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Eureka Shipping and Production History - Pre 1947
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Post# 453197   5/31/2022 at 17:16 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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2 noteworthy things: The GH-31 could be a G4-31. The ink was very hard to read. Also, for some reason there was no mention of the D171.

32 volt versions of at least the models 7, 8, and 9 were made. I am unsure if they continued this with other models.


Changes starting from the model 7:
The 7 had a very small motor, steel handle fork and unique latch assembly, side wheels, a clip on the base of the bag, a reversed power switch, and a friction connector on the bag.

The 8 used the same motor, but with a cast handle fork and a more modernized 1 piece latch. This model also had front wheels slightly tucked behind the head, but still had a friction fit bag connector. the on off switch was reversed, and it used a pot metal finger tab instead of a steel one.

The 9 had a latch on bag connector, something Eureka would have on all models until the D272. The bag would now have the clip on the top. It also had a small catch on the front of the handle fork. Earlier model 9s had a tall handle pole, but later ones had the handle pole shortened about 6 inches.

The model 10 was all new. It had a more beefy motor with a cooling fan, a stationary rear wheel with height adjuster, larger wheels bolted to the fan case, and a head that protruded more from the fan case.

The model 11 is much more common. It is the same as a model 10, but was made for a longer period of time, and has a quick disconnecting handle pole that unplugs the handle and the cord with one thumb screw.

The model F(standard #2) used the beefy motor of the models 10 and 11, but with a rear caster on the back. The head had grooves notched into it to help dislodge dirt, and it had a height adjuster on the front, similar to a model G. The handle is also the same as a model G.

The B(Special) is the same as the F, but with a reused front head from a model 9 Eureka. Some of them had their handles painted yellow to match the tag and the lettering on the bag. Sold as the Economy model.

The model D(eluxe) had a more rounded fan housing, an updated switch on the back of the handle, a full wooden handle grip, and a flat head that incorporated a spring loaded brush bar. It was the last cleaner to have sleeve bearings, as well as exposed terminals. This is the predecessor to the model K.

The model K had a cheaper style of cord disconnect, which strayed from the quick disconnecting handle back to a one piece fork, with a male and female plug system on the outside of the motor. This is the first Eureka to have ball bearings in the motor, and the first not to have terminals exposed on the motor. It also went back to having a simple wooden handle knob, instead of a full size wooden grip.

The Model G is the first Eureka to utilize a roller brush. Earlier models had a two speed switch on the bottom, as well as a full size wooden handle grip. Both of these features quickly went away. It is also the last cleaner to have the bag on the front. Some had the option of a headlight, and all of them had vulcanized rubber wheels.

The model G2 was the same as later model Gs, but with the bag on the side. Later models used a full metal belt spindle, instead of a smooth brass sleeve to ease belt wear as used on Gs and early G2s.

The G30 is the same as the G2, but with a sleek badge with a pinstriped cross logo. This logo was also featured on the very last G2s.

The G31 was the same as a G30, but painted dark brown with dark brown bumpers and wheels to match.

The R used a two speed motor, and had a molded headlight cap. Otherwise it is generally the same as a G. There were many slight changes and subsets of the R, many with extremely low production numbers. I cannot find much info on these, though there was a brown one, a painted silver Montgomery Wards one, as well as the polished version.

The M Had a very sleek frame, with a new centralized motor bolted inside the housing. It also had 2 casters, a height adjuster that showed the height level on a seperate wheel, and an updated badge. It also used a full size wooden handle grip. There was also a red version made(M-61 and 61A), as well as a very rare brown one, I am unsure which model number this one was.

The D171 and D272 only differed with their trim. They used the same motor as an M, but in a redesigned red painted frame with a bakelite hood. The bag outlet was also switched to the left side, with a newer, simpler connecting system.

If anyone knows anything about the subset cleaners not mentioned or the pre model 7 cleaners, please let me know.


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Post# 453198 , Reply# 1   5/31/2022 at 17:19 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model 7

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Post# 453199 , Reply# 2   5/31/2022 at 17:20 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model 8 with replaced bag

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Post# 453200 , Reply# 3   5/31/2022 at 17:21 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model 9(which happens to be 32v)

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Post# 453201 , Reply# 4   5/31/2022 at 17:22 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model B(Special) with replaced bag

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Post# 453202 , Reply# 5   5/31/2022 at 17:23 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka Standard #2(F)

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Post# 453203 , Reply# 6   5/31/2022 at 17:23 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model 10/11

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Post# 453204 , Reply# 7   5/31/2022 at 17:24 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model D(Deluxe), custom painted red accents with replaced bag

