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Post# 69502   5/16/2009 at 21:49 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

There's gonna be sixteen posts here, so keep your shirts on!

The book is 4 3/4" X 5 1/2" (I hope it works)

The Universal can do anything any other cleaner can do only backwards and in high heels!

Post# 69503 , Reply# 1   5/16/2009 at 21:51 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 2,3

The Universal comes with everything you need to perform all cleaning tasks around the home....except a cord. Good luck with that one!

Post# 69504 , Reply# 2   5/16/2009 at 21:54 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 4,5

Heh, heh, they said hose....heh, heh.

"To operate step-on switch"....Did they really need to go any further?

Post# 69506 , Reply# 3   5/16/2009 at 21:57 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 6,7

Use no. 12 only if no.36 is missing, but use adapter no. 34 if used with no. 22 if so equipped.

Post# 69507 , Reply# 4   5/16/2009 at 22:00 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 8,9

Oh, honey! I'm sorry you're sick - here - let me stick this 5000 decibel jet engine in your room and turn it on. You'll feel better in no time!

Post# 69508 , Reply# 5   5/16/2009 at 22:02 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 10,11

If your old man had coughed up the extra $1.45 for the cord, you would actually be cleaning now.

Post# 69509 , Reply# 6   5/16/2009 at 22:05 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 12,13.

Unfortunately, that stair will never get clean, and the machine has become a tripping hazard!

Lady, you obviously skipped a are NEVER supposed to move the cleaner again!

Post# 69510 , Reply# 7   5/16/2009 at 22:09 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 14,15.

It is suggested that you stick the hose right into the burning embers. That way maybe the old man will spring for a new one.......WITH A CORD!!!

Pesky insects avoid the kitchen unless you are boiling cabbage

Post# 69511 , Reply# 8   5/16/2009 at 22:11 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 16, 17.

No respectable Lady would HAVE bare walls!!!

Go ahead, vacuum the hell out of that chair!!!! It will still be UGLY!

Post# 69512 , Reply# 9   5/16/2009 at 22:13 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 18,19.

Wow! No. 3 seems to be the most popular tool!

Post# 69513 , Reply# 10   5/16/2009 at 22:15 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Heh, heh....he said tool!

Post# 69514 , Reply# 11   5/16/2009 at 22:17 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 20,21.

No wonder you have twin beds! (see page 21).

I know deary....mine makes me clean the car too.

Post# 69515 , Reply# 12   5/16/2009 at 22:21 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 22, 23.

Furthermost? Is that even a word?

Heretofore endless tiresome boring blinds.

Post# 69516 , Reply# 13   5/16/2009 at 22:25 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 24, 25.

So powerful is its vacuum, UNIVERSAL does not scatter a portion of the dust-----IT SCATTERS IT ALL!!!!

"I think I'll clean Ralph's bookshelf." "Let's see, Esquire, Gentleman's quarterly, Collier's, Playgirl.........HUH?

Post# 69518 , Reply# 14   5/16/2009 at 22:31 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 26, 27.

If you don't have any radiators, throw the radiator tool away! Years later when collectors can't find 'em - it'll drive 'em nuts!!!

What did we tell you about moving the cleaner from that stair????

Post# 69519 , Reply# 15   5/16/2009 at 22:35 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 28, 29.

Ah yes! a little DDT right in the living room Miss Carson!

Connect as for blowing......(nope, not gonna even)

Post# 69521 , Reply# 16   5/16/2009 at 22:40 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

pages 30, 31.

Make certain you keep the suction end of the cleaner in direct line with the over-spray from that lacquer! When it hits those carbon brushes....Wheee! Fourth of July!

13, 4, 22, 7, 19, HIKE!!!

Post# 69522 , Reply# 17   5/16/2009 at 22:41 (4,749 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

That's it!

as usual,

No UNIVERSAL E65 owners manuals were harmed in the making of this photo-play.


Post# 69524 , Reply# 18   5/16/2009 at 22:52 (4,749 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Must be the pre-war dry cell battery pack model.

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I think this is the first vacuum manual - photo or line drawing - that doesn't show a cord in a single picture. Oh those folks at Universal were clever...

Perhaps hubby built his own version of the Wardenclyffe tower in the back yard?


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Post# 69533 , Reply# 19   5/17/2009 at 04:29 (4,749 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Enjoyed the manual and your humourous commentary as well! Thanks for posting it.

Post# 69536 , Reply# 20   5/17/2009 at 05:28 (4,749 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Universal - Wot!! No Hairdryer bag???

