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Post# 266131   2/4/2014 at 15:02 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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I thought it might be fun to see everyone's vintage Kenmore Vacuum Cleaners. There have been so very many models throughout the years. The idea is to not post duplicates, but try to get as many different models as possible. Please feel free to contribute your own photos, so we might have the 'definitive' collection of Kenmore models for history. I'll start with my Kenmore Commander in near mint condition.

Post# 266132 , Reply# 1   2/4/2014 at 15:03 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        
The KenKarts

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From left, Premium Pink model, Deluxe Lakeside Green model, Economy Gray standard model.

Post# 266133 , Reply# 2   2/4/2014 at 15:05 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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The round grey Kenmore canister from 1956. Flip open lid for bag change. Same motor as KenKart models.

Post# 266134 , Reply# 3   2/4/2014 at 15:06 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Mid 1960's - mid priced models using 5011 bags.

Post# 266135 , Reply# 4   2/4/2014 at 15:07 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Mid 1960's economy model using 5011 bags.

Post# 266137 , Reply# 5   2/4/2014 at 15:08 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Late 1960's "Sears Best" 2 speed PowerMate canister and Kenmore Floor Polisher (with cord winder).

Post# 266138 , Reply# 6   2/4/2014 at 15:09 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Early 1960's canister (Lady Kenmore 2 speed Whispertone Model among them, with PowerMate)

Post# 266139 , Reply# 7   2/4/2014 at 15:10 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Mid 1970's Sears Best 2 speed PowerMate canister

Post# 266140 , Reply# 8   2/4/2014 at 15:11 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Early 1970's Green Kenmore "Sears Best" PowerMate canister and "Sears Best" hard body clean air upright.

Post# 266141 , Reply# 9   2/4/2014 at 15:11 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Glamour shot of the Power Mate (early 1970's wood grain design)

Post# 266142 , Reply# 10   2/4/2014 at 15:12 (3,218 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Very late 1970's - Early 1980's Kenmore "Sears Best" canister with multiple speeds and 3 position handle switch.

Post# 266188 , Reply# 11   2/4/2014 at 18:38 (3,218 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        
Vintage Kenmore uprights

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Here are three Kenmore uprights from the 40's,50's,&60's. the one on the left was my grandmothers'.

Post# 266192 , Reply# 12   2/4/2014 at 18:46 (3,218 days old) by mjm0424 (Chicago suburbs)        
Kenmore upright

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This little Devil, was hiding in the linen closet of a certain Mrs. Gardenia. Why would she cover up her towels,&her vacuum cleaner?

Post# 266193 , Reply# 13   2/4/2014 at 18:55 (3,218 days old) by kenkart ()        
That is!

The last of the Birtman designed Kenmores, built by Whirlpool in the early 60s.

Post# 266517 , Reply# 14   2/6/2014 at 21:34 (3,216 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Kenmore Model 116.730

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My parents had one of these when I was a kid. They bought it second hand to use in the basement and clean out the cars, as there was no way Mom was going to let Dad use her Lux XXX in the basement or outside! When I was little (about 2 or 3) the prrrrrreeeeeeeen sound it made when they fired it up startled me, but now I look forward to hearing it! Unfortunately, this one isn't theirs, but one I got on ebay 6 or 7 years ago.

Post# 266563 , Reply# 15   2/7/2014 at 09:51 (3,215 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Ok - just to be different - a 1953 Kenmore model 60. Made in England for the Simpson Sears Co.

Post# 266566 , Reply# 16   2/7/2014 at 09:52 (3,215 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Kenkart model 116.7361

Post# 266567 , Reply# 17   2/7/2014 at 09:53 (3,215 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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A 1973 Kenmore 116.2420

Post# 266568 , Reply# 18   2/7/2014 at 09:55 (3,215 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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A 1974 Kenmore 116.22520C

Post# 266569 , Reply# 19   2/7/2014 at 09:56 (3,215 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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And last but not least a 1978 Kenmore 175.2828C (Made by Singer if I remember correctly)

Post# 266596 , Reply# 20   2/7/2014 at 14:53 (3,215 days old) by caligula (Nutrioso, Arizona)        
Hi Tom.

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Reply 6 brings back happy memories of the hours my friend, Craig Long, talked about the pink, 'Lady Kenmore Whispertone.' As you may recall, Craig was a living encyclopedia of facts, dates, brands, and so on, he could also quote from any instruction book. And the pink cart in reply 1 brings back memories. But mine was not pink, before I got it, somebody painted it off white. It was a great machine, and I grabbed it because it was the closest thing to my coveted Electrolux C-A. In fact, I think Kenmore copied it from the C-A, but that's just a guess.