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Post# 453205 , Reply# 8   5/31/2022 at 17:25 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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(Early) Eureka model K

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Post# 453206 , Reply# 9   5/31/2022 at 17:26 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model G

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Post# 453207 , Reply# 10   5/31/2022 at 17:27 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Late model Eureka G2 with optional headlight

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Post# 453208 , Reply# 11   5/31/2022 at 17:31 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model R

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Post# 453209 , Reply# 12   5/31/2022 at 17:35 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka model M - Polished, red, and brown

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Post# 453210 , Reply# 13   5/31/2022 at 17:36 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka D171

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Post# 453211 , Reply# 14   5/31/2022 at 17:38 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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And the D272. Not all of these pics are mine, especially these last few.

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Post# 453212 , Reply# 15   5/31/2022 at 19:20 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Almost forgot: G30 with a steel handle fork

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Post# 453213 , Reply# 16   5/31/2022 at 19:24 (180 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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G31 with handle release pedal and front facing bag

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Post# 453215 , Reply# 17   6/1/2022 at 07:00 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thank you for this Hoover300!!!! Amazingly detailed Eureka history!

Post# 453216 , Reply# 18   6/1/2022 at 07:43 by Paul (USA)        

Wow, Kieran; lots of interesting and useful Eureka info and pic's - thanks!

Post# 453219 , Reply# 19   6/1/2022 at 08:52 by Paul (USA)        

P.S. Your model list of spec's draws parallels to those of auto's. It seems that electric floor care companies such as Hoover and Eureka, mimicked auto manufacturers' trim packages by offering so many designs and options - especially since the Sixties. In turn, lettered model ID's and names resemble those of antique vehicles. However, since the floorcare cleaning companies haven't followed suit in publishing model spec's like the auto industry, details such as yours are valuable. Thanks again.

Post# 455712 , Reply# 20   8/10/2022 at 23:53 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Found a 4, now seeking a 5 and 6.

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Post# 455774 , Reply# 21   8/12/2022 at 11:57 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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I think I found the differences and changes of models 1-5. I am unsure on the model 6, it was only made from January to April, roughly 10000 units so finding one will be near impossible. I assume it is much like the model 7.

Model 1: No front wheels, clip on rear wheels. Has a large porcelain switch on the handle, cord plugs into the handle end. No chain or spring for the bag clip. Uses a ball socket for the handle that can be tightened into any position.


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Post# 455775 , Reply# 22   8/12/2022 at 12:01 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Model 2: The same as a model 1, but with a slightly more streamlined head and front wheels added onto the nozzle. This model also has a spring or chain on the bag clip to keep it in place. It is unknown if this model retains the large porcelain wall switch.

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Post# 455776 , Reply# 23   8/12/2022 at 12:06 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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This poorly taken reversed photo is the only picture evidence I can find of a model 3. It has the hook for a bag chain so it had one at one point. The serial number in the title of the Worthpoint listing dates it to be a model 3. If someone has a model 3, I would love to see a pic. It can be seen that instead of having a blank space on the back of the motor for the clip on wheels, it features a spot for a bolted on caster(which has been removed). This model also has the ball socket handle hinge, and is the last one to have it.

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Post# 455777 , Reply# 24   8/12/2022 at 12:11 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Model 4: The first to have a real handle fork, it is very primitive and offers no method of stopping the handle upright. There is a way to lock it into one usage position if desired. There is no switch, it turns off when the handle plug is removed. This is the last model to feature a wood handle, and the last not to have cord hooks. It is also the last to have the front cap, and the only model to have the two front wheels concealed in the head.

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Post# 455778 , Reply# 25   8/12/2022 at 12:21 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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A lot of speculation on this one.

This I believe to be a model 5. I cannot prove it for sure until I see one with the serial number in view, but it makes the most sense. Numerous patents updating the Eureka vacuum were filed in mid 1915, and the 5 came out in mid 1915. They streamlined the head, made it have the ability to fold down to access the hose port, and portrayed it with a metal, heavily curved handle. This model also shows the carried over single rear wheel(not caster) placed in the center of the motor, which was presumably carried over from the 4. The handle is shorter and more curved as well. The bag is an obvious replacement.


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Post# 455779 , Reply# 26   8/12/2022 at 12:23 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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A disclaimer. A lot of the info on models 1-5 I posted is based on observation and speculation. If you have concrete evidence on any of the machines, please post it. I just want the early history of Eureka vacuums to be as complete as possible.

Post# 455782 , Reply# 27   8/12/2022 at 14:17 by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        
Give me a favor please.

