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Post# 116951   12/4/2010 at 20:02 (3,372 days old) by kirby16 ()        

Mine is my kirby d-50. Yours?

Post# 116952 , Reply# 1   12/4/2010 at 20:07 (3,372 days old) by Sablekid ()        

Probably the Kirby 505....or the DS-50 since it was my first find.

Post# 116953 , Reply# 2   12/4/2010 at 20:09 (3,372 days old) by kirby16 ()        

Nice-- My D-50 is a great machine. It just has some bad bearings.

Post# 116956 , Reply# 3   12/4/2010 at 20:45 (3,372 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

~ 1935 Hoover Jubilee Model 800 ~

Post# 116958 , Reply# 4   12/4/2010 at 20:52 (3,372 days old) by kirby16 ()        

Ive always loved the styling of the hoovers from the '20s to early '30s. PS: Before i had a vacuumland account, i came across that picture on google images and saved it on my computer. Proof:

Post# 116960 , Reply# 5   12/4/2010 at 20:57 (3,372 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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That would be my Kirby Model 560. I use it as my avatar. Call me sentimental, but it was manufactured the year I was born -- 1960. Maybe that has something to do with it being my favorite! LOL! The vacuum is in perfect shape and runs like a top too. I also have the full set of attachments. The only thing that isn't original is the four row brush roll. The new style brush roll turned it into a cleaning beast!

Post# 116964 , Reply# 6   12/4/2010 at 21:16 (3,372 days old) by kirby16 ()        

The 560 is a beatiful machine. One of my favorites! Of course, any kirby is my favorite.

Off topic: Hey, ive seen pictures on the internet of Kirby D-80's colored blue and even red. Have any of you seen these?

Post# 116972 , Reply# 7   12/4/2010 at 21:31 (3,372 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

Kirby16: yes, LOTS of my vac images show up on google, and people think they have the right to save them and use them as they wish. On their websites, on eBay...

The one you've posted isn't actually the same one as the one I posted; when I took the one I posted, I used the flash - the other one was taken with natural lighting from the window opposite.

Glad you liked it, anyway!

Post# 116973 , Reply# 8   12/4/2010 at 21:42 (3,372 days old) by kirby16 ()        

So do you want me to delete off my computer? I gladly would. Im trying to clean up my pictures. My computer isnt that big.

Post# 116977 , Reply# 9   12/4/2010 at 22:04 (3,372 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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That would be a toss-up- either my Kirby Classic III or Electrolux 89 canister vac.

Post# 116981 , Reply# 10   12/4/2010 at 22:34 (3,372 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

No, people are more than welcome to save my pictures - just not to use them online without permission. I'm not about to start policing other content of other people's harddrives!

This post was last edited 12/04/2010 at 22:55
Post# 116986 , Reply# 11   12/4/2010 at 23:10 (3,372 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

"No, people are more than welcome to save my pictures - just not to use them online without permission."

You won't be happy with this eBay seller then!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO Kirbyotronic's LINK on eBay

Post# 116993 , Reply# 12   12/4/2010 at 23:44 (3,372 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        
Yup, my photo and my text...

Case in point. But I don't want to turn this thread into me whining about photos, lol - on with the vintage vacs!

Another favourite - 1933 G.E Model 111:

Post# 116994 , Reply# 13   12/4/2010 at 23:55 (3,372 days old) by powertank ()        

Wow, that GE is awesome. I've never seen that one before. I like the unique handle setup.

Kudos to you for the 800 restoration- I'll bet it's nicer than when it was new. Beautiful. Now I want one!

Post# 117001 , Reply# 14   12/5/2010 at 00:07 (3,372 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Can only pick one? My compact for the memories and my xxx for the purr/feel.

Post# 117018 , Reply# 15   12/5/2010 at 04:17 (3,371 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Electro-Hygiene 903

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Actually most of the machines in my collection are favorites for one reason or another, but if I have to pick just one it would be my Electro-Hygiene 903. I've always had a special connection with Electro-Hygiene, but the model 903 upright was the one I used to sell, along with the 966 tank.
Other favorites include Kirby D-50 and Classic III, Lux XXX, AE, and G, Hoover 300, 475, 26, 28, 29, 63, and 82 Constellation, and Royalaire 260.

Post# 117019 , Reply# 16   12/5/2010 at 04:52 (3,371 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Oh boy ...

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For me it is also a toss-up...

I say all pre-1990 Royal all-metal uprights - household and commercial - because of their 6-blade fans and Adjust-O-Rite height gauge plates.

