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Post# 465715   9/1/2023 at 08:30 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Hi to all vintage Kirby vacuum lovers !
I have a big announcement to make .
I have put together an extensive informational vintage Kirby vacuum website ,covering models from the years 1906-1962 .
I hope you can take time to browse through it and share with all of your friends that love Kirby !
Thank you for your ongoing support 🙂


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Post# 465717 , Reply# 1   9/1/2023 at 09:46 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Thank you!

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Thanks so very much for creating this wonderful website. This is a greatly needed source of information for any Kirby lover, and collector. The pictures and other resources are fantastic. I love the Bags Bags Bags page. You have truly out done yourself here.

Your friend Alon would be very happy with what you have created in his name, and you should be very proud of your hard work, you have given all Kirby collectors a wonderful gift. Thank you again.


Post# 465729 , Reply# 2   9/1/2023 at 15:03 by MIVintageVacs (Royal Oak MI)        

Awesome job on the website and beautiful collection David. I agree, this is a fantastic reference for current and future collectors. Its so professional, I feel like Kirby should compensate you and link to this from their website! Thanks for sharing all of the manuals and brochures, it’s very generous to share all of these resources openly! Congrats!

Post# 465734 , Reply# 3   9/1/2023 at 16:38 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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What a fantastic, incredible, beautiful web site! I know it was a tremendous amount of work but surely was a labor of love.

I ~love~ this photo!

Post# 465747 , Reply# 4   9/1/2023 at 21:13 by VacsofProsper (TX)        

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Very awesome website! Beautiful Kirby vacuums too.🤩👍

Post# 465750 , Reply# 5   9/1/2023 at 21:40 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The first time I visited the site the service manuals wouldn't download. I downloaded them last night. It's got more info in one place on kirby than probably even Scott Fetzer does. I do applaud this monumental effort.
Ypu should get a message board on it. This one is flat-loning.

Post# 465751 , Reply# 6   9/1/2023 at 21:48 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Well done, well organized, and visually attractive. Those pre-Classic models are not my area of expertise—all my Kirbys are Classic III or newer—nonetheless, it's good to have a comprehensive resource I can access, should the need arise.

Post# 465757 , Reply# 7   9/2/2023 at 03:21 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Knocked this out of the park

What a great source of information beautifully executed. Thank you for all your effort and for sharing a truly valuable resource for reference and visual enjoyment!

Post# 465765 , Reply# 8   9/2/2023 at 09:32 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Thank you guys I truly appreciate your kind words ! :)

I hope this will be a great resource of info for both new and seasoned collectors. I will keep updating it with more info , imagery and documents as they become available.

A special shout out to Mr Charles Lester which was a great inspiration for me through
out my Kirby collection journey !

Please share with friends


PS :
Les ,
What did you mean by getting it on a message board ?

Post# 465768 , Reply# 9   9/2/2023 at 11:58 by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm all Hoover, BUT....

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I must compliment you on everything you're doing. Excellent. Really! John

Post# 465774 , Reply# 10   9/2/2023 at 17:18 by Caligula (Wallingford, Connecticut)        
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Hi David:

I just had a look and am quite impressed, this is a well thought out sight. Good luck in this venture.

Alex Taber.

Caligula was the mascot for the V.C.C.C. he's pictured here relaxing on a chair.

Post# 465778 , Reply# 11   9/3/2023 at 00:47 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I mean like a forum like this.

Post# 465804 , Reply# 12   9/3/2023 at 18:30 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Thank you Alex and John . Appreciate the support.

Post# 465980 , Reply# 13   9/9/2023 at 00:56 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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I will be adding Kirby models from the years 1963 to 1981 to my website by the end of the month.

Post# 466002 , Reply# 14   9/10/2023 at 00:23 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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I just uploaded images of the very first belt cover “knob” and a 560 manual ( thank you Charles Lester for the manual )

The original “dial “ belt cover instructions on the Model C booklet are quoted below ;

“ To Attach: Remove cap on front of nozzle. Turn cap counter-
Brush Belt clockwise ¾ of an inch (until clamps release) and lift off. The removal of this cap reveals an opening which gives access to the belt which drives the brush..”

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Post# 466011 , Reply# 15   9/10/2023 at 11:43 by OhioVacuums (Ohio)        
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Very well done and a fantastic resource ! Thank you for all your work !

Post# 466024 , Reply# 16   9/10/2023 at 20:29 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Have alot of manuals post 505. The kirby website has manuals you can download.
I have exploded view parts diagram from 505-avalir. It has every part number and I believe it's what kirby dealers use to order parts.
If anything interests you let me know.
Again amazing web site.

Post# 466028 , Reply# 17   9/10/2023 at 21:00 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Thank you I really appreciate it !
If you have service manuals that aren’t available on the site I would love to get a copy but no pressure :)
I will keep uploading images and literature as they become available .

Post# 466106 , Reply# 18   9/12/2023 at 12:35 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@odavid123 love that picture you posted.
I think it's safe to say you are now the official king of Kirby's.

Post# 466120 , Reply# 19   9/12/2023 at 19:16 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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I don't have a dog in this fight and wasn't going to say anything, but I'm going to say something anyway.

It's absolutely jaw-dropping that someone would dismiss the entirety of odavid's brilliant Kirby web site and instead level criticisms about what that person perceives as "flaws."


