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Post# 88890   1/14/2010 at 19:59 (3,794 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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I have an Electrolux that I got last summer at a garage sale for $3 and if anyone knows, I would like to know what it is called, and what years it was made. It is a canister-style vac with a brown PN4 power nozzle. It looks very similar to the Super J, but the bumpers are slightly different (the sides of the bumpers on the canister stick out instead of being flat),and the handles on the canister are also somewhat different. The color is a brown-ish color,and it sounds EXACTLY the same as my Super J did. Everythimg else is the same. THANK YOU!!!

Post# 88893 , Reply# 1   1/14/2010 at 20:11 (3,794 days old) by elux89 ()        
Olympia 1

Sounds like an Olympia one if it has the full bag indicator like the SJ

Post# 88895 , Reply# 2   1/14/2010 at 20:16 (3,794 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Vernon is correct. That would be an Olympia One. I will add that it was made from 1978 - 1982. It replaced the Super J as the top of the line model.


Post# 88897 , Reply# 3   1/14/2010 at 20:37 (3,794 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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THANK YOU! Ihave had it for over a year and have called it "the brown Electrolux" ok,now I know what model it is and how old it is!

Post# 88900 , Reply# 4   1/14/2010 at 20:42 (3,794 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

This pops up on the POD every so often.....thought you would like it.

The Olympia One was the official vacuum cleaner of the 1980 Winter Olympics...sometime around 1980.

Post# 88901 , Reply# 5   1/14/2010 at 20:47 (3,794 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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Thanks, I didnt know that!...

Post# 88958 , Reply# 6   1/15/2010 at 12:38 (3,793 days old) by joe22 ()        

some Olympias have a special *olympic* label on them.

Post# 88979 , Reply# 7   1/15/2010 at 18:10 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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Now this will probably upset some US members but I have to pose a question why has intrigued me since I have been collecting and became more aware of models in the US, whch is why, for most of the 1950s & 1960s are US Electrolux models so UGLY?
I am sure they performed well, and its clear that they had more features than UK models and from comments I have read on here they appear to have been excellent machines - I just cannot get over the styling - to my mind, looking at the picture above, its only when you get to the 1205 that they styling appears to come more up to date and perhaps typical of the late 1960s.

I would be the first to agree that the XXX is a style icon (and I have one myself) although more of the 1930s than 40s or 50s. We did not have the XXX here although you can see its influence in our post war models 30/55/62 - 62 shown below

Post# 88980 , Reply# 8   1/15/2010 at 18:11 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
62 in action

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Post# 88981 , Reply# 9   1/15/2010 at 18:14 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
From 1960

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The very popular 65. The tools are not quite correct here - it should have a pink & cream "butterfly" nozzle

Post# 88982 , Reply# 10   1/15/2010 at 18:15 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
The Lux 80

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Its successor model - styling updated, this model is one of my favourite Lux models

Post# 88983 , Reply# 11   1/15/2010 at 18:19 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
BOL Models - 1960s

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The 64 (Brown/Beige) & 77 (Whire/Blue) - from my own collection

Post# 88984 , Reply# 12   1/15/2010 at 18:21 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
TOL 1960s

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The Lux 90 from 1964

Post# 88985 , Reply# 13   1/15/2010 at 18:22 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
And later on

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The Lux 100

Post# 88986 , Reply# 14   1/15/2010 at 18:24 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Colour TOL

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The 90 is at the bottom of the stairs, the 100 is the next one up

Post# 88987 , Reply# 15   1/15/2010 at 18:30 (3,793 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Maybe its an age thing

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as these models seem to my eyes more elegant even than the models that came after them - they come from the period when I was first aware of cleaners (up to 11 years old).

But they just seem so clean and graceful to my eye when compared to the American models from the same years.

Post# 88988 , Reply# 16   1/15/2010 at 18:48 (3,793 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Canadian Collectors won't be much upset as we got to enjoy our very own versions quite similar to European Electroluxes. American Luxes were much flashier in design as were the automobiles while we more conservative Canadians kept it low profile.

