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Post# 343605   2/12/2016 at 09:52 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

I would love to see the vintage tank/canister (cylinder for our friends outside the USA) cleaners in everyone's collections. I'm a BIG canister vacuum fan. The first vacuums I remember were my mother's Compact and Rainbow vacuums, our neighbor's KenKart, my aunt's Electrolux, by best friend's mom's Fairfax, etc. They cleaned the alter at church with a GE pink Swivel Top. My mother's best friend had a golden monarch Filter Queen.

So I thought it would be fun to show off all our favorite canister/tank type cleaners.

I'll start with the Hospital Model G in cream/tan from 1967.


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Post# 343606 , Reply# 1   2/12/2016 at 09:52 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The wonderful Lewyt model 55.

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Post# 343608 , Reply# 2   2/12/2016 at 09:53 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Fairfax VFX-500

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Post# 343609 , Reply# 3   2/12/2016 at 09:57 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The beautiful Air-Way Sanitizor model 55A (post war model in blue).

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Post# 343610 , Reply# 4   2/12/2016 at 09:58 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Eureka Roto-Matic (on left) and Air-O-Matic (on right). The tank cleaner is surprisingly powerful for the time (early 1950's).

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Post# 343611 , Reply# 5   2/12/2016 at 10:00 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The beautifully designed Air-Way "Priscilla". The rug nozzle was unique to this model, and cleans flawlessly (certainly one of the best cleaning straight suction nozzle of all time).

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Post# 343612 , Reply# 6   2/12/2016 at 10:01 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The 1955 Rexair "Rainbow Model" D. Love This Machine - Wet Dust Cannot Fly!

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Post# 343613 , Reply# 7   2/12/2016 at 10:02 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The gorgeous Hoover AeroDyne tank cleaner. Quiet and Smooth Running.

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Post# 343614 , Reply# 8   2/12/2016 at 10:04 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The "Electro Hygiene" canister cleaner - this machine's basic design was also known as Sani-Way, Royal, Universal, and Kingston with varying degrees of cosmetic differences.

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Post# 343615 , Reply# 9   2/12/2016 at 10:05 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Electrolux Model XX (20) is a rarely seen model. Built as an 'economy' model for a very short period of time right before World War II.

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Post# 343616 , Reply# 10   2/12/2016 at 10:07 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The lovely Electrolux model 61 (LXI). With three wheels made of rubber (two fixed, one swivel) this machine pulls like a dream even though it's heavy to lift.

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Post# 343617 , Reply# 11   2/12/2016 at 10:08 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The fantastic Air-Way Sanitizor Model 88 Mark V (5) with Eureka-Built power nozzle. The world's first Tandem-Air style vacuum?

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Post# 343618 , Reply# 12   2/12/2016 at 10:09 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Electrolux Hospital G (1962 model) in cream/turquoise with optional Power Nozzle PN-1

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Post# 343620 , Reply# 13   2/12/2016 at 10:10 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Kenmore KenKarts from the 1950's.

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Post# 343622 , Reply# 14   2/12/2016 at 10:11 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Lovely Kenmore Commander tank cleaner. Unique sounding motor, a ton of suction, and beautiful design.

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Post# 343623 , Reply# 15   2/12/2016 at 10:12 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Early (pre-world-war-II) Air-Way Sanitizor model 55 in "Purple Haze". Stunning.

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Post# 343624 , Reply# 16   2/12/2016 at 10:14 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Late 1950's and early 1960's Kenmore Canister Vacuums

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Post# 343625 , Reply# 17   2/12/2016 at 10:15 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Air-Way Sanitizor model 88 (built by Eureka for Air-Way).

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Post# 343626 , Reply# 18   2/12/2016 at 10:16 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Gorgeous Sunbeam Courier (looks like briefcase) and "Touch and Go" round canister. VERY powerful motors with a VERY large singe fan stage.

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Post# 343627 , Reply# 19   2/12/2016 at 10:18 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Silver Knight (red - on left) by Silver King, Wizard Imperial (by Eureka - turquoise in hassock), Eureka Crown Princess (light blue - on right - looks like a hamburger).

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Post# 343628 , Reply# 20   2/12/2016 at 10:19 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Shetland Lewyt "Lifelong" with Lewyt's version of Eureka's Vibra-Beat Nozzle.

