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Post# 361398   10/23/2016 at 22:59 (2,237 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        

I was watching murder she wrote there was a hoover lark sitting on a porch episode with Tess Harper. Then in another episode Jessica was using a d80 kirby.Any you have seen lately.

Post# 361453 , Reply# 1   10/25/2016 at 13:31 (2,236 days old) by ronni (USA)        
The Lawrence Welk Show

Oddly enough, I happened to catch this Hoover Convertible/Model 34 on a 1966 episode of THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW.

I'm wondering if anyone knows if the show PAWN STARS has ever featured a vintage vac. I'd like to hear their reaction to one would be along with its perceived value.

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Post# 362833 , Reply# 2   11/27/2016 at 17:11 (2,202 days old) by Kirbyvacs123 (UK)        
One Foot In The Grave Series 2 Episode 8

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Hoover Turbopower Total System U2602


Post# 362835 , Reply# 3   11/27/2016 at 18:01 (2,202 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

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Kirby Classic III in Casper

Kirby Classic Omega in Mr. Mom

Kirby Classic Omega in Ant Man

Post# 362836 , Reply# 4   11/27/2016 at 18:02 (2,202 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

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Here's the Mr. Mom one

Post# 362838 , Reply# 5   11/27/2016 at 18:18 (2,202 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Golden Girls

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Post# 362839 , Reply# 6   11/27/2016 at 18:22 (2,202 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
Re: One Foot In The Grave

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There were loads of vacuums in One Foot In The Grave. Victor & Margaret had 2 Turbopower's (U2336 & a U2602), a Henry, a DC01 and a Hoover Compact. Mrs. Warboys had a Lux Twin Turbo Z1010 and Patrick & Pippa had a Lux Microlite

Post# 362847 , Reply# 7   11/27/2016 at 19:47 (2,202 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Grundy County, IL)        

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There is a Hoover Aerodyne on The Long Long Trailer, I spotted it the other day

Post# 362856 , Reply# 8   11/27/2016 at 22:46 (2,202 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Mission: Impossible

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I recently acquired the first season of Mission: Impossible on DVD and the epsiode "A Spool There Was" opens with a hotel maid, who turns out to be Dan Briggs' (forerunner of Jim Phelps) contact, vacuuming a corridor with a '50s vintage Hoover. I tried to take screen shots but the computer wouldn't let me. They just came out as gray squares. If you can get your hands on the DVDs, it's disc 3, episode 1

Post# 362970 , Reply# 9   12/1/2016 at 17:01 (2,198 days old) by rohmell (New York -> Long Island)        
What Method

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Did you use to take the screenshot? Did you try to freeze frame the DVD and then do a PrtSc?

Post# 362971 , Reply# 10   12/1/2016 at 17:06 (2,198 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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On my Mac, I paused the DVD at the appropriate moment and used the screen capture function (cmd + option + 3) to capture the screen image. The entire screen was captured except the interior of the DVD Player window, which was grayed out.

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Post# 455974 , Reply# 11   8/18/2022 at 12:54 by Paul (USA)        
Electrolux USA - Model LX

S3 E21 "The Big Boys"
Originally aired: January 21, 1954
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Sergeant Friday and Officer Smith are unable to hear the hotel desk clerk due to the noise of the Electrolux USA model LX - or so they thought. It turns out that the man was hard of hearing. Officer Smith comments that he wishes he had such a cleaner that sounded as well.

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Post# 455975 , Reply# 12   8/18/2022 at 12:57 by Paul (USA)        
Hoover (model ?)

S6 E3 "Terri Makes Her Move"
Originally aired: October 13, 1981
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Janet cleans the apartment prior to Terri's arrival and chides Jack for not lifting a finger to help - only his feet, so she could vacuum underneath.

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Post# 455976 , Reply# 13   8/18/2022 at 13:10 by Paul (USA)        
Re: Reply #5


Rose is cleaning with an Electrolux USA economy model 1453 in silver (1982-84 era).

Post# 455982 , Reply# 14   8/18/2022 at 14:37 by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Who doesn’t “love Lucy” and the handy dandy vacuum cleaner, which was really a Westinghouse. I love mine.

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Post# 456049 , Reply# 15   8/20/2022 at 21:46 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
There were several on All in

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the Family.
But one of the most famous is Alice's Convertible on The Brady Bunch.

Post# 456051 , Reply# 16   8/20/2022 at 22:21 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Three's Company vac is a sad, mutilated model 29. Silver base and red handle give it away but the white hood and bag feel so wrong.

Post# 456053 , Reply# 17   8/21/2022 at 01:07 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
true. They ruined it.

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But, there were others on the show.
Once, "Chrissy" ran a Commercial.... bag not inflated, etc.
They must have removed the motor, as, she moved it very easily. We all know how heavy those things are.

Post# 456054 , Reply# 18   8/21/2022 at 01:59 by Caligula (Nutrioso, Arizona)        

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The Electrolux model LX is a very quiet vacuum cleaner, it would not drown out a phone. To get that effect it should have been a Kirby.

Must have been an early model as I think it has the red lettering on yellow background. But, as it's black and white, not 100% sure.

Post# 456056 , Reply# 19   8/21/2022 at 06:57 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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My favourite line from the "Roseanne" show:

"I ain't vacuuming until Sears makes one I can ride on...."


Post# 456081 , Reply# 20   8/21/2022 at 12:29 by Caligula (Nutrioso, Arizona)        

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As to the Electrolux model LX. The attachments are on the companion (tool holder) correctly. I'm impressed!

