and we happened upon a display that included the Commemorative Edition. I asked (in a very persuasive way) for a Commemorative Edition to be donated to the old VCCC. I still have photos of us unboxing it. The club was much, much different in those days - we had a blast with the new-to-all-of-us machine that evening. I have had nothing to do with the VCCC for more than a decade, so I don't know what ever became of that machine.

The one you have was actually the machine that I got from current President of North American Sales for Aerus, Rich Luisi. It had never been awarded, and was the last one they had in stock. I almost cried the day it left my hands for yours, but I KNEW it would be in excellent hands. Congrats on what I believe to be one of the most beautiful vacuums ever built.


Post# 370556 , Reply# 13   4/12/2017 at 11:48 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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Very niiiiiiiice 😍

Post# 370558 , Reply# 14   4/12/2017 at 11:52 by tig21er (Indiana)        
Saniway

was fist named Kingston , then Germatron, Saniway and later sold as Royal. Made in Bronson, Michigan by Douglas Manufacturing. Great Machine.

Post# 370562 , Reply# 15   4/12/2017 at 13:05 by sptyks (Woburn, MA)        

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Well in my humble opinion, the most beautiful vacuum cleaner ever made is this 40 year old mint condition 1976 Kirby Classic III with all accessories, which I happen to be lucky enough to own.


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Post# 370563 , Reply# 16   4/12/2017 at 13:24 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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That is nice. Much nicer looking than the G Series. I hope they're not listening I don't want to give them a complex :)

Post# 370564 , Reply# 17   4/12/2017 at 13:56 by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Stan

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That is one beautiful Kirby! I've always liked that model, I had a couple of them (not near the quality and luster of yours) but sadly both were damaged beyond repair due to a horrific basement flooding issue I had several years back.......I too like these over the G-series!

Post# 370572 , Reply# 18   4/12/2017 at 16:02 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I don't own one, but I love the art deco looking Electrolux canisters like the XXX and XL.

Post# 370577 , Reply# 19   4/12/2017 at 17:59 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

Electrolux Model 30 all the way. I am a sucker for art deco!

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Post# 370582 , Reply# 20   4/12/2017 at 18:35 by Mixman (Central NJ)        
Sptyks

Now that Classic III is the best Kirby I have seen so far. Wish Kirby would still add some color like that. I like the look of the Avalir, but some dark red would help the look even more.

Post# 370585 , Reply# 21   4/12/2017 at 20:02 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I think that the Eureka Express Power Team cleaner is one of the nicest designs in cleaner history. So sleek and understated.



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Post# 370586 , Reply# 22   4/12/2017 at 20:04 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Tom, that's a great story behind the CE Lux you sent to Steve.
Here is my entry...my 1936 HOOVER model One-Fifty Cleaning Ensemble.
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Post# 370594 , Reply# 23   4/12/2017 at 20:46 by jimjimmunster (Hammond, Ind.)        
By Hoover or Elux.

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Hoover 63, Hoover 800, Hoover 825, or Electrolux LX. I just love that streamlined look and cool motor cap on the 800 series. I am lucky enough to have a nearly mint 800... Only problem is I need a aromador belt plate for it. That boxy and streamlined combination of the LX just astonishes me. I love it. Only downfall is poor suction even though everything is working/rebuilt/serviced. The 63 just amuses me for no reason. I don't know if its the hood or what.

Post# 370608 , Reply# 24   4/12/2017 at 21:44 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
1959 Atlas

While I really admire the classy look of the Kirby D50, the sinister look of the Bison Centurian (it's that wraparound light!), my vote has to go to the obscure 1959 Atlas. Black cherry upper with grey lower, complete with tail fins to match the Chevrolet of the same era.

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Post# 370620 , Reply# 25   4/13/2017 at 06:46 by KirbyKleanKarpet (Florida )        

I have three favorites. None of them are all that new. Lol. The Kirby Tradition, Kirby Classic III, and the Kirby 505. Something about the primitive styling of the thing that just catches my eye.

