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Post# 88390   1/7/2010 at 11:56 (3,700 days old) by rickenbacker ()        

Hey cats

One of my first vacuum cleaners was my hoover constellation and I love it dearly (despite its rough cosmetic apearance) However I have never seen another like it so I am unsure of the model number and the date to it. I can only give my best shot at describing it to you. The bottom half of the machine is jade green, The top half is off white, The switch is red and the badge sits under the hose. My only guess is that it was made at the same time as the jade green juniors. so around 1969-ish?

Thank you guys very much, I will be restoring the machine soon with my good friend and hope to get it to original condition.


PS: If any of you have a spare constellation handle/wand/carpet nozzle/ other small attachments and attachment locks would you? lol

Post# 88482 , Reply# 1   1/8/2010 at 11:31 (3,699 days old) by rickenbacker ()        

realy nobody?

Post# 88496 , Reply# 2   1/8/2010 at 15:54 (3,699 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

Sorry I can't help you. We didn't get that color combo on this side of the pond.

Post# 88501 , Reply# 3   1/8/2010 at 17:08 (3,699 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Jade Green Connie

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Those Connies are rare in my experience, in 9 years of collecting I do not recall coming across any of them - although I have seen all of the rest of them in one state or another. If you post the serial number, you will be able to get an accurate date on it

Post# 88556 , Reply# 4   1/9/2010 at 13:35 (3,698 days old) by rickenbacker ()        
Hey Al

Thank you so much, its kinda reasuring lol. I cannot post the serial number as the small plate with it on had fallen off before I bought it. I myself have never seen another one in my life so I feel quite privaliged lol (spite the matter that I cant use it properly at the moment)


Post# 88567 , Reply# 5   1/9/2010 at 16:06 (3,698 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
maybe I can help

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Hello Charlie,
I have one of those constellations in jade green and off white in my collection, I'll check out the serial number and will post some pictures as well. According to my experience it should be made around 1970, before the version in light blue and off white and right after the series of the late Sixties whose color scheme was two tone greyish green.True thet the jade green model is very rare, in several years of collection I found only one!!!
Take care, Tommy.

Post# 88609 , Reply# 6   1/10/2010 at 05:41 (3,697 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
serial number

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Hello, the serial number on my jade green Constellation mod 867 A is in a circular metal label riveted to the very center of the bottom of machine, while later models had black rectangular adhesive labels and serial number is : I.C. 124518.
Can any of you interpret it?

Post# 88638 , Reply# 7   1/10/2010 at 16:52 (3,697 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Hoover Handle

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Hi Charlie,

I sent pictures of the Hoover Constellation handle that I have.

Post# 88639 , Reply# 8   1/10/2010 at 16:53 (3,697 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Hoover Handle

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2nd picture

Post# 88640 , Reply# 9   1/10/2010 at 16:54 (3,697 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        

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3rd pic

Post# 88642 , Reply# 10   1/10/2010 at 16:55 (3,697 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        

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4th pic & me!

Post# 88643 , Reply# 11   1/10/2010 at 16:56 (3,697 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Hi Ken!

Post# 88648 , Reply# 12   1/10/2010 at 18:06 (3,697 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        

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Hi Rick,,,you freezing? Cold here!!!!

Post# 88668 , Reply# 13   1/10/2010 at 22:09 (3,697 days old) by luxg ()        

Hey Ken, great to see you!! Love those countertops!! It is way to cold here as well. I'm ready for the hot weather to return.LOL


Post# 88695 , Reply# 14   1/11/2010 at 06:14 (3,696 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        

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I am ready for summer too, Terry!


Post# 88707 , Reply# 15   1/11/2010 at 11:25 (3,696 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Dating cleaners

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No, not in THAT way!
If I am not mistaken the date of your cleaner would be February 1971.

Those handles crop up on ebay from time to time. By the way, I think the jade Green Juniors are quite rare too

Post# 89037 , Reply# 16   1/16/2010 at 15:51 (3,691 days old) by edgar (Belgium)        
I have one 2

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I have a jade green one to. the plate says:

200-220 volt
600 watts
Model 867A
motor rating 8
serial number I.B. 875458
Double insulated
Made bt hoover great britain.

Hope this is the info you needed

Post# 89046 , Reply# 17   1/16/2010 at 16:49 (3,691 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Close but no cigar

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Sorry Edgar, I believe that to be the Smoke Pine/Swedish Green version (although in my opinion a very attractive combination) where we are (I believe) talking about the next version, which has a white top and a rather darker green base - the Junior 1346 also appeared in this colour combination

Post# 89047 , Reply# 18   1/16/2010 at 17:07 (3,691 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Edgar, mon ami! Something IS wrong with your computer.....

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The red Hoover logo on the Connie does indeed come out BLUE on my computer! I did not believe what others were talking about but it's true! This means that all the other colours are off too - so what we see in the photo are not the exact colours in the original photo.

This is the weirdest thing I have ever seen on the internet....does anyone have any serious idea why pics that Edgar posts are always showing up in the wrong colours?

Edgar, try and post a graphic of something with colours and label the colours for us and we can then see which colours are coming showing correctly and incorrectly. Maybe even try the official Olympic Games logo with the coloured rings.....

