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A visit with Ken Wagman
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Post# 392912   6/6/2018 at 18:07 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I had meant to post these sooner, but thanks to Work, this is the soonest I could post.....

 

On Memorial day, I took a 2 hour road trip to Capron, Illinois to see Ken Wagman. We had a beautiful visit, with Ken showing me his Gorgeous collection, had a nice visit, and Ken made us lunch. After lunch we took some pictures and videos, then i serviced a few of his machines. Here are some pictures of his collection...I did not get to photograph all of the cleaners sadly...

 


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Post# 392913 , Reply# 1   6/6/2018 at 18:08 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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The Electrolux man made some bank in this house hahaha


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Post# 392915 , Reply# 2   6/6/2018 at 18:09 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Can you imagine seeing this in a Store window??


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Post# 392916 , Reply# 3   6/6/2018 at 18:10 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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A Kenkart (what a dream it was for me to Run it) and some Westinghouse and Air-Way cleaners


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Post# 392917 , Reply# 4   6/6/2018 at 18:11 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Post# 392918 , Reply# 5   6/6/2018 at 18:11 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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What an array of attachments


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Post# 392919 , Reply# 6   6/6/2018 at 18:12 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Post# 392920 , Reply# 7   6/6/2018 at 18:13 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I only photographed about half of the Sweepers, but here are some videos I took on my video camera...

 




 





Post# 392922 , Reply# 8   6/6/2018 at 19:20 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thank you Vacuumlad for these great pics!

I am trying to identify one of Ken’s canister vacs that seems to be hidden by a “spaghetti” bunch of electric cord: it looks like a Eureka, but I can’t be sure. It’s the cleaner stored between the red Westinghouse cylinder vacuum and the blue Eureka Mobile-Aire Vibra-Beat unit..... on one of the higher shelves.


Post# 392927 , Reply# 9   6/6/2018 at 21:35 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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If im remembering correctly, I think that is a Sunbeam Challenger(?)


Post# 392931 , Reply# 10   6/6/2018 at 23:02 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Is that the DC 7

You got from me years ago????

Post# 392933 , Reply# 11   6/7/2018 at 02:30 by broomvac (N/A)        

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What is the bagged upright in front of the toy Hoover Windtunnel in the fifth picture?

Thanks for sharing!


Post# 392934 , Reply# 12   6/7/2018 at 04:57 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I don’t think so Vacuumlad. The white on-board tools look like Eureka attachments...including the carpet nozzle in the back. Yet, it looks like it has a very large carry handle in the front - one I don’t think I have ever seen on a Eureka....it’s a “mystery machine” to me! :-D

Post# 392935 , Reply# 13   6/7/2018 at 06:44 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I don't know what model, but it is a brown Westinghouse upright. 


Post# 392940 , Reply# 14   6/7/2018 at 09:28 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Eurakaprince,
Is that a Eureka Prince or Princess? It is for sure a Eureka
I think it can make out a small label in the front.


Post# 392966 , Reply# 15   6/7/2018 at 18:08 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Still a mystery to me, Kirbyvertibles. If it is a Prince/Princess, it is a very strange model I have never seen before because of the large handle on top - oriented front-to-back, not side-to-side as most Eurekas were in the 60’s.

Post# 393044 , Reply# 16   6/9/2018 at 15:23 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Thats a beautiful KenKart!


Post# 393053 , Reply# 17   6/9/2018 at 20:43 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Very nice, I see he favors canisters? Are those squatty wide Electroluxes Canadian models?

Post# 393057 , Reply# 18   6/9/2018 at 21:33 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Ken has some uprights (they were camera shy) but he does prefer canister. Those wider luxes are, in fact, Canadian. Dead silent...


Post# 394535 , Reply# 19   7/8/2018 at 18:53 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Beautiful collection Ken Wagman! It was really great meeting you at the museum! Hope all is well! Best, Richard.


Post# 396381 , Reply# 20   8/7/2018 at 14:03 by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
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Sorry, I have not been on Vacuumland in over 5 weeks.

1. So Eurekaprince, the machine in question between the Westinghouse tank and the Eureka Vibra beat is a Sanitair like a Eureka Princes with the mirror finish.

2. Hans, the Westinghouse DC-7 without wheels is the machine that you gifted be back in March of 1998.

3. Richard, glad you liked seeing some of my collection; maybe next time you are in Chicago, you can come for a visit. It was nice meeting you too, at Tom's.

Trying to make the best of this week, because I return to school next Monday, and I am not ready to go back.

Ken Wagman


Post# 396396 , Reply# 21   8/7/2018 at 19:55 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thank you Ken! And apologies to Kencart for driving him crazy trying to find Ken Wagman’s Sanitaire in his new basement showroom. I got a little confused trying to get more information about this unique canister.

Ken, no rush, but whenever you have a spare moment, it would be wonderful to see another pic or two of this chrome Sanitaire. I am trying to determine if it is the same design as a very unique Mexican Koblenz “Devoradora” which might have been made by Eureka too.


Post# 396444 , Reply# 22   8/8/2018 at 19:45 by Kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Didn't drive me crazy

I knew the princess I have is the only H bag machine I own. So I couldn't figure out what machine you meant. LOl

Post# 396470 , Reply# 23   8/8/2018 at 21:08 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Haha! Glad to hear that, Hans! :-)

Post# 397577 , Reply# 24   8/31/2018 at 13:37 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Hi Ken,

I would love to come up for a visit the next time I am in Chicago! I will let you know! Hope you are settling in to the new school year well! Take care freind! Best! Richard.





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