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Post# 366914   2/16/2017 at 14:55 (703 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Also known as the Crown Princess, giving "realness" at the Vacuum Museum today.

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Post# 366915 , Reply# 1   2/16/2017 at 14:56 (703 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
All it needs is cheese and mayo

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Post# 366916 , Reply# 2   2/16/2017 at 14:56 (703 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Sitting Pretty

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Stands on end, and hose stores around circumference.

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Post# 366917 , Reply# 3   2/16/2017 at 14:57 (703 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
The control panel - vanguard edition

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Post# 366918 , Reply# 4   2/16/2017 at 14:58 (703 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Finally having a Power Nozzle - finally!

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Post# 366920 , Reply# 5   2/16/2017 at 15:17 (703 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        

year was that Eureka made???

Post# 366927 , Reply# 6   2/16/2017 at 15:51 (703 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Mid late 60's.

New shapes sold well. I think the vibra-beat is cool. Most say they don't pick up well. I have one with only one row of brushes, and it does pick up well. Some had a knob to retract them.

Post# 366933 , Reply# 7   2/16/2017 at 15:59 (703 days old) by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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It was eureka's answer to the Hoover portable. Except the Eureka had awesome suction, and attachments that actually cleaned something.

Post# 366938 , Reply# 8   2/16/2017 at 16:12 (703 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

It was eureka's answer to the Hoover portable. Except the Eureka had awesome suction, and attachments that actually cleaned something.


Now there's a wry sense of humor...hehe.



Post# 366941 , Reply# 9   2/16/2017 at 18:08 (703 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
round Crown

I noticed when moving some of the blue Eurekas that I have a standard version of this with no suction control or bag signal and one less tool peg on the removable rack with no Vibra Beat nozzle.

Post# 366944 , Reply# 10   2/16/2017 at 19:20 (703 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Looks like a Hoovrah Celebrity copy to me...Though this one looks mighty nice!


Post# 366950 , Reply# 11   2/16/2017 at 21:08 (703 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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The Crown Princess and the Hoover Celebrity both borrowed the disc-shaped design from the innovative Sunbeam flying saucer of the early 1960's. And speaking of Sunbeam, I think they really were the most successful in designing a vac that stored all tools on board - including the hose and wands - with their groovy 1970's Challenger vac. It was pure genius to use the wand storage as a way to push the canister around! And who can forget the cool upholstery nozzle with the stainless steel bottom plate? I liked the chocolate brown version best....

Post# 366958 , Reply# 12   2/17/2017 at 00:26 (703 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

Tom! Great vacuum! But as I recall, didn't that machine have a plastic wand end instead of a metal one because Eureka couldn't get a metal end to fit? Show us the end, please!

Post# 366963 , Reply# 13   2/17/2017 at 09:25 (702 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I really like the onboard bag storage. Such a practical feature.

Post# 366964 , Reply# 14   2/17/2017 at 09:26 (702 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Greg B:

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You're right. The curved metal hose end that was standard Eureka, did not fit into the clip that held the hose to the side of the cleaner. They were pretty smart to make the plastic one. Note that the blue hose was also one foot shorter than other Eureka canisters, again, to wrap around the side of the cleaner.

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Post# 366965 , Reply# 15   2/17/2017 at 09:28 (702 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The Sunbeam was VERY much ahead of its time. The Dual Deluxe had the most powerful motor at the time, and turned the Turbine Brush as fast as an electric power head.

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Post# 366967 , Reply# 16   2/17/2017 at 09:33 (702 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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I agree with you Brian, the Sunbeam Challenger was very innovative.

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Post# 366968 , Reply# 17   2/17/2017 at 09:35 (702 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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If anything, the Hoovrah Celebrity was based on the Sunbeam Dual Deluxe. Motor was oriented the same way, with fan(s) at the bottom, U-shaped bag, and round shape.

Post# 366975 , Reply# 18   2/17/2017 at 11:20 (702 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Yes, thinking about it the Hoovrah came out in the 70s. The dual deluxe is 60s. My Great aunt had a Dual Deluxe. She also had a roll easy, DAM 1100, and Eureka Self Propelled with a cordwinder

Post# 367156 , Reply# 19   2/19/2017 at 15:48 (700 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

so it would seem there was some healthy competition, maybe even plagiarizing, of the period popular suitcase/hamburger/canned ham/saucer type vacs. Who had the best/strongest motors, well-designed/functional floor attachments and stellar PN'S?



Post# 367157 , Reply# 20   2/19/2017 at 16:05 (700 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Love the Eureka and the Sunbeam. I really wish that some of these unique vacuums had been sold in SA

Post# 367162 , Reply# 21   2/19/2017 at 16:39 (700 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

From the drift of this thread, it sounds like maybe Sunbeam had a slight edge on the competition of the day?  


I guess the irony of all this is that I collect vacs now, but when I was younger, I walked by literally hundreds of ma & pa vac shops in my travels without even going in. So now I play catch-up and try to strain my brain to remember if I saw any of these models in use somewhere. Some look familiar, some don't. My parents were against anything coming from Sears, Montgomery Ward et unless I saw something in someone's home from there, I missed that boat entirely just by prejudice.  



Post# 367185 , Reply# 22   2/19/2017 at 22:03 (700 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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You know, much as I have always loved Eurekas (since childhood), the disappearance of Sunbeam from the vacuum world was a real loss. Somehow, I always liked their vacs even though I barely knew one relative or neighbour who owned one. And wouldn't you know it? It turns out - as I have learned on Vacummland - that Sunbeam vacs had some really powerful motors and airflow to get the dirt into the bag. Wish we had owned a Challenger....what a great design....

Sunbeam is gone, along with Eureka Williams and other vacuums from my childhood...

I feel a song coming on...."Sunrise, sunset...swiftly flow the years, one season following another, laden with happiness and tears..."


Post# 367201 , Reply# 23   2/20/2017 at 08:46 (699 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Love the Princess style machines. My aunt had the Singer version of it at one time. Same machine but white hose and parts. Not sure what the model number would have been. Wish I could have gotten hold of it though.

Post# 367232 , Reply# 24   2/20/2017 at 15:21 (699 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
Not a lot....

on the Net about Sunbeam vacs....other than Gasko's piece on the Dual Delux. Since the motors were made in-house, he said armatures and even brushes have long since disappeared. Rare and probably not a



Post# 367243 , Reply# 25   2/20/2017 at 18:31 (699 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Here's a videoclip of a Crown Princess sucking up marbles...the handle serves double-duty as a foot pedal switch!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 367301 , Reply# 26   2/21/2017 at 14:56 (698 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have a friend who had one of these

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He asked me top install a cedar closet for him. After EACH cut, he'd suck up the sawdust with that thing. It worked great for him. He also had a Hoover Concept powerdrive in the house as well as an old 700 'coffee can' for the 'garage' . Yikes

Post# 367307 , Reply# 27   2/21/2017 at 15:30 (698 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Its really horrific when you see people using something we consider priceless as a workshop or garage vac.

Post# 367328 , Reply# 28   2/21/2017 at 23:25 (698 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Its really horrific when you see people using something we consider priceless as a workshop or garage vac.


Oh I dunno....if it gives them pleasure and they take care of it, what's the harm? As I get older, I ask myself, "Just who am I saving all this stuff for (actually junk to most)? Certainly not my surviving son who thinks I'm a hoarder because I might have two vacs of the same model.


My parents had some near priceless china locked in a hutch and only came out twice a yr for T-Day and Xmas. One day they said what the hell and started using it for everyday dishware. I applauded them for that, although when they passed the stuff vanished.



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