Post# 89048 , Reply# 19   1/16/2010 at 17:32 (3,691 days old) by edgar (Belgium)        
i do not understand

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I do not understand what goes wrong with the colors either. So it is the wrong green sorry, I have a pink one also but it is older and the pic will probely turn out purple with yelow dots but I will try it annyway.

Post# 89049 , Reply# 20   1/16/2010 at 17:37 (3,691 days old) by xraytech ()        

Nice constellations Edgar.
BTW your pics are always the correct colors on my laptop.

Post# 89051 , Reply# 21   1/16/2010 at 17:55 (3,691 days old) by vintageroyal611 ()        

Edgar, for me your colors come out wrong when I use Internet Explorer, yet come out fine when I use Firefox

Post# 89055 , Reply# 22   1/16/2010 at 18:39 (3,691 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
We talked about this recently

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I too get the blue pic, apparently its something to do with IE settings, however if you save the pic and then look at it with Picture viewer it comes out fine - that how I was able to identify it before


Post# 89057 , Reply# 23   1/16/2010 at 18:51 (3,691 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Aha! Thank you Al!

Post# 89058 , Reply# 24   1/16/2010 at 18:54 (3,691 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Al....that's works if I save the pic & then

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Now I can see the correct colours! Edgar - don't worry about this anymore....keep posting pictures and we'll save them and open them on our own computers to see the right colours.

EP Brian :)

Post# 89091 , Reply# 25   1/17/2010 at 04:20 (3,690 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Yes please Edgar

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Keep posting pictures of your many interesting cleaners :)

Have you settled into your new home yet? A chance to try each cleaner from your collection as it gets unpacked :)

Post# 89128 , Reply# 26   1/17/2010 at 14:17 (3,690 days old) by edgar (Belgium)        
oh dear all of them ?

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hahha you want pictures of all of them? I will post you a few of all of them packed and ready to go. Wich will be in 14 days. and off me moving them.

greetz edgar

Post# 89221 , Reply# 27   1/18/2010 at 09:32 (3,689 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Is this thew machine you mean - just one of my file photos. (I think the pic came from ebay). It appears they were one of the few Connies to have a coloured handle.


Post# 89222 , Reply# 28   1/18/2010 at 09:56 (3,689 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Further away, so still no cigar

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Sorry Doug, this is the preceeding version to the Smoke Pine/Swedish Green version, although this colur scheme was used on Juniors as well. The colour we are talking about it much darker, although not so dark as "Bottle Green" or "British Racing Green"

Post# 89224 , Reply# 29   1/18/2010 at 10:11 (3,689 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Let me begin by saying: this is not my photo, and I have no idea where it came from - I just found it in my files! I have a vague recollection that it was sent to me 3+ years ago by someone who saw my website and emailed me pics of their cleaners.

Anyway, this is the matching Junior in the shade of green we're talking about...

Post# 89225 , Reply# 30   1/18/2010 at 10:14 (3,689 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Let's see more pictures of your new kitchen.


Post# 89226 , Reply# 31   1/18/2010 at 10:14 (3,689 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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To bad that isn't yours Jack.It is very pretty in that color.

Post# 89229 , Reply# 32   1/18/2010 at 10:54 (3,689 days old) by junior1975 ()        

Guys and Gals,

Jack did once have a Jade/Aqua green 1346A. I was lucky enough to become the proud owner of this old girl a few years back. She is presently in storage along with a multitude of her sisters in all their UK incarnations. She is in excellent condition, and with a complete rebuild of her motor and a new flex when I got her (new to her anyway, still original Hoover flex) she came back to full glory.

Her pic is on my website,

I too have an 867 in the same colours as this, although she is a little worse for wear, at some point she will be restored to her former self. :D

Having got married and had kids somewhat took up 150% of my spare time, so my collection has had to take a back seat, and will do for some time, although never forgotten or left idle for too long. I am presently using my U4274 co-op exclusive ranger as my daily driver. :D

Happy hoovering all.


Post# 89231 , Reply# 33   1/18/2010 at 11:08 (3,689 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Thanks Clark. Ill be Hoovering soon =), I have much cleaning to do today.

Post# 89241 , Reply# 34   1/18/2010 at 14:16 (3,689 days old) by 74simon ()        
This one?

Although it looks kind of blue on my monitor, but the older type floor tool gives it away!

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Post# 89246 , Reply# 35   1/18/2010 at 15:41 (3,689 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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This one????

Belongs to Gary over at AW.ORG

In fab condition, was so tempted to plug it in and glide off when I saw it

Post# 89307 , Reply# 36   1/19/2010 at 07:17 (3,688 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Thats the one

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And typical of Gary to restore somthing to the condition it could have left the factory in

Post# 91509 , Reply# 37   2/12/2010 at 19:12 (3,664 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
hi guys, this is mine

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one of the best greens I've ever seen!

Post# 91510 , Reply# 38   2/12/2010 at 19:13 (3,664 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
hi guys, this is mine

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one of the best greens I've ever seen!

Post# 91511 , Reply# 39   2/12/2010 at 19:14 (3,664 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
bottom plate

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here's the bottom plate

Post# 91512 , Reply# 40   2/12/2010 at 19:15 (3,664 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
boby without tools

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here's the baby alone

Post# 91594 , Reply# 41   2/13/2010 at 07:22 (3,663 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
I don't like being all alone!

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I don't like being all alone, where are my tools? ;)


Post# 91774 , Reply# 42   2/15/2010 at 12:23 (3,661 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        

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