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Post# 343630 , Reply# 21   2/12/2016 at 10:20 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

General Electric early 1960's cleaners. Same motor, different casing.

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Post# 343631 , Reply# 22   2/12/2016 at 10:20 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Hamilton Beach "Light Look" cleaner in sunny Yellow

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Post# 343632 , Reply# 23   2/12/2016 at 10:21 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

My mother's Rainbow Chrome Dome model D. Purchased May, 1962

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Post# 343634 , Reply# 24   2/12/2016 at 10:22 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The first model Hoover Portable,

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Post# 343635 , Reply# 25   2/12/2016 at 10:23 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Compact Electra (turquoise) and Standard (salmon color) Model C-6

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Post# 343636 , Reply# 26   2/12/2016 at 10:24 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The show stopping Sani-Way.

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Post# 343637 , Reply# 27   2/12/2016 at 10:26 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Lewyt Motorized "Beater-Sweeper" Power Nozzle

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Post# 343638 , Reply# 28   2/12/2016 at 10:28 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The awesome Rexair Model B (Black Diamond) from 1940 on the optional 4 Quart Water Basin.

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Post# 343639 , Reply# 29   2/12/2016 at 10:30 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The very rare McAllister Bagless from 1950

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Post# 343640 , Reply# 30   2/12/2016 at 10:30 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Love the Water-Matic. While it did not use water as a filter, it had a wet pick up capability with a float valve (like a Fairfax). Made in Canada.

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Post# 343641 , Reply# 31   2/12/2016 at 10:32 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Sunbeam "Dual Deluxe" with optional Turbo Brush power head.

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Post# 343642 , Reply# 32   2/12/2016 at 10:34 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

1970's Kenmore PowerMate "Sear's Best" canister with Beater Bar Brush and Two Speed Motor.

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Post# 343643 , Reply# 33   2/12/2016 at 10:35 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Electrolux Model S from 1957. Complete and Original with original shipping box.

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Post# 343644 , Reply# 34   2/12/2016 at 10:37 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Haley's "Comet" with attachment carrier. Rarely seen model.

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Post# 343645 , Reply# 35   2/12/2016 at 10:37 (1,947 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

My goodness Tom Gasko! That is some collection!
I think I remember you from another forum back in the 90's. You recommended an Air Way, rather than a plastic machine.
I thought all Air Ways were made in Toledo Ohio, none by Eureka. The Sani Way was made by Vacu-Way also of Toledo. Any chance the same company?
In any instance, Eureka did not make any junk until at least ten years after AB Electrolux bought them.


Post# 343646 , Reply# 36   2/12/2016 at 10:39 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Beautiful Royal Tank cleaner with Manna Ray power nozzle

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Post# 343648 , Reply# 37   2/12/2016 at 10:41 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Royal "Electro Hygiene" tank cleaner with Air-Way - Built RugMasteR on left, and Filter Queen - built power nozzle on right.

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Post# 343649 , Reply# 38   2/12/2016 at 10:42 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Air-Way 88 Mark II with optional RugMasteR Power Nozzle (early 1970's)

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Post# 343654 , Reply# 39   2/12/2016 at 10:54 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Sear's Best "Combination". PowerMate 2 Speed canister with magi-cord and deluxe 2 speed polisher/shampooer

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Post# 343656 , Reply# 40   2/12/2016 at 10:56 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Filter Queen Golden Anniversary model (1978) with "Cone Dude" stuffed toy.

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Post# 343658 , Reply# 41   2/12/2016 at 10:59 (1,947 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

My aunt had an Airway model "55" like the blue one near the top of the page. My uncle left it on their 1967 Owens 32 ft. cabin cruiser when he stored it shrink wrapped for the winter at a marina and did not pay the rent, and he let them keep the boat.
It was in great shape. he restored all the teak on it, and it only had minor dry rot around the windshield frame which he stopped with a sealing agent. Two great running inboard Chevy 350's.


Post# 343659 , Reply# 42   2/12/2016 at 11:01 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Filter Queen model 200 (1939).

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Post# 343660 , Reply# 43   2/12/2016 at 11:02 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The 1955 Electrolux Model XXX (30) with disposable bag option.