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Oh you funny man!!! we need a shirt off demonstration!!!nice one, is this your favourite vac?? Mike

Post# 69540 , Reply# 21   5/17/2009 at 08:30 (4,749 days old) by luxg ()        

Rick what fun, your added comments made it perfect. Dave, look on page 15, I think the hubby finally sprang for the cord. Just wonder too if this was a quiet vacuum, must have been if you would keep it running in your room when you were sick. I wonder what this machine would have costed new? Thanks for sharing this one!!

Post# 69543 , Reply# 22   5/17/2009 at 09:35 (4,749 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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The poor woman in her deathbed looks frightened. What would happen if that thing fell over and lit on her face? Lawsuit perhaps, or a massive facial hickey? Might be good for blackheads though....

Post# 69546 , Reply# 23   5/17/2009 at 10:48 (4,749 days old) by hamiltonbeachbo ()        

Hey Rick,
I love instruction manuals and your commentary is the best.
Nice Sunday morning belly laugh on this end.
Also, nice hose on that machine .... able to reach the most remote crevices.
Thanks for sharing!!

Post# 69610 , Reply# 24   5/17/2009 at 20:14 (4,748 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
I hope you enjoyed it kids......

Mike, This vacuum is my first association with vacuum cleaners. I first made contact with this Universal in 1960. It was my grandmother's. I had more fun with that machine! I saw it last in 1968, the last time I visited my grandparents at their house. I never saw one again(or any Universal) until I joined this club. Then, I was able to acquire one. The one I have is not restored yet, as I have not mastered "Hammertone".

Terry, Universals have a unique sound, especially when first started. They were not as quiet as Lux, but certainly not the loudest machines either. Any machine with the front cover removed like the one in the picture is not going to be very soothing to most (non-collectors) people!

Alan, you kill me. Hard to explain a whole-face hickey! Can't blame the clothesline for that one!

Post# 69613 , Reply# 25   5/17/2009 at 20:28 (4,748 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        

I have to say, I was a believer after our air way 66 demo.
That vacuum cleaners could do anything, anytime, anywhere.
Dose she even do dishes without her Universal ??
All to funny !

Post# 69648 , Reply# 26   5/17/2009 at 21:40 (4,748 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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The same machine was sold as a Gleneaton Model VC6007(Dark Red) in Canada. That was one of the house brands for the Eatons department stores.

Post# 69713 , Reply# 27   5/18/2009 at 04:10 (4,748 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        
To funny.Love it.

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That was awsume Rick. I think I could sleep with a Lux model L running,but never experianced a Universal before.

Norm,To do dishes with your Universal(sorry I do not have the illistrated instructions).
Step1: Don your best apron
Step2: Bring you dishes out to the patio and line them along the fence or house.
Step3: Connect as for blowing to you No.11 hose,Fill your No.9 sprayer half full with Pamolive 1/4 = 3/4 soloution.
Step4: Turn on your Universal,Spray dishes thoroughly with soap solution.
Step5: Fill a glass with ice vodka and Sprite,sip slowly while dishes soak.
Step5: Fill a glass with ice vodka and Sprite,sip slowly while dishes soak.
Step6 Fill glass with vodka I ce ,and sprite.
Step7: Rinse with garden hose,Let air dry while you enjoy your vodka Sprite and iCe.

Post# 69799 , Reply# 28   5/18/2009 at 21:25 (4,747 days old) by luxg ()        

Ken, what a perfect solution to dirty dishes!!!

Post# 69858 , Reply# 29   5/19/2009 at 20:50 (4,746 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

I was looking for something that had the prices listed for this machine. I couldn't find it. But I did have this - I thought I would post it. It was a distributor's leaflet to hand out to retailers. It was dated 1947. So they were selling this machine at least that late. I wonder then, when the VC6702 began and ended production. That's the one that looked like the rocket ship. Because.....the last post here is for the Jet99, which started around 1949. I don't know then if they made those machines simultaneously offering both a tank and canister.

Notice, it's the same pictures as in the manual but they "painted over" the polished ends. They started painting the actual machine ends hammertone along with the body. This must be when they changed the model number.

Post# 69860 , Reply# 30   5/19/2009 at 20:54 (4,746 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
I particularly like this side of the leaflet...

It shows all the sales aids available. I would love to have one of those counter signs...maroon with chrome-faced letters for $1.80! There's Universal's carrying case (chest).

Post# 69862 , Reply# 31   5/19/2009 at 21:00 (4,746 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
Here's the Jet99....

