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Post# 46633   7/17/2008 at 23:35 (4,713 days old) by elux89 ()        

Did electrolux in the US have the hassock/seat chest for storage of the vacuum like we had at one time in Canada?? I've been trying to get more info on them and am coming up short. We had them in Canada, but they have long been discontinued. They were usually a brown leatherette covering on them. Were the US versions the same as the Canadian. For a good used one, what would be a fair price??

Post# 46635 , Reply# 1   7/18/2008 at 01:51 (4,713 days old) by charles~richard ()        

Yes they did, but they were not as fabulous as some of the Canadian ones I've seen, e.g. the beautiful white and maroon ZB88 hassock.

I've seen U.S. versions in maroon, green, brown, tan and gray.

They were sold as an optional accessory by Electrolux. The construction and materials of hassocks for several different brands was the same, so I believe they were made by the same company and provided in different sizes as applicable -- Electrolux, Lewyt, Royal, Apex, and several others were all the same. Other brands such as Compact, Eureka and Filter Queen also had hassocks but they were of different construction.

Post# 46636 , Reply# 2   7/18/2008 at 01:52 (4,713 days old) by charles~richard ()        

Post# 46637 , Reply# 3   7/18/2008 at 01:55 (4,713 days old) by charles~richard ()        

btw, the Electrolux you see here came to me just like this -- a complete set, sent by a nice lady. It had been her mother's. I have not changed it since receiving it since it was so beautiful and complete. Note the white-bristle dusting brush; that's the one that came with it; ditto for the new-style plastic-covered rug tool.

In the two pockets are cleaning rags, the instruction booklet, and a lambs-wool pad for the air-powered polisher. Which obviously indicates there was one with this at one time, but it got lost somewhere along the way. So I did add one from my collection, with the appropriate dark turquoise rubber trim, just for the sake of completing the ensemble.

Post# 46647 , Reply# 4   7/18/2008 at 09:20 (4,713 days old) by luxg ()        

Great pictures Charles, Just wondering what kind of vacuum is sitting on top of the gray storage chest in the first picture? That is sure one I haven't ever seen.

Post# 46648 , Reply# 5   7/18/2008 at 09:42 (4,712 days old) by charles~richard ()        

The machine you're referring to is a Swedish-made Wilfa from the mid 1950s.

I received this most wonderful vacuum cleaner as a gift from my friends Ronnie and Ingeborg Galaasen of Norway!

Ever since I met the Galaasens via the Internet and saw some of their wonderful and beautifully styled vacuum cleaners, I fell in love with the Wilfa and told them so.

Imagine my delighted thrill when I came home one day and saw a large brown-paper-wrapped package on my porch ... that had come all the way from Norway!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO charles~richard's LINK

Post# 46649 , Reply# 6   7/18/2008 at 10:09 (4,712 days old) by elux89 ()        


Thanks for the info!!


Post# 46657 , Reply# 7   7/18/2008 at 12:07 (4,712 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Someone told me, either Dave or Doug that there was company in Chatham Ont, about 30 mi from here that used to make them. or else I'm hallucinating again LOL

Post# 46690 , Reply# 8   7/18/2008 at 22:18 (4,712 days old) by luxg ()        

Oh My Charles, that is a beautiful vacuum. What a wonderful gift that was. Thanks for the information.

Post# 46759 , Reply# 9   7/20/2008 at 00:21 (4,711 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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LOL - Hi Pete - it was me.

OK - seat chest information - here goes. Although I've never found one I understand there was a seat chest made for the model 55. The first ones I have seen were made for the early 88 / 86 / 83 - you had the choice of grey and maroon, eggshell and red, eggshell and green or plain eggshell. Later a beige and black chest was introduced then an eggshell and brown chest. By the end of the 88 run the colors were creme, caramel and sepia. The sepia continued to be used through the runs of the 89, 100, 200, 280 and E2000.

All of these chests, as well as ones for Rexair, Filter Queen, Kenmore and Compact were made by Chatham Fabrics in Chatham, Ontario. Even after Electrolux discontinued them Chatham Fabrics still had them available in their brochure untill the company closed sometime in the late 1990's or early 2000's (I was in contact with them around 1994/5 and they were still going but no sign of them now)

Hope that helps.


Post# 46815 , Reply# 10   7/21/2008 at 06:04 (4,710 days old) by logan ()        
Green hassock...

Charlie I still remember when I was little my neighbor (a single old lady) had a BEAUTIFUL Model G that she kept in a green hassock at the bottom of her stairs. That machine was pristine. She didn't use it much because she said it was too heavy and she just couldn't lift it. I used to go over to her house and vacuum for her just so I could use it. She always offered to pay me but I wouldn't let her. The funny thing is, her whole house was full of thick carpeting, but she kept the PN-1 power nozzle in a closet up on the third floor; it rarely saw use. I could never understand why she didn't use it. Oh well, when I came over to vacuum I made sure it got used. :-) Anyways, I remember that she used to keep the hose plugged into the vacuum when she put it away in the hassock which caused it to bend at a very sharp angle where it plugged into the machine. I made sure when I got done using it to never leave the hose plugged in so it would not see anymore damage. Luckily though, even though the hose was not stored properly for so many years, it did not leak. It was completely sealed. When she passed away many years ago, her family took the vacuum up to a cabin in the woods that she owned so they could use it during the summer months when they stayed up there. I wonder if it is still there???