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Post# 343661 , Reply# 44   2/12/2016 at 11:04 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Compact Electra model C-8

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Post# 343662 , Reply# 45   2/12/2016 at 11:06 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Filter Queen Golden Monarch (1955) model 500 (also available in chrome/dark brown finish)

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Post# 343663 , Reply# 46   2/12/2016 at 11:07 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

RCA Whirlpool "Bambi" in beautiful turquoise blue

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Post# 343666 , Reply# 47   2/12/2016 at 11:38 (1,947 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Fun to view, so interesting and colorful! TY Tom

Post# 343670 , Reply# 48   2/12/2016 at 11:52 (1,947 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Coal City, IL)        

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Here are mine! More pictures...later!

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Post# 343679 , Reply# 49   2/12/2016 at 12:44 (1,947 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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The Eureka Crown Princess DOES look like a hamburger! I want a Eureka Hamburger Vacuum! (hold the onions, please......). :-)

Post# 343680 , Reply# 50   2/12/2016 at 12:44 (1,947 days old) by Marks_here (_._)        
Thanks Tom

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For that wonderful stroll down memory lane. I enjoy looking at new pictures over some of tired old pictures posted on here time after time again.

Post# 343689 , Reply# 51   2/12/2016 at 13:45 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

1980 Rainbow model D3A. Love This Machine!!! So quiet.

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Post# 343690 , Reply# 52   2/12/2016 at 13:47 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Filter Queen Majestic. So beautiful in burgundy and chrome.

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Post# 343691 , Reply# 53   2/12/2016 at 13:48 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

1996 Rainbow SE Performance Edition.

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Post# 343692 , Reply# 54   2/12/2016 at 13:49 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

1968 Electrolux Model L with optional Power Nozzle, Power Telescopic Wand, and Power Hose.

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Post# 343693 , Reply# 55   2/12/2016 at 13:50 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Electrolux Commemorative Edition. Stunning in midnight/chrome color combination.

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Post# 343695 , Reply# 56   2/12/2016 at 13:53 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

General Electric Swivel Top canister with dual-action rug nozzle.

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Post# 343696 , Reply# 57   2/12/2016 at 13:55 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Kenmore Saturn with optional PowerMate.

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Post# 343697 , Reply# 58   2/12/2016 at 14:00 (1,947 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

Kenmore Saturn is a Whirlpool product?

Post# 343706 , Reply# 59   2/12/2016 at 14:23 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Saturn in my collection was made by Whirlpool right after Sears finished their hostile takeover of Birtman Electric.

Post# 343707 , Reply# 60   2/12/2016 at 14:24 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Hoover Dimension 1000 (left) and Hoover Spirit (right)

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Post# 343708 , Reply# 61   2/12/2016 at 14:25 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Sunbeam Challenger. Very good vacuum.

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Post# 343709 , Reply# 62   2/12/2016 at 14:26 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Singer "Roll-A-Magic" with optional Preco-built Turbo Brush

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Post# 343710 , Reply# 63   2/12/2016 at 14:26 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Kenmore KenKart. Rare version (Thanks again Alex Braun)

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Post# 343711 , Reply# 64   2/12/2016 at 14:27 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Eureka Mobile Aire canister with Vibra Beat nozzle.

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Post# 343712 , Reply# 65   2/12/2016 at 14:29 (1,947 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Air-Queen by Apex.

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Post# 343720 , Reply# 66   2/12/2016 at 15:27 (1,947 days old) by tinytyke (Fairmont, WV)        

Wonderful pictures, and wonderful machines! I especially like your Filter Queen 200 (of course), but that Singer Roll-a-Magic is really cool too. I'm also intrigued by the McAllister Bagless. Does it use a filter system similar to that of the Filter Queen?

You've all seen my Filter Queen 350 a couple of times now, but here she is again. I wouldn't have this beauty at all had Tom not been willing to part with it, so once again, many thanks!


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Post# 343736 , Reply# 67   2/12/2016 at 17:28 (1,947 days old) by gsohoover (Reidsville, NC)        
Drooling...

Over those old Kenmores, they sure don't make them like they used too! Great pictures everyone! I love the Saturn and the other Kenmores especially. Everything else is great too, it is nice to see new pictures instead of the same old stuff. I will have to get some pictures of my canisters.
-Tyler


Post# 343747 , Reply# 68   2/12/2016 at 21:49 (1,947 days old) by jill1990 ()        
saniway canister

My mom has a royal canister that looks just like the saniway only its blue. She's had it all my life. It's a really good vacuum and still works great. I had to use it a lot growing up so I hated it but I can appreciate what a nice vacuum it is now. Her Panasonic upright is still working good also. It's also as old as I am. They don't make anything that well anymore. The Panasonic is plastic but even so it still works good.

