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Post# 459208   1/6/2023 at 08:28 (526 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Corrections & additions please:

1920 - Airway
1950 - Lewyt model 44
1952 - Electrolux Corporation model LX
1953 - Hoover model 63
1956 - Eureka model S-255
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd.
1965 - AB Electrolux model ZC90 & Trident model U136
1979 - Kirby model 3-CB Tradition


Post# 459210 , Reply# 1   1/6/2023 at 08:57 (526 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
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1941 - Royal?

~Ben


Post# 459211 , Reply# 2   1/6/2023 at 09:39 (526 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Thanks, Ben. Hopefully someone will verify, but I'll add it anyway along with a couple others that also appear to be.


Corrections & additions please:

1920 - Airway
1941 - Royal
1950 - Lewyt canister model 44
1952 - Electrolux Corporation tank-type model LX
1952 - G-E canister model AVC 815
1953 - Hoover upright model 63
1956 - Eureka super automatic upright model S-255 & super Roto-Matic canister model 910
1956 - Sunbeam Dual Deluxe canister model 630
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd. 80-series tank-type models
1965 - AB Electrolux tank-type model ZC90 & Trident tank-type model U136
1979 - Kirby Classic Series upright model 3-CB Tradition



Post# 459212 , Reply# 3   1/6/2023 at 10:00 (526 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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1929 Hoover Hygienisac


Post# 459213 , Reply# 4   1/6/2023 at 10:52 (526 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Thanks, Tom.

1920 - Airway
1929 - Hoover Hygienisac
1941 - Royal
1950 - Lewyt canister model 44
1952 - Electrolux Corporation tank-type model LX
1952 - G-E canister model AVC 815
1953 - Hoover upright model 63
1953 - Kenmore Ken-Kart & canister
1956 - Eureka Super Automatic upright model S-255 & Super Roto-Matic canister model 910
1956 - Sunbeam Dual Deluxe canister model 630
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd. 80-series tank-type models
1965 - AB Electrolux tank-type model ZC90 & Trident tank-type model U136
1979 - Kirby Classic Series upright model 3-CB Tradition



Post# 459216 , Reply# 5   1/6/2023 at 15:06 (525 days old) by Paul (USA)        
@ Ben - Royal 1949 ad featuring new "Toss-Out" bag

1920 - Airway Sanitary System
1929 - Hoover Hygienisac
1949 - Royal upright model 279 and tank-type model 290
1950 - Lewyt canister model 44
1950 - Hoover Aero-Dyne tank-type model 41
195? - Universal upright model VC5708 & Clean Air tank-type model VC670?
1952 - Electrolux Corporation tank-type model LX
1952 - G-E canister model AVC 815
1953 - Hoover upright model 63
1953 - Kenmore Ken-Kart & canister
1956 - Eureka Super Automatic upright model S-255 & Super Roto-Matic canister model 910
1956 - Singer canister model C1 (made by Eureka)
1956 - Sunbeam Dual Deluxe canister model 630
195? - Hamilton Beach canister model 35 Deep Clean
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd. 80-series tank-type models
1965 - AB Electrolux tank-type model ZC90 & Trident tank-type model U136
1979 - Kirby Classic Series upright model 3-CB Tradition



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Post# 459229 , Reply# 6   1/7/2023 at 01:19 (525 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Disposable Bags

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How about the Hoover 61 from 1946 with the Handisac? The 62 that followed also used this same bag.
Jeff


Post# 459231 , Reply# 7   1/7/2023 at 08:22 (525 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Thanks, Jeff.

I could have been more clear in my initial post that in this month of beginnings I was constructing a timeline of each comany's first models that used standard grade disposable bags. I thought I'd read that Hoover introduced its upright throw-away bags with the Hoover 63. Was it actually the 61 in 1946?


Post# 459232 , Reply# 8   1/7/2023 at 09:19 (525 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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The first Hoover with a disposable paper bag was in 1929. The models 60, 61, and 62 still used the same Hygienisac they did in 1929. It wasn't until the model 63 that Hoovrah went to the type C bag.

Post# 459235 , Reply# 9   1/7/2023 at 09:51 (525 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Oh, thanks, Tom. I'd misunderstood your reply in thread 327977 regarding Hoover’s infringement on Air-Way's patent; thinking it was prohibited from using the Hygienisac.


