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2.0 Eureka Shipping and Production History Pre-1947
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Post# 462558   4/24/2023 at 13:59 (418 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Thanks to posters such as Paul, I've gathered some revisions and updated photos of horizontal motor Eureka vacuums! Here is the first of likely many revisions.

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Post# 462560 , Reply# 1   4/24/2023 at 14:11 (418 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 1! I cannot find any actual photographs of this, just the one ad courtesy of Paul.

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Post# 462561 , Reply# 2   4/24/2023 at 14:12 (418 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 2, this one came with an attachment port.

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Post# 462562 , Reply# 3   4/24/2023 at 14:15 (418 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 3, this one had front wheels but otherwise appears the same as the 2.

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Post# 462563 , Reply# 4   4/24/2023 at 14:19 (418 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 4. This one had covered front wheels, a permanent back wheel, was the first to use a handle fork, and the last(?) to have a straight wood handle pole. Ad courtesy of Paul.

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Post# 462564 , Reply# 5   4/24/2023 at 14:22 (418 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 5. I have not found any ads or photographs of the 5 as of now, so will reuse the photo below of what I think the 5 could look like. No tool port, but keeps the stationary back wheel and uncovers the front wheel. Also adds a comically curved metal handle.

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Post# 462565 , Reply# 6   4/24/2023 at 14:24 (418 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 6. Much like the possible 5, the only change this one appears to have is the addition of a rear caster wheel instead of a fixed one. Pics courtesy of Royalsuper.

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Post# 462568 , Reply# 7   4/24/2023 at 14:34 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 7. Early 7s had the old style bag and a brass name plate, but later ones like mine had an aluminum tag and a bag with an updated logo and spreader at the top. Ad courtesy of Paul.

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Post# 462569 , Reply# 8   4/24/2023 at 14:35 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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* I should also mention that the model 7 simplified the bag restraint from 2 springs and a bracket, to one spring and a screw.

Post# 462570 , Reply# 9   4/24/2023 at 14:37 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 8. Still speculative on this but some patent drawings back my theory. The first with a cast handle fork(no catch), the first with wheels behind the head, but the last to use the old style friction fit bag. Bag in pic is a replacement.

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Post# 462572 , Reply# 10   4/24/2023 at 14:41 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 9. Mine is a 32 volt DC version, but AC 120 volt versions have a standard black aluminum tag. 9s before the 1 million mark had a longer handle and a rear housing with slightly bigger vent holes. The first to have a pot metal switch tab, and all 9s had a handle fork catch on the back of the fork as well as the introduction of the click on bag collar. Also the first to improve the bag, moving the clip to the top to reduce wear.

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Post# 462573 , Reply# 11   4/24/2023 at 14:45 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka B(Special). Mine has a genuine replacement bag. This used a much larger motor, but kept every other piece of the 9. Sold alongside the Standard as the budget option. Ad courtesy of Portable.

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Post# 462574 , Reply# 12   4/24/2023 at 14:47 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka F(Standard #2). This is quite an odd one. Switch on the back of the handle, height adjuster on the nozzle with a model G type axle, and grooves cut into the head. Sadly mine has no bag as of now. I cannot find any ads at all for this.

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Post# 462575 , Reply# 13   4/24/2023 at 14:50 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka A(model 10/Standard #1). The 10 and 11 used the same prefix, A, along with the term Standard. The only change between them is the 11 added a 2 piece, quick removal handle fork. These models had the height adjuster on the fixed rear wheel.

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Post# 462576 , Reply# 14   4/24/2023 at 14:52 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka A(model 11/Standard #1). The 10 and 11 used the same prefix, A, along with the term Standard. The only change between them is the 11 added a 2 piece, quick removal handle fork. These models had the height adjuster on the fixed rear wheel.
Ad courtesy of Paul.


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Post# 462577 , Reply# 15   4/24/2023 at 14:55 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka D(Deluxe). This one had an updated head with a brush built in, a full wood handle grip, a switch behind the handle, and 4 wheels instead of 3. Mine was in rough shape, so I custom painted the once rusty accents red and got it a matching bag. This one also had its height adjuster in the front.

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Post# 462579 , Reply# 16   4/24/2023 at 15:04 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The last of the straight suctions, and the only one to use ball bearings and have no external wire terminals. Prewar versions were polished with a wood knob on the handle, and of course the rear handle switch. Postwar, commercially sold ones like mine had a metal handle cap, a grey hammertone finish, and a modernized bag. The K also had a simplified mechanism for retracting the brush strip. Ad courtesy of Paul.

