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Annual pilgrimage to North Canton Ohio.
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Post# 454902   7/15/2022 at 16:56 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Well, I'll be going soon to North Canton for Hoover's birthday it will be great to see Tom Anderson and the Gang once more.

Post# 454908 , Reply# 1   7/15/2022 at 18:08 by jscarlato (Clairton, PA)        

I always enjoy your pictures when you visit North Canton.

Post# 454934 , Reply# 2   7/16/2022 at 23:04 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'll take many!

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This is my 14th year of going there. It's become a very familiar place to me now.
I'll stay with Tom ,Heather, and Glen. I'll visit Jane, visit the buildings. I might even get to see Ann Haines. She ran the historical center for years... a sweet lady.

Post# 454960 , Reply# 3   7/18/2022 at 08:02 by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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look foward to seeing you again and making tom and you dinner!

Post# 454966 , Reply# 4   7/18/2022 at 11:20 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It'll be great.

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I've already gotten the things ready to make you and Tom some home made iced tea.  Rumor has it you like the stuff a lot.


Post# 454979 , Reply# 5   7/18/2022 at 16:13 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Who knows what

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we'll find this time????


Post# 454980 , Reply# 6   7/18/2022 at 17:00 by Vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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That was one of our best conventions! The tour of the factory and museum was a highlight for me. I believe it was for the 100th anniversary.

Tom and Heather were such gracious hosts that year. Tom's collection was a thrill in and of itself. I loved the Hoover washing machines.

I believe it may have been one of our highest attended conventions. If memory serves me we also went to the Tri-Star plant as well. I think we have may have visited Kirby as well.

I just remember being exhausted when I got home.


Post# 454997 , Reply# 7   7/19/2022 at 11:06 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It was my first conventnion.

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I've returned every years since, at least once a year. It's great to be there where it all started.  I'm very welcomed in that town. Of course, I see a lot of my friends when I visit.  I usually bring some baked things from my home and have recently, upon request, made the infamous  iced tea from the Pittston Hospital.

  I'll be leaving on Thursday, August 4.

Post# 455002 , Reply# 8   7/19/2022 at 15:33 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
N Canton is on my Tom Tom and reg GPS

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Shortly after I arrive there, everything becomes familiar again.

  I'm bringing a few machines (vintage)  for a play date and some a spa date.  And, I have a special surprise for Tom.


Post# 455032 , Reply# 9   7/20/2022 at 11:18 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'll also return

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his giant Hoover balloon.  He was gracious to loan it to me  when he visited in early June.  We used it at the convention here in Scranton.

Post# 455034 , Reply# 10   7/20/2022 at 12:06 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'll no doubt visit the

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Hoover Historical Center...the museum on the campus of Walsh University.


Post# 455041 , Reply# 11   7/20/2022 at 15:01 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Sadly, I just learned ofDick Pike's death this morning.

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Who knew that last year would be the last time I'd see him.

Post# 455068 , Reply# 12   7/21/2022 at 10:47 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It will be sad to return there and

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not go t Dick's home.  I've gotten so many neat things from his collection. they're extra special now.

Post# 455073 , Reply# 13   7/21/2022 at 14:19 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Is there anything anyone would care to

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see while am the 'Ohio thing"?


Post# 455074 , Reply# 14   7/21/2022 at 14:24 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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A couple pics of the Hooverette would be nice, and any early electric competitors(though I think most are in storage).

Post# 455075 , Reply# 15   7/21/2022 at 14:42 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Any competitors would be atthe musem,

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as, there are none in Tom's house. (Tom Anderson).


Post# 455083 , Reply# 16   7/22/2022 at 01:03 by airwayqueen (Santa Monica California)        
Are we going to see

another endless series of one-sentence postings??

Post# 455084 , Reply# 17   7/22/2022 at 03:56 by eurekaexpress (Hazleton, PA)        

I hope so.

Post# 455086 , Reply# 18   7/22/2022 at 06:37 by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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When did Dick Pike die? I'm sending my condolences.

Post# 455089 , Reply# 19   7/22/2022 at 08:16 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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I'm sensing a bit of hostility. Do we know each other?  Have we ever had words b/w us? I'm sorry if my posts annoy you.  You may always feel free to email me or call and we can talk.

 Should I make my posts longer?  3 lines.



  Dick Pike died 3 days ago.  His funeral will be on Monday. 

I'm proud to have been in his home numerous times.  I'm grateful to have known both him and his wife, Joellen.

Post# 455094 , Reply# 20   7/22/2022 at 12:26 by airwayqueen (Santa Monica California)        
No hostility here,

Just amusement.

Post# 455113 , Reply# 21   7/22/2022 at 20:52 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, that's good to hear.