Post# 343751 , Reply# 69   2/12/2016 at 23:28 (1,947 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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Beautiful collection.

They all look well maintained and presented.


Post# 343756 , Reply# 70   2/13/2016 at 00:40 (1,947 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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The Compact Electra C9 canister vacuum built in 2979 cyclonic action .

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Post# 343757 , Reply# 71   2/13/2016 at 00:46 (1,947 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        
reply

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i mean built in 1979 type error sorry

Post# 343761 , Reply# 72   2/13/2016 at 03:48 (1,947 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

Mr. Tom Gasko has been a vacuum cleaner dealer and repair icon for decades

Post# 343826 , Reply# 73   2/13/2016 at 09:14 (1,946 days old) by Bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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My 1928 Electrolux Model XI

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Post# 343827 , Reply# 74   2/13/2016 at 09:16 (1,946 days old) by Bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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My 1930's Rexair Series A

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Post# 343841 , Reply# 75   2/13/2016 at 10:09 (1,946 days old) by Packardmanken (atlanta ga)        
First Saniway

Still working hard!

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Post# 343844 , Reply# 76   2/13/2016 at 10:14 (1,946 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Your Golden Sani-Way is awesome. And VERY rare.

Post# 343884 , Reply# 77   2/13/2016 at 15:00 (1,946 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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Most of my collection is metal uprights, most of those are Royals, my favorites. But I have been adding some tanks and canisters laltely. Not pictured are a late 1940s Kenmore Commander like my Grandmother had decades complete Filter Queen Limited Edition. Here is my Royal 4650.

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Post# 343885 , Reply# 78   2/13/2016 at 15:14 (1,946 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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Recently I have been interested in Compacts and Tristars. Here is a 1993 CXL I am completing. I chrome painted the side badge and have ordered an exsaust cap and new bumper since I could not completely remove the dark stains near the motor. I so am working on a Compact C2 and C5.

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Post# 343887 , Reply# 79   2/13/2016 at 15:18 (1,946 days old) by toastermike (Milwaukie Oregon)        

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Finally here are my two Airway Sanitizors, a 55 and 88

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Post# 343888 , Reply# 80   2/13/2016 at 15:22 (1,946 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The Modern Hygiene, made by Royal Appliance. Modern Hygiene was a direct sales company who purchased Modern Hygiene vacs from Royal and sold them door to door (like Health-Mor did for the first two models of Filter Queen).

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Post# 343947 , Reply# 81   2/14/2016 at 00:56 (1,946 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Many of my tanks and canisters are the same makes and models as those already posted, but here are some of my others. First, a Royalaire model 260. Complete, except for tool caddy and instruction book.
Jeff


Post# 343948 , Reply# 82   2/14/2016 at 00:58 (1,946 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        
Mid 70s Kenmore 2672

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When it was new, it didn't originally come with a pn, but the port is electrified

and now it has an original electric hose, and a pn.


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Post# 343950 , Reply# 83   2/14/2016 at 01:06 (1,946 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Next is a Westinghouse model SC-1. This one belonged to an aunt whose husband worked at the Mansfield, OH Westinghouse plant most of his life. I got it when they went into assisted living. It is complete except for instruction book (I do have one for a later model that is somewhat similar) and original except for the hose.

Post# 343954 , Reply# 84   2/14/2016 at 01:25 (1,946 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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And now, my Hoover Constellation 82. This is a very special vac in my collection, as my Grandpa bought it for my Grandma for their 40th anniversary in 1955, which was their last, as he passed away the following February, just 4 months & 2 weeks before I was born. Grandma moved in with us just before I turned 9, and from then until she passed away she only used it to clean her room. Mom got the Connie when Grandma passed away, then I got it when Mom moved from her house to an apartment.

Post# 343956 , Reply# 85   2/14/2016 at 01:33 (1,946 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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That's in beautiful condition, Jeff.  You can tell it's been lovingly taken care of.

 

Is the owner's manual round?  :o)  Thanks so cool !


