Thread Number: 44355  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Did an actress really get Hoover to color the Model 33 Convertible lavender?
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Post# 461702   3/24/2023 at 15:23 (253 days old) by MichaelT (Phoenix AZ)        

Hi. There is a Model 33 Convertible Special on ebay right now. The ad says that the actress Agnes Moorhead (best known from Bewitched) commissioned the color by requesting it from Hoover. I have never heard this and suspect it. Does anyone know anything about this?

Post# 461703 , Reply# 1   3/24/2023 at 15:32 (253 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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I seen that listing too and wondered the same.

Googling "Agnes Moorhead" and "Hoover" the answers lead right back to here. Fascinating stuff. Makes me wonder if the person selling it is a member here, or they found it in the Google.

Post# 461704 , Reply# 2   3/24/2023 at 16:24 (253 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        

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So yes, this was made for Agnes Moorhead as her family was good friends with Hoover. They decided to make a vacuum for her in honor of her being an actress. They are quiet rare, I would love one for my self. I did see the eBay post and I’d say this is a little overpriced

Post# 461708 , Reply# 3   3/24/2023 at 19:55 (253 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The 33 is not really rare when it comes to Convertibles. I've seen 3 on ebay this month. The 32 in coral is much harder to find, especially with the original bag.

Post# 461714 , Reply# 4   3/24/2023 at 21:38 (253 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        
contrary to popular mis belief

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no the 33 was and never had ANYTHING to do with Agnes Moorehead. my spring issue of 1965 hoover worldwide had an interview with Faber Birren, the colorist hoover hired for the color schemes on thier appliances starting in 1956. Faber suggested the color for 33 even though he detested the color. they sold almost 500,000 units.

below is the part of the article talking about his color choice for the model 33

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Post# 461718 , Reply# 5   3/24/2023 at 23:45 (253 days old) by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Will is correct

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Tom (anderson),has all that info. It was a myth that became legend. The hoover books have that proof. Agnes may have been friends with the family members. ThT story was fueled by a member.... long story .I may have an extra to sell..... once I get some machines sorted out.

Post# 462168 , Reply# 6   4/10/2023 at 08:38 (237 days old) by Nova_Candy (New Jersey)        
Lavander convertable

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Post# 462172 , Reply# 7   4/10/2023 at 10:25 (237 days old) by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I hope someone enjoys that cleaner

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Of course, now, we all know about Agnes .... it's an entertaining myth. There is printed documentation about the real dates, info, etc. Agnes had nothing to do with it. We all bought into it..... until the proof became clear.

Post# 462312 , Reply# 8   4/14/2023 at 11:04 (233 days old) by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Luckily, I have 2

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True, not my favorite color. But, the story goes on, often fueled by those who won't let it go. They aren't even. Able to post Nything in here, text or pics. Other are used to do it for them. I feel, if you collect hoover, it's one you want... for history and even the silly legend.

Post# 462313 , Reply# 9   4/14/2023 at 12:06 (233 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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The 33 that is on eBay right now is located in the panhandle of Oklahoma . I've had at least three. I'm not terribly found of the color. But still a well-built Hoover!

Post# 462317 , Reply# 10   4/14/2023 at 15:59 (232 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Like a Rainbow. They are all beautiful. They need only a tasteful display and an electric outlet.

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Post# 462319 , Reply# 11   4/14/2023 at 17:54 (232 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Ditto on the tasteful display!

Yours is nicely done.

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