Thread Number: 44845  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Kirby Frantz premier vacuum before and after
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Post# 465562   8/27/2023 at 09:22 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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James Kirby designed Frantz premier first Electric vacuum in 1909 , followed by models B,C,D and Model E ( before and after pictured here with the original bag ).

It was produced just before Kirby signed a royalty agreement with Scott and fetzer , around 1917-1919.

Iím still looking for the handle and fork bc unfortunately it got tossed out when I moved to LA .
If you have one for sale please let me know .

Restoration pics below

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Post# 465563 , Reply# 1   8/27/2023 at 09:41 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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The Ezee or "Grasshopper" was done in 1914, the year he left Frantz Premier. He had wanted to improve on the Grasshopper design then, but he left FP as they were not interested in anything else non-electric.


Post# 465564 , Reply# 2   8/27/2023 at 10:06 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Hi Ben , thank you for your feedback but I must disagree . This is why ,
The Ezee ( Grasshopper) was a Premier ( frantz premier) product .in fact Kirbyís first vacuum design involving Scott and fetzer didnít see the light of day until the Vacuette model B :)
I still donít understand why they have it on their posters 😆

The Ezee was also conceived in 1912 and had two models , Iíll elaborate on that later when I get more imagery . ;)
Kirby literature has changed over the years this is another example , initially in 1999 it had the Ezee production date as 1912 then a couple of years later it changed to 1914 Ö 🤷‍♂️
Here is a screenshot of their website back in 1999

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