Timeline Of First Vacuum Cleaner Company Models To Use Standard Disposable Bags

1920 - Airway Sanitary System
1929 - Hoover upright model 725 - Hygienisac
1949 - Royal upright model 279 and tank-type model 290
1949 - Westinghouse Deluxe upright model ? & tank-type model T4
1950 - Lewyt canister model 44
195? - Universal upright model VC5708 & Clean Air tank-type model VC670_
1952 - Electrolux Corporation tank-type model LX
1952 - G-E swivel-top canister model AVC 815
1953 - Kenmore Ken-Kart & canister
1955 - Eureka Super Automatic upright model S-255 & Super Roto-Matic canister model 910
1956 - Singer canister model C1 (made by Eureka)
1956 - Sunbeam Dual Deluxe canister model 630
195? - Hamilton Beach canister model 35 Deep Clean
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd. 80-series tank-type models
1965 - AB Electrolux tank-type model ZC90 & Trident tank-type model U136
1979 - Kirby Classic Series upright model 3-CB




Post# 459240 , Reply# 10   1/7/2023 at 13:52 (524 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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The Hoover Hygienisac was meant to be emptied out and reused a number of times, but you were instructed to dispose of it and replace it with a new paper bag at intervals. Hoover sold their replacement bags in cardboard boxes and sometimes in paper bags themselves. Just because you could reuse a bag doesn't mean you never have to replace it.

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Post# 459245 , Reply# 11   1/7/2023 at 17:06 (524 days old) by Caligula (Wallingford, Connecticut)        

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Don't forget the Electrolux C-A, which was introduced in 1961, or 62. It used a large version of the disposable bags for the model G. These bags fit inside the cloth bag.

The C-A was the only wet/dry Electrolux. C-A stood for 'Commercial Automatic.


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Post# 459262 , Reply# 12   1/9/2023 at 08:28 (523 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Great info and images, Tom and Alex - thanks!

Post# 459267 , Reply# 13   1/9/2023 at 10:34 (523 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
re-usable and disposable aren't exactky the same

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According the the actual Hoover archives/history/documents,

 the 'Hygienesac', 1st paper bag, was in 1929. It was re-introduced in 1940 on the model 60 and continued on through the early 1950s on models 61,62.

 

The truly disposable bag was for a tank cleaner, model 41, produced in 1950, 3 years before model 63 in 1953.

 We all know that Convertible, model 65, used the type C  bag.

 

 


Post# 459272 , Reply# 14   1/9/2023 at 12:50 (523 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Thanks, John.

Timeline Of First Vacuum Cleaner Company Models To Use Standard Disposable Bags

1920 - Airway Sanitary System
1929 - Hoover upright model 725 - Hygienisac reusable bag
1949 - Royal upright model 279 and tank-type model 290
1949 - Westinghouse Deluxe floor-type model F-3 & tank-type model T-3
1950 - Hoover Aero-Dyne tank-type model 41
1950 - Lewyt canister model 44
195? - Universal upright model VC5708 & Clean Air tank-type model VC670_
1952 - Electrolux Corporation tank-type model LX
1952 - G-E swivel-top canister model AVC 815
1953 - Kenmore Ken-Kart & canister
1955 - Eureka Super Automatic upright model S-255
1956 - Eureka Super Roto-Matic canister model 910
1956 - Singer canister model C1 (made by Eureka)
1956 - Sunbeam Dual Deluxe canister model 630
195? - Hamilton Beach canister model 35 Deep Clean
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd. 80-series tank-type models
1965 - AB Electrolux tank-type model ZC90 & Trident tank-type model U136
1979 - Kirby Classic Series upright model 3-CB


Below is an interesting 1950 NYT article that mentions paper bags. An interesting side note is that it refers to two types of tank vacuum cleaners - horizontal and vertical - instead of distinguishing between tank and canister.


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Post# 459371 , Reply# 15   1/12/2023 at 12:26 (520 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
The NYT article…

Interesting it doesn’t mention Electrolux at all which was one of if not THE most popular cleaner at the time.

Also, look at the pricing for various machines and items. 40 cents per bag for disposable bags is mentioned. That’s quite costly by today’s standards. Vacuums were expensive items back then. By today’s standards we wouldn’t be flabbergasted at reading about those prices but if we were to compare those prices to the pricing of other common items back in 1950…we would realize just how astronomically expensive a vacuum cleaner was. But they also lasted a good long time because they were metal and virtually nothing was plastic. People likely only changed vacuums to get so,etching newer, more powerful, or improved, easier to use design, not because the old machines “broke down” and had to be replaced. This was certainly the case with my Grandmother who to my knowledge pretty much only had Electrolux canisters. The door to door salesman would try to convince her that the new model was better than her current one in some fashion to get her to buy a new one even though the current one likely worked just fine. And she would end up buying the new one and the old one got “traded in”.

