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Hoover demo tool I bet most have never seen
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Post# 394822   7/13/2018 at 14:22 by Kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

I unearthed this today while packing

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Post# 394824 , Reply# 1   7/13/2018 at 14:38 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Very interesting! Gottahaveahoover what do you think? I know you’re around here somewhere, lolz. 😁

Post# 394825 , Reply# 2   7/13/2018 at 15:05 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I am! I'm perplexed.

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But, I know who WOULD know. I'm sure that's not for sale. Possibly for trade of a Westinghouse? lol

Post# 394826 , Reply# 3   7/13/2018 at 15:06 by Kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Another truck load

When I get thru I'm going to be worn out. It's too dang hot

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Post# 394827 , Reply# 4   7/13/2018 at 15:08 by Kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Here is a better biew

It's dirty. I need to clean it up

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Post# 394835 , Reply# 5   7/13/2018 at 15:54 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
When you get through

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you're going to weigh eight pounds !!!!!!!!

Post# 394838 , Reply# 6   7/13/2018 at 16:37 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I wish

I would weigh about 165 , I HAVE lost10 pounds.

Post# 394873 , Reply# 7   7/13/2018 at 23:38 by Royalfan (Chicago)        

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Is this a dirt finding tool would it be used in conjunction with a paper filter?

Post# 394889 , Reply# 8   7/14/2018 at 08:32 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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It's the demo tool for the Constellation. Remember, the first two models were sold by door to door salesmen.

Post# 394899 , Reply# 9   7/14/2018 at 10:00 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Thats kind ofWhat I thought

Its old enough it has the metal latch instead of plastic.

Post# 394903 , Reply# 10   7/14/2018 at 10:25 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Tom Anderson and I will be

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discussing it later. He'll be able to look it up in of of his books.
We'll solve the mystery.

Post# 394911 , Reply# 11   7/14/2018 at 11:47 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Inquiring minds want to know!

Im betting its for 1956 and 57 Constellation demos, If it were for 1955 it would have blue trim on the latch instead of white.

Post# 394912 , Reply# 12   7/14/2018 at 11:50 by Vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Interesting piece of history.

I believe all companies had some form or way when demonstrating to show how much dirt they were picking up. But that certainly is an interesting attachment/tool.

I am assuming there would be a black cloth that would be placed inside to show the homeowner just how bad of a job their old cleaner was.

Post# 394913 , Reply# 13   7/14/2018 at 11:51 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I was thinking the same

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no blue. Tom A. will have the specs for us . He has all that info, as well as the photos of the prototypes. I have copies. Tom is/has the real deal.

Post# 394920 , Reply# 14   7/14/2018 at 12:48 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I thought

He might, Thanks John and Tom, I bet one thing, I bet not many still exist! Where Mike Hays got it, who knows!!!Where did he find a box of almost new 103-105 tools!?

Post# 394976 , Reply# 15   7/15/2018 at 00:25 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

You used the black pad when doing matteress vacuuming demos!Shows the customer the white skin flakes-and even dust mites!

Post# 394989 , Reply# 16   7/15/2018 at 09:38 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

Does tan vinyl strip on the latch indicate that this went with the tan Constellation model?

Post# 395001 , Reply# 17   7/15/2018 at 13:38 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I think the 84 and 85,

Same color as the latches on those.

Post# 395003 , Reply# 18   7/15/2018 at 13:43 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It's definitely

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not the blue ones. Tom A. will have all the details about it. He very well may even have one himself. I'd be surprised if he didn't. But, we'll see.

Post# 395037 , Reply# 19   7/15/2018 at 21:33 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, here is the scoop.

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According to all Hoover data, door to door sales were diminishing in the 50s, from the Hoover standpoint. This tool in question would have been used to show the strong airflow in the Constellation, possibly even the "Holiday". These would have been used in the brick and mortar stores, as well. The clue is: IF that vinyl latch cover is sandalwood, it would be circa 1956, 57. IF it's white, it's later, "post '57". When this is cleaned up, the color will reveal the age.
Yes, a filter cloth would be placed in between the 2 sections, and would be clamped. This would demonstrate the superior airflow of the Hoover.
This would have been assigned to the Hoover dealer.
So, there you have it, Kids.

Post# 395074 , Reply# 20   7/16/2018 at 09:44 by Dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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Wow. I was correct. Good to know.

Post# 395082 , Reply# 21   7/16/2018 at 10:50 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I spoke with Tom Anderson just last night, in depth.

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He always gets the right info... look at his sources.......... so handy.
He also cleared up the door to door sales info..which has been incorrect many times in the past.

Post# 395255 , Reply# 22   7/19/2018 at 08:59 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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As I said, that was a demo tool for Door to Door sales, which were still occurring in the 1950's. It would not have been used at vac shops nor in department stores. What kind of salesman would want to show the customer the dirt in the store carpets? That tool was for generating emotion in the HOME just as the Kirby Demo Tool wouldn't be used in a vac shop. It generates the desire to own the Hoover by showing your OWN dirt.

Post# 395341 , Reply# 23   7/20/2018 at 11:49 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I also have

A Dirt Meter for the first Convertible.

Post# 395353 , Reply# 24   7/20/2018 at 15:14 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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I have a brown wrinkle finished dirt meter for the post war Hoover uprights, along with some filter paper (they stole it from Air-Way). Looks almost identical to the one Kirby used years later.

Post# 395364 , Reply# 25   7/20/2018 at 22:53 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

This one looks like a Kirby dirtmeter with a convertible bellows and bag ring on it.

Post# 395365 , Reply# 26   7/20/2018 at 23:08 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I was recently in a department store that was showing

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"what kind of dirt" their vacuum was picking up. There's plenty of dirt in a department store, actually And, I saw plenty.
Of course, the days of "Lucille Ball" and Dick Van Dyke demos are over. lol

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