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Post# 147405   8/16/2011 at 21:13 (4,576 days old) by sfcoronet (San Francisco - Bay Area)        

I just (very) recently became interested in vintage vacuums - I'm 40 years old and do have other interests as well. In the last two weeks, I found an old Electrolux at a garage sale and then bought a Kirby at a flea market and have spent some time at home cleaning the vacuums up, admiring them, and vacuuming. One would think that my wife would appreciate that I'm "cleaning", but she does not. She's told me she wants them put away in the garage even after I've tried to explain why I think they're so interesting and oddly beautiful. I guess some things just don't translate. Surely, I'm not the only one with a problem like this? I'm not going to get another wife, but I'm keeping my eyes open for another vacuum!

Here's the Kirby after some polishing with my dremel:

Post# 147408 , Reply# 1   8/16/2011 at 21:24 (4,576 days old) by Real1 ()        

your LUX!! I don't know what to tell you, because I'm a bachelor. two sons and most of my friends think my old vacuum cleaner interest is 'weird/bizarre'. I'm sorry for them that they didn't find pleasure in running vacuums as boys.

I couldn't believe when I found this forum of so many 'likes' in one place....pretty fabulous!


Post# 147409 , Reply# 2   8/16/2011 at 21:31 (4,576 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




"You are not alone."


My housemate's favorite phrase used to be, "Those F@#$%&G vacuum cleaners! One of these days I'm gonna get a dumpster and get rid of every single one of them."


But after I began meeting other collectors, many of whom have even more vacuum cleaners than I do, he softened a bit. But I still have to watch how many of them I allow to stray out into the living room...

Post# 147410 , Reply# 3   8/16/2011 at 21:35 (4,576 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

You are not alone indeed.... My whole family supports my hobby, yet hates it when I drag another piece of "crap" into the house. :(

Post# 147414 , Reply# 4   8/16/2011 at 21:49 (4,576 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

I'm 28, and I've known my wife for 10 years. I've owned an old Kirby Tradition the whole time and got a Heritage II parts machine at some point as well as a Classic Omega at a yard sale- but they just sat in my parents basement, i never really did anything with them. Just this year my collection has exploded, I've acquired a G5 (my intention was to just get this as a good machine to clean our new house) but it planted the vacuum collector syndrome and I bought a broken G3 the same day. Shortly after I got a Heritage 84, and spend $100(!) on a beautiful 510. My wife wants me to keep it down to 5 vacuums, and keep them out of the way (lol) luckily she has not really counted. She thought the 510 was cool because it is so old and it has all the attachments and owners manual, but she has asked me a couple times why I like to collect Kirby vacuums. I explain to her why, I guess most people just don't get it.

Post# 147441 , Reply# 5   8/16/2011 at 22:32 (4,576 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

The easy way to get out of being interrogated about such collections is to turn the questioning onto the person(s) asking, after all, everyone has a collection of something, so you just say to them that it's like their collection of whatever they collect (be it cars, stamps, pets, plants, ex's under the patio, etc.), I usually follow it up with it being to do with my interest in electromechanical devices, given how there are plenty Armstrongs (who I'm descended from) who have been pioneers of engineering and suchlike and thus I just inherited that interest by genetics... :P

Or of course, you just say "It makes me happy"... :P

Post# 147463 , Reply# 6   8/16/2011 at 23:20 (4,576 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Bachelor here, too.

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The cats don't mind at all.  Oddly, my aunt (like an Auntie Mame) thinks it's my "interest".  She claims responsibility for the whole thing, beginning as a child.

 GRAHAM!!!!!!!!   My GOD!   Helen Keller could see her face in that machine!!

Post# 147472 , Reply# 7   8/17/2011 at 00:55 (4,576 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

No problem for me--I am the only one in my house!!The collection of vacuums and stuff is growing,though-will it drive me out of my house?

Post# 147473 , Reply# 8   8/17/2011 at 01:31 (4,576 days old) by ElectroluxKirby ()        

The DS80 looks beautiful all polished up!

Post# 147478 , Reply# 9   8/17/2011 at 01:56 (4,576 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Yes that vacuum is beautiful but in my family there isn't really this problem they support it and I am allowed to do what ever I want when it comes to vacs as long as I keep it to the one LARGE room I was given to store all 78 vacs and counting my parents only have a problem if I let them spill out into the house. Zach

Post# 147497 , Reply# 10   8/17/2011 at 07:12 (4,575 days old) by clothbag (West Springfield, Ma.)        

I have the same problem here. When Armand and I broke up after 20 years together, not because of my collection, I moved back to W. Spfld., Ma. not knowing that in the next couple years I would move back to live with my ailing mother and my oldest sister. When our mother past away my sister wanted all my stuff that was in the cellar placed in storage. I could only keep the things that I truly needed. So all, but 2 Kirbys, went into 2 storage units along with my model railroad stuff, books, videos, Christmas decorations, clothes that wouldn't fit in my small closet, and things aquired when I had a place of my own, minus my furniture as that was sold years earlier.

