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DIY Book ... Tank & Canister Distinction
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Post# 388333   3/17/2018 at 16:24 by Paul (MN)        

I happened across an old DIY book with a copyright of 1961 (although at least some of the photos are likely from an earlier edition) that provides some good vacuum cleaner basics and features photos of a pre-1945 Electrolux Model 30, a 1940s-1950s Hoover upright, a Lewyt, & what I'm guessing to be a Eureka because of the tools.

Among other knowledge presented is the distinction made between a tank cleaner and a canister cleaner; the latter's motor is positioned upright. At least I've never read that on Vacuumland before (or anywhere else, for that matter).

This obviously was not written by anyone from Electrolux. Tank/cylinder and canister fans, if you're thin-skinned you may not want to read paragraph 2 of column 2 on page 57!

Other appliances are also included in the book such as toasters, electric irons, washing machines, clothes dryers, and dishwashers along with other subjects for DIYers. It's a fun read.

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Post# 388373 , Reply# 1   3/17/2018 at 21:03 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I have one if these from time life dated I believe 1981. I can't remember if it had real pictures or illustrated ones.

Post# 388381 , Reply# 2   3/17/2018 at 21:59 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
The swivel top shown

Below the Lewyt is a Air Way Kleen More, Probably the rarest vacuum ever along with a Kingston Germitron, The Air Way is a 1957 lower end model, I have a article on it in Electrical Merchandising Magazine, it was 69.95,A lower tier model to the 88.

Post# 388382 , Reply# 3   3/17/2018 at 22:00 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
As far as I know

No one has ever seen one or a Germitron,

Post# 388383 , Reply# 4   3/17/2018 at 22:04 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

is a Tank, Filter queen is a canister, I have preached this for years ELECTROLUX NEVER BUILT A CANISTER!!!!!Only Tanks and uprights.

Post# 388396 , Reply# 5   3/17/2018 at 23:43 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have

The whole set of Do It Yourself encyclopedias this article was originally published in, you should see the Washing Machine section!Iwould LOVE to see this AirWay, I don't know of anyone who ever saw one, the attachments are the same as the later Pricilla.

Post# 388426 , Reply# 6   3/18/2018 at 11:49 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

PN's came a long way after that statement in paragraph 2 of column 2 on page 57. Doesn't bother me any what they said in the early 60's.


Post# 389148 , Reply# 7   3/27/2018 at 00:51 by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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I have several volumes of that encyclopedia including the volume with the vacuum cleaner article, but unfortunately I don't have the full set. The Hoover pictured there is a model 26, a pre-war model.

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