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I was only there once in the winter.
We went to the Bag Plant 2 just before it closed. Then, we went to the Mc Kinley Museum, then to The Hoover Historical Center to a fab Christmas party and horse drawn sleighride around the property.

So, yes, some call it a pilgrimage. Others, well, it really matters not, so, who cares?
Silly, isn't it? Ridiculous, actually.
But I go regularly, because I'm welcome there.
I hope to see Ann Haines, too. Maybe I'll bring her some kitchen treats, too.

Post# 455131 , Reply# 22   7/23/2022 at 09:46 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I spoke with Tom last night.

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He's going to Dick Pike's wake on Sunday.

I believe Dick's son, Tom will remain in the home. (beautiful house)... been there numerous times.

I'll treasure all of the things I got there on various visits.

No doubt, we'll stop at the museum while I'm there.
Let the letter brigade begin.

Post# 455343 , Reply# 23   7/31/2022 at 14:59 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I was at the store today.

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I got all of the things needed to prepare the things I take to N. Canton.
I usually make a large amount of home made spaghetti sauce, meatballs and sausage.

I also bake banana nut breads, Irish sodabreads, and some cookies. Once there, I'll whip up a few pitchers of iced tea (yep).
I'm bringing a few vacuums for a general overhaul, as well as a special 'vintage' surprise for Tom.
A few days....................

Post# 455434 , Reply# 24   8/3/2022 at 11:15 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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pics tonight. The kitchen lights were on last night until 2:00 a.m.

Post# 455476 , Reply# 25   8/4/2022 at 22:59 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
So here are some preparations of all the Edibles on their

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Way to North Canton the kitchen was a Buzz.

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Post# 455477 , Reply# 26   8/4/2022 at 23:02 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well after a lot of rain and construction I finally made it

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Back to North canton.

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Post# 455478 , Reply# 27   8/4/2022 at 23:03 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here's a little gift I brought for Tom.

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It was a machine he was looking for for a long time I'm thrilled when I can give somebody to Tom he doesn't have. It's always nice to fill in little pieces to your collection.

Post# 455495 , Reply# 28   8/5/2022 at 16:58 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well day one we went thrifting saw some fun things and some

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Great things on sale I got a brand new inbox brush back and twist vac great for the staircase and some bags and belts it was a fun day.

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Post# 455496 , Reply# 29   8/5/2022 at 17:06 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Then on to the Hoover Historical Center a great place to

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Return to again and again.

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Post# 455497 , Reply# 30   8/5/2022 at 17:08 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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That Air Way is worth money! What store is it?

Post# 455499 , Reply# 31   8/5/2022 at 17:14 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
For all history enthusiasts there's the word the war roo

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And new things all around the building.

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Post# 455500 , Reply# 32   8/5/2022 at 17:17 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And speaking of Fine China.

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Here is the Hoover family's China safely preserved in a cabinet.

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Post# 455501 , Reply# 33   8/5/2022 at 17:21 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here are a few more pictures plus the new line from TTI.

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Post# 455507 , Reply# 34   8/6/2022 at 08:03 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Reply 28,photo 2

Is that a Richmond?!?!?!

Post# 455509 , Reply# 35   8/6/2022 at 09:31 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Then we went to our favorite

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Place....the factory. We were able to still go to a lot of areas. Some of it has been used by otherbusibeses.

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Post# 455510 , Reply# 36   8/6/2022 at 09:34 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It was great to go thru the halls as well as use so

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Many staircases. We waited for the rain to stop inside the lobby.

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Post# 455515 , Reply# 37   8/6/2022 at 13:22 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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That isn't a Richmond, it is the first Birtman ever!! I will pay someone handsomely to get that and ship it to me.

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Post# 455523 , Reply# 38   8/6/2022 at 16:58 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I found some more fun pictures to share.

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Here's Tom giving a nice concept to electronic a thorough going over cleaning every little bit bringing it to perfect condition.

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Post# 455524 , Reply# 39   8/6/2022 at 17:08 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Today we went thrifting found a bunch of vintage Hoover bags

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And belts dirt cheap yay. We posed on a lot of staircases I guess we could say it's the summer of the staircase everywhere we go we find one why not smile and say double wide.

Post# 455536 , Reply# 40   8/6/2022 at 22:08 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Oregon., we went4 thrifting

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I got severa bags, etc. There were tons of SHARKS,ORecks, etc. Then, on to Wills for a visit and dinner.

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Post# 455537 , Reply# 41   8/6/2022 at 22:13 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Still another staircase

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I guess we could call it the year of the staircase......

Post# 455538 , Reply# 42   8/6/2022 at 22:23 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
We see Tom using a

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Shag rake, pics of Will's house, dinner, and, of course, the staircase!!!!!!

Post# 455555 , Reply# 43   8/7/2022 at 11:26 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And here's Tom cleaning up the kitchen.

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Using I tried and true convertible 1070.