Post# 147505 , Reply# 11   8/17/2011 at 08:38 (4,575 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Just me and Max the cat here, but mom visits weekly. Her only recent comment, is that another one?

Post# 147510 , Reply# 12   8/17/2011 at 08:43 (4,575 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My family will say,

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"Another one?' also.  Then,  "Where do you PUT all of them"?   Have you SEEN the pics? Luckily,(sometimes),  I live alone, too. The cats see a new one,  sniff, and usually jump over it, like:"Another blue one,  don't we already have that"?

Post# 147512 , Reply# 13   8/17/2011 at 08:52 (4,575 days old) by jodan3399 (Brownsville, PA)        

My husband just kind of shakes his head and walks away. My son gets confused when he goes to someone else's house and find out that they only have ONE vacuum.

I have to laugh though, a few years back when my son was 10 both him & his friend came home dragging a Fantom Thunder they found in a ditch after trash day. They must have dragged it 3 blocks to set it in all it's muddy glory on the porch to surprise me. Best present ever. LOL

Post# 147519 , Reply# 14   8/17/2011 at 11:31 (4,575 days old) by Craig_1982 (Newcastle Under Lyme (England))        

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Well I'm 29 my Fiancée doesn't mind at all me collecting Kirby's even if I have got five machines stored in our bedroom three being under the bed, I think the rest of the family think I'm a bit strange though but I don't care what anyone else thinks, when my mother makes a comment I just turn it around and blame her as it was her that use to sit me in a push chair as a young child put the Kirby running at the side of me and for some strange reason the noise used to send me to sleep.

Post# 147548 , Reply# 15   8/17/2011 at 16:23 (4,575 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Apparently the sound of a vacuum used to send me to sleep too, which is a strange thought.... :\

Post# 147555 , Reply# 16   8/17/2011 at 17:46 (4,575 days old) by richardlxixxx (Jupiter, Florida)        
Another Bachelor Here!!!

I also live alone!!  Enjoy having people over for cocktails and dinner, but prefer the single life.  With my insane professional life, I really do not have much time to myself and precious little for anyone else.  I need to find a companion that lives in their own house and just wants to get together occasionaly for fun, travel, and adventure.


My vintage vacuum collection consists of 5 Electrolux vacuums, XXX (1948 and 1952), LX (my beauty), Automatic E, and Model G.  They are neatly displayed on top of my bookcases in the front bedroom, which I have converted to a TV room and library.  People see them, shake their heads and say "Only Richard would be interested in old vacuums."  I guess my interest was instilled by my Mother.  Mom was and is a "Cleaning Fanatic."  She would wear out an Electrolux every 5-8 years.  She has had a XXX, Automatic F, Model G, 1205, Olympia, and an Ultralux Classic.  Now she uses Miele.


By the way, my home is neat, clean, organized, always vacuumed, and shines like a freshly polished silver.  It must be genetic.


A great evening to all,



Post# 147593 , Reply# 17   8/17/2011 at 22:16 (4,575 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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If only you lived closer to PA... Was that awful to just say?

Post# 147636 , Reply# 18   8/18/2011 at 07:40 (4,574 days old) by richardlxixxx (Jupiter, Florida)        

Hi John,


No, that was not an awful thing to say.  It would be great to meet you as we probably have much in common.  The restoration and preservation of historic homes is of particular interest to me.  I managed a landmark estate in Palm Beach for many years and happen to be quite familiar with the care and maintenance of a legacy home.

Also, I am a great Italian cook.  Growing up in an Italian family, it is all about good food and family.

John, you have a great sense of humor and I really enjoy your posts.


Stay well, take care, and wear a mask when you sand those floors,



Post# 147747 , Reply# 19   8/18/2011 at 21:31 (4,574 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

When I was a kid, I had to keep MY collection in MY room or one section of the barn so they don't get mixed with my siblings' collections.

Currently, where I live I have a few vacs at my house (Mother doesn't like being 'crowded' out); the rest are at my dad's house.

Post# 148165 , Reply# 20   8/21/2011 at 18:35 (4,571 days old) by kenkart ()        
Im old enough!

I wouldnt care if id did..fortunately my other half could care less, he hunts me vacuums and I hunt Christmas lights for him!

Post# 148475 , Reply# 21   8/23/2011 at 17:35 (4,569 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I.m pretty lucky , My wife and I own a vacuum shop whch is run from a building on our home,so she is pretty used to it, Im 31 and most of my life I thought I was weird liking vacuums then came the internet and you find out you are not alone, my dad supported my interest as a child colleting old vacuums from freinds even organising me a Job at the Electrolux factory during my school holidays and thats how I got to help design a few of them once I left school. I do have allot of vacuums but I claim its for work and get away with it.

what is cool is my too sons aged 7 and 8 have thier own collection of two each from ones that customers trade inn, I was told Dady you are not allowed to sell these, must be in the geans , must be my granddad was MD for electrolux service for Africa, never met him he p[assed way before my time

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