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Electrolux 1205 Thrift find
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Post# 387721   3/10/2018 at 17:08 by Mpbyrd (Lenoir, NC)        

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I just got this beauty today for only $20. Runs well and is all original. One of my favorite color schemes done by Electrolux. I also included a pic of the gorgeous rotary phone my honey bought for my Birthday. We love to collect anything vintage however he is more into dishes and Iím into vacs and appliances.

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Post# 387723 , Reply# 1   3/10/2018 at 17:24 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Great find....everything seems to be correct. Nobody seems to be 100% correct on the bumper color lettering scheme over the I just don't go there. If the hose has no air leaks, a real plus!


My favorite colored vac other than the teal G's.....



Post# 387724 , Reply# 2   3/10/2018 at 17:30 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
great machine

The 1205 is a great cleaner, even if the hose is leaking, those are easily replaced and some of the replacement hoses actually have a switch on them to start and stop the power nozzle which makes them better than originals.

Post# 387728 , Reply# 3   3/10/2018 at 18:58 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Gorgeous vacuum! And a lovely Western Electric 500-M telephone! I collect vacuums, furniture, and Telephones. Grandpa worked for Illinois Bell for 40+ years, so it's in my blood! Thanks to him, I can fix close to anything.


I've always had bad luck with 1205's. One was taken from me (gotta love the classic Ex boyfriend stole something of yours story...), and 2 of them did not work. Congrats!

Post# 387739 , Reply# 4   3/10/2018 at 21:39 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Nice 1205!

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I've got the same 1205 but mine has the rare pistol grip hose and Canadian-made telescoping wand, which I really like. An OEM vinyl hose will likely be a good investment that will pay off in the form of improved performance.

Post# 387751 , Reply# 5   3/11/2018 at 06:40 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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What a great find! Everything is there too, which is rare!

Post# 387782 , Reply# 6   3/11/2018 at 17:40 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Good deal! I got that same Power Nozzle when I bought a model G.

Post# 387800 , Reply# 7   3/12/2018 at 01:41 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Yeah....there's nothing like scoring an original setup just like it was sold from the Electrolux salesperson.....even if the hose leaks. 


Those have always been my best-prised finds...original setups. Just something about the provenance of those finds. Just not the same when they've passed through numerous, anonymous hands. I'm always a sucker for a good story about a vac that's been well taken care of still in the original family that bought it.



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