Post# 46856 , Reply# 11   7/21/2008 at 20:09 (4,709 days old) by charles~richard ()        

I knew a lady (also a "single old lady" and suspiciously mannish, haha!), who had a turquoise G in a green hassock. She kept it on her glass-jalousie-enclosed back porch, with the power nozzle standing next to the hassock, and a matching B8 polisher & shampooer standing next to the power nozzle!

She called the power nozzle the "pounder." She had acres of ankle-thick turquoise carpet. It was so much fun to use that power nozzle across all that carpeting!

In one of the pockets in the lid of the green hassock I found a model LX instruction booklet and the G booklet. She let me have the older manual. I asked her what happened to the "old sweeper" and she said it was at her beach cottage.

I have written about "Miss Golden" before; when I get home, I'll see if I can find the story instead of retyping it all again! :)

Post# 46991 , Reply# 12   7/24/2008 at 04:06 (4,707 days old) by charles~richard ()        

There was a lady in my dad's church when we lived on Gwynns Island in Virginia in the mid 1960s name Golden Brooks. She ran a ladies' clothing store in downtown Mathews (where she had a Model F Electrolux!)

She was a very sweet old lady, probably in her 70s, and kind of eccentric. She was a self-described "old maid," very gruff in demeanor with a deep, boomy, boisterous voice, and dressed very "mannishly" (despite selling very elegant ladies' clothing!) and had a short short hair cut. She had a "sorority sister," Miss Gwen, another "old maid" who came to visit from Baltimore every so often, and when Miss Golden went to Baltimore on clothes-buying trips for her store, she would stay with Miss Gwen. I have a feeling they were probably, well, kinda "sweet" on each other!

She lived in an immaculate, spatious three-story country home that she had inherited, and she rattled around in that place all by herself except when "Miss Gwen" came from Baltimore to visit. (Yes, in that part of Virginia all the ladies are, or were, called "Miss/first-name".)

She had a brand-new turquoise G in a green hassock. She kept it on her glass-jalousie-enclosed back porch, with the power nozzle standing next to the hassock, and a matching B8 polisher & shampooer standing next to the power nozzle! (AND, I had forgotten to mention, she also had the air-powered Turbo Rug Washer. That was one heck of a salesman, since he sold her BOTH the B-8 and the Rug Washer!!)

She called the power nozzle the "pounder." She kept saying she had gotten the new "pounder" with her Electrolux, and I didn't know what on earth she was talking about until I saw it. Of course, I corrected her, "It's called a power nozzle!" "Well, the salesman called it a POUNDER because it POUNDS the dirt right out of the rug!!"

She had acres of ankle-thick powder-blue (*) carpeting. It was so much fun to use that "pounder" across all that carpeting!

In one of the pockets in the lid of the green hassock I found a model LX instruction booklet and the G booklet. She let me have the older manual. I asked her what happened to the "old sweeper" and she said it was at her beach cottage.

One day she took me to her beach cottage to do some odd jobs out there - paint window frames, rake leaves, etc. Of course, it was not long before I had found her Model LX, stored under the bed, and had dragged it out and was using it to sweep her beach house instead of raking and painting! And, boy, was it ever a thrilling day when I found the floor polisher attachment that was stuck in an outdoor tool shed. Boy oh boy oh boy!!! You can guess what I spent the next several hours doing.......


(*) Above, I said her carpeting was turquoise -- brain fart! I had cross-wired with her turquoise Electrolux! Her carpeting was a light power-blue or baby-blue, what ever you call it. And there was never a SPECK on it! She always removed her shoes at the back door and required everyone who came into the house to do so as well!

Post# 47009 , Reply# 13   7/24/2008 at 15:57 (4,706 days old) by charles~richard ()        
FINALLY found pix of FABULOUS Z88 set with hassock

I still gnash my teeth when I think about this "ebay find that got away" several years ago. I was watching it, sure it was gonna go thru the roof, so I didn't even bother to place a bid ... but the closing bid was a mere pittance. AARGH!!

Isn't that just the most gorgeous sweeper hassock you ever saw?! LOVVVE every detail of it -- so, so SO late '50s right down to the pointed feet it stands on!!!

Post# 47014 , Reply# 14   7/24/2008 at 16:04 (4,706 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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That's delightful! Like a 1958 Buick.

Post# 47032 , Reply# 15   7/24/2008 at 22:33 (4,706 days old) by luxg ()        

Charles I have to agree with you, that is one awesome Lux and hassock!!! Why we don't have beautiful vacuums like that today I will never know...