And we certainly didn't get the vast array of model changes that the USA did through the 1950s & 60s. Even through the 1970s & 80s when the North American lines converged we had a way to keep our exterior styling on the elegant, if dull side.
I have to say that the LX will always be a favorite of mine for its gorgeous, if excessively heavy expression of the best that American post-war engineering & manufacturing prowess could produce. What followed the LX does come across rendered top heavy and ungainly by the tapered and rounded body and narrow bag chamber perched high over its wheel axles exposed so indelicately below. The more demure Canadian 80 series hugs the ground, much the way conservative hemlines did on our womenfolk. :-)
Yet it will always be a feather in our cap that Canadian Electroluxes from that period can quietly suck the paint & performance off a USA model, comparatively speaking. Pay no attention whatsoever to what Crevictool has to say about handle ergonomics. :-)

Dave, Dominion of Canada

Post# 88989 , Reply# 17   1/15/2010 at 19:48 (3,793 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

"Rick, when I snap my fingers - you will awake." "You won't remember anything about this thread". "It never exsisted" "Ready? One....two....(snap)!

Post# 88990 , Reply# 18   1/15/2010 at 19:49 (3,793 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Joe's right Dustin! The earlier Olympia One's had a colorful rectangular label with the five Olympic circles on it!


Post# 88995 , Reply# 19   1/15/2010 at 20:25 (3,793 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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Ok mines not an early one then because it doesnt have any labels other than Electrolux on the sides. I looked at the picture that you posted and yes, mines definetely an Olympia one. Thanks!!!

Post# 88999 , Reply# 20   1/15/2010 at 21:59 (3,793 days old) by luxg ()        

Thanks guys for sharing all the pictures. Those UK lux vacuums are just beautiful!!

Post# 89006 , Reply# 21   1/15/2010 at 22:43 (3,793 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Have to Agree

I love my American luxes,but the others are the trendy
designs and looks !

Post# 89009 , Reply# 22   1/16/2010 at 01:30 (3,792 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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I think the US Golden J/Super J models are the most beautiful of all luxs,,especially when they are all cleaned up, and not all scuffed,beat up and dirty. There's just something about the gold color with the shiny chrome top,and shiny chrome PN,,very regal looking.
I remember an older neighbor lady that bought a new Golden J in around 1975-76,,brand new in box,,she had me take it out of the box for her , and put the PN together,,and let me use it. She had thick gold sculptured carpets,,the Golden J sitting on her gold carpet almost blinded you when the sun beamed in. haha
Always thought the Model L in gold was kinda cool looking too.

Post# 89013 , Reply# 23   1/16/2010 at 05:43 (3,792 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
All In The Eye of the Beholder

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Me thinks!!! having collected the UK/Swedish lux"s you see that they look "Sleek & Steamlined" and having used many US models I observe their look to be more "Round & Contoured" more automotive than Svenska..

Dustin, welcome to the club, you will find many interesting facts, vids, pics and features of electrolux vacs along with other brands from all over the world, I find it fascinating to be able to compare, design , build and functionality of all,,,heres the first part of the UK series!!! although this needs re-doing as now have a Z5 to add in...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO chestermikeuk's LINK

Post# 89017 , Reply# 24   1/16/2010 at 07:33 (3,792 days old) by watsonw (Newport, Shropshire, UK)        


We look forward to seeing the Z5, is it complete with tools ?

Post# 89018 , Reply# 25   1/16/2010 at 08:31 (3,792 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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I absolutely Love the look of the UK luxes

Post# 89025 , Reply# 26   1/16/2010 at 11:50 (3,792 days old) by joe22 ()        

in LUX heaven seeing all these wonderful vacs

Post# 89026 , Reply# 27   1/16/2010 at 12:19 (3,792 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

The Canadian/US/UK Electroluxes all have good points. I'm more partial to the Canadian models, as I grew up with them, but I do appreciate the merits of the US/UK models as well. One thing that perhaps made the Canadian/US models "ugly" is the externally mounted cord winder on some of the models; convenient in use, but it sometimes looked like it wasn't meant to be part of the machine at all, despite the color match/trim, etc.

I personally like the more rounded/contoured style of the Canadian/US "painted metal" machines (i.e. the 83/86/87/88/89, E/AE/F/G/R/S/L)...this is beyond a doubt where most of my interest in Electrolux lies. I love the combination of shiny, glossy painted metal with chrome trim and accents.

That's not to say I don't appreciate the "loaf" (is that the right description?) or the "boxy" style. I do feel, though, that starting with the Canadian AP and the US Golden Jubilee, the color choices left a lot to be desired. Everything became brown/tan/beige/cream/off-white/oyster/insert-another-word-for-a-derivative-of-brown. Not exactly the finest period, style-wise, for Electrolux (even though I do have an AP 100 and Golden Jubilee in my collection). Those who like brown shades would undoubtedly disagree.

