Thread Number: 35135  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Singer Silver Glide Canister with Retractable Hose
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Post# 378546   9/17/2017 at 09:25 (374 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I think if I were to start a vintage collection, the first non-Eureka vacuum I would hunt for is a rare Singer canister that actually retracted its hose with the push of a button. Not sure if this cleaner was a Golden Glide or a Silver Glide or a Magic Glide...but I know it existed at some point.

Not that I have room or money to spare now, but I am curious if any collectors actually have one of these unique vacuum cleaners from the 1960's. Anyone?

Post# 378557 , Reply# 1   9/17/2017 at 16:01 (373 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


I've never heard of a vacuum cleaner with a retractable hose. I'm not saying they ever existed, just that I've never seen one.


I remember a canister machine, a Sunbeam I think, that was circular-shaped and the hose could be tucked in around the perimeter of the motor housing but it wasn't retractable.

Post# 378565 , Reply# 2   9/17/2017 at 18:47 (373 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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It was an Eureka that had the cannister where the hose could be tucked around. The pic is from the thread about Dysonman's big vacuum sale.


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Post# 378566 , Reply# 3   9/17/2017 at 18:53 (373 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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There definitely was a Singer "Glide" canister that had a hose that retracted automatically with the push of a button, just like a cord reel. It was Singer's answer to Hoover's Portable and Eureka's Crown Princess - both of which allowed the user to manually store the hose inside the cleaner.

Post# 378587 , Reply# 4   9/18/2017 at 08:44 (373 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
It does exist!

I once found one,and only one,on the porch at a thrift store in less than perfect condition.I sold it as is on EBay.
It had no power nozzle.But then had every deluxe feature including---hose reel--cord reel--check bag light--deluxe attachments(similar to Eureka)--telescopic wand--removable tool caddy--etc.It used different bags with bag door on bottom.The hose had a valve that would let it suck or blow without moving.
The hose would be the first to fail with extra stress as it did on this one.

Post# 378589 , Reply# 5   9/18/2017 at 09:49 (372 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I saw one once but for the life of me can't remember anything about it.

Post# 378635 , Reply# 6   9/18/2017 at 20:06 (372 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks Jimmy and Phillip! It seems like such a rare, yet wonderful, cleaner design - however faulty - and so indeed, this is my Holy Grail. Though finding an exact replica of my childhood blue Eureka Super Automatic 260 upright is the other vacuum I have yet to see: with the exact printing on the blue bag that is so rare to find.

Sure keeps me busy surfing the net! 😀. If anyone has pics of the Singer with retractable hose, please post! Thanks guys!!!

Post# 378640 , Reply# 7   9/18/2017 at 21:14 (372 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
why is there so much pondering over this machine???

Because we ALL know who to ask:

Hey Tom G.: please chime in whenever you're ready. We all know that you know...
(And that's why we love you!!)

Post# 378648 , Reply# 8   9/18/2017 at 23:03 (372 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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I remember seeing one with the retractable hose years back. There was also a version of the Eureka Crown Princess with white hose and parts under the Singer name as well.

Post# 378660 , Reply# 9   9/19/2017 at 08:55 (372 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

And you don't love me?!?
I give you a brief factual description of actual experience.I could add that I have extra genuine bags,have parts diagram in a box somewhere,that the styling is similar to Golden/Silver Glide but larger to hold hose,hose/cord reel buttons are foot pedals,etc.
I would welcome any other comments or pictures.
I am not sure if Tom has this very rare vac in the museum.I would welcome his always informative comments on possible repairs or finds.
I am sure that I have almost all vacs in the museum(but not the museum building)and a few that Tom may not have.Most of these would be available within the limitation of having less time for vacs as I am starting a bookstore with 1000s of volumes in a new location(another long time interest).

Post# 378662 , Reply# 10   9/19/2017 at 09:42 (371 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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It's a Singer model C-10. It's VERY heavy. I'll get it out of the store room during the Vacuum Palooza at the end of this week, and take a pic before someone buys it.

