Thread Number: 44276  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Looking to Buy: 1935 Singer R-1 Upright Vacuum
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Post# 460895   3/3/2023 at 09:32 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        

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I want to buy a 1935 Singer R-1 upright vacuum cleaner.

Condition can be Working (preferred) – OR - Non-working

See photo below for example.

I am new to vintage vacuum collecting (two months and counting).

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Post# 461042 , Reply# 1   3/7/2023 at 16:51 by dysonman1 (the county)        

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I have one. I'd sell for the right amount. They are very rare. General Electric made them for Singer. The brush roll turned backwards so it doesn't seize the fringe of the area rugs of the time.

Post# 461044 , Reply# 2   3/7/2023 at 18:30 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        

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Thanks for your reply to my wanted post.
I have heard how rare this vacuum is to find so I appreciate your message.
I just bought one today and so I will be deleting my post shortly.

Post# 461048 , Reply# 3   3/7/2023 at 18:57 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Great! I'm just wondering where you found one. They're really very rare.

Post# 461052 , Reply# 4   3/7/2023 at 20:49 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        

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Someone much smarter than I called my attention to it.

The seller said it was among contents of an auctioned storage unit.

Post# 461140 , Reply# 5   3/10/2023 at 16:49 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        

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Singer vacuum arrived today Here is a photo of it.

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Post# 461152 , Reply# 6   3/10/2023 at 19:34 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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W O W ! ! ! ! !


What a spectacular find of such a rare vacuum cleaner! Congratulations!!

Post# 461154 , Reply# 7   3/10/2023 at 20:14 by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        

WOW VERY NICE ENJOY> O FOR the Days of Qyilty All Plastic CRAP now Enjoy

Post# 461164 , Reply# 8   3/11/2023 at 07:44 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
So Cool!!

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What a wonderful find. Congratulations! It always great to find rare gems like that one especially one that you wanted for your collection a very nice start indeed. Pictured is my R3 Singer.


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Post# 461165 , Reply# 9   3/11/2023 at 08:18 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I would be interested in buying your Singer R1 please let me know if your interested in selling it and how much your asking.


Post# 461167 , Reply# 10   3/11/2023 at 10:26 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        

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Thanks Jim for the two photos of your Singer R-3 upright. It is beautiful and shines like a mirror.

Thanks also to Kirbyvacuum and Electrolux137 for your nice postings.

I am not sure what’s next – I want to keep my collection small and my taste in vintage vacuums runs more toward bright, shiny deco/streamlined uprights.

I guess I will know what’s next when I see it.


Post# 461170 , Reply# 11   3/11/2023 at 11:25 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Air-deco styling

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Here is a picture of my art-deco style polished aluminum vacs. The Singer R3, the Eureka model M, and the Kenmore Imperial. All the vacs in my collection are polished aluminum. No paint or plastic. Also pictured is my Kenmore Automatic that also has the air-deco styling and look.


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Post# 461177 , Reply# 12   3/11/2023 at 12:19 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        

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Thanks for the additional vacuum photos.

Kenmore has been off my radar (but I have heard collectors mention the dual headlight model that you showed -- and it sports a nice bag).

I will do some Youtube and Google searches and see what other vacuum models Kenmore made during the mid- to late-1930s.

Your Kenmore Automatic model is striking.


Post# 461180 , Reply# 13   3/11/2023 at 14:07 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Kenmore Automatic

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Here is a link to show my Automatic in action right after I finished her. Thank you for your kind words.



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