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The Glamorous Hoovers - Part II the 1950's
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Post# 87963   1/3/2010 at 17:18 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        

The next generation of the bad asses...

Post# 87965 , Reply# 1   1/3/2010 at 17:19 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Glam Hoovers II

From left, Model 63, Model 634, and Model 62

Post# 87966 , Reply# 2   1/3/2010 at 17:20 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Glam Hoovers Part II

Shots from the rear :-)

Post# 87967 , Reply# 3   1/3/2010 at 17:22 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Glam Hoovers Part II

The 62 was the last model to use the Handisac bag

Post# 87968 , Reply# 4   1/3/2010 at 17:23 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Glam Hoovers Part II

The 63 and 634 were the first cleaners to use the C-type bags

Post# 87969 , Reply# 5   1/3/2010 at 17:25 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Glam Hoovers Part II

These were manufactured in the early 50's, like 1950 to '55

Post# 87970 , Reply# 6   1/3/2010 at 17:27 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Glam Hoovers

The last of the side-conversion cleaners, these were definitely some workhorses!

Post# 87971 , Reply# 7   1/3/2010 at 17:28 (3,574 days old) by vintageroyal611 ()        

Your 63 is to die for! MINT! One of my "must-find" machines. Congrats on such a beautiful collection of Hoovers

Post# 87973 , Reply# 8   1/3/2010 at 17:33 (3,574 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I love the hoover logo on the back of the bag. Great pictures!

Post# 87977 , Reply# 9   1/3/2010 at 17:54 (3,574 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The 634 is a beautiful machine, and you've sure got a fine specimen there!

Post# 87991 , Reply# 10   1/3/2010 at 19:20 (3,574 days old) by vintagehoover ()        


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Post# 87993 , Reply# 12   1/3/2010 at 19:21 (3,574 days old) by vintagehoover ()        


Post# 87994 , Reply# 13   1/3/2010 at 19:21 (3,574 days old) by vintagehoover ()        


Post# 88002 , Reply# 14   1/3/2010 at 20:00 (3,574 days old) by samotronic ()        

Interesting to read the perspective of the designers of this specific series of machines.

I know the 634 was a B model to the 63, but I think that color was well ahead of it's time in that era and the beginning of a softer look from the more industrial colors. Possibly the 29's red shade as well.


Post# 88006 , Reply# 15   1/3/2010 at 20:28 (3,574 days old) by indyhoover ()        

Very cool - thanks Jack for posting

Post# 88040 , Reply# 16   1/3/2010 at 22:02 (3,574 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Beauties, All!

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The very best that Hoover ever made! These babies were real workhorses!

Post# 88042 , Reply# 17   1/3/2010 at 22:06 (3,574 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Jack -

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What is the title of that publication/article you posted here? Once upon a time, I found a Dreyfuss-published book in a "Mid-Century Collectible Salon" in San Francisco that was mostly about his design of these series of Hoover vacuums (Model 29 on up). The darn thing cost $150, and I foolishly passed it up. Is that what this publication is??

Post# 88054 , Reply# 18   1/3/2010 at 22:42 (3,574 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hi John - those pics are taken from Henry Dreyfuss' very important book, 'Designing for People'. If you don't have a copy of this, it's essential reading - you can find it on eBay very reasonably priced. It's a general overview of the concept of ergonomics and people-centred design, his personal philosophies, and his methods of working. It has some amazing anecdotes in it, and provides a wonderful insight into the mind of the man who 'sculpted' Hoover for so many years!

My own copy is slightly later than the version printed above, and features a different design case-study (a sewing machine, possibly made by Singer - someone's borrowing my copy at the moment!) Look for the earlier edition if you want the Hoover case study.

I photocopied the pics I posted above from the copy owned by the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, where I studied for two years after leaving college. I'd do my assignments at home at night, and spent the days reading through their library's vast catalogue of graphic and industrial design books - they had some amazing stuff! I learnt more that way than I did from any of my tutors!

Post# 88125 , Reply# 19   1/4/2010 at 18:45 (3,573 days old) by samotronic ()        
Tool Suction

Indy, again, from the other thread you are our eyes and ears. I love this series of machines as many of us do. Talk to us. Many more of us know the longer lived Convertible series. Do you have any sense of comparison between this series and the Convertibles? You referenced the "slightly" better above floor suction of the 28 on your other thread. Any comment on this series of machines? Chris in Pittsburgh, PA

Post# 88138 , Reply# 20   1/4/2010 at 20:50 (3,573 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Well Chris......