Thanks for posting,

Bob Alex.  

Post# 266601 , Reply# 21   2/7/2014 at 16:43 (3,215 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
This is one from my childhood.

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Similar to my Mom's but not exactly.

Post# 267021 , Reply# 22   2/10/2014 at 16:57 (3,212 days old) by ctvacman (CT)        

Early 80's sears best. Basically untouched

Post# 267023 , Reply# 23   2/10/2014 at 16:58 (3,212 days old) by ctvacman (CT)        

More pics.

Post# 267024 , Reply# 24   2/10/2014 at 16:59 (3,212 days old) by ctvacman (CT)        

Last one

Post# 267027 , Reply# 25   2/10/2014 at 17:00 (3,212 days old) by ctvacman (CT)        

Very rare late 80's Power Handle

Post# 267030 , Reply# 26   2/10/2014 at 17:04 (3,212 days old) by ctvacman (CT)        

Close up of handle controls. Neat feature that when something blocks the brush the entire vac shuts down and it flashes a red light on the handle. There is a magnet on one end of the beater bar that works in conjunction with the magnetic sensor, notice the lack of a reset button on the hood of the power mate.

Post# 267047 , Reply# 27   2/10/2014 at 18:40 (3,212 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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All nice vacs. I am not sure, but think some of the dates are a little off. The Power Handle canister in the last post is one of the first 5055 bag machines from about 1984. The later 1980s ones had a slider speed control instead of the touch controls and were usually a light gray color.

The blue and woodgrain Sears Best is about a 1977-78 IIRC. The green and woodgrain Sears Best came out in 1972, but had a smaller Power Mate without the woodgrain. The woodgrain PN pictured came about 1974-75 and this model went until 1977 when it was replaced with the blue and woodgrain. Tan and woodgrain with orange bumpers was 1979 to very early 1980s. The all tan without woodgrain was early 1980s to about 1984. That was the first model to have the controls in the handle and probably first to have variable speed also. It was then replaced by the Power Handle 5055 bag.

Very nice machines. I'd like to have a green or blue 1969-71 with the opening on top for attachments, or a green and woodgrain Sears Best. I have seen a few over the years but they must be very rare now. The hunt is fun though, never know what you might find.

Post# 267058 , Reply# 28   2/10/2014 at 19:24 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        
Here are a few

Of Mine..In order, 1963,56,57,58, and 59, the pink 57 Horizon is the last of the Birtman units, It has a Birtman motor.

Post# 267059 , Reply# 29   2/10/2014 at 19:26 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        

Top of the line Ken Kart with the optional cordwinder.

Post# 267060 , Reply# 30   2/10/2014 at 19:29 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        
Another Kenmore product..

A 57 range, I never could get the oven door fixed on this so I sold it.

Post# 267061 , Reply# 31   2/10/2014 at 19:31 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        

Ken Kart attachments, these were used only on this machine, totally different than any other Kenmore.

Post# 267064 , Reply# 32   2/10/2014 at 19:35 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        

Kenmore 75, this was a 8.00 auction buy.

Post# 267065 , Reply# 33   2/10/2014 at 19:38 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        

Sixties, Sears Best..

Post# 267066 , Reply# 34   2/10/2014 at 19:39 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        
the motor

In the 57 pink Horizon, as you can see, its totaly different from a Lamb.

Post# 267069 , Reply# 35   2/10/2014 at 19:54 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        

Whispertone 90 with the first pistol grip hose on the market!

Post# 267070 , Reply# 36   2/10/2014 at 19:56 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        

Heavy and Quiet!

Post# 267091 , Reply# 37   2/10/2014 at 22:28 (3,212 days old) by kenkart ()        
One thing is for SURE!

You got your moneys worth at Sears in those days!!!

Post# 267222 , Reply# 38   2/11/2014 at 18:27 (3,211 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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You beat me to it!

Here's my 70s Grooving Shag-Master Kenmore, I'll get some Duopower upright photos when I can!

Post# 268722 , Reply# 39   2/20/2014 at 16:44 (3,202 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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The Lady Kenmore Whispertone model 90, and the Kenmore Whispertone (in pink) model 80. Different? Color of course. The model 90 has a two speed motor plus the full bag indicator.