Do you have eureka model data sheet after 1947? Im trying to make a evolution of eureka vacuums and wanted another sheet after 1947, please and thank you.

Post# 455783 , Reply# 28   8/12/2022 at 14:51 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The original page of this was posted on here by someone who never posted again. I could get you the first few models made after the D272, but after that the page gets too blurry to read and no other pages like it are included in the pics.

Post# 455784 , Reply# 29   8/12/2022 at 15:01 by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        
I see, Alright

Sure you can give me more models after the d272, i would be glad.

Post# 455785 , Reply# 30   8/12/2022 at 15:18 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Model D-360 - UB1001 - UB328468 Oct. 1947 - Jan. 1949


Model D360A - 52001 - 54612 Mar. 1950 - Sept. 1950


Model S246 - 3025000 - 3079457 Apr. 1947 - June 1949


Model S250 - 250001 - 255658 Oct. 1949 - Mar. 1951


Model S250A - 295658 - Apr. 1951
328331 - July 1954

Model S250A-101 - July 1954
Model S250A-12098 - July 1955

The two(?) models listed after this are pictured legibly below, that is all I have.


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Post# 455787 , Reply# 31   8/12/2022 at 15:22 by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        
Thank you

Thank you, i honestly appreciate it. Now i can continue the evolution of eureka vacuums.

Post# 455820 , Reply# 32   8/13/2022 at 19:44 by royalsuper (france )        

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Thank You Very Much Kieran ,this thread is one of the most interesting on the site !
I read somewhere that eureka was the best-selling vacuum cleaner brand in the usa ahead of Hoover. Excellent value ? now i want a EUREKA !


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Post# 455826 , Reply# 33   8/13/2022 at 21:13 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Romain,

If you are lucky, you can find a vintage Singer vacuum cleaner that was made by Eureka and sold in France. It was a Singer version of the little Eureka canister cleaner called the Princess. I will see if I can find the old eBay France listing that I saw a few months ago.


Post# 455827 , Reply# 34   8/13/2022 at 21:17 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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And here it is!!!!

It was not on Ebay...it was on another French sales site...see link below:


CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK


Post# 455829 , Reply# 35   8/13/2022 at 21:46 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Romain, check this out. It is a mixture of the model 11 and D made in England, with the box and tools! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284931101247Q...

Post# 455838 , Reply# 36   8/14/2022 at 07:08 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Wow!!! Never knew Eureka had a factory in the UK back then! Cool!!!

Post# 455843 , Reply# 37   8/14/2022 at 08:31 by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Kieran,

Sorry. Not trying to hijack.
In that link that you posted; my phone is old, and will only let me see the first picture.
But, in the paperwork laid out in front of the vacuum, that manual or whatever it is that's in color, with the rays of sunshine look to it, needs to be reproduced as artwork in some form!
A tin sign...something!

Barry


Post# 455844 , Reply# 38   8/14/2022 at 10:31 by royalsuper (france )        

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enchanted BRIAN ! are you from montreal ? Are you English or French speaking?
Brian and Kieran I don't know at all the history of EUREKA on British territory !
this mixture of model 11 and D made in England is in superb condition in its box with the papers and all the original tools ! What is its value ? and how high the bids can go ? after investigation this vacuum cleaner was sold at auction on 1st May 21 at 9:30am by Arthur Johnson & Sons www.easyliveauction.com/c...


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Post# 455845 , Reply# 39   8/14/2022 at 11:20 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hi Romaine….nice to meet you! Yes, I am from Montreal! My mother tongue is English but I speak and write Francais aussi….

In the 1960’s, most Singer canister (traineau) vacuum cleaners were made by Eureka, so I guess the Singer stores in France were selling canister/cylinder vacuums made by Eureka as well. It’s an interesting part of the history of Eureka….as Eureka was also making vacuums for Koblenz in Mexico and for another company in Australia.


Post# 455847 , Reply# 40   8/14/2022 at 11:35 by royalsuper (france )        

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Hi Brian ! SINGER is known in France by these famous pedal sewing machine www.leboncoin.fr/collecti...

Post# 456858 , Reply# 41   9/18/2022 at 14:33 by royalsuper (france )        

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Kieran can you tell me what is the model and what is the year of manufacture ? thanks .

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Post# 456860 , Reply# 42   9/18/2022 at 15:01 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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That is a RARE model 6, that I am attempting to buy. Not a bad price.

Post# 456861 , Reply# 43   9/18/2022 at 15:12 by royalsuper (france )        

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thank you Kieran here are more photos !

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