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My Childhood GE Vacuum Cleaner....
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Post# 148813   8/25/2011 at 23:34 (4,563 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

Its on Chicago's Craigslist. Found it by total luck, I have to have it. I loved that vacuum, I would follow it around while mom pulled it around the house. I loved the exhaust, the smell of the motor. Thats why we have such connections to our past and love of vacuums.

Post# 148814 , Reply# 1   8/25/2011 at 23:34 (4,563 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

A second Picture of the vacuum.

Post# 148816 , Reply# 2   8/25/2011 at 23:39 (4,563 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I would love to get my hands on it to completely refurbish it. Just to take my time to bring it back to life.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO massagemiracle's LINK on Chicago Craigslist

Post# 148822 , Reply# 3   8/25/2011 at 23:58 (4,563 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

I hope you get it!  If the seller isn't willing to take it to a pack-and-send place maybe a Chicago area member here could help you.  Finding something with such a strong memory/attachment from our childhood means the world to people like us!

Post# 148831 , Reply# 4   8/26/2011 at 00:35 (4,563 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I have already emailed her and ask her  if Iwere to send her extra cash to ship, would she. And she refuses, I could be a bogus buyer,or it could be fake money orders,  it just scares her to death to do it. And she would rather have it picked up only.  So I guess that I will be taking a trip next week, I have to have that vacuum!

Post# 148869 , Reply# 5   8/26/2011 at 08:30 (4,562 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Certainly looks like a General Electric Air-Flo AVT-somethingorother. I have a few GE cylinder models and the one you're after has the later smooth chrome end caps.

Ah, the thrill of the chase. I see the posting has been deleted so...

Good Luck and have a pleasant weekend drive, Ben.


GE AVT-70 set

Post# 148871 , Reply# 6   8/26/2011 at 08:36 (4,562 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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1948 AVT 172 advert with shiny chrome caps.

Post# 148875 , Reply# 7   8/26/2011 at 08:47 (4,562 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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1947 AVT 70 advert with brown wrinkletone caps.

Post# 148880 , Reply# 8   8/26/2011 at 09:27 (4,562 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
A mystery solved!

I have had this tool for the longest time and never knew what kind of vacuum it came with until seeing these pics!

Post# 148888 , Reply# 9   8/26/2011 at 10:29 (4,562 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

Yes the one in the posting is like the one we had, the pictures that are posted are a more expensive model of the ge we had. I had one of these at my other home in Bainbridge but don't have it now.

Post# 148891 , Reply# 10   8/26/2011 at 11:08 (4,562 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Oh very nice I have the same GE but I dont have any of the attachments or hose very nice. Zach

Post# 149075 , Reply# 11   8/27/2011 at 06:47 (4,561 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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My beloved childhood canister was also a GE Airflo AVT! I used to play with the hose and the tools all the time!!!!

Ours was identical to the milk-chocolate one that Stratford Dave is showing, except our hose and tools were very different. Ours must have been a later edition. Our attachments were all in a matching chocolate brown colour, and the hose was a darker brown with a different stripe. Our upholstery nozzle and carpet nozzle were brown plastic and not metal.

Interesting story from the early 1960's: Dad used to take me and my brother to his advertising office on Sundays if he needed to go into work for a few hours. One Sunday when I was about 4 or 5 years old, he asked us to help him bring the GE vac to the office so he could do some cleaning. I was proudly holding a box of the tools as we made our way up the elevator, but when a stranger got onto the elevator, I remember feeling so embarassed about loving my tools that I immediately dropped them to the floor!!! An hour or two later, while Dad was vacuuming his office, I noticed he was using the bare floor brush on the carpet under his desk.....I was mortified! :-)

Post# 149169 , Reply# 12   8/27/2011 at 18:54 (4,561 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I just got another email from the owner of the GE I want in Chicago. She is a teacher and just doesn't have time to pack a sweeper and ship it to who knows where. So much for that vac!

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