Of course, some of this is maybe more my opinion or personal experience rather than fact.....but here goes. Although this line (29, 62, 63, 634, and 64) only had a relatively short run (1950 thru 1956), I think they were superior carpet cleaners and superbly made. One disadvantage I think they have to the subsequent Convertible line is that they surely seem heavier and harder to push. The material that their bags were made out of never seemed to hold up as long as the Convertibles, either. I think this is especially true of the rayon bags on the 62 and 63, and the cloth bag on the 29. While it is generally known that the "dusting tools" never had great, or even good, suction, I notice that the tool suction on the previous generation Model 28 is better than these guys. Why that is - I am not sure. Nonetheless, I love all 3 of these guys and sure am glad to have them!

Post# 88157 , Reply# 21   1/4/2010 at 21:56 (3,573 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Thanks for the info. The only copy of the book you mention that I have ever seen does not show any of the Hoover stuff in it. I'll look for the older one. Many thanks. J

Post# 88254 , Reply# 22   1/5/2010 at 23:28 (3,572 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
3 More Beauties!

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I always loved this series of Hoovers and often refer to them as the "Transitional" models, as they were in between the "dome-tops" and the Convertibles. You have some nice machines there, thanks for sharing the pics.

Post# 88512 , Reply# 23   1/8/2010 at 21:27 (3,569 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Hoovers in the 50's

I always think of Lucille Ball fiddling with a Hoover 62 on "I Love Lucy". I wish I could find a clip of that episode!

Post# 88514 , Reply# 24   1/8/2010 at 22:44 (3,569 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

"The material that their bags were made out of never seemed to hold up as long as the Convertibles, either."

Well, Scott, depends which model Convertible you're talking about. If it's a 65, 66, 67, or 68, (or even a model 64 Citation) I'd say the material holds up just about as well :-) I called my local vac repair guy the other day, and he told me he was holding aside a model 62. He asked if I wanted it. I said "does it have the original bag?" He said "well it has a Type W bag with the clip inside, it looks like the original bag." I got down there as soon as I could and when I saw the machine, my heart sank. It had a grey cloth bojack outer bag with no markings whatsover. Are these rayon bags that flimsy? I don't think any of my 62's or 63's have the original bag. More than anything, I'd love to find an original rayon bag for my 61. Those really are some beautiful machines though, Scott.

Post# 88547 , Reply# 25   1/9/2010 at 10:07 (3,568 days old) by indyhoover ()        
Those rayon bags....

just didn't wear well, I guess. You are right, it is hard to find the 61, 62, and 63 with original bags, or if you do, they are all ratty looking. The 64 Citation did have a much sturdier type outer bag.

Post# 88614 , Reply# 26   1/10/2010 at 09:30 (3,567 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

You have some beautiful examples of Hoover at their best! I have a 63, 64 Citation, and just recently acquired a 634 which is awaiting a spa treatment by Marty Kaplan. Mine doesn't have the original bag, but there might be a new reproduction bag in the works if duable material is found. I use my Citation frequently, it works wonderfully on my plush carpet, that series is a joy to use! My 63 outer bag is in really good shape, and to keep it that way, I added a couple of paper clips to the bag hanger to release the tension. You could see the direction Hoover was going with colors in this series.

Post# 88618 , Reply# 27   1/10/2010 at 11:18 (3,567 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

I used some Armor All on the outer bag of my model 64, and my early convertibles to prevent further cracking of the early vinyl material. I'd love to have a 634. I understand it was a promotional model, are they that hard to come by? Also, what was the story with the model 29? Was it offered at the same time as the model 62 as a low price model?

Post# 88621 , Reply# 28   1/10/2010 at 12:26 (3,567 days old) by indyhoover ()        
You are correct....

about the model 29, it was the lower priced model (at the same time as the 62) that didn't feature the "handisac" bag. The 634 was a promo model and they seem to be much rarer than the 63, for example.

Post# 88624 , Reply# 29   1/10/2010 at 13:54 (3,567 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

Thanks, Scott. I never got a clear answer on that one. I know there are a handful of 28's out there that were sold (as a factory upgrade) with the Type W handisac and rayon outer bag. A club member was nice enough to post photos of it here at one time. It was still a more cost effective option than purchasing the TOL model 61. I suppose they may have offered the Handisac as an option on the 29 as well. Wonder if a disposable bag system was ever offered with the "special" models? Well, besides its brief appearance as the hygienisac in the early '30's.

Post# 88882 , Reply# 30   1/14/2010 at 17:02 (3,563 days old) by evlhoover19 ()        

any one have parts for a citation or 634 the bags ? if some one has one in rough shape i can unstitch it and make a full pattern and new bag

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