Post# 268728 , Reply# 40   2/20/2014 at 17:22 (3,202 days old) by petek (Ontario)        
Kenmore flower power uprights

Used to be a lot of these around in blues, greens and browns

Post# 268758 , Reply# 41   2/20/2014 at 19:09 (3,202 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        

Thanks to all of you for the parade of Sears, Kenmore Vacuums
I have mentioned before that when I was younger, I was NOT interested in Sears
vacuums. But since my vac shop days I have learned to appreciate
them. I do especially like the older ones !

Post# 268794 , Reply# 42   2/21/2014 at 08:16 (3,201 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Tom - Love the picture of the 90 and 80 together. I've seen them both before (Have the 90 need to find the 80) but never together.


Post# 268803 , Reply# 43   2/21/2014 at 10:39 (3,201 days old) by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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I'm surprised no one has posted photos of the crown jewel of the Kenmore product line! I wish I had photos of a nice, shiny restored specimen. I no longer have the one in the photos below; I have another one that's complete but taken all apart and awaiting restoration.

Post# 269085 , Reply# 44   2/23/2014 at 11:16 (3,199 days old) by kobedozer ()        
vintage Kenmore

Here are my old 116's does anyone know anything about these?

Post# 269657 , Reply# 45   2/27/2014 at 22:35 (3,195 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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They appear to be the economy model from the late 40's & early 50's. The one I have (tan & burgandy model shown earlier in this thread) would have been the midrange tank, and the Kenkart would have been top of the line. The one with the strap handle is probably the older of the two you have.

Post# 269664 , Reply# 46   2/28/2014 at 00:08 (3,195 days old) by kenkart ()        

Just designates manufacturer, Birtman before mid 1957, Whirlpool after, they are as stated above, late 40s early 50s, I need to dig out the catalogues and see.

Post# 270134 , Reply# 47   3/3/2014 at 19:17 (3,191 days old) by kobedozer ()        

Thats what i thought, the one with the strap handle is an inch or two shorter and has a cloth cord and a less powerfull motor.

Post# 270156 , Reply# 48   3/3/2014 at 21:58 (3,191 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Here's a copy of the 1952 Sears Christmas catalogue that shows one of the ones above.

Post# 270525 , Reply# 49   3/6/2014 at 20:33 (3,188 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
This one.

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Yes(!), love the light.

Post# 270545 , Reply# 50   3/6/2014 at 23:47 (3,188 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        

here is one of mine

Post# 270546 , Reply# 51   3/6/2014 at 23:51 (3,188 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        

shampooer like mine

Post# 455800 , Reply# 52   8/13/2022 at 02:32 by beevac (Kewanee)        
reply # 11 this thread.

The tunis blue Kenmore upright in the center of the picture is model 116.7480 & is the last model of this design which Whirlpool so unwisingly discontinued in 1958. I own the earlier 116.719 from 1950-52 with a shakeout moleskin cloth bag. THe 7480 uses F&G standard bags. This premium upright has a 4.8 amp motor bigger than Hoovers & Eurekas of the 50's This series started in 1947 as model 116.716 the 716 &719 were burgundy in color. All of these had 6 wheels a Birtman exclusive.

Post# 455848 , Reply# 53   8/14/2022 at 13:06 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

These need to go out of my building...
... should they go in your collection

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Post# 455850 , Reply# 54   8/14/2022 at 14:54 by Caligula (Nutrioso, Arizona)        

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What about the 'Bugeye?' Where's the Kenmore 'Imperial?'

Post# 455971 , Reply# 55   8/18/2022 at 11:54 by dysonman1 (the county)        

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This Bug Eye Imperial belonged to David Watters, who sold it to me. I had it for a long while, and then sold it to former VCCC President Charlie Watrous. It now lives with him in glorious splendor.

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Post# 455977 , Reply# 56   8/18/2022 at 13:21 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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There's a Bug Eye on eBay right now...

Post# 455981 , Reply# 57   8/18/2022 at 14:32 by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Other than the two odd headlights, itís three amp motor did an average cleaning job on the carpet. A Singer of that vintage would have a lot more zip.

Post# 456467 , Reply# 58   9/3/2022 at 21:21 by beevac (Kewanee)        
Budget models Kenmore tanks

This thread shows 2 gray crinkle finished tanks that I haven't seen since the 1950'sThe one with the bail type handle ,cloth cord, & toggle switch is model # 116.7350 which has a one stage motor and is bottom of the line budget model. I have never seen this or the later 116.7351 out in the field. I do own a model 116.7242 from 1955 which has the same 2 stage motor that was in the model T 12 Bee Vac tank.

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