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Post# 120480   1/7/2011 at 10:27 (4,801 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        

WOW! Really great HOOVER AD...LOVED IT! This is definitely one I have not seen before and thoroughly enjoyed! Thanks for all the efforts and contributions that led to this and other fun, new material. Hoover Rocks! (and plastic vacuums shake!)
Rick B

Post# 120501 , Reply# 1   1/7/2011 at 17:15 (4,801 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
I thought the offer for the art work was neat

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I wonder how many of those prints are left? I got to see the picture first again today!

Post# 120503 , Reply# 2   1/7/2011 at 17:32 (4,801 days old) by Crevicetool (GA )        
You know, each time someone posts a thread about the POD....

It makes everyone look at it twice cause they, (read ME) can't remember what it was when they, (read ME) looked at it the first time. At 5:36 AM.

All it does it makes the POD wear out that much faster. Every time you open it - it fades a little from the light getting to it.

Just sayin'


PS, again with the "I'm first"?

Post# 120504 , Reply# 3   1/7/2011 at 17:42 (4,801 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Jealousy is like a bitter pill, Richie old boy.....tee heee

Post# 120506 , Reply# 4   1/7/2011 at 18:28 (4,801 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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I also loved today's pic of the day, mostly because it features one of my favorite "coffee can" Hoovers, the 475. I am lucky to have one in my collection, which was a gift from Tom Anderson about 4 years ago, along with an original hose and suction connector. I eventually was able to find cleaning tools for it, but the crevice tool is black bakelite (instead of metal as it shows in the ad) and the floor brush is a brown one from a later model. Only need the blower connector, tool caddy (or box?) and instruction book to make it complete.
And not only is it one of my favorite "coffee can" Hoovers, it was also my first, to be joined later by a 300, 541, 700 Special, and a 425.

Post# 120537 , Reply# 5   1/7/2011 at 21:26 (4,801 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Hey Jeff -

It's one of my favorites, too. A nice mid-line machine that was every bit as good as the 800 series. I LOVE the ad series they did for these, too. I had NEVER seen this particular ad until today!

Here's my 475:

Post# 120571 , Reply# 6   1/8/2011 at 04:21 (4,800 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Madame Schumann-Heinke

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Extols the virtues of Hoover ownership, given as a gift, instead of silly fluff like perfume, a new frock, or imported chocolates. Hoover, like the other ads of the day, had such inventive ways to sell their products.

I was the first viewer again!
(get a life Alan.....)

Post# 120601 , Reply# 7   1/8/2011 at 11:22 (4,800 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I also have a 475. It's a wonderful vacuum cleaner.

Here are two short videos of mine:">">

Post# 120611 , Reply# 8   1/8/2011 at 12:07 (4,800 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Yeah, I love that gentle thumping noise that Hoovers made, Charles. Music to my ears. Good old reliable beater bars....

Post# 120627 , Reply# 9   1/8/2011 at 15:49 (4,800 days old) by sanimatic ()        
Madame Schumann-Heinke

Is anyone familiar with her? Nostalgia buff that I am, I can't say that I've ever heard of her before. Loving these new (to Vacuumland) PODs.

Post# 120632 , Reply# 10   1/8/2011 at 16:26 (4,800 days old) by sanimatic ()        

I had to research her on Google and quite a bit came up. A very famous contralto opera singer from the early 1900s.


Post# 120635 , Reply# 11   1/8/2011 at 16:51 (4,800 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        


Jeff and John, both of your 475s are simply gorgeous! Good to know that there are some 'out there' that are in such nice condition. John, yours simply sparkles.. and I spy an original cord? and plug? What's the story with your cleaner?

Thanks both of you for sharing! Those pictures are the kinds of pictures that really make these treads wonderful to read!


Post# 120644 , Reply# 12   1/8/2011 at 18:22 (4,800 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

John, I see in your photo that your (former) 475 has the same "drooping bumper" issue that mine does. I don't recall seeing this issue on any other Hoovers. Makes me wonder if they used a different type of rubber for this model.

Post# 120662 , Reply# 13   1/8/2011 at 20:49 (4,800 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
love the quote

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"Those fine HOOVER people wouldn't know how to make anything else" It sure was quality. Can all that be said now?

Post# 120668 , Reply# 14   1/8/2011 at 21:18 (4,800 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Fred - I cannot remember now where I got my 475. I think it was somewhere in Portland, but, well, I just can't remember.

Charles - Yeah, weird about that droopy bumper. Mine's always been like that. I wonder if it was a defect?

Anybody else have a 475 with a droopy front bumper??

Post# 120673 , Reply# 15   1/8/2011 at 21:37 (4,800 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I just took a closer look at Jeff's 475, the first one shown in this thread. Interestingly, his bumper has three rivets across the front, with one right in the center.

John, with yours and mine, there are only two rivets, one near each corner. I wonder if ours were earlier models and that the "drooping bumper" defect was noted and fixed in later models, or if someone added that third rivet to Jeff's. (Jeff, do you know?)

Seeing this thread makes me want to get my 475 out and use it. I just may take it down to the church with me this week!

Post# 120690 , Reply# 16   1/9/2011 at 02:12 (4,799 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Bumpers And Bags

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Charles, I really don't know if the center rivet was factory or added, but I think your theory is a good one that Hoover may have noticed the droop and corrected it during the run. I also noticed that the bags on yours and mine are identical, but John's is slightly different--ours both say "it beats as it sweeps as it cleans" and his doesn't, and the typeface used for "The Hoover" is Gothic on ours but an oldstyle face like Caslon or Goudy on his.
Either way, all three of them were either made in 1935 or 1936. The serial # on mine is 4851141 if either or both of you want to compare numbers to see which is older or newer. Who knows, depending on how close the numbers are, they could have been made the same year, month, week, or maybe even the same day! Would be interesting to find out, wouldn't it!

Post# 120739 , Reply# 17   1/9/2011 at 16:22 (4,799 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Jeff - I'm pretty sure that mine is the original bag. Here's the ad that was featured the other day, showing the bag that mine has. The bags that you two have look like they were from the 150 era (1936-ish), because that was when they switched to that great Art Deco lettered look. I wonder if Hoover did a newer run of those bags as the 475 moved on in the production line? Unfortunately, I cannot look at my serial number, because my 475 is in storage.....

Post# 120745 , Reply# 18   1/9/2011 at 16:43 (4,799 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

My 475 is in storage but, I think, accessible. When I can get over there I'll note the serial number.

n.b. I have a couple of "new old stock" Hoover cloth bags and among them is the same one on John's 425. I'd change it out, except that this is one of the Hoovers that Stan Kann gave me, and that's the bag that was on it.

He was pretty meticulous about original bags so I have a feeling this was the original bag for it. Maybe there were two different 425 bags, or maybe since this was a "lesser" model to Stan, he didn't care as much about it having an original bag. Too bad he's not still here to ask....... (He would have turned 87 this past December 9th btw.)

Post# 120931 , Reply# 19   1/11/2011 at 06:23 (4,797 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Today's picture-GE Cord Reel

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Thanks for posting this ad, I own one from a 1959 American Home magazine. The woman looks positively gobsmacked by the thing!

Post# 121838 , Reply# 20   1/17/2011 at 13:10 (4,791 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        
Model 475 Serial Numbers

Jeff and John, I looked at my 475 this morning. The serial number is 4855787.

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