People still do this to this day, thinking newer is better, could be easier to use or perform better.

This also makes us realize that vacuums have indeed gotten “cheaper” over time…not just in quality, but also price. If we can buy a basic upright for $100 today and it lasts 5-7 years.. that’s actually not bad for what you are paying in comparison to back in 1950.

Jon


Post# 459373 , Reply# 16   1/12/2023 at 13:25 (520 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Good points, Jo.

I used the inflation calculator and discovered that 40˘ in 1950 would be $4.86 in 2022 - a 1114.3% increase in 72 years.


Post# 459406 , Reply# 17   1/13/2023 at 11:14 (519 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Gimbel's 1961 Disposable Bags ad

Interestingly, the listing Electrolux bags includes models F and Auto F! It probably seemed to follow suit of the E and Auto E.

June 1961 prices inflated to December 2022:

$3.98 - $39.64

$2.98 - $29.68


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Post# 459410 , Reply# 18   1/13/2023 at 11:46 (519 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Gimbels March 1965 Disposable VC Bags ad



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Post# 459416 , Reply# 19   1/13/2023 at 13:07 (519 days old) by Paul (USA)        
NYT July 1970 Disposable VC Bags ad



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Post# 459425 , Reply# 20   1/13/2023 at 14:45 (518 days old) by Paul (USA)        



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Post# 459450 , Reply# 21   1/14/2023 at 05:38 (518 days old) by Centralvacs1928 (Chicagoland)        
Hygienisac vs Handisac

I was always under the impression that the 1929 thing was called the Hygienisac and was somehow different from the Type W "Handisac" used on models 60-62. Was it really the same thing and Hoover just brought it back?

As I recall, the Hygienisac was made to go on the machine in lieu of the cloth bag (which must have looked pretty strange) and the later Type w Handisac went inside a zippered cloth bag jacket for a nicer, more traditional appearance.


Post# 459751 , Reply# 22   1/25/2023 at 19:43 (506 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Style F and Style G Bags

Jimmy was correct - here's proof from a 200-Series manual that originally Eureka sold Style F bags for use with vinyl dust bag covers and Style G bags for use with cloth dust bag covers.

The Style F bags were still being sold in November 1972 (second picture).


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Post# 459757 , Reply# 23   1/25/2023 at 22:33 (506 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        
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Great timeline of when bags were introduced and by which companies on their products. Can I make a suggestion? Nowhere have I seen yet as to what companies started introducing HEPA Cloth bags, and in what years. I think that would be especially important to keep track of, because those bags practically revolutionized bagged vacuums. And in my opinion, kept bagged vacuums from going obsolete. Just a thought.

Post# 459762 , Reply# 24   1/26/2023 at 06:42 (506 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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This is very valuable- thanks for posting this bag history!

Would be great to include some of the latest innovations in dust bags: bags for the cordless Oreck stick vac (pods), bags for the new Henry cordless stick vac, and even bags for the new Samsung stick vac cleaning station where the charging stand doubles as a dust bin cleaning device.


Post# 459767 , Reply# 25   1/26/2023 at 08:32 (506 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Vac Bags

In the early 90s we began to see both standard and Hepa or micron,micro filter bags for many models that could improve filtration to the level that AirWay had in 1920 and Electrolux introduced in 1952.
(This was also a time that saw various rating numbers of horsepower or cleaning power written on many models.As well as companies claiming rights to a certain color.)


Post# 459791 , Reply# 26   1/26/2023 at 18:40 (505 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Re: Reply #23

Kirbylux77,

Thanks - glad you like it. Yeah, I was going to start a thread on the Contemporary Forum regarding HEPA filters & bags but decided to wait for awhile while I focus on the standard disposables along with Eureka history.


Post# 459792 , Reply# 27   1/26/2023 at 18:46 (505 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Re: Reply #24

Thanks, Brian, I appreciate that. Great idea, please feel free to add any information. My priority now is to complete my research of mid-20th century cleaners that were first equipped with the throw-away dust bags.