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Post# 370628 , Reply# 26   4/13/2017 at 09:18 by gsohoover (Greensboro, NC)        
Kenmore

Had some beauties in the 50s and 60s. My personal favorites for beauty are the 1961 Lady Kenmore Whispertone and the 1962 Kenmore Whispertone 90.

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Post# 370630 , Reply# 27   4/13/2017 at 09:53 by panasonicvac (Easton, Washington)        

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I would pick the old vintage Eureka Uprights or the old Sanitaire Uprights.

Post# 370631 , Reply# 28   4/13/2017 at 10:18 by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        
This one?

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Just kidding

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Post# 370633 , Reply# 29   4/13/2017 at 10:48 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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That's the winner!!!! 😍

Post# 370649 , Reply# 30   4/13/2017 at 16:59 by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Different strokes

for different folks.
For me, the Compacts are, and Eureka canned hams, and Hoover Connie's.


Post# 370670 , Reply# 31   4/14/2017 at 02:25 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
best sounding vacuum

Since I'm a blind person, the closest thing for me to whether a vacuum is beautiful is how it sounds, and there are some that really stand out. I don't like the way most vacuums sound these days, high pitch screaming motors. Based on all of the vacuums I have heard, it comes down to a few different motors. In the 1950's and 1960's, Ametek made a motor that had a very pleasant sound to it, I don't know what the specs are for it, but it was used in the Eureka canned ham vibra beat, I think it may have also been used in an Airway from that time period, and it was also used in the early 1960's lady kenmore. At the convention last year, I fired up the canned ham and just sat there and listened to its gentle sound for a while, what a contrast between that smooth running motor sound and the screaming motors we have now. While I don't have any vacuums that use the Ametek motor that I mentioned, I do have an Electrolux 1205 which sounds very similar to it, same pitch and similar tone. I think this motor was also used in the model G, it's very pleasant sounding. If anyone can identify which Ametek motor this was, I would love to know more about it, bet they don't make motors like that anymore.
I also really like the motor sound on the Sirena. It sounds almost exactly like the very first wet dry vac we had when I was growing up.
Mike


Post# 370671 , Reply# 32   4/14/2017 at 04:21 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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Very sorry to hear you are blind Mike :(

Post# 370676 , Reply# 33   4/14/2017 at 07:44 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I taught blind children years ago as well as a few

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adults. My father was also blind for about the last 6 or 7 years of his life.
I, too, love the "sound" of vacuums, particularly, metal Hoover Convertibles.


Post# 370677 , Reply# 34   4/14/2017 at 08:07 by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Post# 370679 , Reply# 35   4/14/2017 at 09:16 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        
Mike:

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That was a standard, two fan, double ball bearing, Lamb motor by Ametek. Eureka used it on many cleaners in the 1950's and 1960's including the 'canned ham' and the 'roto-matic'. Filter Queen used it. Compact used it. Sears used it. Kingston used it. Whirlpool used it. Air-Way used it (beginning with the model 88). By the 1970's, even Sunbeam used it. Apex started using it for the lower end models. Lewyt used it in all their machines, until the unfortunate sell off to Shetland. The irony is all these machines had the same amount of suction - because they used the same motor.

Electrolux made their own motors. So did Hoover, although the Hoover canister motor of that time period were kind of wimpy (comparatively). Hamilton Beach made their own motors, as did Westinghouse. Universal made their own motors as well.



Post# 370683 , Reply# 36   4/14/2017 at 09:56 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Electrolux G, Kirby 560, Convertible 69 or Airway 88. I really like the turquoise vacs. 


