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A Christmas gift to me....from Montgomery Ward
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Post# 163976   12/31/2011 at 08:44 (4,445 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

The last time I saw one of these I was a wee little fella, 3 or 4 years old.  The memory of the brown color, side-mounted bag and front-mounted rocker switch has stuck with me for over 50 years.  Thanks to ebay, this Christmas I'm feeling like a little kid again.

Post# 163978 , Reply# 1   12/31/2011 at 08:46 (4,445 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
Soft, supple cord

...with the original plug and clip.  Even the UL paper stickers are still wrapped around the cord!

Post# 163979 , Reply# 2   12/31/2011 at 08:48 (4,445 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

The bag is very faded from its original dark brown color but only minimally frayed and the MW emblem is still intact.

Post# 163981 , Reply# 3   12/31/2011 at 08:50 (4,445 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
an early "swivel-glide"

The rear castor-wheel and the height adjustment knob

Post# 163983 , Reply# 4   12/31/2011 at 08:53 (4,445 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
not a good "edge cleaner"

The bumper has some serious dry-rot but the brush roll still has lots of life left.  I'm bowled-over by how clean the whole thing is.  This was either trapped between coats in a closet for decades or the seller did a great job of cleaning it up before shipping.

Post# 163984 , Reply# 5   12/31/2011 at 08:55 (4,445 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
A statement-making emblem


Post# 163986 , Reply# 6   12/31/2011 at 08:55 (4,445 days old) by singingrainbow (Texas)        

Well I am glad someone I know got it!



Post# 163988 , Reply# 7   12/31/2011 at 08:58 (4,445 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
I'm still in shock...

...that I finally found this after 50-some years of cherished memories.  Friends of my parents had one and whenever we went to their house I kept myself happily entertained with it while the adults had their "coffee talk." 

Post# 164072 , Reply# 8   12/31/2011 at 14:06 (4,445 days old) by kenkart ()        
I Believe..

Apex built this one.

Post# 164084 , Reply# 9   12/31/2011 at 17:04 (4,445 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Yes, Neil, that switch especially looks like Apex styling. However, the nozzle sure smacks of Eureka styling too. What an unusual machine. Good for you that you found such a strong childhood piece of memorabilia. - J

Post# 164087 , Reply# 10   12/31/2011 at 17:10 (4,445 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Sorry to be a pain, but by Montgomery Ward, do you mean the seller selling this by any chance ?

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Post# 164089 , Reply# 11   12/31/2011 at 17:13 (4,445 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Montgometry Ward

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Was an American department store & mail order company, I have seen some wonderful looking cleaners with their logo on them

Check the link ...



Post# 164696 , Reply# 12   1/4/2012 at 22:11 (4,440 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
An Apex on ebay bears more than a little resemblance

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Post# 164703 , Reply# 13   1/4/2012 at 22:28 (4,440 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

My Montgomery Ward is in much better shape! 


I'm thinking that this is a 1930s design which, in the case of mine was carried forward when production resumed after WWII.  The brown color of the MW resonates with many other vacuums of the post-war era.


Now, to find the relevant MW catalogue to confirm when mine was being sold!

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