Post# 459793 , Reply# 28   1/26/2023 at 18:48 (505 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Re: Reply #25

Jimmy,

As always, I value your knowledge and input.


Post# 466111 , Reply# 29   9/12/2023 at 15:00 (276 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Update

Timeline Of First Vacuum Cleaner Company Models To Use Standard Disposable Bags

1920 - Airway Sanitary System
1929 - Hoover upright model 725 - Hygienisac reusable bag
1949 - Royal upright model 279 and tank-type model 290
1949 - Westinghouse Deluxe floor-type model F-3 & tank-type model T-3
1950 - Hoover Aero-Dyne tank-type model 41
1950 - Eureka "Airomatic" tank model 700
1950 - Lewyt canister model 44
195? - Universal upright model VC5708 & Clean Air tank-type model VC670_
1952 - Electrolux Corporation tank-type model LX
1952 - G-E swivel-top canister model AVC 815
1952 - Eureka upright model S-250-A
1952 - Eureka "Roto-Matic" canister model 800
1953 - Kenmore Ken-Kart & canister (model numbers unknown)
1956 - Eureka "Super Roto-Matic" canister model 910
1956 - Singer canister model C1 (made by Eureka)
1956 - Sunbeam Dual Deluxe canister model 630
195? - Hamilton Beach canister model 35 Deep Clean
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd. 80-series tank-type models
1965 - AB Electrolux tank-type model ZC90 & Trident tank-type model U136
1979 - Kirby Classic Series upright model 3-CB - Style 1

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1. 1950 Jan 19 - MINNEAPOLIS STAR - Eureka Models S-250 & 700
2. 1952 Apr 7 - MINNEAPOLIS STAR - Eureka Models S-250-A w-throw-away bag & 600


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Post# 466145 , Reply# 30   9/13/2023 at 14:36 (275 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Update - G-E Airflow

1920 - Airway Sanitary System
1929 - Hoover upright model 725 - Hygienisac reusable bag
1948 - G-E Air-Flo tank-type model AVT-172
1949 - Royal upright model 279 and tank-type model 290
1949 - Westinghouse Deluxe floor-type model F-3 & tank-type model T-3
1950 - Hoover Aero-Dyne tank-type model 41
1950 - Eureka "Airomatic" tank model 700
1950 - Lewyt canister model 44
195? - Universal upright model VC5708 & Clean Air tank-type model VC670_
1952 - Electrolux Corporation tank-type model LX
1952 - G-E swivel-top canister model AVC 815
1952 - Eureka upright model S-250-A
1952 - Eureka "Roto-Matic" canister model 800
1953 - Kenmore Ken-Kart & canister (model numbers unknown)
1956 - Eureka "Super Roto-Matic" canister model 910
1956 - Singer canister model C1 (made by Eureka)
1956 - Sunbeam Dual Deluxe canister model 630
195? - Hamilton Beach canister model 35 Deep Clean
1957 - Electrolux (Canada) Ltd. 80-series tank-type models
1965 - AB Electrolux tank-type model ZC90 & Trident tank-type model U136
1979 - Kirby Classic Series upright model 3-CB - Style 1

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1. 1948 Oct. 28 - DESERET NEWS - G-E Airflo & throw-away bag
2. 1949 Mar 2 - OWOSSO ARGUS-PRESS - G-E Tidy & Air-Flo AVT 172


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Post# 470211 , Reply# 31   3/20/2024 at 10:20 by Paul (USA)        
Hoover Handisac - 1950

This December 11, 1950, newspaper ad from THE READING EAGLE shows the Handisac was introduced with the new Model 62:

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Post# 470226 , Reply# 32   3/21/2024 at 09:13 by dysonman1 (the county)        

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The Lewyt models 40 and 44 used a filter cone. They infringed upon Health-Mor's patents, and Lewyt was successfully sued. In 1950, the model 55 came out with a dedicated disposable bag, the "Speed-Sak".

Post# 470246 , Reply# 33   3/22/2024 at 17:32 by Canisterman (Mocksville NC)        
I have two

Model 44 Lewyts, Tom is right, they use a cone similar to a Filter Queen except it has no tabs .


Post# 470259 , Reply# 34   3/23/2024 at 11:14 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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In 1963, Hoover introduced the first ever bypass or clean air upright called the Dial-A-Matic. Then a few years later, Kenmore introduced the Duo-Power to compete against the DAM. Also don't forget the central vacs as well like Filtex for example.


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