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Post# 413177   8/28/2019 at 13:13 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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Did Hoover ever make an entirely friction powered vacuum? I have heard that there may be one at the museum in portland, but the picture was fuzzy and the badge was illegible. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

Post# 413179 , Reply# 1   8/28/2019 at 14:33 by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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Do you mean a non-motor machine? I don't think so. They made a "friction drive" Hoover Baby, which had the small motor and the wheels turned the brush. The brush was NOT driven by the motor. That's probably what they are referring to.

Post# 413203 , Reply# 2   8/29/2019 at 05:39 by Vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

Search the internet for hoover ww1 friction vacuum cleaner

Post# 413204 , Reply# 3   8/29/2019 at 05:41 by Vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        
Borrowed from wikipedia

I have a picture, borrowed from wikipedia..

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Post# 413207 , Reply# 4   8/29/2019 at 09:06 by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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Most places in the world with the exception of the USA call a vacuum cleaner "a Hoover". The actual Hoover Company in the USA did not (to my knowledge) made an early non-electric vacuum. They were called "The Electric Suction Sweeper Company" until after World War 1. I've been to the Hoover Center a number of times, and would have remembered seeing an early Hoover without a motor, that looked like a Hugro (which the machine in the picture does).

I could be wrong. But I believe I would have noticed that at the Historical Center.

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