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Post# 88705   1/11/2010 at 10:42 (3,796 days old) by rickenbacker ()        

Oldest vacuum cleaner in Britain! lol, ever tried looking on ebay?


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Post# 88706 , Reply# 1   1/11/2010 at 11:06 (3,796 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
What a load of old

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Well we must be a bit slack on any REAL news in the UK at the moment, in my loft I have 4 Juniors this age or older. Mind you it does prompt me to ask who actually DOES have the oldest, working electrically powered cleaner in the UK - at least amongst us lot.

My candidate would be my Lux Model V although I am sure others have older than that - did anybody ever get an age for that old wooden Goblin that was ebay last year?

Post# 88708 , Reply# 2   1/11/2010 at 11:37 (3,796 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Give it a week and she'll be begging for it back what with a Dyson... LOLOLOLOLOL

Post# 88709 , Reply# 3   1/11/2010 at 11:48 (3,796 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

The whole story's a Dyson PR-piece....LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Post# 88714 , Reply# 4   1/11/2010 at 12:42 (3,796 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Well, of course it is a Dyson "product placement" fluff-piece.

Certainly the idea of a 50-year-old Hoover being the oldest vacuum cleaner in the U.K. is preposterous!

Not meaning to bag on Dyson [pun intended], but will note that the lady who cleans my client's office with a Dyson really hates the machine. And so does my client. A Dyson for the office was high-tech hubby's idea. My client much prefers the Riccar upright she has at home (and that cost, what, a third as much?), although with a full-time housekeeper she hardly ever uses it herself.

One day at the office she had to sweep up some hole-puncher "doo-doo" that she accidentally dumped all over the place. You never heard such grumbling and kvetching as she pulled the Dyson into the room to sweep up the mess. It may do a bang-up job on some kinds of dirt, but it had a hell of a time picking up those tiny paper punch-outs. And, to her, the machine is heavy and awkward to move around.

And the office cleaning lady does not like having to dump out the dirt cup - and I can see why - when you dump it out, a cloud of dust billows out of the trash can. So much for all that hepa filtration!

I know there are Dyson lovers out there, and I wholly respect them. But there are also people who don't much care for them...! I hope it's okay for both sides of the coin to share their opinions as long as we are civil about it, smile :)

Post# 88716 , Reply# 5   1/11/2010 at 13:03 (3,796 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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I gotta say that reading this, it is kinda hard not to laugh
hehe :P

Post# 88717 , Reply# 6   1/11/2010 at 13:09 (3,796 days old) by joe22 ()        

slow news day

Post# 88724 , Reply# 7   1/11/2010 at 14:21 (3,796 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Well, I'll leave the Dyson/Hoover experts to it... :)

Post# 88737 , Reply# 8   1/11/2010 at 17:45 (3,796 days old) by rolls_rapide (-)        
Plain daft

And the paper is just as bad for not doing its homework.

Post# 88740 , Reply# 9   1/11/2010 at 17:56 (3,796 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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yeah right!

Post# 88788 , Reply# 10   1/12/2010 at 16:13 (3,795 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        

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I actually saw this article; a work colleague showed it to me a few weeks ago and I felt much the same way about it i.e how can a Hoover 119 be Britain's oldest electric cleaner.

In response to Al's message about the wooden Goblin I'm wondering if he's referring to the BVC electric, which consisted of a little wooden box, containing motor and hose inlet, transfer etc. This looked to be in really good nick and I actually bid about 500 on it but I was outbid by two other people. It went to a collector in Poland IIRC, along with two hand operated machines, which he also won, including a Little Wizard and a BVC. They went for 100 each and appeared to be in similarly good condition.

I believe that the BVC dated from about 1904, since there's a photo of one in a book of mine showing that date...though it could be wrong.

I have a couple of Hoover Baby machines dating from about 1916 but I'm wondering if my brass Trojan cylinder vacuum is an older machine?


Post# 88819 , Reply# 11   1/13/2010 at 09:10 (3,794 days old) by edgar (Belgium)        
we are talking about it.

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Stupid, slow or even daft, the fact that we are talking about it means that the plan worked, I think it is the same as making a tv comercial that everybody hates, it works. Very clever by dyson

Post# 89016 , Reply# 12   1/16/2010 at 07:30 (3,791 days old) by watsonw (Newport, Shropshire, UK)        
wooden goblin

...........ah yes, a friend has this model also; around 1910 ?

Post# 90080 , Reply# 13   1/26/2010 at 15:08 (3,781 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Wooden Goblin?

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As far as I know, the Goblin name didn't exist until the 1920's. Strictly speaking, it was BVC or British Vacuum Cleaner Company - am I correct?

I've noticed that the BVC name is still around today. Does anyone know if it continues to have links with the Goblin name?..or are we talking about a different company?


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