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Electrolux 1205 Thrift find
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Post# 387721   3/10/2018 at 17:08 (197 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

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I just got this beauty today for only $20. Runs well and is all original. One of my favorite color schemes done by Electrolux. I also included a pic of the gorgeous rotary phone my honey bought for my Birthday. We love to collect anything vintage however he is more into dishes and Iím into vacs and appliances.

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Post# 387723 , Reply# 1   3/10/2018 at 17:24 (197 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Great find....everything seems to be correct. Nobody seems to be 100% correct on the bumper color lettering scheme over the I just don't go there. If the hose has no air leaks, a real plus!


My favorite colored vac other than the teal G's.....



Post# 387724 , Reply# 2   3/10/2018 at 17:30 (197 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
great machine

The 1205 is a great cleaner, even if the hose is leaking, those are easily replaced and some of the replacement hoses actually have a switch on them to start and stop the power nozzle which makes them better than originals.

Post# 387728 , Reply# 3   3/10/2018 at 18:58 (197 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Gorgeous vacuum! And a lovely Western Electric 500-M telephone! I collect vacuums, furniture, and Telephones. Grandpa worked for Illinois Bell for 40+ years, so it's in my blood! Thanks to him, I can fix close to anything.


I've always had bad luck with 1205's. One was taken from me (gotta love the classic Ex boyfriend stole something of yours story...), and 2 of them did not work. Congrats!

Post# 387739 , Reply# 4   3/10/2018 at 21:39 (197 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Nice 1205!

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I've got the same 1205 but mine has the rare pistol grip hose and Canadian-made telescoping wand, which I really like. An OEM vinyl hose will likely be a good investment that will pay off in the form of improved performance.

Post# 387751 , Reply# 5   3/11/2018 at 06:40 (196 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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What a great find! Everything is there too, which is rare!

Post# 387782 , Reply# 6   3/11/2018 at 17:40 (196 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Good deal! I got that same Power Nozzle when I bought a model G.

Post# 387800 , Reply# 7   3/12/2018 at 01:41 (196 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Yeah....there's nothing like scoring an original setup just like it was sold from the Electrolux salesperson.....even if the hose leaks. 


Those have always been my best-prised finds...original setups. Just something about the provenance of those finds. Just not the same when they've passed through numerous, anonymous hands. I'm always a sucker for a good story about a vac that's been well taken care of still in the original family that bought it.



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