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3.0 Eureka Shipping and Production History Pre-1947
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Post# 465925   9/8/2023 at 11:21 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Post# 465926 , Reply# 1   9/8/2023 at 11:22 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# 465927 , Reply# 2   9/8/2023 at 11:23 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 2, this one had an attachment port.

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Post# 465928 , Reply# 3   9/8/2023 at 11:25 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Eureka 3, this one had front wheels added for improved mobility

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Post# 465929 , Reply# 4   9/8/2023 at 11:26 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# 465930 , Reply# 5   9/8/2023 at 11:27 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# 465931 , Reply# 6   9/8/2023 at 11:28 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# 465932 , Reply# 7   9/8/2023 at 11:29 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# 465933 , Reply# 8   9/8/2023 at 11:34 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# 465934 , Reply# 9   9/8/2023 at 11:37 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# 465936 , Reply# 10   9/8/2023 at 11:38 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# 465937 , Reply# 11   9/8/2023 at 11:39 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# 465938 , Reply# 12   9/8/2023 at 11:39 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# 465939 , Reply# 13   9/8/2023 at 11:41 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# 465941 , Reply# 14   9/8/2023 at 11:42 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# 465942 , Reply# 15   9/8/2023 at 11:43 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# 465943 , Reply# 16   9/8/2023 at 11:43 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# 465944 , Reply# 17   9/8/2023 at 11:47 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# 465945 , Reply# 18   9/8/2023 at 11:49 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# 465946 , Reply# 19   9/8/2023 at 11:51 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# 465947 , Reply# 20   9/8/2023 at 11:52 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# 465948 , Reply# 21   9/8/2023 at 11:53 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# 465949 , Reply# 22   9/8/2023 at 11:54 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# 465950 , Reply# 23   9/8/2023 at 11:55 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Model M61, burgundy painted with front facing bag

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Post# 465951 , Reply# 24   9/8/2023 at 11:56 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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M61/M61A ad courtesy of Paul

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Post# 465952 , Reply# 25   9/8/2023 at 11:58 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka D171(ad courtesy of Paul)

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Post# 465953 , Reply# 26   9/8/2023 at 12:02 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 and bag. Ad courtesy of Paul.



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Post# 465954 , Reply# 27   9/8/2023 at 12:06 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Eureka M262 "Master" This was the low end version of the D272. Featuring a single row brush, curved metal handle as opposed to plastic grip, and a one speed motor, this did not sell very well. It came in 2 tone with black and a gray/blue. Mine has been repainted in a lighter than original shade. Ad courtesy of Paul

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Post# 465955 , Reply# 28   9/8/2023 at 12:07 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# 465956 , Reply# 29   9/8/2023 at 12:10 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(ads included):
Model 1
Model 5
Model 8
Standard #2
G30
G31
M-61
M-61A
R-LC
R-41
D171

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

Links to the previous versions: www.vacuumland.org/cgi-bi...
www.vacuumland.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD...


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Post# 465957 , Reply# 30   9/8/2023 at 16:32 by Paul (USA)        

You've done a remarkable job, Hoover300 in both cleaner restoration and data compilation of the 1920-1947 Eureka USA uprights! A special shout-out on your sensational recent Model M-262 resto Amazing work!

I double-checked the public database for color names or descriptions of the Model M-262, but was unable to locate any. Attached is an ad, circa 1912, from the University of Toronto library collection along with a couple from the database I do not recall posting which include pricing of the D-272, M-262, and W-75. The 'D' and 'M' model prefix meanings were indicated in Eureka literature, but I haven't found what the 'W' denoted for Eureka's tanks; possibly "Whisk" prior to the handhelds? Eureka, after all, was known for reusing terms.

To expedite future referencing, this thread contains a list of many post-1947 Eureka models (replies 16-18), which I named "Color-Pak": www.vacuumland.org/cgi-bi...

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1. Circa 1912 University of Toronto Libraries (described in caption as "cello-like")

1. May 11, 1947 PORTSMOUTH TIMES

2. July 17, 1947 SPOKESMAN-REVIEW



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Post# 465989 , Reply# 31   9/9/2023 at 10:15 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Thank you so much. A friend showed me a pic of his M262 which had good paint underneath - the first pic. Very grey with no tint. So, to keep things looking as close to original, I repainted the 262 in grey.

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Post# 466039 , Reply# 32   9/10/2023 at 22:30 by Paul (USA)        

Yeah, I like keeping the original look of appliances, too, even though the blue tint on the M-262 was sharp. The gray is stunning!

Post# 466114 , Reply# 33   9/12/2023 at 15:58 by Paul (USA)        
"Swirlator"

I had never heard of the Eureka's "Swirlator" before! I wonder if it was just a creative advertising agent's term, or if it originated from Eureka execs?

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Post# 466125 , Reply# 34   9/12/2023 at 22:19 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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So neat! Given the odd shape of the handle fork I would say that is a G30 with the optional headlight and steel handle fork. Swirlator... No idea

Post# 467073 , Reply# 35   10/26/2023 at 20:47 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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A neat ad showing the very first Eureka model, with the clip on back wheels!

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Post# 467082 , Reply# 36   10/27/2023 at 14:00 by Paul (USA)        

Very cool ad! I think the cream-colored one is the Ultra, model 7520-A, produced from 1984 to 1987.

Post# 467086 , Reply# 37   10/27/2023 at 14:18 by Paul (USA)        
Interesting Industry Article

Here's a 1984 article I found that mentions Eureka's 75th anniversary and provides an industry overview:

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