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Dating a Kenmore Manual/Vacuum
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Post# 118725   12/19/2010 at 18:56 (3,562 days old) by meba2233 (Webster Groves, MO)        

Hello everyone...

I picked up a manual for an old Kenmore vacuum cleaner. Looks 40s or 50s to me but I wanted to see if I could get a better idea. Says it is for model number 116.9815 1 (711).

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.


Post# 118733 , Reply# 1   12/19/2010 at 20:41 (3,562 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

The dating thread is on the off-topic forum. Personally, I wouldn't want to date a vacuum cleaner. Maybe dinner and a movie but - that's it! Go ahead call me what you will, I'm still old fashion...

(hang on a minute)

Oh! stupid me! You are interested in the DATE of Manufacture of this Kenmore - I just read the rest of your post. I have no idea. I'll bet Hans will know! He's a Kenmore kinda guy...

(How ya doin' Mark?)

Post# 118734 , Reply# 2   12/19/2010 at 20:42 (3,562 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        

BTW - keep an eye out for the mail person.....

Post# 118748 , Reply# 3   12/20/2010 at 00:19 (3,562 days old) by joe22 ()        

hey mark

i have a 1949 sears catalog, fall and winter that has the 711 in it. it was the mid level upright 49.99 with out tools, they were 19.99 extra


Post# 118787 , Reply# 4   12/20/2010 at 09:28 (3,562 days old) by meba2233 (Webster Groves, MO)        
Scanned Manual

Here is the rest of that manual scanned. It is a large file and takes a minute to open.



Post# 118927 , Reply# 5   12/21/2010 at 14:53 (3,560 days old) by kenkart ()        
Im not sure!

About the date, but I know who made it..Birtman Electric Co.

Post# 118929 , Reply# 6   12/21/2010 at 15:13 (3,560 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Mark -

That style debuted in about 1937, right around the time (a little later) than the "Bugeye" Imperial. For some reason known only to Birtman Electric and Kenmore/Sears, it was kept around for quite awhile. It started off as a polished metal model and eventually morphed into a painted metal model.

Somewhere I have research that I did years ago about the Kenmore vacuums, dating each one by year of debut. If/when I dig it out, I'll post a thread about this one. Thanks for the great scans of the manual.

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