1949 (I think)....and it's priced at $89.95. The newsletter article on the Consumer Reports.....Electrolux AE $89.75! We talked about this. I have this machine too.

Post# 69867 , Reply# 32   5/19/2009 at 22:02 (4,746 days old) by luxg ()        

Thanks for posting that Rick, very interesting that they also had a storage chest. I have a feeling there were more of those out there than we know about. Interesting to that the Jet 99 didn't have any wheels or runners. I wonder if it was hard to pull around. Or does it have wheels and we just can't see them?

Post# 69879 , Reply# 33   5/20/2009 at 06:28 (4,746 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
No wheels on this model...

Though they did add them later. For this one, you could buy the "carrier" (shown on the ad under special introductory offer), that gave the machine wheels. It's a very heavy machine and sort of has runners pressed into the bottom of the machine. I think the intention was to place the machine in the center of the room and move it when your hose could no longer reach.

Post# 69888 , Reply# 34   5/20/2009 at 10:08 (4,746 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
Well, I managed to keep.... shirt on(your directive, above.) However.......Oops!
VERY NICE PICS, Rick. And very fun to see. (Brings back great memories of machines of my childhood at least 8 years back.) LOL

Post# 70202 , Reply# 35   5/23/2009 at 23:35 (4,742 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
Got this one today.....

and someone - who will remain nameless - forced me to stay up and scan this one. It was a large one, Life magazine sized so I scanned it and cut and pasted (literally) and re-scanned it.

More confused than ever now as to which machines were offered when, as now THREE different models are displayed in this ad!

Gotta get up to New Britain...

Post# 70221 , Reply# 36   5/24/2009 at 07:22 (4,742 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Does anyone have information about, or photos of, the 2 Universal uprights pictured in the ad Rick posted above? Were they good? Popular? Reliable? I don't remember seeing many (if any) on eBay...

(and who needs a 'New' Britain? What's wrong with the old one?!)

Post# 70230 , Reply# 37   5/24/2009 at 08:55 (4,742 days old) by luxg ()        

I can't imagine anyone who would be so thoughtless as to make you stay up to get this scanned. You just never know about people. But considering the fact that this is an "offer of your life" I know that I sure appreciate the fact that you did!! We learn something new everyday. I didn't realize that Universal offered a cart for their vacuums, sure makes it look like a Kenmore Commander on the cart. Any idea of the date for this ad Rick? For $74.50 you sure didn't get many attachments. I would have gone for the Deluxe model myself!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Post# 70239 , Reply# 38   5/24/2009 at 09:54 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
OMG, OMG, OMG! Just had a Universal/Kenmore/Eureka revelatio

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Rick, could you do cropped scan of the lower right corner showing the Universal on the cart? By screwing up my eyes I can almost tell that is the very same 'kenkart' type trolley my Kenmore Commander came strapped in to. The wide strap with snap fasteners looks the same! Btw, the handle is in two parts and I turned mine around to tuck it into the corner. I knew at the time it wasn't the official Kenmore Ken-Kart and figured it was some Fits-All aftermarket trolley for any cylinder.

Come to think of it, I seem to recall something about Universal labeled on the bottom, but of course I always assumed that meant Generic universal fit.

Later today I will pull it out of the corner and take way too many pictures of the Mystery almost Solved Cart.

Dave, re-thinking assumptions. :-)

Post# 70240 , Reply# 39   5/24/2009 at 10:00 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I also thought the yellow cloth Tool caddy bag was home-made to fit the frame. It has 3 sets of snaps to accommodate larger diameter vacuums.

Post# 70243 , Reply# 40   5/24/2009 at 10:48 (4,742 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
Dave!!! Cord Alert!

Hey Dave,

The pic on the stair-case does show the cord. It is black, rubber, very flexible, easy to coil!! The plug, however, remains a mystery!!!!

Post# 70245 , Reply# 41   5/24/2009 at 11:26 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Good eye, Bent Rick. She has it plugged in up on the second floor.

Crevice Rick - the cart handle is one piece aluminum tube and attaches to the cast aluminum gray crinkletone base with thumbscrew bolts from underneath. It's turned around anyway. :-)


Post# 70271 , Reply# 42   5/24/2009 at 18:36 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Universal calls theirs the Roll-A-Vac Carrier.

Mine's labeled the clumsier off the tongue Car-Ree-Vac Model 2-A made by the Car-Ree-All Products, Inc., Minneapolis Minnesota.

Looks for all the world like the same darn contraption. My guess is Car-Ree-All supplied these to Landers Frary & Clark's UNIVERSAL Division.

