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Post# 372422   5/20/2017 at 02:39 (517 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


I had quite a fun adventure at an estate sale here in Los Angeles, in the Mount Washington area. The Mid-Century split-level home was an absolute vision -- a near-perfect time-capsule -- of late 1960s decor!


In looking through the auction photos on the estate seller's web site, something caught my eye...


Here are some photos. See the link for many more.

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Post# 372423 , Reply# 1   5/20/2017 at 02:48 (517 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        



And here's the "special something" that caught my eye ... a Hoover Dial-A-Matic! I was intrigued because I've never had one and thought it might be fun to play with. It was priced a bit higher than I should have paid, but given its lovely condition I felt okay about it. Once I get tired of it I'll probably list it on eBay or offer it for sale here.


It's a Model 1110, manufactured from 1964-66, the second Dial-A-Matic model that incorporated certain improvements from the first model.


Ain't it purty! It's in really good, clean condition, overall. There are some scratches on the sides of the brush-roll housing which I think will largely come off with some polishing. I've read that a typical problem with the Dial-A-Matic was that the handle would come loose. Well, this one is good and tight!


Btw I don't know why the cord was wrapped that way. User error, I suppose hahaha!


Something I'm wondering about -- there were no attachments with it. Did an attachment set come with Dial-A-Matics as standard equipment, or was there an extra cost for it?


I'll add more photos of it here at home if anyone's interested...

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Post# 372431 , Reply# 2   5/20/2017 at 06:39 (517 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Lovely! Though some may not agree, I think that time capsule house it great!
Make sure the brushroll bearings are greased properly, especially the belt side! I'll have a dig through the parts bin for a Reverse Helix Brushroll. It really makes it a much better cleaner by channeling dirt to the suction, rather away.
Here is my 1110, albeit it is in rough shape. I graced her with a Reverse Helix Brushroll, a HEPA pre motor filter, and some new Carbon Brushes.

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Post# 372440 , Reply# 3   5/20/2017 at 08:14 (516 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Love those time capsule estate sales, but at the same time breaks my heart to see a home kept so nicely together and then be broken up. I have many friends and some on my walks 70s-90 years and their homes are this way. You just know half will be thrown out or junked when the day comes :( Great looking machine.They weren't cheap I am willing to bet they came with hose and attachments.

Post# 372444 , Reply# 4   5/20/2017 at 11:13 (516 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Yes, it is saddening sometimes to go to these estate sales ... strangers picking through the stuff, trampling all over the place, bickering over the price of some trinket. I think, however, an organized estate sale managed by a professional company is a better "end-time alternative" than what so often happens when people pass away --- their family just throws out all their earthly belongings. At least with estate sales, some of it will go on to good homes.

Post# 372703 , Reply# 5   5/26/2017 at 11:11 (510 days old) by UniversalDave1 (Gardendale, AL)        
Zenith Chromacolor II

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That Zenith television is absolutely exquisite. Looks to be from around 1975. These sets are capable of producing an absolutely stellar picture, $40 for it is a steal. I would definitely have picked it up. I just got a 1982 Zenith at an estate sale yesterday, but it's not a console.

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Post# 372721 , Reply# 6   5/26/2017 at 18:15 (510 days old) by HammondA105 (Angola, In)        
Hoover Dial-A-Matic

Hi Electrolux137...if the DAM is for sale, I'm quite interested!!!
you can email me @
I hope to hear from you!!

Al :D

Post# 372842 , Reply# 7   5/28/2017 at 21:19 (508 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Nice estate sale pictures. That Zenith stereo caught my eye. My grandmother had one with the really big Realistic stereo speakers that went with it. Those Zeniths were the best sounding stereos. It would play 33 1/3, 45 and 78rpm records. Had a cassette and 8-track as well. I was always fascinated with those automatic spindles that you could stack the records on and it would drop them one by one.

Post# 372843 , Reply# 8   5/28/2017 at 21:42 (508 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Zenith Console

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I too LOVE those old Zenith console televisions! In addition to collecting vacuums, old TV's are another fascination of mine! I tend to gravitate toward the Zenith TV's as well! I prefer the 40's and 50's models, but I won't turn down a good deal on a newer console as well! I have an early 50's model Zenith I'm working on restoring right now, just haven't had a lot of time to work on it!

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Post# 372917 , Reply# 9   5/30/2017 at 15:06 (506 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Neat house and photos!

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Although not my taste, I certainly appreciate all of it.... and, the way it was cared for. Two years ago, Tom Anderson and I went to an Estate sale in Ohio.. right out of the 60s...I was expecting Burt Bacharach to arrive in the hallway!

I was recently at an estate sale in Pittston. It was a beautiful, Victorian home. It was a rainy Saturday. People were streaming through the old place, ravaging through things. It was awful. that day, I decided to 'purge' my house.I'm giving things away, and also filling boxes for our Summer church Flea market. {Where does the stuff come from?} I'm still at it, slowly going through things. I'd hate to see strangers going through all of my stuff, bickering over things, etc.
Love all that Fiesta in that photo, too.

Post# 372960 , Reply# 10   5/31/2017 at 07:02 (506 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
I had a....

farm auction back in '95. As they say, you don't want to be living to bear witness to the proceedings. The farm equipment did OK at about 7% commission, but all the household stuff went for about 13% commission because of all the small lots and the time involved. It was beyond awful seeing our household stuff go for pennies on the dollar. When there's nobody there that has an interest in some lots...the stuff goes for nothing. No eBay or craigslist then.....



Post# 374153 , Reply# 11   6/19/2017 at 10:17 (486 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Wow. Such a nice home

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I believe most Hoover uprights of that time period, the attachment kits were sold separately. I've bought a few brand new Hoover uprights, and none of them came with attachments.

Post# 374157 , Reply# 12   6/19/2017 at 11:15 (486 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Sometimes, as a promotion, they would

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sell the Convertible and 'throw in' the basic, standard set, (1031) tools free of charge. The set was the same as deluxe only it had a single wand, (not the telescoping wand), a different upholstery brush, a dusting brush, and a great , wide floor brush.
A lot of times, for example, the 707 Convertible would include 'free' attachments.

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