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Post# 379401   10/7/2017 at 22:55 (316 days old) by Kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

These are in the house

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Post# 379402 , Reply# 1   10/7/2017 at 23:05 (316 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Well...Now to

Get everything right side up!

Post# 379403 , Reply# 2   10/7/2017 at 23:22 (316 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Wow, Hans. Just wow.......

Post# 379406 , Reply# 3   10/7/2017 at 23:35 (316 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Good grief, Hans! You weren't kidding on the phone!

Post# 379409 , Reply# 4   10/8/2017 at 00:00 (316 days old) by Kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Let's try again

Hope this works

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Post# 379413 , Reply# 5   10/8/2017 at 08:47 (316 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
what vacuums are these

I'm a blind person, can someone tell me what these pictures are? I can use speech to read the screen but it can't describe pictures, at least not yet, though I think that's coming.

Post# 379415 , Reply# 6   10/8/2017 at 09:29 (316 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
excellent specimens, nicely displayed too

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Well, there is a beautiful Hoover Convertible, model 65, the "first", also, a super "Garland Green" Constellation, WITH the power switch on the hose, complete with matching floor nozzle, a huge rack of Sunbeam items, also.
Just beautiful.

Post# 379420 , Reply# 7   10/8/2017 at 12:23 (316 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Mike - one of the pictures is of a cream and brown coloured 1950’s (maybe 1960’s) Kenmore power nozzle canister and all its attachments and hose all nicely stored on a wheeled cart. That must have been quite a heavy package to trundle up and down a flight of stairs. Looks very much like a contemporary travel suitcase on wheels with a handle sticking up for trundling through the house. But in order to bring the canister up and down a flight of stairs, it must have been easier to remove it from the wheeled cart and to carry it by hand by the vinyl suitcase handle.

Post# 379422 , Reply# 8   10/8/2017 at 13:59 (316 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
Kenmore canister

Was that a Ken Kart? I don't think any of the Ken Kart's had power nozzles, so this was probably one of the first Kenmore power nozzle canisters, in many ways, the Kenmore power team canisters were ahead of their time, I think these were the first power nozzle canisters to use an Electric hose that carried 120 volts without an external cord, the Lewyt machines used a 12 volt connection which had problems which is why I call those the zappers. It's interesting that Hoover and Eureka, two of the biggest names in vacuums did not introduce a power team until the 1970's, they were playing catch up.

Post# 379423 , Reply# 9   10/8/2017 at 14:08 (316 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
It is a 1958

Lady Kenmore with the first power nozzle they made, the vacuum can be used on or off the cart, the cord for the power nozzle plugs in on the side of the vacuum and even has a separate on and off switch, the vacuum itself is 2 speed, by 1960 they had a direct connect electric hose, the color is a pinky beige.

Post# 379426 , Reply# 10   10/8/2017 at 14:38 (316 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Fascinating! That 1958 Lady Kenmore has a coiled power nozzle cord like the old telephones had! Cool!

You have to hand it to Sears: the company has really worked hard to provide innovative canister vacuums to the North American consumer for over 50 years. And have been selling quality canister cleaners right to the present day - no matter who made the machines whether it was Birtman, Whirlpool, Panasonic or Cleva.

Post# 379430 , Reply# 11   10/8/2017 at 15:37 (316 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Its a shame

Sears has lost there way, I'm afraid they are about gone.

Post# 379442 , Reply# 12   10/8/2017 at 18:15 (316 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I know Hans. Some of Sears largest suburban stores in Canada will be closing: the one in Yorkdale Mall in Toronto and my “go to” store for everything here in Montreal at Fairview Centre Pointe-Claire.

I feel as sad as I did when I heard they were closing Eureka’s plant in Bloomington, Illinois. ☹️

“Sunrise, sunset. Sunrise, sunset. Swiftly flow the years. One season following another. Laden with happiness and tears.”

Post# 379446 , Reply# 13   10/8/2017 at 19:24 (316 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
todays' Kenmore canisters

I'm not sure if the Kenmore canisters are as good now as they were back then, in the 1960's and 1970's though, they had some great vacuums, so did Eureka and several companies that unfortunately no longer make anything decent. People just don't want to pay for quality anymore, they want it cheap, and if it only lasts a couple years, they are fine with that. And of course Panasonic has completely pulled out of the vacuum market. I recently got a Eureka canned ham vibra beat from 1958, in great shape. I love the motor sound in that machine, and it cleans great, I think that motor was also used in the Lady Kenmore's, a two stage Ametek motor.

Post# 379457 , Reply# 14   10/9/2017 at 07:10 (315 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Re Eureka motor,

It was the same except the Lady Kenmore had different field coils because it was two speed,Lamb motors in the late 50s into the 60s were model 4750, I cant remember what the two speed model number was, The late 40s thru about 54 was 4250 and 55 thru about 57 was 4450.These were all used in Filter Queens, Eurekas, Compacts, Filtexes ,Kingstons and some Apexes, all but the Strato Cleaner which used Apexes own motor.

Post# 379458 , Reply# 15   10/9/2017 at 07:20 (315 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
The other machines are,

A Wizard Imperial, which is the same as a Eureka 900, and is a 1957 model, I have everything including the hassock and it is one of the very first built because the rug tool is aluminum instead of plastic, On the dresser is a Roll Easy complete with everything, A Saniway from the mid 60s, it was bought by Mike from Ruth Hollander brand new ,and the Garland Green Constellation that is darn near like new , even has the book, Also is a large rack full of mixers in the boxes, Everything from Sunbeams to Wards, to Sears to odd ball stuff like Ionas, on the bottom shelf is a Wards canister with a pilot light that rolls on steel ball bearings about a inch in diameter, made by Apex, then a C-4 Compact Mike Rogers gave me for my birthday one year, and a 120 Lewyt Tom Gasko gave me in 1996.Oh yeah, I forgot one, a new in the box 1956 Westinghouse canister, my pride and joy that I paid a fortune for and don't regret it one bit!

Post# 379460 , Reply# 16   10/9/2017 at 08:47 (315 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
lewyt model

Just curious, is that Lewyt moddel one of the zappers? Sounds like you have a lot of canisters, I love canisters, I much prefer them over uprights which is why I have no uprights in my collection. Canisters are much more flexible and easier to clean with. And a power nozzle canister will clean carpets as good as, if not better than an upright.

Post# 379510 , Reply# 17   10/9/2017 at 22:32 (314 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Yes, I have 2 electronics

With the low voltage hose, one is chrome, I haven't tried them yet, I have probably 500 or so canisters and tanks.

Post# 379533 , Reply# 18   10/10/2017 at 10:33 (314 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
using the zappers

Are you brave enough to use those Lewyts? I'm not sure if I would be, actually would probably wear rubber gloves when I used them, apparently they clean really well.

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