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1920s/30s Eureka I think
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Post# 157378   10/29/2011 at 10:50 (4,498 days old) by elginkid ()        

Hi everyone,

I found an early Eureka at the Thrift Store yesterday. The last patent dates are from 1925. I can't find many pictures of the early Eurekas, so I'm guessing this may be a Model 10, or whatever came shortly after. The styling looks 20s, but the bag has more Streamline/Moderne qualities. I'm guessing this is either an early machine with an early replacement bag, or a late production of an older model (vestigal production BOL machine).



Post# 157391 , Reply# 1   10/29/2011 at 12:26 (4,498 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Wow! Very nice find for a thrift store!

Im guessing around 1925 for a date.

The original bag would have been black and said "Eureka" horizontally in gold. The top horizontal part of the E would have extended right over the "ure"


Post# 157394 , Reply# 2   10/29/2011 at 12:49 (4,498 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
Lucky find!

In my experience you would never find a vacuum like that in a thrift store here.  Anything that old would go directly from the donation bin to the dumpster.

Post# 157409 , Reply# 3   10/29/2011 at 14:26 (4,498 days old) by elginkid ()        

Is it a Model 9 or 10 then? Anyone have pictures of their similar vacuums?

I kind of like how the paint on the knob is lovingly worn. :)

Post# 157816 , Reply# 4   11/2/2011 at 18:54 (4,494 days old) by truckerx (Palm Springs, CA)        
1920's Eureka

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Here's a photo of 1920's Eureka which is all original. Hope this helps.

Post# 453088 , Reply# 5   5/27/2022 at 21:08 (635 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Just saw OP's exact vacuum on a Goodwill auction. Identical right down to the brown residue on the side of the fan case, and the electrical tape on the bag collar. Of course I forgot to bid lol so to whoever won it, congrats.

Post# 453093 , Reply# 6   5/27/2022 at 22:20 (635 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Isn't it funny how collectibles (vacuums in this case) pass around through different collectors every so many years who all happen to be online?

I've got vacuums off eBay from estate sales or salvage sellers that have name tags or some kind of service tags on them dated from 18-20 years ago that match to appliance collectors here on AutomaticWasher or other known appliance collectors that appear in news media or forums/YouTube.

Kind of a shame they were restored fully at some point by someone then left to rot somehow and become ruined again and now they will be getting restored for a 2nd time haha.

Post# 453103 , Reply# 7   5/28/2022 at 09:06 (634 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Great score, Wes! I credit the manager at that store for selling it rather than discarding it as some thrift store managers do due to their practice of discarding items of that age.

Dadsvacuums, a Vacuumland contributor, posted a 1958 shipping history of Eureka cleaners which includes the following data:

Model 9: May 1922 - April 1927
Model 10: May 1927 - December 1927
Model 11: January 1928 - December 1930

Thanks for posting the photo's and background and enjoy owning it!

Post# 453109 , Reply# 8   5/28/2022 at 11:51 (634 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Unless I'm not seeing a member who recently posted, Elginkid no longer has it. Going by the serial number shown in the auction, it is a model 11. Screenshot below, I am honestly surprised it has passed through at least two thrift stores without being thrown out like you mentioned, I never see old stuff here lol

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Post# 453124 , Reply# 9   5/29/2022 at 01:47 (634 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Would anyone happen to have a spare nozzle latch for these early straight suction Eurekas that you would be interested in selling? I have what I believe to be a model 10, but not sure because the data plate only gives what appears to be a serial number and doesn't show a model number. The latch was broken when I got it and I would sure like to find a replacement. Here's a pic. Thank you in advance to whoever has a latch to sell me for it.

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Post# 453125 , Reply# 10   5/29/2022 at 02:17 (634 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Honestly, I was just thinking about my nozzle latch. I think they were all made of pot metal and broke, because legit they're all broken. I have mine sort of jury rigged. I was thinking I'd just design and 3D print one.

Post# 453130 , Reply# 11   5/29/2022 at 09:35 (633 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The tag doesn't show the model number, but the serial number can be used to find that out. What is it?

I have a couple of intact pot metal latches, but they are attached to machines. I wonder if a filed or sanded down 500 series Kirby nozzle latch would work?

Post# 453140 , Reply# 12   5/29/2022 at 18:14 (633 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Window sash latches perhaps?

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Post# 453141 , Reply# 13   5/29/2022 at 18:15 (633 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Another option here

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Post# 453144 , Reply# 14   5/29/2022 at 19:23 (633 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Oooh that second one would work really well, if the screw hole is the right size

Post# 453171 , Reply# 15   5/31/2022 at 02:34 (632 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
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The serial # is G149232. I tried a latch from the earlier 500 series Kirbys which is smaller than the later 500 models, but it didn't fit, as it was too big. Screw and spring fit perfectly, just the part that fits over the nozzle was too big and wouldn't clear it in the unlatched position. Never occurred to me to try grinding or filing it.
I agree, that second one that huskyvacs showed looks like it might work, and at $1.75 wouldn't hurt to try.
Madman, let us know about the 3D printed version, that might also be a viable option.

Post# 453175 , Reply# 16   5/31/2022 at 08:33 (631 days old) by Paul (USA)        

The Model 7's serial number range from September 1916 to September 1921 was 110,000 to 410,000. Not sure what the 'G' indicates.

Post# 453184 , Reply# 17   5/31/2022 at 11:12 (631 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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I think you are missing a number there, as Paul stated that number dates it to be a model 7, which it isn't. The model 7 is the closest to the camera below.

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Post# 453214 , Reply# 18   6/1/2022 at 02:20 (631 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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I'll have to check the data plate again. I might have missed something when I wrote the number in a notebook, as that's what I went by when I put the number in the post. But from your post about production history, I do know that mine has to be a model 10 or newer, since the wheels are connected to the fan case instead of being on the ends of the nozzle. Hopefully I'll have a chance to look at it in the next day or so.

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