Post# 466135 , Reply# 20   9/13/2023 at 09:04 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I love that your fellow Angeleno (a common nickname for people living in L.A.), Charles L., enjoys your website so far, and please do keep up the good work!


Post# 466137 , Reply# 21   9/13/2023 at 09:24 by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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David, I sent you a PM on facebook in regards to information on the 1963-heritage era kirbys.

Will Hemb

Post# 466155 , Reply# 22   9/13/2023 at 16:56 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        
Distributor Convention 1922 book

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Thank you guys I really appreciate your support and I am always open to learning new things.

I have uploaded the Second annual Vacuette distributor convention book for your enjoyment :)

please see below link
or simply go to the Kirby literature under the library category on


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Post# 466161 , Reply# 23   9/14/2023 at 00:25 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        
Second annual Vacuette distributor convention book

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I don't see this on your web site. Did you remove it??

Post# 466164 , Reply# 24   9/14/2023 at 08:53 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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I just checked and its there but it might have not updated until this morning ,can you check again and let me know please ?

Post# 466169 , Reply# 25   9/14/2023 at 11:05 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Hmmmmm... it's still not there. The first item is the Kirby Songbook and the last is Dirt Lift Test.

Post# 466175 , Reply# 26   9/14/2023 at 15:10 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Hi Charles,

Visit this page of his website...I indeed found the 1922 Vac-U-Ette Convention book there.


Post# 466222 , Reply# 27   9/16/2023 at 05:42 by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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I took a look, it's a great website!

Love the section that covers the details and styles of the dust bags. Those are some of the hardest details to make sense of, since so many Kirbys have gotten mis-matched and modified over the decades it's hard to tell what bag they actually had.

Post# 466324 , Reply# 28   9/19/2023 at 11:46 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        
Kirby Model 4R

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This 4R restoration was the most fun one . I was looking for this model for a very very long time , I’m just glad I can share it with you :)

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Post# 466333 , Reply# 29   9/19/2023 at 20:56 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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You put new rivets on the headlight trim?

Post# 466338 , Reply# 30   9/19/2023 at 21:44 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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No I just polished them , bc I had to remove the trim which i prefer not to but in this case the original was in bad shape and broke .
Here is a 4C with the trim and unpolished rivets . In this case I didn’t remove the trim before polishing .

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Post# 466387 , Reply# 31   9/23/2023 at 12:01 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Adding these manuals to my website in the next few days ! There were 2 variations on some models

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Post# 466636 , Reply# 32   10/6/2023 at 09:40 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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I have added more information on models 512 ,516 and model 508 to the site amongst other updates . Feel free the check it out . Also here is a pic of a beautiful 560 😊

If you have any booklets or info you’d like to share on the site for models DS50-Tradition models please let me know as I’m finalizing this category soon .

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Post# 466640 , Reply# 33   10/6/2023 at 13:54 by Paul (USA)        

Nice going, David! Your Kirby website is a treasure trove for collectors, enthusiasts, and/or researchers.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge, background, and expertise without being overly-consumed with others reposting and using the information (although it's respectful and honest to cite one's resources for sure).

Your hard work and generosity are appreciated! Wow!

Post# 466646 , Reply# 34   10/6/2023 at 21:59 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Thank you Paul ! Much appreciated :) , I’ll keep updating this thread when new info goes up on the site as well.
. I’ll be uploading 50s demo books and a new year category this month .

Post# 466766 , Reply# 35   10/13/2023 at 20:02 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

Yes!! Collecting Dust is a great website for the fans of Kirby.

I hope you will continue with the 70's and up models.

I came across the salesman literature for the Kirby Classic III.

I wouldn't mind sharing that information some how. I just don't want to give up the Original documents.

I hope others follow your lead with the other brands as well. We can not replace that history once it is gone.

Post# 466792 , Reply# 36   10/15/2023 at 13:12 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Hi Steve, I just emailed you :) thank you 😊

Post# 466794 , Reply# 37   10/15/2023 at 13:36 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Happy Sunday ! Here is a model 3C from 1939 with shipper box ,Instruction manual and attachments .
You can find more info on my site . Also feel free to add me on Instagram : collectingdust_kirby

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Post# 467109 , Reply# 38   10/28/2023 at 12:12 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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I’m the process of adding more models and literature to my website . Here is a beautiful Classic CR with attachments .
Notice the Sanitronic “S” font pattern oh the boxes ? Doing away with the Sanitronic series …

Another interesting fact is that between the years 1970 ,1971 the classic came with the Roll-O-waxer , it was then replaced with the “Miracle waxer” in 1973 for a few months only making it the most rare attachment to find .

If you have either for sale please contact me . I’d love to add it to my website .

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Post# 467447 , Reply# 39   11/10/2023 at 21:20 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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What would you like to see next added to the website ?
In the meanwhile here is a gorgeous shag king shot on an omega

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Post# 467563 , Reply# 40   11/16/2023 at 11:53 by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        
Kirby Tradition 1980

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Here is a beautiful 1980 Kirby Tradition! More images and details will be available on my site in December . 🙂

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Post# 467564 , Reply# 41   11/16/2023 at 12:13 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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Very cool David! It's all there boxes and all, very cool indeed.


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