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Post# 462580 , Reply# 17   4/24/2023 at 15:08 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Into the motor brush models. The Eureka G. Early iterations had a wood grip and a speed switch underneath, mine is a mid range with just a wood cap on the handle and no speed switch.

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Post# 462581 , Reply# 18   4/24/2023 at 15:11 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka G2. Early G2s looked more like the G but with a side sitting bag. Late G2s had a headlight option(as does mine), an updated bag logo and shape, and updated badge. All G2s had a larger, more powerful motor and later ones had a rubber strain relief instead of a spring. Ad courtesy of Portable.

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Post# 462582 , Reply# 19   4/24/2023 at 15:15 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka R. Early Rs had pinstripes embossed and painted on the castings, along with an old style logo on the bag and badge. Later versions(like mine) updated both of those and ditched the pinstriped accents on the aluminum as well. The first truly 2 speed Eureka, with both speeds in the handle. Ad courtesy of Portable.

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Post# 462583 , Reply# 20   4/24/2023 at 15:21 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka Challenger M. This model had a full wood handle grip, and an extremely streamlined finish. Early Ms had a plated steel handle with the older bag and badge(like mine) and later ones had an updated bag, badge, and an aluminum handle. No pic on hand of the later variant, I'll leave it for the next revision. Some Ms were painted red and brown, and not always marked with a suffix like M60. For the sake of organization I will only include painted Ms listed under a suffix. Ad courtesy of Portable

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Post# 462584 , Reply# 21   4/24/2023 at 15:28 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka G30. This one has a steel handle fork and an optional headlight.

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Post# 462585 , Reply# 22   4/24/2023 at 15:30 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka G31. Same as the G30 but with a brown paint job and a front facing bag.

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Post# 462587 , Reply# 23   4/24/2023 at 15:36 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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This is either an R-L-C or an R-41, as it has the steel handle fork that started in 1940.

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Post# 462588 , Reply# 24   4/24/2023 at 15:39 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka M61 or M61A, both came painted from the factory but does not specify the color. I marked both as "red" before I knew the brown one existed.

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Post# 462589 , Reply# 25   4/24/2023 at 15:41 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka D171. A completely new design for postwar America. This model is for some reason not mentioned in the shipping history.

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Post# 462590 , Reply# 26   4/24/2023 at 15:45 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka D272. This model simplified the accents of the D171 to white, though some D272s used a matching red bumper. Ad courtesy of Paul.

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Post# 462591 , Reply# 27   4/24/2023 at 15:46 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka M262(Master). I do have a pic of a real life example of this somewhere but I can't seem to find it. It is finished in dark brown like the G31. Ad courtesy of Paul.

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Post# 462592 , Reply# 28   4/24/2023 at 15:51 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka Juniors H and J respectively. The H came in 2 variants, sleeve and ball bearing. Early Js had a riveted box where the cord comes out, unsure of the purpose. Ads courtesy of Portable.

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Post# 462593 , Reply# 29   4/24/2023 at 15:59 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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To wrap up, the following models I was not able to document in any way:
Model C Auto Cleaner
Model L Auto Cleaner
K-60
K-60A
GH-31-P
R-41-P
R-49
D174

And the following I was not able to document fully:
Model 1
Model 5
Model 8
Standard #2
G30
G31
M-61
M-61A
R-LC
R-41
D171
M262

If anyone has info on any of these models, or of the documented models, please don't hesitate to speak up!


Post# 462601 , Reply# 30   4/24/2023 at 19:17 (417 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Hoover 300,

First of all, thank you for all the photos and your research of the early period of Eureka floor care products. I also appreciate the credit you gave me for the advertisements.

I had found the Model H Junior in other advertisements but not the Model J, so your photo's are expanding our knowledge of those rare cleaners.

Secondly, I checked your top model list in reply #29 and was unable to find any ad's for them likely due to their short production runs. As for the 'D-174' I don't think it existed. I believe you got that from the 1958 Shipping Record and had thought the same thing until I located several references of the Model 'D-171'. I also wanted to mention that I believe the main difference between the D-171 and D-272 is that the latter was made to be compatible with the new Disturbulator.