Post# 47070 , Reply# 16   7/25/2008 at 09:55 (4,705 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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My two cents - the legs have been added. The chests were meant to sit on the floor. Guess I might as well throw in a few pics of mine here :)

Post# 47071 , Reply# 17   7/25/2008 at 09:56 (4,705 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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and another

Post# 47072 , Reply# 18   7/25/2008 at 09:57 (4,705 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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and another

Post# 47073 , Reply# 19   7/25/2008 at 09:58 (4,705 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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last of mine. This same chest was used for years right up to the E2000 in 1985

Post# 47080 , Reply# 20   7/25/2008 at 11:27 (4,705 days old) by charles~richard ()        

WOW, what great sets!!! I ==love== the hair dryer, have never seen one of them!! And look at the Garmentaire bag in the last photo that matches the hassock! Tooooo wonderful!!!

Thx for these excellent photos!!!

Post# 47087 , Reply# 21   7/25/2008 at 13:10 (4,705 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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No problem - Glad you like them - If I can ever find enough time I'll be putting them and alot more on my web page.

Post# 47113 , Reply# 22   7/25/2008 at 22:54 (4,705 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Hassocks and Hampers and Hairdryers, oh my...

My eyes are always scanning for a Lux Hassock in disguise when thrifting. It looks like its actually comfortable to sit on. I can imagine a few got recovered in more contemporary fabrics as the decades rolled by. Haven't found one yet, tho. That bullet-headed helmet hairdryer attachment I didn't even know existed!

The quieter and more powerful performance of the 80 series alongside E's and AE's right up through G's is Vacuum Cleaner Legend as anyone who has run one can confirm.

Now, as much as I cherish and revere Mom's green understated 89 I have to say that the red Elux-o-matic 88 with white bumper gets my vote for most visually stunning example of the Canadian 80 series vacuum ensembles. The colour is a sort of dark Ruby/Cranberry/Plum shade - perhaps we should call it Maple Leaf Red. Doug, what's the official colour designation?

And DANG IT, I don't have one yet. :-(

Thank you Charles and Doug for posting these beautiful pictures to dream on...


Post# 47130 , Reply# 23   7/26/2008 at 10:05 (4,704 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave - there's one of the brown chests in a second hand store here at the moment - not sure what he's asking though.


Post# 47189 , Reply# 24   7/26/2008 at 21:23 (4,704 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Which brown one, Doug? The last one with the embossed swirly-girly pattern & 8 button tufted top...or the fabulous two tone triangle pattern with the 3 button top?

Post# 47307 , Reply# 25   7/28/2008 at 18:29 (4,702 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave - The last one -completely brown

Post# 441430 , Reply# 26   5/3/2021 at 20:46 by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        
New Acquisition - E-2000 with storage (hassock) chest

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Hello, Everyone. I was browsing and looking for information on the restoration for the hassock chest (leather storage chest) for the Electrolux machines. I recently acquired my latest vacuum to add to my collection: the Canadian-made E-2000 (manufactured between 1982-1984. (Our friends in the USA know this machine as the Model 2100, or the Diplomat).

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Post# 441438 , Reply# 27   5/3/2021 at 21:52 by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        
E-2000 w. Hassock Storage Chest - Continued

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This E-2000 vacuum came with the brown leatherette (or hassock) seat chest included. {I guess *hassock* is the proper designated name for this kind of chest? I've never heard the word until seeing it here in the forum}. So the hassock chest is in excellent condition. I've vacuumed it to clean out the interior, and carefully wiped down the exterior with a warm cotton wash cloth. Pics are attached for review. However, the bottom boxboard underneath is no longer attached to the chest (due to its age, of course). I was browsing in here hoping to find some brilliant ideas on how to repair it. I don't want to tear it off and throw it away (God forbid!). So what are some ways to repair this delicate underside without causing damage to chest itself?? Can it be re-glued?

If yes, what sort of glue is recommended?

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Post# 441443 , Reply# 28   5/4/2021 at 06:47 by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        
New Acquisition - E-2000 with ...(Continued)

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Sorry, guys, forgot to mention that my E-2000 didn't have the electric power nozzle with it. I got this vacuum relatively cheap, so I couldn't pass it up. I'm not going to complain about that since the power nozzle is still obtainable online. I will source a PN-2000 power nozzle and complete my ensemble.

I got the standard steel wand & plastic sheath with my E-2000, but it's not pictured. Upon closer inspection, the wand had a prong missing on the cord at the connector end that plugs into the pistol grip hose, so I think I'm going to need to also source a new cord for it and fix that myself.

Oh....the joys of collecting, right?!

Post# 442656 , Reply# 29   6/5/2021 at 22:51 by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        
Green Hassock Chest ---True Electrolux Hassock(?)

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Hi All,

Is a hunter-green coloured one considered rare?
I recently picked it up off of Kijiji website and it's in fine condition.

Let me know if any of you have ever come across (or seen) this green hassock seat chest?

---Thank you very much, Chad (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Post# 442667 , Reply# 30   6/6/2021 at 15:45 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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