Thread Number: 36103  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
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Post# 387121   3/3/2018 at 17:50 by Kirby27 (United States )        

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I found this hanging in a store today. I have no clue what this is? Can any of you help me?

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Post# 387125 , Reply# 1   3/3/2018 at 18:21 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

It is a hand pumped vacuum cleaner. Uses a bellows or plunger type apparatus to create the airflow/suction.

Post# 387146 , Reply# 2   3/3/2018 at 20:44 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Earth 20th century vacuum cleaner - they were hand-pumped like a bug sprayer so you had to pump it with one hand and move it with the other.

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Post# 387154 , Reply# 3   3/3/2018 at 21:26 by Kirby27 (United States )        

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are these vacuums rare at all? do they have any value?

Post# 387188 , Reply# 4   3/4/2018 at 10:56 by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Not really

You'll find them for sale on Ebay fairly often. Sellers think that they are "rare" and "collectable". I've seen a couple listed for over a year. They don't understand that a conversation piece wall hanger is maybe worth $30 -$40. In completed auctions, I've never seen the $150-$200 asking price met.

I have a Reeves pump that I acquired for a reasonable price. It functions, and is fun to show and tell.

Post# 387216 , Reply# 5   3/4/2018 at 16:56 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Not to valuable I have seen alot on ebay and never seen one close to 75 that sold I'd say 40-60 bucks is what some would pay and they are almost as rare as vacuum itself.

Post# 387218 , Reply# 6   3/4/2018 at 17:03 by Bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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I've passed one up at the flea market priced at $10, I think it was the Elkhorn Flea Market in Wisconsin.

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