But I do like Kirbys, too ... again, my grandma's Classic III is my prized possession.


Post# 117023 , Reply# 17   12/5/2010 at 06:04 (3,371 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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Mine are between my hoover 63 and hoover 700. I like the two for different reasons.

Post# 117029 , Reply# 18   12/5/2010 at 07:21 (3,371 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Well I don't think I have 1 fave lol.

Kirby wise I would say C,2C,505,510,516,561,Dual sani 50 and 80,classic etc lol

Electrolux wise z90,z100,z305,z310,z345,

Misc wise Hoover 800,825,Royal uprights,Singer R1,R2,R3,R4

So quiet a few really.


Post# 117059 , Reply# 19   12/5/2010 at 10:31 (3,371 days old) by tom519 (Long Island, New York )        

My favorite vintage vac. is the Kenmore 'BUG EYE'. I don't have one however, maybe someday if I win LOTTO. I think one sold on EBAY not to long ago for about $600.00.

Post# 117063 , Reply# 20   12/5/2010 at 10:57 (3,371 days old) by kirby16 ()        

@Benjamin: My classic III was my grandmas! What a coinicidence!

Post# 117072 , Reply# 21   12/5/2010 at 11:44 (3,371 days old) by joe22 ()        
;^ )

pre 1960 and made of metal, plain, simple, and reliable

Post# 117075 , Reply# 22   12/5/2010 at 11:50 (3,371 days old) by kirby16 ()        

The Classic III was made in '76, joe.

Post# 117087 , Reply# 23   12/5/2010 at 12:29 (3,371 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        
ahhh mine are..

lux model 89 green and my 1939 Filter Queen all chrome

Post# 117152 , Reply# 24   12/5/2010 at 18:09 (3,371 days old) by hype822 ()        

mine are the electrolux xxx, and in my opinion, the best looking upright made, the hoover 28.

Post# 117171 , Reply# 25   12/5/2010 at 19:45 (3,371 days old) by kirbyklassic80 ()        
It really would be hard to pick one.

It's a toss up with me it's the kirby 505 and the hoover 28, which I am happy to say I am getting tomorrow! Can't wait!! Post some pics as soon as I get it.

Post# 117319 , Reply# 26   12/6/2010 at 18:04 (3,370 days old) by kenkart ()        
Hard to pick one ...BUT!

Overall , probably a GE canister.

Post# 117320 , Reply# 27   12/6/2010 at 18:06 (3,370 days old) by kenkart ()        
But for the rarest thing in my collection....

Cadillac Quic Vac...Anybody have any spare attachments???

Post# 117340 , Reply# 28   12/6/2010 at 20:46 (3,370 days old) by pinkge (Indianapolis,Indiana)        
My Favorite...

that would be the Hoover 63 and my pink GE roll-around

Post# 117749 , Reply# 29   12/10/2010 at 16:53 (3,366 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        

The Kirby 505 also Hoover 700

Post# 117752 , Reply# 30   12/10/2010 at 18:03 (3,366 days old) by James (Ware, Hertfordshire, UK)        

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Kirby model C with headlight :)

Post# 117774 , Reply# 31   12/10/2010 at 22:12 (3,366 days old) by Klectrolux ()        

My Electrolux AP280! Love it, first vacuum in my collection.

Post# 117807 , Reply# 32   12/11/2010 at 12:36 (3,365 days old) by BBFvac76 ()        

Mine is the Rainbow D3. heres the picture since i got the attachments & now have 2 quart & 4 quart basins.

Post# 117808 , Reply# 33   12/11/2010 at 12:40 (3,365 days old) by BBFvac76 ()        

Also the Kenmore since its my first vintage vacuum i bought. attachments & tool rack for it is still missing & i just use the attachments from my other vacs whenever i need them when i use this vac. heres a picture of it plugged in & turned on.

Post# 117814 , Reply# 34   12/11/2010 at 14:00 (3,365 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
Kirby D50 in red and blue

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I had a vacuum store several years ago and I still have some of the 'bo-jack?' replacement trim kits for the 500-D80 Kirbys. Let me know if you are interested in them.
Anyone out there know where I can get parts for the commercial Kirby called the Super Vac 180? It's the same as the American Lincoln, Super Sweeper and ComVac. I've been looking for one for many years and found one in a thrift store yesterday. It runs well,may need to take it apart and clean and lub.