Post# 343957 , Reply# 86   2/14/2016 at 01:36 (1,946 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Electro-Hygiene model 966. I have 2 of these, this one I got several years ago at an estate sale, the other one I bought new for my Mom while I was selling Electro-Hygiene in 1974. Unfortunately, the one I bought for Mom isn't in working condition. This pic was taken before cleanup & polish.

Post# 343960 , Reply# 87   2/14/2016 at 01:53 (1,946 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Yes delaneymeegan, the Connie instruction book IS round. And yes, it has been well taken care of, and saw very little use from 1965 until 1992. About the only signs of wear are on the tool caddy and crevice tool, the strip brush on the rug nozzle is pretty well worn down, and the hose is permanently stretched from many years of Grandma keeping it hung up--the weight of the machine end connector caused the stretching. And thank you for the compliments.
Jeff


Post# 343962 , Reply# 88   2/14/2016 at 02:04 (1,946 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Model XII Electrolux. This was a gift from Norm Brown when he was downsizing his collection. Thanks again, Norm! I have since replaced the handle and polished it up a bit.

Post# 344041 , Reply# 89   2/14/2016 at 16:59 (1,945 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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Ben,

Thanks for the picture of your Premier 21 with a different style bag. I guess I should add that after seeing your Electro Hygiene tanks, I would like to find one that has black skid runners on it. My mom bought it from a door to door salesman in the 50's. It was a workhorse for a straight suction model and lasted many years. It was my job to empty the shake out bag, we never had the paper inserts. Also mom replaced it with a Westinghouse canister similar to the one you also have pictured, but it only had wheels on the base, if I remember correctly. I always had trouble changing the paper bag in mom's as it had a rubber gasket that had to fit over a rubber inlet.....



PR-21
Bud


Post# 344056 , Reply# 90   2/14/2016 at 20:27 (1,945 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Bud,

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Is this the Electro-Hygiene tank you were speaking of? It is a model 950. And like you said, it is a workhorse of a tank! Great suction, yet quiet running. Unfortunately, I don't have all the attachments, and think the ones I do have with it are actually newer, and the wands I got with it look like their from a 200 Filter Queen. I don't have a hose for it either, and borrow one from one of the other tanks when I need to. I've wanted one of these ever since I started collecting, and was glad to get it. Hope you find one someday too.
Jeff


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Post# 344062 , Reply# 91   2/14/2016 at 22:02 (1,945 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        
Here are all of my canisters/tanks

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90% of them were made before 1996. I figured that I'd post them all.

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Post# 344063 , Reply# 92   2/14/2016 at 22:04 (1,945 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        
Part 2

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More tanks/canisters

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Post# 344069 , Reply# 93   2/15/2016 at 01:43 (1,945 days old) by Eurekapowernozz (Edmonton, canada)        

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Post# 344073 , Reply# 94   2/15/2016 at 02:38 (1,945 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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Jeff,

That is exactly the model my mom had. Brings back old memories. Thanks for the model number. The hose on my mom's was a grey cloth woven hose. I don't think it was just grey, it had what I call little tracer marks in an accent color, blue, red, or black....

PR-21
Bud


Post# 344241 , Reply# 95   2/16/2016 at 06:08 (1,944 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Alexhoovers, Justin

Nice Chrome Dome Justin!
Alex, naughty boy! Nah, teaser. I hope you're not compensating. It's not the girth that matters, but what's in the heart and mind.
Like I say, be good, and if, or when you're bad, be good at it!


Post# 346980 , Reply# 96   3/10/2016 at 14:47 (1,920 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
canisters

I remember seeing a lot of these at the museum last year. The sunbeam vacuum apparently was known for tripping breakers and blowing fuses when it came out, and it takes the motor about 10 seconds to fully shut down. In the 50's and 60's is when the canister vacuums really seemed to become popular. I'm actually surprised that so many people prefer uprights. A power nozzle canister will clean just as well as an upright, if not better, and is much easier to use with attachments. I really can't think of any advantage uprights offer, other than personal preference.

Post# 346988 , Reply# 97   3/10/2016 at 16:18 (1,920 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

The first Rainbow power nozzle was sourced from Oreck, who got it from Whirlpool Corporation. The cord is a two wire, non grounded cord. Basically it's an Oreck married to a Rainbow.

