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Post# 147474   8/17/2011 at 01:31 (4,581 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Anyone have any idea what this is??!

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Post# 147475 , Reply# 1   8/17/2011 at 01:40 (4,581 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




And another one...

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Post# 147476 , Reply# 2   8/17/2011 at 01:44 (4,581 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




And check out the G.E. in this photo:

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Post# 147477 , Reply# 3   8/17/2011 at 01:51 (4,581 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Well the first one almost looks like she is using some sort of central vac but I could be wrong that's just my take on the picture. Zach

Post# 147481 , Reply# 4   8/17/2011 at 02:57 (4,581 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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Charles, that vacuum in the first photo is a water-filtration vacuum; if you look at the tag they have pictured in the auction, thats what it says. Plus, the end of the hose is in the kitchen sink, so it makes sense too.

Sure is a strange water-filtration vacuum, though; haven't seen a design quite like that before!


Post# 147494 , Reply# 5   8/17/2011 at 06:40 (4,581 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
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Neat pictures, while we're at it, has anyone ever seen a promo pic of a woman using an early '50s Swivel Top with a "space man" standing next to her? I saw one in a Time magazine from that period.

Post# 147534 , Reply# 6   8/17/2011 at 15:01 (4,580 days old) by Red_October ()        

The first one looks more like it's using the sink as a method of disposal versus a water filter; I believe you can still buy a sort of whole-house wet-dry vac that operates on this principle, being much more convenient inasmuch as it's permanently plumbed in. On that unit, at least, you have to (in theory) empty a sort of sock that fills up with things too large to go down the drain. It seemed to be marketed to extreme neat-freaks, but at the same time it seemed also like a really interesting concept. It could be used to pick up wet spills and even had a set of attachments that turned it into a carpet shampoo-er! The above-pictured unit may be the inspiration for the modern machine.

Speaking of unusual inbuilt vacuums, I was once given a photocopy of a magazine article that talked about household utilities, and it mentioned houses built by the local gas company in certain areas, where everything in the house that could be was gas-fired -the stove, the water heater, the furnace, even the 'fridge and air conditioner used gas power. Strangest of all, though, was the gas-powered vacuum cleaner, which used the draw of a gas flame to create suction and actually incinerated whatever you picked up with it!

Post# 147554 , Reply# 7   8/17/2011 at 17:46 (4,580 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

In the second photo, judging by the title, it could be a vacuum used on jet liners.

Post# 147624 , Reply# 8   8/18/2011 at 04:42 (4,580 days old) by rob_89 ()        
Second image

Would agree with vac-whisperer, the narrow stream-lined shape would certainly have been useful pulling it along narrow aisles and seat rows. But just a guess!

Looking at the picture more closely, the lady appears to be demonstrating opening the dust container, so it seems to be an early bagless cleaner. Those hoses look quite heavy duty.

Intriguing, thanks for posting these!

Post# 147703 , Reply# 9   8/18/2011 at 17:01 (4,579 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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i'm thinking the first photo is of an early water-vacuum or carpet shampooer that drained into the sink,instead of a bag or tank,just a guess!

Post# 147714 , Reply# 10   8/18/2011 at 18:59 (4,579 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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Super cool!  Doesn't it appear that there is some sort of metal thing in the sink the hose is connected to?  Perhaps the suit-case unit on the floor is just a power unit and the dirt and exhaust are pushed through the hose from the back side to the filtration unit in the sink?  Again, a guess but that would explain the two hoses and the sink set-up.


Whirlpool made a central vac that was plumbed-in, used water filtration and drained each time the unit was shut off. 

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