Post# 370684 , Reply# 37   4/14/2017 at 10:12 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
ametek motor and being blind

Wow, I did not know that many vacuums used that motor, but I can understand why, it was a nice motor, very quiet but definitely had enough power to clean, even today, that motor would probably be able to clean just about anything you gave it. Does anyone know if the motor in the Electrolux 1205 was one or two fan? If it's only one fan, it's fairly large, based on the sound. Ah, I remember another motor I really like the sound of. The motor that was used in at least one of the Kenkart models is very pleasant sounding, I'm referring to the Kenkarts that were made in the 1950's. I think there were three different Kenkart models around this time, and at least one of them has a very soft pleasant sound, in some ways it sounds like an Electrolux G. On the other hand, there was a Kenkart from several years before that that was the opposite, not very pleasant sounding at all, I think it came out in the 1930's.
As far as being blind, I manage, technology has come a long way to help with things that used to always require human help. Using a computer is no problem, and thanks to optical character recognition, reading a printed page is usually doable. The fact that E books are so popular now also helps. I'm waiting for the self driving cars to become available, not sure if that will happen in our life time, but I will be one of the first to get one.


Post# 370685 , Reply# 38   4/14/2017 at 10:23 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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I think driverless cars will certainly happen on our lifetime. There's also talk of flying cars 😁

Glad you manage ok. Respect to you 😊


Post# 370699 , Reply# 39   4/14/2017 at 11:34 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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yes, 1205 two fan

Post# 370700 , Reply# 40   4/14/2017 at 11:38 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I am reaching here, but I think the early Kenkart machine you refer to may be a Britman? design/ motor? Telltale sign is a bit of a " bark" on start up. My best guess.

Post# 370701 , Reply# 41   4/14/2017 at 12:55 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Best sounding

I like the sound of the Electrolux XXX.
The Eureka Princess canister was a very pleasant sounding machine.
I am very fond of the Royal 880. A great cleaner, not a screamer.
The Hoover convertible is very pleasant sounding, more vroom, than eeeekkkk.




Post# 370702 , Reply# 42   4/14/2017 at 13:16 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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I hate vacuums that eeeeeek 😁🙉

Post# 370749 , Reply# 43   4/14/2017 at 21:37 by Mieles5380leo (Virginia)        
Miele-

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The Miele S7 of course! Especially the Tango (Autocare UK). Any Miele is beautiful really.


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Post# 370758 , Reply# 44   4/14/2017 at 23:53 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Birtman

Birtman was a Chicago company that made several private label machines, as well as their own Bee Vac, Sears was their best customer as they made vacuums, blenders and mixers for Sears , Sears instigated a Whirlpool takeover of Birtman in 1957, The Kenmores made before 1958 have the Birtman built motor, Lamb 4450 and 4750 after 58, Birtman built their own motor which cost much more to make than did the Lamb.Lamb had several different motors, the 4250 was made up until about 54 , then the 4450 came out, the 4750 came out in about 60 or so, each was some what more powerful, the 4250 was I believe the first Lamb,before that they were Black and Decker.

Post# 370769 , Reply# 45   4/15/2017 at 07:10 by Mike811 (Finland)        
Kirby Classic 3 and Philips P74 Electronic

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My ultimate most beautiful upright is lovely Kirby Classic III
Just all that shine and presence. I am not so fan of G-series.
I try to find one from the US that is rebuilt. Then I need voltage converter from 220v to 110v.
Most beautiful canister award goes to the Philips P74 Electronic. I was very lucky to find one. It's a mid 80's flagship Philips model with a swivel top. Just love the shape and it has the most smooth sounding motor what I have ever heard. It was expensive when new and it has also very good airflow for a old canister. 93 cfm from the hose end.


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Post# 371716 , Reply# 46   5/2/2017 at 21:16 by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
The Hoover Guardsman Canister!!

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I think the Guardsman canister is gorgeous!

Also the Eureka burgundy canned ham with middle set headlight.


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Post# 371722 , Reply# 47   5/3/2017 at 03:15 by myles_v (Fredericksburg, Virginia )        

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Aerus/Electrolux Discovery style uprights. They're a simple design that's effective and easy to use.