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Post# 455556 , Reply# 44   8/7/2022 at 11:28 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
At the Hoover Museum we see a porta power being

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Used to demonstrate the strong suction of that cleaner if some people have that they never leave the house.

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Post# 455579 , Reply# 45   8/8/2022 at 10:28 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, I made it home last night.

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There were storms and a lot of roadwork. It took longer than usual.
It was a great trip. I'll post more pics soon.
The kitties were very happy when I returned.
I unpacked the car. I only took 3 machines home: a Dial A Matic for Joe Kassock, a beautiful cylinder (tank), the Concept 2 'electronic'. It was there for a little going over. I also got a great coat rack that was from The Hoover Company.
Special thanks to Tom and Heather. Also, thanks to Will. had a great time.

Post# 455582 , Reply# 46   8/8/2022 at 12:04 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
i was able to get some great pics at the center (museum)

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this time with my phone camera.
You'll see the parachute. If you made cloth bags...your new 'wartime' job was making parachutes. Fuses, helmets, etc were all made there.
The history just calls out to you when you'r there.

Post# 455597 , Reply# 47   8/8/2022 at 15:32 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I was also able, this time,

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to capture a lot of pics of the hostesses, or tour guides who gave tours of the company. Now, one is a new docent at the museum.

Post# 455619 , Reply# 48   8/9/2022 at 10:27 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
As far as that other vacuum at the store

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WE took a pic of that Airway and that other cleaner. I have no idea what it was. I really had no interest in it. We were in so many places that day, I couldn't tell you where it was . There was a Hoover heater there. It looks like it's possible that someone actually went to that store after us, as, it looks like that heater is in a pic.
Unless a collector rushes back to that store, I doubt it will fly out of there.

One flea market had Orecks and Sharks. "Buy one, get one free'. We passed.

Post# 455630 , Reply# 49   8/9/2022 at 13:38 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I took lots and lots of pics this time

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about the company history.
It's great to share, good,accurate history of something.
I have loads to still post.

great camera on my phone. yay!

Post# 455632 , Reply# 50   8/9/2022 at 14:32 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
i was also pleasantly surprised

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to see TTI still furnishing the museum with the current line of products.

Post# 455641 , Reply# 51   8/9/2022 at 15:52 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
The Historical Center is the museum

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which documents everything. Every aspect is covered there, in one way or another.
The "Hoover District" is a MASSIVE series of buildings. The "International Building" is being re-purposed..not struggling like a mean-spirited view might have it.
But, no need to pay attention to nasty remarks, if there are any.
I'll continue to visit, and post. Some share an interest in all of it.
Some, well... doesn't really matter.

Post# 455676 , Reply# 52   8/10/2022 at 14:52 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here are some pictures of ads from the Hoover company

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During the summer they would have top sales people come and spend a week at the camp.

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Post# 455677 , Reply# 53   8/10/2022 at 14:54 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here are some more great ads from over the years.

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Every vintage is represented.

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Post# 455678 , Reply# 54   8/10/2022 at 14:56 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, there's Tom and myself on the day I returned home.

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We packed a lot of fun in just a few days.

Post# 455724 , Reply# 55   8/11/2022 at 10:28 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Hard to believe it was a week ago that I set out on

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My retreat. Thanks again to Tom and heather.

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Post# 455731 , Reply# 56   8/11/2022 at 11:56 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I want to thank all of you

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who have liked my posts, thus far.  I'm glad you like the history of it all, the pics, stories, etc.

  There is a lot more.  I can post for a long time.  And, I will. 

So, thanks, again.  I'm glad you're enjoying it.  Some, probably not, but, hey.......................  that's why there's chocolate and vanilla...lemonade and iced tea,  chocolate chip and pepper............... Hoover and others.


Post# 455734 , Reply# 57   8/11/2022 at 13:41 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here are a few more historic photos.

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There are so many from which to choose.

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Post# 455735 , Reply# 58   8/11/2022 at 14:54 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Makes you wonder how many of the vacs in picture 2 are still around.

Post# 455736 , Reply# 59   8/11/2022 at 14:58 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I wonder too.

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We'd be amazed. I'll bet.


Post# 455739 , Reply# 60   8/11/2022 at 15:33 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here are some pics of Tom's

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lower level "gallery".  He changes things regularly.  Very organized, climate controlled setting.  Always an inspiration.

Post# 455740 , Reply# 61   8/11/2022 at 15:37 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And here are the pics

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Wonderful things.

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Post# 455741 , Reply# 62   8/11/2022 at 15:42 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
the lower level is complete

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w/ a laundry room, etc.  I sound like a realtor.  All Hoover stuff.. not like there would be a swing or anything like that there.  Just museum quality machines, and Hoover items and paperwork, manuals, etc.

