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Post# 388991   3/24/2018 at 21:14 by quebecois (Quebec, Canada)        

This is advertised as an Electrolux from the 50's, I looked at the Canadian, American and European collections, and I didn't find it anywhere.

Do you have a clue ?

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Post# 388993 , Reply# 1   3/24/2018 at 21:26 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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No Lux from that period that I know

Post# 389020 , Reply# 2   3/25/2018 at 12:26 by quebecois (Quebec, Canada)        

Sorry guys, if I'd transferred the right picture from the ad, I wouldn't have asked the question.

This vacuum is an "Utility de luxe".

ANy information available about it ?

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Post# 389021 , Reply# 3   3/25/2018 at 12:37 by quebecois (Quebec, Canada)        

I just found this while searching in Paul's collection, looks pretty much the same except for the color:

Ford Type R7

110 V AC/DC 4 A

Year: 195__

Sold by Ford Household Appliances Toronto.

Made in Holland by Ruton

**Note: Some of these machines were purchased by Ford Motor Co Dealers and used as give aways when a customer purchased a new car

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Post# 389022 , Reply# 4   3/25/2018 at 13:32 by quebecois (Quebec, Canada)        

Well, I saw another reference to Belltower vacuum cleaners, but the model I saw didn't have the chromed end caps.

Post# 389046 , Reply# 5   3/25/2018 at 18:54 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Francois:

LOL my collection (Doug) not Pauls.

The Utility Delux is a rebranded Holland Electro Machine. Very similar to the Ruton vacuums but different attachments. From what I am told Phillips, Holland Electro, Ruton and Erres were all made in the Phillips factory in Holland but to the specs of the individual companies. Hence the similarities. It would have been made in the 1950s


Post# 389048 , Reply# 6   3/25/2018 at 19:25 by quebecois (Quebec, Canada)        

Sorry Doug !

So these things are pretty rare, aren't they?

Post# 389051 , Reply# 7   3/25/2018 at 19:47 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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They are getting hard to find.

There is an Arrow Electro available in Montreal as well if you are interested. I tried to get it last year but the seller and a friend that was going through Montreal couldn't get together.


Post# 389052 , Reply# 8   3/25/2018 at 19:52 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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My grandmother had a vacuum like that when I was a kid in the 60s except the centre part was green. I've always wondered what the brand name of it was. The floor tools were different than those in Doug's pic of his vacuum. I remember there was a floor tool that was black, heavy duty plastic with a mop type bottom to it for the bare floors. The cord was detachable and the hose was black rubber with a screw on connector for the end going into the vacuum. It just used a shake out bag.


Post# 389053 , Reply# 9   3/25/2018 at 19:59 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Gary

It was a Holland Electro. They had this style of rug and floor nozzle shown in the picture below. (This is the lower line model. Top of the line was similar to the one above)


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Post# 389054 , Reply# 10   3/25/2018 at 20:00 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Given that it was in Canada it probably was sold under the Arrow Electro name (Arrow Sewing Machine Co).

Post# 389055 , Reply# 11   3/25/2018 at 20:35 by quebecois (Quebec, Canada)        

Nice machine ! Two of them of the same color could make a nice deco basis.

Post# 389061 , Reply# 12   3/25/2018 at 23:36 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Hey Doug, yes the rug tool did look like that and the vacuum looked like in the other pic. I have no idea how my grandparents would ever have had a vacuum like that or where they got it from unless my parents got it for them.


Post# 389078 , Reply# 13   3/26/2018 at 09:40 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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kind of reminds me of a Wilfa

Post# 389079 , Reply# 14   3/26/2018 at 09:42 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Gary:

The Arrow Electro machines were actually fairly popular in the 50s in Canada. As were the Arrow sewing machines.


Post# 389080 , Reply# 15   3/26/2018 at 09:42 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Phillip

Yep Wilfa was made in the Phillips factory as well.


Post# 389088 , Reply# 16   3/26/2018 at 11:20 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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My parents and grandparents are all dead so I have no way of finding out how my grandparents would have gotten this vacuum. My parents had a Filter Queen from the 50s and it is the first vacuum I remember (I was born in 1959) so I don't know if my parents would have had the Arrow Electric first and then given it to my grandparents when they got the FQ or what. My grandparents were very old school, having both emigrated from the Ukraine. They had few electric appliances in the house, and I doubt that they would have bought a vacuum of any type. Unfortunately I will never know now how they came to get the Arrow.


Post# 389121 , Reply# 17   3/26/2018 at 17:33 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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LOL Gary

That sounds very familiar. My grandparents were from the Ukraine as well. They didn't have a vacuum till 1955 when my mom bought a President for them. That was the only one grandma ever had. (I still have it incidentally)


Post# 389122 , Reply# 18   3/26/2018 at 17:37 by quebecois (Quebec, Canada)        

My grandparents weren't from Ukraine but I can't recall seeing my grandmother using a vac cleaner, she did it by hand with a broom, having 12 children was a big reason not to spend money on electric stuff I guess.

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