Post# 70272 , Reply# 43   5/24/2009 at 18:39 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The cloth caddy is held taut by rods top & bottom.

The back pockets for hose, cord, dusting & upholstery brush, floor/wall brush and crevicetool.

Post# 70273 , Reply# 44   5/24/2009 at 18:41 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Front pockets for wands and rug nozzle - this missing piece. So I stuck a Kenmore cream aluminum one in there.

Post# 70274 , Reply# 45   5/24/2009 at 18:50 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The chromed sprung steel thingies on the back serve no structural purpose as the handle fits snugly into the base secured with rubber washers and wing nuts. I determined tho that they act as sled skids to pull the cart smoothly up and down the stairs without fouling on the wheels.

Ribbed rubber panels to keep the cylinder from getting marred and a deep well for splitting and directing free exhaust down and up the front & back so no floor bunny blasting. It will, however, blow her dress up...

Post# 70275 , Reply# 46   5/24/2009 at 18:53 (4,742 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Underside of the cast base.

OK Rick, awaiting your Universal Roll-A-Vac detailed scan...


Post# 70297 , Reply# 47   5/24/2009 at 22:09 (4,741 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
You have some really wonderful

machines, Dave!! Very eclectic, really great collection of tanks!
Rick (p.s. The 'radiator picture' and the 'refigerator picture' also show that supple, black cord!! ((I have this reputation that ties in with original cords and plugs, in case that reputation has not made it to Canada!!!))

Post# 70299 , Reply# 48   5/24/2009 at 22:26 (4,741 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
If anyone else was running my scanner......

they could have gotten it to do what they wanted it to.....but since it's me - This is as good as I know how to do!


Post# 70301 , Reply# 49   5/24/2009 at 22:28 (4,741 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

I need to take a class....

Post# 70302 , Reply# 50   5/24/2009 at 22:39 (4,741 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Perfectly scanned, Rick. Thankyou for solving the mystery id

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Clearly the self-same vacuum cylinder 12" x 14" cart right down to the rubber capped front feet, gleaming chromed frame & stair gliders and wide belt with snaps running under the handle. Ratz, now I'm gonna have to find a Universal Cylinder, since the Commander has wheels and front skid.

Mine doesn't have a heavy Duck attached to the back though. :-( Perhaps I could substitute a rubber chicken...the hose pocket is capacious enough for a Butterball turkey...


Post# 70303 , Reply# 51   5/24/2009 at 22:47 (4,741 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

When I would "view" the scanned image, you couldn't see the lady, and the picture of the cart was nice and big. But when I post it or print it, this is what I get.

Post# 70306 , Reply# 52   5/24/2009 at 23:20 (4,741 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        


I have seen two Universal uprights on EBay. They both went for very high prices. They resembled Kirby's (vertical fan). This ad is supposed to be from 1951 according to the seller - it's obvious they changed styles by then. I've included a scan of yet another article I have with the earlier type on it. There is also a picture of me when I was so damned cute. I'm the one playing with the vacuum - not the one in the dress!


Incidentally, us American types often named our new settlements after our homes in the "old countries". New England, New Britain, New Snellville. Not kidding about the last one. Before they changed the name to honor the town's first family (Snell) it was known as New London.

Post# 70307 , Reply# 53   5/24/2009 at 23:24 (4,741 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Are you still using that 1970s suitcase Compac computer with the 7" screen or moved up to the 12" Jello pudding flavourbud Barbie iMacpod?

Runs for his life...Dave

Post# 70321 , Reply# 54   5/25/2009 at 05:41 (4,741 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Rick's using a Wizard Citation computer.

Post# 70333 , Reply# 55   5/25/2009 at 10:31 (4,741 days old) by luxg ()        

Rick, you were so cute in that picture!! Thanks for the additional pictures.

Post# 70337 , Reply# 56   5/25/2009 at 11:34 (4,741 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
You are indeed cute in that picture

???And nobody figured it out at THAT point??
(Also runs for his life!)

Post# 70426 , Reply# 57   5/26/2009 at 19:41 (4,739 days old) by louvac (A)        

Rick.....I have one of these Universals which I believe is badged under the "HouseKeeper" name. Is this possible? Like the picture shows The hose connection on the machine end is different. It works via pressure fitting. One simply turns the coupler which then swells the rubber ring thus holding it inside the bell end. I will have to retrieve my instruction booklet which is with the machine in my mom's walk-up attic....Like Madonna's song, and one of my favorite...."This Used To Be My Playground", this attic is my "remote" vacuum storage site and is definitely one of my favorite playgrounds!

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