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Post# 378754   9/21/2017 at 20:14 (333 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        

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Decided to dig an oldie out tonight! I remember the motor running when I first tried it out, but I couldn't really remember how well......turned it on again tonight and wow! It really surprised me at how well it ran! Once I get it cleaned up I'll post better photos and a video of it running!

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Post# 378784 , Reply# 1   9/22/2017 at 14:27 (332 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

That looks a lot like the first one we had growing up....this from the 50's?


And that one shot out a waterfall of sparks one day. But it made it to around the late 60's and a new one was bought. 



Post# 378789 , Reply# 2   9/22/2017 at 16:21 (332 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Generally (so I don't get a whole bunch of people arguing specific dates)

The Series A (brown in color) was 1930's
The Model B (black in color) was 1940's
The Model C (silver in color) was 1950 to 1955

I have 1 Series A, 5 Model B's and 3 Model C's and love using them every so often.

Post# 378936 , Reply# 3   9/25/2017 at 22:35 (328 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Not sure on the color...could have been silver or black. My folks could have bought it at the apt, before the new house which was completed in 1953. Hammertone type finish. I was actually afraid of the thing as a small boy. Had that same sorta pan arrangement. 


In fact thinking about it, we might have had three all had an early demise for some reason. I sure remember the first one as brown....maybe my grandmother gave a used one to my parents that she had.



Post# 378940 , Reply# 4   9/26/2017 at 00:35 (328 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All,
My grandmother had Asthma and she had a Rexair Model B. My grandfather had to get it because of her breathing problems. They used it up until about 1958 when they bought a Hoover Convertible which was okay as the paper bags did work good. They put the Rexair in the garage and after their passing in 1980 I got the Rexair. I sold it on eBay about 5 to 8 years ago and it was still working perfectly. I will add the pictures to this Thread. I probably should not have sold it as it was complete but it went to someone that wanted it.
Thank you for letting me in on your Thread,

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Post# 378941 , Reply# 5   9/26/2017 at 07:18 (328 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        

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Thank you for adding those photos of your machine! When I purchased mine, it was just the body only, didn't have any attachments/hose/etc. with it. At least now I know sort of what I'm looking for if I ever get the attachments or hose for it.....but I have a pretty good feeling that running across something like that will be like finding a needle in a haystack! You certainly had a lovely machine!

Post# 378973 , Reply# 6   9/27/2017 at 12:21 (327 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Pete, that sure looks like the one I remember....I just can't be sure of the color. I remember that characteristic 'male' bedpan....the bottom part with the And I really don't remember the attachments after all this time. We had smooth concrete floors that contained radiant heat...only a few rooms were carpeted. Then there was an addition made to the house that again, had hard floors (slate). So the Rexairs were critical for us. 



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