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Post# 347004 , Reply# 98   3/10/2016 at 18:46 (1,920 days old) by kenkart ()        
Tom...Believe it or not...

Clay said in the early 60s for a VERY short time they used the Whirlpool L shaped one like the Lady Kenmore, Clay said Mr Mench told them to sell it ONLY to save a sale, otherwise don't tell the client it was available.

Post# 361563 , Reply# 99   10/27/2016 at 16:14 (1,689 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        
Tom Gasko!!!

Would you sell your Filter Queen 200, or 500??
If so,please call me,Thanks
~David 407-583-9514


Post# 361572 , Reply# 100   10/27/2016 at 19:21 (1,689 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 ()        
My first love was....

A 1973 Straight suction Eureka Cordaway princess I had many many years ago, I loved that thing, and remember it well. I finally found one a few years back in mint condition, and the memories flooded back.

 

But, when I started collecting, I didn't really have a appreciation for canisters, until I met some other collectors that helped me see what a canister could be, since then I still love Eureka canisters, and Eureka Powerteams,  an my 2nd favorite would have the be the Empress II. Here lately I have grown fond of Hoover Celebrity's.....So the Celebrity would gladly rank into number 3.


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Post# 361599 , Reply# 101   10/28/2016 at 10:31 (1,688 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

Very Nice Eureka. I especially like the model with the woodgrain top. Lightweight and powerful. The Empress II sure is a cleaning beast - tons of suction and a huge disposable bag. Congrats.

Post# 361615 , Reply# 102   10/28/2016 at 17:54 (1,688 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        
Tom Gasko,

Would you really sell your Filter Queen 200,or your mint condition 1955 Model 500??
If so,please call me 407-583-9514!
~David


Post# 361655 , Reply# 103   10/29/2016 at 16:35 (1,687 days old) by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        
Thank you Tom...

and everyone else who posted pictures. Although I do not have an extensive collection, I am lately thinking about letting some go in favor of some machines I would like to own.

My first choice to get is a Airway...88 or Vitavac. Hopefully one will land in my lap.

Thanks again for sharing!


Post# 442476 , Reply# 104   6/1/2021 at 14:39 by dysonman1 (the county)        

A 1978 Filter Queen with model 88 power nozzle.

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Post# 442479 , Reply# 105   6/1/2021 at 20:27 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
don't forget the zapper

Maybe I missed it, but Tom, I don't think you showed any of the zappers in this thread, can't forget those. I also love canister cleaners, doesn't matter whether they are tank, round or any other shape. I also love central vacuums and backpack cleaners.
Mike


Post# 442525 , Reply# 106   6/3/2021 at 09:37 by dysonman1 (the county)        

Oh Yes Mike:
The Lewyt Zapper. Like winning the million dollars on Wheel of Fortune, a number of things had to happen before the rectifier failed and sent 120 volts into the operator's arm. The lawsuits killed the Lewyt Corporation, which was sold to SCM (Smith Corona Manufacturing) as the Shetland Lewyt.


Post# 442529 , Reply# 107   6/3/2021 at 13:44 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

Beautiful canisters everyone! What a great thread!

Post# 442565 , Reply# 108   6/4/2021 at 02:11 by Adam-aussie-vac ( Canberra, Australia )        
What is

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“The Zapper” ? I must see

Post# 442566 , Reply# 109   6/4/2021 at 02:40 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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the free Tristar cxl 50,Green machine Electrolux zb 89 sooo quiet 60$ o n facebook i added the pn ,
the original old faith full never lets me down blue compact (my grandma hada c80 glad i gotmy c9) my 20$ yard sale special Electrolux discovery 2


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Post# 442632 , Reply# 110   6/5/2021 at 07:52 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
the zapper

Perhaps Tom could post a picture of one, there were a few Lewyt canister cleaners that were known for shocking people so I call them the zappers. Basically it used a 12 volt connection to run the power nozzle, I think they used the secondary motor winding as the transformer and when the insulation would wear away it would send 120 volts right through the hand grip. The law suits that were filed as a result of that ended the Lewyt company as we knew it.
Mike


Post# 442845 , Reply# 111   6/11/2021 at 18:42 by Adam-aussie-vac ( Canberra, Australia )        
So if they used a 12 V isolation transformer

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That steps down the voltage from 120 V to 12 V without using a direct connection to the mains whining, we would still have Lewyt around?




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