Post# 455753 , Reply# 63   8/11/2022 at 20:23 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Wow, John!
Tom has an amazing collection of Hoover items!
That must have taken ages to acquire, and a lot of work to organize and maintain.
Obviously, a labor of love!


Post# 455761 , Reply# 64   8/12/2022 at 06:09 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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In pic 5, I see a unique white hard bodied upright that looks like it may have come from the UK. Is that a British 240v Hoover?

Post# 455769 , Reply# 65   8/12/2022 at 10:05 by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        

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That Richmond is something else. I know you're a Hoover purist but I would've JUMPED at that. Even that Twin-motors AirWay. Those are EXTREMELY rare. I'm sure there's some way to fabricate a new knuckle coupler for the motor driven brush. It was probably some type of pot metal. Personally, I appreciate the AirWay uprights much more than the canisters, but I know everyone's tastes are different.

Post# 455781 , Reply# 66   8/12/2022 at 13:41 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, I believe that British

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Hoover may have belonged, at one time, to the late, great Dick Pike. When I speak with Tom again (this week), I'll get the particulars.

Post# 455786 , Reply# 67   8/12/2022 at 15:21 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks John!!!

Post# 455798 , Reply# 68   8/13/2022 at 01:51 by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Thank You John!

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Looks like you all had a great time, and it was nice of you to share it with all of us here, especially the pics! I haven't been to the museum or Tom's house in several years but hope to get up that way again some time. Thanks again,

Post# 455804 , Reply# 69   8/13/2022 at 10:26 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My pleasure

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I still have more pics to share. To think... it was a week ago that I was there!
Thanks to so many for your kindness. I've gotten many notes, messages, etc.
I'm glad some of you appreciate all of it. There are others, well.... what can you say? There's no excuse for bad taste. or bad manners.

More celebrating Hoovers and The year of the staircase!

Post# 455855 , Reply# 70   8/14/2022 at 18:09 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Last night, I spoke with Tom (Anderson). He told me that that white Hoover WAS made in Cambuslang, Scotland.It was gifted to Joe Cutinella, whom he believes was a vice president. It was a retirement present in 1986..... The "Sovereign".I knew he'd have the correct info.

Post# 455868 , Reply# 71   8/14/2022 at 23:33 by hoover28 (Oneida N.Y.)        

for the cool Hoover pics

I must go to North canton OH some day.


Post# 455873 , Reply# 72   8/15/2022 at 05:36 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks for the answer John…very interesting…..

Post# 455922 , Reply# 73   8/16/2022 at 10:51 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here is something you rarely see.

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A brand new Hoover toothbrush.

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Post# 455924 , Reply# 74   8/16/2022 at 10:53 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here is the design of the wonderful boardroom in the

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International building. I've stood in that room several times.

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Post# 455927 , Reply# 75   8/16/2022 at 12:00 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here's a glimpse of some of Tom's storage units cont

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.And a very organized Workshop.

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Post# 455934 , Reply# 76   8/16/2022 at 14:59 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here are a few more items.

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Here are some great products for polishing vacuums. Plus here is a picture of an old water faucet from the Hoover Factory.

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Post# 455963 , Reply# 77   8/18/2022 at 09:50 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Hershel, It I knew someone really wanted that

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other vacuum................

 But, might have had trouble putting it in Tom's car !! :)

 We had no idea we'd see that.  That's the thing about thrifting:  You NEVER know what you're gonna see.  How many times did we find a 'must have' item?

 I was able to get 2 NIB Hoovers that day, (  dirt cheap).  THAT was fun.

Post# 455966 , Reply# 78   8/18/2022 at 10:44 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I've gotten wonderful

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things on my trips to Ohio.

  I think I have a few more pics to share.

Post# 455968 , Reply# 79   8/18/2022 at 11:03 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Here are a few more photos from my trip

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Post# 455972 , Reply# 80   8/18/2022 at 11:55 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Thanks for the pictures, John!
I apologize for being out of the loop, but I have to ask.
What's the deal with the Star Trek uniform? Is there a Hoover tie-in somewhere?


Post# 455980 , Reply# 81   8/18/2022 at 14:29 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Barry, it has to do

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with the local parades.  Hoover was always in them,,,Football Hall of Fame stuff, too.

Sorry I didn't a closeup of that.  It's on display in the back hallway leading to the back 'staircase'.

Post# 455985 , Reply# 82   8/18/2022 at 15:08 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
When they were closing the bag plant

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I suggested they have all the workers sign the last bag. They did and here it is in the museum.

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Post# 455992 , Reply# 83   8/18/2022 at 16:01 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I recognized so many names

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It was great to see an idea of mine   become a reality in that museum!


Post# 456101 , Reply# 84   8/22/2022 at 10:41 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And here is bag plant 2.

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The place where all of those great bags were made with paper from the Poconos.

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