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Post# 394086   6/30/2018 at 08:45 by dorie (New Jersey)        

Inherited this Modern Hygiene Vacuum. On the vacuum it says: Modern Hygiene, 1942 Model 220, R. A. Geier Company, Cleveland, OH, Patents #s on canister. Looking to sell.

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Post# 394121 , Reply# 1   6/30/2018 at 21:52 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I believe its p a geier the founder of royal vacuum. They have electro hygiene im sure modern hygiene is a royal vacuum.
What are you asking for it.
Feel free to email put modern hygiene jn subject line.

Post# 394192 , Reply# 2   7/2/2018 at 09:05 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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The Modern Hygiene was built by Royal for Modern Hygiene Sales Corporation of Boston. Like Health-Mor (filter queen) before them, Modern Hygiene just had Royal manufacture an 'exclusive' version for their door to door sales force. It was a fairly pricey machine for what you got, which was a Lamb motor, a cloth bag, and a stove pipe.

Modern Hygiene as a sales company was gone by the mid 1950's. I believe there were three tank cleaners (I may be wrong, there may only have been two tank models), a hand vac, and I believe an upright. All Royals just private labeled.

Your Modern Hygiene is the less desired model of the tank types. The model that followed yours was gorgeous, designed by a very famous industrial designer, and is very valuable in excellent condition. I see a number of Modern Hygiene tank cleaners the same model as yours on eBay over the course of a year. Unfortunately, none of them bring over about $50.

This is a picture of the valuable model from 1950, you can see how much more refined it is. It's also a huge monster, very long - longer than any Electrolux.

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Post# 394197 , Reply# 3   7/2/2018 at 11:15 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"famous industrial designer"

That was Brooks Stevens of Milwaukee.As with many designers he was involved with cars and appliances(he put first glass door on a dryer)as well as much more.The above pictures are a dramatic but often typical example of before and after a talented industrial designer looks at a product.
(The hose end on older MH above has been changed to Eureka style with a mix of original and newer attachments.)

Post# 394214 , Reply# 4   7/2/2018 at 14:41 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


All About the Modern Hygiene...

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Post# 394554 , Reply# 5   7/9/2018 at 06:30 by dorie (New Jersey)        

Thank you for the info! Is that Judy Carne on page 3?

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