A couple suggestions for you are to check with 'DadsVacuum', who posted the 1958 Shipping Record. I noticed that he didn't post the page for the tank cleaners, hand vacs and the auto vacs; so his Dad's list would at least have the production periods in them. The other possible resource is paying a visit sometime to the McLean County Museum of History that houses Eureka's archives.

Thanks again for sharing all your research.


Post# 462605 , Reply# 31   4/24/2023 at 20:26 (417 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Portable posted a 1938 Eureka model list that lists the 2 Auto Cleaners(below). I do have one pictured in an ad, but unsure which model(below). The D174 being the D171 is very plausible, but the production start date of 1934 makes no sense, and in case of a typo 1944 still had the wartime production change in effect.
Thanks!


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Post# 462623 , Reply# 32   4/25/2023 at 09:58 (417 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Thanks, I hadn't run across that document.

I agree that the long run of the D-171 doesn't compute. The only references I was able to locate on my library's database for the Model D-171 were:

1. Prentice Hall Price Control Service, 1942 (full document view inaccessible)

2. Consumer Goods Desk Book - Office of Price Administration, 1946 (full document view inaccessible)

3. US Office of Price Administration Press Release, 1942 (attached)


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Post# 462624 , Reply# 33   4/25/2023 at 10:15 (417 days old) by Paul (USA)        

I wonder if there were some errors in the Press Release I posted in reply #32? 'N-51A' appears in no other place in the database.

Then, in another 1942 press release I just located, it lists 'N-61-A' as being a floor-type cleaner (upright). I'm thinking it should have been listed as 'M-61-A'.

It's blurry because I enlarged it.


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Post# 462634 , Reply# 34   4/25/2023 at 18:25 (416 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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But in the other press release it shows the M and N, and the M is priced significantly higher.

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Post# 462643 , Reply# 35   4/26/2023 at 10:37 (416 days old) by Paul (USA)        

True - maybe the Model N was some type of compact vacuum cleaner that was listed on the 1958 Shipping Record page that wasn't posted (with the tank-types and hand vacs).

Post# 462645 , Reply# 36   4/26/2023 at 12:01 (416 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Misc. News Blurbs

1) March 1928

2) September 1931

3) February 1939


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Post# 462660 , Reply# 37   4/27/2023 at 09:38 (415 days old) by Paul (USA)        
Some Surprising 1941 Ads!

1. 1941 Mar 19 YOUNGSTOWN VINDICATOR - Attach-O-Matic coupler

2. 1941 Dec. 9 PITTSBURGH PRESS - New De Luxe with Attach-O-Matic (likely the Model D-171 - styled by George Walker!)


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Post# 462816 , Reply# 38   5/3/2023 at 00:17 (409 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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So neat.. I know someone with a front bag M. Sadly the bag is missing, but the front facing hook and the hook on the fan case are present.

Royalsuper sent me this sweet 1970s photo awhile back. Note the models 3 and 4 have repro bags, but the repro bags are so old they have clips on the bottom. Imagine when they stopped making those as replacements!


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Post# 462820 , Reply# 39   5/3/2023 at 08:19 (409 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
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Thanks for all your hard work putting this together. I love my Eurekas and hope to add more to my collection. Thanks again!! I keep an eye always open for old adds for my models K, and M.

Jim


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Post# 462825 , Reply# 40   5/3/2023 at 09:27 (409 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Was the M the only one with a 2 speed switch on the handle?

I have vague memories of one that my grandmother had. All I remember was the handle release and the 2 speed switch.

Post# 462827 , Reply# 41   5/3/2023 at 10:56 (409 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Nope, the R, all of its subsets, D171, D272, and M262 all had 2 speed switches in the handle.

Post# 464324 , Reply# 42   7/4/2023 at 18:31 (346 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Found an M61 in the flesh! I hope to own it at some point

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Post# 468497 , Reply# 43   1/5/2024 at 10:07 by Paul (USA)        
From the Hagley Museum, DE

Electrical Association of New York
National Electrical and Radio Exposition (1934 : New York, N.Y.)
Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company



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Post# 468498 , Reply# 44   1/5/2024 at 10:22 by Paul (USA)        
Poor''s & Moody's 'Manual of RRs & Corp. Sec



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Post# 468499 , Reply# 45   1/5/2024 at 10:23 by Paul (USA)        
Poor''s & Moody's 'Manual of RRs & Corp. Sec



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