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Post# 392418   5/28/2018 at 00:26 by jrdavis (oklahoma)        

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I have here an America model z. does the Z mean anything special or is it just the model? I thought most vacuums had a number. it also has no dates or patent numbers. just says patented

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Post# 392420 , Reply# 1   5/28/2018 at 00:50 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Cool. Z is just the model name... or designation, same thing. What's the access hole on the front for? If I had to guess a date, I'd say prewar but after the 20s.

Post# 392422 , Reply# 2   5/28/2018 at 01:38 by jrdavis (oklahoma)        

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looks like it says "turn for attachment"

Post# 392423 , Reply# 3   5/28/2018 at 02:18 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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The most I can find is they patented the adjustable rear wheel in 1924.

A PDF of the patent documents:

Interesting they call it "New Philadelphia", I guess to differentiate it from Philadelphia state. Not much info on this vacuum, seems to be rather rare.

Post# 392426 , Reply# 4   5/28/2018 at 06:14 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I would have to guess the "hole in the front" was for a hose and attachments.Neat vacuum!!Does it still work?

Post# 392432 , Reply# 5   5/28/2018 at 12:14 by jrdavis (oklahoma)        

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yes it does still work- I've had it awhile and its been stored away a few years. The post about the Ohio Tuec made me think of it. I notice mine says New Philadelphia on it and the Ohio says Canton. I think they do kinda resemble each other. however the Ohio has the switch on the side for the handle to start it when brought down to the to the vacuuming position and my America has the switch on the back of the motor with a pull chain. I just can't explain the no patent numbers or dates as on the Ohio.
I do have a video on youtube of it in operation I took several years ago

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