Post# 371743 , Reply# 48   5/3/2017 at 18:04 by Adambomb (St. Louis, Missouri )        

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Kirby Tradition! Here are my two new old stock machines.

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Post# 371749 , Reply# 49   5/3/2017 at 19:58 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Kirby Classic III for Me, Too!

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What Mike811 from Finland had said...

~Ben


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Post# 371768 , Reply# 50   5/4/2017 at 06:23 by sebo4me (Cardiff)        

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The Kirby classic is one of my favs 😊

Post# 371770 , Reply# 51   5/4/2017 at 08:41 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I would have to say for me the most attractive looking vacuums ever made are the slim silhouette early Hoover Convertibles especially the 69 in it's beautiful color. Also next are the non power drive Dial a Matics and all of the Concepts.

Post# 371799 , Reply# 52   5/5/2017 at 15:45 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have one of those

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for sale.

Post# 372015 , Reply# 53   5/10/2017 at 20:53 by cocobird5 (Laguna Hills)        

It's not exactly beautiful, but I loved the way my old Hoover Constellation looked. It lasted a long time, too.

Post# 372024 , Reply# 54   5/10/2017 at 23:25 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
Compact

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To me Compact C9 will always have a favorite soft spot looks darn good to me

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Post# 372429 , Reply# 55   5/20/2017 at 06:16 by Shrink1982 (Indianapolis)        

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What a difficult question to answer as everyone is going to have their own opinion on what looks nice. I really like the look of the blue Kirby (can't remember the model), the Miele upright is quite good looking, I think the Sebo D4 is a nice looking machine. I also like the Sebo Felix. Not only nice looking but a very unique design. The Kirby Heritage II is a handsome machine and the Avalair has a nice look to it. Generally, I like Miele canisters for their looks.

Post# 372435 , Reply# 56   5/20/2017 at 07:48 by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Me being

an art deco fan, the E-Lux XXX has the best looking floor tools, then Compact, as is their little piggy hammered metal canister design.
I'm also partial to colors of blue, deep reds like burgundy, and turquoise.


Post# 372457 , Reply# 57   5/20/2017 at 14:53 by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        
Had/ have so many of these...

I have a compact C4 stashed away ...great tools. Got that one from Charles...ig garage clean out in 2004 as well as the Electro 30, blue G & a D50 & of course the big joke of the day was when they snuck in Ugly Betty while I was not looking!!!!
What a fun day!!!!

Had or have many of these & just taking a trip down memory lane of all the vacs I've had the pleasure of interacting with..

Had the electrolux 30 (great metal tools w sleigh, other 40's 50's ancient ones when young, 1205 grandmas, G blue & tan ...love sound on those!, brown one Jubilee?, silverado, the 90's one can't remember name & have only the upright discovery type left...I have 2 with one needing the bottom hose replaced which I bought but never installed.
Hoover can't remember all but most memorable was the 63 motor growl which went to someone on this site, tan constellation in college, had that burgundy elite but did not like the square design tubing inside which always got clogged...

Rainbow...different,
Royal 880 which I still have & was a daily driver. Have a really nice royal bagless in purple which is in storage.

Filter Queen probably my favorite for filtering & its my daily use vac especially for cleaning around bird cage. I have 2 31's & 2 33's & one pinky 31 that's just good for the cannister & it needs a hose

Kirby...well made had lots of D50's & a tradition which may have used F&G bags...they always picked up dirt even after you vac'd so I used to think it had to be rung fiber or padding dust but very powerful just not thrilled with the dump out design & filtration through cloth bags.

Sanitaire commercial

Eureka ESP...still have

Ugly Green Betty...won award for most ugly!

Riccar 8950 in blue...one of my prize for grooming the carpet & rediscovered the pleasure of using it lately alondg with her Simplicity 7350 Green clone.

It got to be too much with wall to wall vacs so many had to go.






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