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Eureka Chron-O-Matic Timeline — 1909-1999
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Post# 462684   4/28/2023 at 14:24 by Paul (USA)        

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Post# 462685 , Reply# 1   4/28/2023 at 14:26 by Paul (USA)        

Meant to post first ...

“Chron-O-Matic” is what you get when you combine ‘Chronology’ and ‘O-Matic’ – a timeline that makes referencing automatic rather than time-consuming. The ‘O-Matic’ word ending was first used by Eureka in 1941 when it introduced the new attachment coupler. Other Eureka monikers ending in ‘-Matic’ were the “Roto-Matic” canisters & power nozzles – launched in 1952 and 1972, respectively; The “Airomatic” tank-type vacuum also launched in 1952; and the new 1970 Air-Matic console on the “Empress II” canister.

Post# 462688 , Reply# 2   4/28/2023 at 15:04 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Wow! Very nice!!

A couple small things; the model 10 as far as I know did not have a polishing brushroll. That seems like something that would come along in the 30s or 40s?

And the Special was the budget option to the Standard, reusing a lot of the same castings as the model 9. The motor was the same as the Standard #2, with the caster. Otherwise it is about the same size as the 11.

Would you happen to have a pic of the golden 1 millionth Eureka? I have the pin but did not know they did a full size commemorative vacuum.

Post# 462691 , Reply# 3   4/28/2023 at 15:22 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Wow! Thank you for all your hard work doing this time-line! That must have taken days to assemble!!!

Re the Eureka love for “matic”: I think the first use of the term was the heating oil device created by the Williams company. It was called the “Oil-o-Matic”….

Post# 462692 , Reply# 4   4/28/2023 at 15:26 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Here is an article about the Williams Oil O Matic company:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 462728 , Reply# 5   4/29/2023 at 14:37 by Paul (USA)        

Thanks much, Hoover 300 & Brian!

@ Hoover 300 - Thanks for your feedback. Attached is an ad for the new floor polisher attachment for the Model 10 from the December 19, 1924, edition of THE TELEGRAPH HERALD AND TIMES. I was unable to locate a photo of the millionth cleaner from 1925, but also attached newspaper blurbs referencing it and the 1927 two-millionth gem-studded cleaner and a photo of the millionth cleaner lapel stud (for the benefit of others).


1. 1927 Dec. 19 TELEGRAPH-HERALD AND TIMES - New Floor Polisher for Eureka Model 10
2. 1924 Sep 1 THE DETROITER - Millionth Eureka ad
3. 1924 Dec ELECTRICAL MERCHANDISING - Millionth Eureka article & Vac School photo
4. Eureka - The Millionth 1925 lapel stud
5. 1927 Nov. 18 THE EVENING NEWS - 2-millionth cleaner blurb
6. 1928 Mar 20 EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD - Eureka 2 Millionth Cleaner blurb

@ Brian - I knew you'd appreciate the timeline! You're welcome for my research; it did take a month of Sundays but was a good winter project.

Thank you for pointing out the likely first use of the 'O-Matic' word part and for the Williams Oil-O-Matic Company history link. I found out from another webpage that the specific year was 1916 when the company was incorporated. I'd always thought that Eureka's use of it was after the merger with Williams.

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Post# 462730 , Reply# 6   4/29/2023 at 15:19 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Wow!!! I wonder if the gem-studded cleaner still exists!

It appears that Eureka waxer is a clip on pad, doesn't seem like they sold well because I cannot find evidence they sold very well or remaining examples. Hopefully there is one chilling in an old lady's attic somewhere!

Post# 462745 , Reply# 7   4/30/2023 at 05:51 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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When I look at this very long list of Eurekas, it’s no wonder their TV commercials used to say: “Eureka makes the very best in vacuum cleaners - and more kinds of vacuum cleaners than anyone else in the world.”

And this extensive list does not even include all those other models made by Eureka for other companies and retailers around the world:

USA: Montgomery Ward, JCPenney, Kmart, Western Auto (Wizard)

Canada: Timothy Eaton Company (Viking), Hudson Bay (Baycrest, Beaumark)

Mexico: Koblenz

UK: Parnall

France: Singer

Argentina: Yemel

Europe: Electrolux

Post# 462746 , Reply# 8   4/30/2023 at 05:55 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Correction…the Argentinian brand name is Yelmo, not Yemel.

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