Post# 119130 , Reply# 35   12/24/2010 at 01:16 (3,353 days old) by paulinroyton (Royton, Lancashire)        
Hoover Juniors

My pride & joy are my Hoover Juniors.

Post# 119131 , Reply# 36   12/24/2010 at 01:23 (3,353 days old) by paulinroyton (Royton, Lancashire)        
Hoover Juniors

My Baby

Post# 119139 , Reply# 37   12/24/2010 at 04:57 (3,352 days old) by electrolux-dude (Canyon, TX)        
Here's one of my favorites. . .

The Electrolux model G, also Lux XXX, LX, Hospital G, and any Compact/Tri-Star.

Post# 119178 , Reply# 38   12/24/2010 at 15:18 (3,352 days old) by OpelGTKarl (Puyallup, Washington)        
My Favorite

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Mine are:
1945 Kirby 505
Hoover 750
Hoover Constellation
1946 Eureka D272

Post# 119230 , Reply# 39   12/25/2010 at 07:02 (3,351 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
Favorite Vacuum

Would be a Kirby Model 561 with all the tools....

Post# 119249 , Reply# 40   12/25/2010 at 22:32 (3,351 days old) by electroluxkirby ()        

Electrolux AE, and Kirby Legend II & Tradition

Post# 119277 , Reply# 41   12/26/2010 at 12:34 (3,350 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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Premier Upright PR-21

Post# 119287 , Reply# 42   12/26/2010 at 16:32 (3,350 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
My favorite

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Kirby D50, with out a doubt. I have two, gave a third (I refitted in blue with mini emtor and Tradition bag) to the local thrift store. My grandpa had one, at 6'4" he towered over it. Shoulda kept that one, too.

Post# 229903 , Reply# 43   4/24/2013 at 22:40 (2,500 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
My Grandma's Classic III

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I laid my eyes on this machine since late 1987/early 1988, and they finally gave it to me 10 years later.


Post# 229904 , Reply# 44   4/24/2013 at 22:41 (2,500 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1987 Stark (Royal) Deluxe 5000NA

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Bought this for $25 at the Red, White & Blue Thrift Store in Gladstone, OR.


Post# 229905 , Reply# 45   4/24/2013 at 22:43 (2,500 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1993 Royal 6103 Preferred Collection

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Acquired this from Brandon aka animebsd after trading him my two Eureka canisters (one of those was sold by Montgomery Ward).


Post# 229906 , Reply# 46   4/24/2013 at 22:44 (2,500 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1985 Royal 880 (Stark Deluxe bag)

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Purchased this locally for $25 through a Craigslist ad.


Post# 229918 , Reply# 47   4/25/2013 at 01:50 (2,500 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Would have to be Kirbys in general.Again can't narrow down to one vacuum.

Post# 229923 , Reply# 48   4/25/2013 at 03:09 (2,500 days old) by 1926700 ()        
Here's My Chioce......

My restored 1936 Hoover One Fifty!

Post# 230103 , Reply# 49   4/26/2013 at 14:21 (2,498 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        
Most Beautiful

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In my opinion, the 1937 Air-Way model 55 in glorious Purple. Complete with original hose, cord, and all attachments (including the optional Whirl-A-Way) Stunning color, perfect filtration, timeless classic design.

Post# 230189 , Reply# 50   4/27/2013 at 03:00 (2,498 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

another beautiful machine I would love to have-the external filter NSS Bronco wet-dry vacuum-the motor was on top of the lid-Large blue "Horse" logo bag connected to the motors radial fan discharge opening.The tank and lid were polished.Saw one at a Daycon showroom The motor could be detached from the lid to use as a powerful blower.A small bag could be attached to the output-and a hose adaptor for the intacke-a small scrap trap on it like the Pig.A sling allowed you to carry it around as a "hip" vacuum.The motor housing was polished,too-like a Kirby.The Broncos today have the internal motor and filter.Just not as cool.This would have been early 70's.And at the Daycon place was another pretty vacuum-a Certified Pile lifter-all polished and had a huge blue bag.two motors in polished chrome to power the giant roller brush-other for suction.Both of these are on my "wanted" list!Hope to run into them someday.I wasn't into vacuums so much then-but of course more so today.

Post# 230873 , Reply# 51   5/1/2013 at 19:50 (2,493 days old) by LillyLux (Oklahoma City)        

The Hoover model 28 models with the rarely found steel motor hood! I do not know why Hoover made some 28's with steel motor hoods...but you do not have to worry about them breaking if something falls on them as with bakelite hoods.

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