Post# 378664 , Reply# 11   9/19/2017 at 11:33 (371 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Jimmy, you are loved!

If I could ever make it over to TN, I'd gladly throw money at you for a rare machine or 2. You all are so lucky to have a machine like this within reach. Texas is such a throwaway state. People just don't keep things in my part of the country. One has to go way out of their way to a small remote town to find anything like this. Most of the big city vac shops in Texas have done away with their oldies.

Post# 378665 , Reply# 12   9/19/2017 at 11:39 (371 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

Please accept my apology if I offended you.

Post# 378672 , Reply# 13   9/19/2017 at 20:16 (371 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks Tom....looking forward to seeing some pics of the C-10....

Post# 378676 , Reply# 14   9/19/2017 at 21:21 (371 days old) by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        

Texas, where in may answer off-list.

Post# 378708 , Reply# 15   9/20/2017 at 20:16 (370 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        
Singer C 10

My Grandmother had a C-10 Golden Glide. It had a retractable hose that wasn't very long and didn't detach from the vacuum. To get to the bag there was a door at the bottom of the vacuum. No power nozzle just suction only. I'm thinking the wand was telescopic but I'm not sure of that. I do remember white plastic at the center connection of the wands. The top of the vacuum was black where the hose was located. I've been looking for one forever. You can find bags for it on ebay. There will be a picture of the vacuum on the packaging. I don't know whatever happened to that vacuum. It replaced an Airway 66 but was replaced by a Eureka Power team.

Post# 378813 , Reply# 16   9/22/2017 at 22:09 (368 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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My grandmother had a Silver Glide from the 70s that was beige/yellow with an avocado bag door on top but it did not have a retractable hose that I remember. I saw the manual too and it showed other models but I don't recall any having that, this must have been an earlier version.

And with the Constellation, you could kind of roll the hose around the base to store it like the round Eureka and Sunbeam.

Post# 378864 , Reply# 17   9/24/2017 at 09:28 (366 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thank you for those details, Martin! I kind of thought the hose might not be very long in order for it to fit inside the unit like the Hoover Portable.

Would be a nice feature for someone like Miele or Sebo to try to bring back to market again - hopefully with better success and more reliable.

Post# 378865 , Reply# 18   9/24/2017 at 09:40 (366 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Found a few pictures of a C10 that was on an ebay auction a few years back. It isnt complete but it gives the general idea of how it worked.

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Post# 378866 , Reply# 19   9/24/2017 at 10:11 (366 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Wow! There it is! Thank you, Doug!

It's no wonder the hose would break off - there is no curve on the cleaner end to keep the hose from bending as it was reeled in. Seems like a better bit of engineering could have made the design work without the hose breaking off at the spinning centre.

Post# 378911 , Reply# 20   9/25/2017 at 08:46 (366 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
And pictures of whose?

Yes,mine.(You are welcome to use them with or without love.)
As seen on bag packages there would be a fixed cover over the the hose that was removed when the hose repair was needed.It would have needed a light flexible hose that must have ruled out electric hose and power nozzle.One of the knobs in the handle area is a control for suction/blower valve.The size is like a Silver Glide on steroids.
The three nearest cities here each had downtown Singer stores that later moved to malls and did well.Of many Singer vacs I have found that is the ONLY C-10.

Post# 378915 , Reply# 21   9/25/2017 at 13:44 (365 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Jimmy.

Sorry. I had no clue where I saved those from. Honestly had forgotten about them till this thread came up and I went searching through my pics.


Post# 378934 , Reply# 22   9/25/2017 at 22:18 (365 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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These Singers seem to be so rare...they must have made very few of them. Maybe production was halted not long after its debut due to the inherent design flaw that caused the hose to crack and break at the spindle? Not sure why they did not attempt to correct the design....

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