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Post# 293   8/29/2006 at 22:35 (4,409 days old) by charles~richard ()        

I have just added 40 photos to my profile. Now, the trick is for you to figure out how to get there from here ... don't ask meeee!

Post# 294 , Reply# 1   8/29/2006 at 22:57 (4,409 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Here ya go...

Until Fred adds it to the "Vacuum Collections" page, here's a link.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO hoovercelebrity's LINK

Post# 300 , Reply# 2   8/30/2006 at 09:27 (4,409 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        
Beautiful Luxes!


Fabulous pictures of your luxes. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for including your collection on the site!

Post# 322 , Reply# 3   8/30/2006 at 20:31 (4,408 days old) by raymanretro ()        

Amazing collection, Charles!

Post# 331 , Reply# 4   8/30/2006 at 22:42 (4,408 days old) by luxg ()        

Charles what a beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Terry

Post# 338 , Reply# 5   8/31/2006 at 00:37 (4,408 days old) by charles~richard ()        
I'll show you mine if you show me yours...!

Glad y'all enjoyed my vac pix. Now let's see you-all's! :)

Post# 339 , Reply# 6   8/31/2006 at 04:14 (4,408 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        

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Hi Charles

Love the pics, what a collection, What is the vac on pic two, the burgandy Electrolux?? in the middle, square one, is that a canadian model??

Also the turquoise one next to it, what make / model is it??

Cheers, Mike

p.s. Heres my link

CLICK HERE TO GO TO chestermikeuk's LINK

Post# 361 , Reply# 7   8/31/2006 at 12:18 (4,408 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        
My vac pics.........

Charles Lester,

If you click on the tab for photo albums, you will see my collection under Air-Waycharlie's photo album.

There have been some changes since that was put together and I will be updating it soon.

Post# 378 , Reply# 8   8/31/2006 at 19:05 (4,407 days old) by charles~richard ()        
My Photos

Hi Mike,

the burgandy machine you are referring to is a Modern Hygiene -- one of the flagships of my collection. See

The turquoise machine is another fabulously designed model, a Kingston. I don't yet have a web page for it but it's on my to-do list.

I do have a few Canadian Electroluxes, you can see one of them in the photos, a ZB54 with blue leatherette and beautiful maroon end caps. It's a real beauty. I also have a couple of ZB30s and a wonderful ZB89 that will suck dry paint off the walls as the saying goes -- and whisper-quiet!

Here are a couple more photos of my Canadian Electroluxes -- first the ZB54. That is not the correct hose in the photo but I have since corrected it -- the hose is the same as for the American LX, gray cloth with blue chevrons. I have also since found a cord winder for this model. The Canadian cord winder of that vintage was rather more clever than the American version -- rather than having to turn a thumb screw and remove the cord winder, it was on a vertical hinge, held in place with a string spring -- when you want to use the blower, you push down on the top of the cord winder and it hinges downward!

An interesting point -- this was the "economy model" and note that it has American-style combo attachments -- in Canada these were consider 'cheaper' than the deluxe set of separate metal attachments!

Post# 379 , Reply# 9   8/31/2006 at 19:07 (4,407 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Canadian Electrolux Photo #2

Here is my ZB30 - obviously not the original hose but I do have one for it. I keep this machine down at my church in the organ loft which has all hardwood floors, so a tank machine is ideal for vacuuming. The cloth hose looks nice but leaks, as usual, so I fitted it with a lovely color-matching black coiled hose.

The ZB30 is very quiet -- even quieter than the American XXX!! But it has rather stronger suction than the XXX!!!

Post# 380 , Reply# 10   8/31/2006 at 19:11 (4,407 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Canadian Electrolux Photo #3

And this is a fabulous ZB89, more or less the contemporary of the late American G / early 1205. It has phenomenal suction and runs as quiet as a whisper!

Note the three different power nozzles. All of them, however, had the same green chrome/plastic-sheath telescoping wand.

There were also a couple of variations on the hose. The early hose has the wrap-around cord on the hose, then there is an electic hose that still has a metal handle and then this one with a plastic pistol grip. An interesting innovation is that you have to slightly squeeze the pistrol grip to operate the power nozzle! When I first got it I thought there was a loose connection in the hose wiring, but when I told the guy (from Canada) about it he laughed and explained what the deal was!

I also now have a matching shag rake for this model.

Post# 381 , Reply# 11   8/31/2006 at 19:12 (4,407 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Canadian Electrolux Photo #4

Here's a neat ad showing the U.K. version of the ZB30, called the Z30. But it's the same basic machine.

Post# 382 , Reply# 12   8/31/2006 at 19:16 (4,407 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Canadian Electrolux Photo #5

And then finally the beautiful ZB88 in maroon. I had one of these once upon a time but passed it along to someone else. Wish I still had it, haha! The one in this photo was on eBay that I did not win, as it went way too high for my budget -- it was all original with the matching Canadian Electrolux storage trunk. Isn't that trunk just too fabulous!!

A final note, if y'all want to see more Canadian Electroluxes, and other Canadian machines, you MUST visit Canadian collector Doug Smith's excellent and very comprehensive web site. Link below.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO charles~richard's LINK

Post# 407 , Reply# 13   9/1/2006 at 07:26 (4,407 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        
Re: ZB89

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Hi Charles,
I have the same ZB89 that you have pictured. Mine has the PN that is in the bottom of your photo as well as the all metal rug floor nozzle with the flip over air concentrator rather than the plastic one. It certainly is very quiet, much more so than my Lux 9000. I have the original hose but it leaks - the suction at the end is not so great but if I remove the hose and put my hand over the end of the inlet, it is very strong. It is even strong enough that I can use the hose from my Rainbow D and slide it into the opening. It is a lose fit but the suction holds it in place even if I pull the cleaner.


Post# 422 , Reply# 14   9/1/2006 at 12:46 (4,407 days old) by charles~richard ()        
All metal rug nozzle

I would LOVE to have the all-metal rug nozzle for my 89. I've only seen one in photos. (U.S. folks, he and I are referring to the Model XXX-style rug tool. Canadian machines retained this tool until the late 1960s!!)

Post# 424 , Reply# 15   9/1/2006 at 12:55 (4,407 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        
Re: All Metal Rug Nozzle

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If I ever come across the all metal nozzle in green I will let you know!

Post# 443 , Reply# 16   9/1/2006 at 18:14 (4,406 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Re: All Metal Rug Nozzle

Thx -- and why don't you post photos of your collection, especially your Canadian Electroluxes!

From the first time I saw one -- a ZB88 -- I have been fascinated with the Canadian models, especially the 88 and 89 ---- they really look like Model Gs from another dimension!! I mean, they are so similar, but with funny differences such as the horizontal front cover, the older-era attachments, the rear filter ... really make them appear to have gone through some kind of molecular rearrangement or something!

(Yes, I spend too much time watching bad 50s sci-fi movies ... but I really love those cheesy old films!)

Post# 464 , Reply# 17   9/1/2006 at 19:45 (4,406 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        
Love Those Canadian Luxes!!

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I'll never forget the first time I saw one in person. As usual I was visiting the Electrolux store on Victory in Van Nuys CA, second favorite only to the Kirby store on Van Nuys Blvd. I walked in the back and on the display floor I saw one of the maroon Luxes and almost fainted. It must have been in for repair from someone who moved down from Canada. I had never seen anything like it (I knew all the machines.) I have never forgotten it and finally found out that those were Canadian. One of these days I will get my hands on a nice one. The good thing about the Canadian machines is that they work on the same voltage as in the US.

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