Post# 456082 , Reply# 21   8/21/2022 at 13:08 by Dysonman1 (the county)        

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Samantha‘s Hoover Dial-A-Matic has magically transported itself almost 60 years into the future, and into my hands.

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Post# 456093 , Reply# 22   8/21/2022 at 22:08 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I never noticed before that they put a chrome strip over the "HOOVER" logo. They did such a good job concealing that I thought it was always like that. They must have not wanted to pay Hoover that day, lol

Post# 456104 , Reply# 23   8/22/2022 at 12:54 by OhioVacuums (Ohio)        
A Royal on the Twilight Zone

Mounted inside the space ship....

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Post# 456110 , Reply# 24   8/22/2022 at 15:22 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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I had accumulated a list of TV "vacuum cleaner sightings" but I can't find it. Off the top of my head--


Premier tank on Dennis the Menace. It was Mrs. Wilson's. Mr. Wilson was using it to look for a rare postage stamp.


G.E. Roll-Easy on Dennis the Menace. Dennis took the machine outside to vacuum up leaves.


G.E. Roll-Easy on I Dream of Jeannie. Major Nelson sucked Jeannie up into the Roll Easy. I don't remember why.


Kirby early 500-series on Petticoat Junction. A house with wacky wiring went haywire. When one of the girls flicked a wall switch the Kirby went rolling across the floor. (It had the floor polisher nozzle on it.)


Modern Hygiene tank on Hazel. Also, another episode where a custom-made prop vacuum cleaner was used.


These are the ones that come right to mind; I'm sure I'll think of more.



Post# 456112 , Reply# 25   8/22/2022 at 17:58 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Electrolux Model XII on The Three Stooges. They were working in a car repair shop.



Post# 456113 , Reply# 26   8/22/2022 at 18:11 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Eureka Princess on an episode of Love American Style.

Classic brown Hoover upright used by Rhoda's mother on Rhoda.

Rainbow on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Post# 456117 , Reply# 27   8/22/2022 at 19:23 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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There was also an Eureka Princess on Three's company. Larry borrows it to clean his apartment.

Hoover Convertible on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) won it and several other small appliances as one of the contestants on a TV game show.


Post# 456119 , Reply# 28   8/22/2022 at 19:54 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks for that info Gary! Found the Three's Company episode on Youtube: season 5, episode 6, "Room at the Bottom"...a nice Harvest Gold Princess....but he takes it without any attachments! Some Art Directors knew nothing about vacs.....😬

Post# 456120 , Reply# 29   8/22/2022 at 20:03 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Same Three's Company episode has a restaurant busboy using a Royal upright with a blue bag..... 😄

Post# 456124 , Reply# 30   8/22/2022 at 21:16 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Hoover 28 on Here's Lucy


Post# 456125 , Reply# 31   8/22/2022 at 21:20 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Electrolux Models XXX and E on Hazel. Here's a photo of those and a glimpse of the Modern Hygiene.

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Post# 456126 , Reply# 32   8/22/2022 at 21:20 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Turquoise Electrolux G on Bob Newhart Show.

Post# 456127 , Reply# 33   8/22/2022 at 21:21 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I found the Love American Style episode!!!! Season 3, Episode 5: "Love and the Guilty Conscience" starring Jo Anne Worley. It's that beautiful 1970 avocado green Princess with the woodgrain insert on top...the salesman brings in a red Eureka tool caddy too!

See link below...YouTube is amazing.....😀

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Post# 456128 , Reply# 34   8/22/2022 at 21:34 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Of course ... Westinghouse tank on I Love Lucy! 


On a later episode she's using a Hoover 2 upright (don't remember the model) with a lot of business of using the attachments. Product Placement much?!

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Post# 456131 , Reply# 35   8/23/2022 at 03:28 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I'm amazed they didn't use Hazel more often to promote new vacuums - since she was a housemaid and all. I guess they didn't want the show to become a marketing schlock for vacuums or cleaning products.

Post# 456133 , Reply# 36   8/23/2022 at 06:50 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Ray Romano using a Rainbow….here’s the clip…hysterical!!!!

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Post# 456136 , Reply# 37   8/23/2022 at 07:43 by Paul (USA)        

Bub O'Casey used an Electrolux USA model XXX on several episodes of MY THREE SONS.I haven't seen what Uncle Charley used.

Post# 456150 , Reply# 38   8/23/2022 at 19:45 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Here's an older thread on vac sitings on TV.



Post# 456152 , Reply# 39   8/24/2022 at 00:17 by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Uncle Charley also used the Lux XXX, in fact it was the ONLY vacuum I remember seeing on My Three Sons. Sometimes you would also see one of the boys carrying it upstairs or downstairs. I think the only member of that family who DIDN'T do anything with the Lux was the Dad, Steve Douglas, played by Fred MacMurray.

Post# 456156 , Reply# 40   8/24/2022 at 06:42 by Paul (USA)        

Thanks, Jeff. I've seen the B & W episodes more recently than the colored ones on TV.

Such consistency in prop's suggests to me a detailed and organized manager; and maybe the fact that MTS didn't share its prop's with other shows.

Post# 456166 , Reply# 41   8/24/2022 at 16:20 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

There's a probably 1980s Hoover Convertible on Young Sheldon.
Maroon color, with the striped bag.
Looks a lot like my U4387.


Post# 456169 , Reply# 42   8/24/2022 at 17:58 by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        

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A Kenmore Commander in "the Munsters." Lily had it exhaust dust into the room.

Post# 456198 , Reply# 43   8/25/2022 at 20:56 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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