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Post# 383994   1/10/2018 at 06:41 (282 days old) by ecaden1 (clayton,NC)        

u have this vintage general electric vacuum i am going to try to attach a picture, it looks very old and has a cloth cord i payed 10$ for it and it works great... i dont know anything about it i am more of a kirby guy. im cant tell the model number it looks like i have two. i cannot find anything searching that number. can someone give me any information maybe when it was made what model it is and if i payed too much?

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Post# 383999 , Reply# 1   1/10/2018 at 07:57 (282 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I know absolutely nothing about GE vacuum cleaners, but looking at the plate in the last photo, it's a model 75. Given the highly subjective nature of vacuum cleaner values, where one person's trash is literally another person's treasure, you are the final arbiter of whether you paid too much. From my humble perspective, $10 isn't a lot of money, so if you get at least $10 worth of enjoyment out of it, then it was well worth the price.

Post# 384002 , Reply# 2   1/10/2018 at 08:16 (282 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        

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That's a VERY nice looking GE vac. Like Edgar stated, I know absolutely NOTHING about GE vacs, but considering the shape it's in, and the fact it runs, for what you paid for it, I don't see how you could go wrong. I have paid a LOT more for vacs in a LOT worse condition than yours! Now, obviously, it's not going to be a daily driver or anything, but it's certainly a cool piece, and a great conversation starter. If you do decide your purchase price has given you indigestion, get in touch with me, I will gladly give you your money back for it, AND pay for shipping!


Post# 384008 , Reply# 3   1/10/2018 at 10:25 (281 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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That's a very rare vacuum. It's a mid to late 1920's GE JUNIOR. General Electric made that machine for apartments or upstairs use. GE used the hand vac motor and a smaller width nozzle to make a "2/3" size vacuum. GE's sister company, Premier, made that same machine in the same width, but it had a revolving brush. It cost $24 when it was new.

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Post# 384014 , Reply# 4   1/10/2018 at 12:31 (281 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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$10 looks like a steal for that! It looks to be in good shape from the pictures! The bag looks to be original, but is that a chip bag clip holding the bag up? Does the machine run? Is the cord in good shape? Overall, you have a good purchase.

Post# 384017 , Reply# 5   1/10/2018 at 14:46 (281 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I would

Have jerked their arm off at that price!!! You did good

Post# 384173 , Reply# 6   1/13/2018 at 01:49 (279 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

GREAT price-you did well-never seen a GE upright vacuum with a nozzle that small-A GE Broom vac!Interesting vacuum!

Post# 384268 , Reply# 7   1/14/2018 at 22:11 (277 days old) by oldskoolguy (Chicago, Illinois)        

I have never seen a G.E. upright or ANY G.E. Vacuum for that matter in person for that matter with only 1 exception: Walt Disney World (yes, I kid you not!). As a kid, there was this one attraction I loved at the Magic Kingdom and it was called Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. It's seen MANY changes through the years from when Walt's attraction debuted at the World's Fair in '64 (another story). There's a vacuum that's been running virtually everyday since day 1 of the show (and possibly for some time before then), which is in the 20's scene. I have a photo of it stored somewhere on my computer, so I'll have to find it, if not, I'll take a photo of it when I go to Disney this coming weekend. I think it is the same machine being discussed here but the bag is more of a brownish beige (no idea if it's from age or what), so it could be a different machine (older or newer).

Post# 384301 , Reply# 8   1/15/2018 at 12:30 (276 days old) by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        

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I know that attraction well, and no that vacuum DOESN'T run all day long. The vacuum cleaner sound just gets piped in before the fuse blows. There was another G.E. upright Disney once had. It was on the now defunct "Horizons." They showed a living room of the future with a robot pushing it. It was a postwar model (AVF-807?). The ride closed in 1999 and is now occupied by "Mission Space."

Post# 384307 , Reply# 9   1/15/2018 at 14:26 (276 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Indeed, at the New York World’s Fair in 1964-1965, the GE Carousel of Progress actually had two vacuum cleaners: one classic upright in Theatre Two (the 1920’s) and a grey little PortaPower-like handvac in the finale Christmas scene for the modern 1960’s. I wonder if that last theatre had any other modern GE vacs which I don’t remember. As a 5 year old, I distinctly remember the little handvac as it was right on the edge of the stage! 😀

Post# 384326 , Reply# 10   1/15/2018 at 23:37 (276 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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GE finally took Model 75 out of production in 1942, according to their model list. I believe Tom is right - early advertising for that GE and it's larger companion full-sized vacuum started in about 1925. That's a VERY long run.

And, Adin, that "chip-clip" bag closure is the original that was pictured in the ads. Many GEs came with that type of bag closure, until the 1940s.

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