Post# 89029 , Reply# 28   1/16/2010 at 13:25 (3,792 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I agree that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and with Electrolux, as with all brand names, what appeals to us as "most beautiful" are the models we know and grew up seeing.

Of the American Electroluxes, my favorite by far is the humble Model E, introduced as a "feather-light" economy model in 1954. It's not the most beautiful of all Electroluxes but it has the biggest soft spot in my heart. Why? Because the very nice family next door, the Strouds, had one. I, already sweeper-obsessed at three years of age, never tired of watching Mrs. Stroud use it.

From a beauty standpoint, the Model XXX of course wins hands-down. No American Electrolux before or since was anywhere nearly as stunning.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO electrolux~137's LINK

Post# 89033 , Reply# 29   1/16/2010 at 14:53 (3,792 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

Yes indeed, the Model E is quite nice looking, in a restrained way (compared to the XXX/LX). One of these days, I hope to find one for the collection.

The issue of noise has been discussed many times before, I know, but I'm curious as to how quiet the 50's/60's UK Luxes are compared to their North American cousins (some of which you hardly notice are running at all, except for the sound of the air flowing through the floor/rug nozzle).

Post# 89066 , Reply# 30   1/16/2010 at 22:51 (3,792 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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I remember years ago a neighbor that had a Lux model LX that i got to use a few times,,and it would give you a shock (when the machine was on) if you touched any of the metal parts of the machine itself,,but not the hose handle or any of the rubber parts. So, obviously was in need of some kind of repair. If a UK machine were the same way, wouldnt you get a HE** of a jolt?
I have a fear of the older UK appliances,( i know its stupid),Do you guys in the UK ever have this trouble with appliances,,of any kind or age?
Do all UK appliances run off a 220 v, or no? Did they always?
Please excuse my ignorance on this!

Post# 89078 , Reply# 31   1/16/2010 at 23:03 (3,792 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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BTW, there is an episode of "Keeping Up Appearances" where Rose deceides its time to tidy up the place, as her gentleman friend is comming over. She has ahold of the model of Lux that is in VacBear58's pic,,,the 1960 Model 65. Always wondered what kind of vac Hyacinth BuckET has!
I remember seeing in a true story drama once about Princess Di, and Prince Charles,,,,while they where courting, he calls her at her home, and when the phone rings, she is vacuuming with an Electrolux, with a PN,,i think it was a Canadian Model AP. It had the usual hose handle, and PN. So,,wasnt an authentic UK machine then afterall? Someone in the prop department goofed!?
Or maybe there are more Canadian machines in the UK than whats realized? Thought that was kinda cool,,only a vac collector would notice!

Post# 89090 , Reply# 32   1/17/2010 at 04:17 (3,791 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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All appliances in the UK (and Europe and Australia) run on 220-240 volts, and collectors generally ground the machine (even if not origionally grounded), connect via an RCD and make sure they are not standing on a bare floor when connecting for the first time. 240V is not necessarily fatal, but it cna stil give a very nasty shock. However, no matter what the voltage electricity must ALWAYS be treated with respect.

As for Charles & Di, I think that is down to the props department goofing up - was it an American or Canadian production? I have only seen one US Lux for sale here (second hand) and that is the Model XXX in my loft - and that was converted (not by Lux) to run on 240V

In my opinion Mrs B would probably have had a Hoover Turbomaster as her home was reasonably "up to the minute" for the period when the programmes were made - but she would have had a (or probably a sucession of them) cleaning lady. Actually I am surprised that there was not one featured howevere maybe Roy Clarke was able to get enough material from the existing charactors. Over the years there have been several such charactors in shows - such as Ruby in "Butterflies" and my own favourite - Aggie in "Life With The Lyons" - see below

Post# 89114 , Reply# 33   1/17/2010 at 11:56 (3,791 days old) by joe22 ()        

saw a pbs show yesterday about visits to the white house here in usa, the cleaning person was using an ORECK.

Post# 89148 , Reply# 34   1/17/2010 at 19:31 (3,791 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I've seen a picture on MSNBC of the oval office being vacuumed by a 16 inch shake-out Sanitaire. I'm sure the white house would never some Chinese crud-vac, only American vacuums!

Also, the owner of the Hoover in the BBC picture needs in empty the bag!

Post# 89189 , Reply# 35   1/18/2010 at 01:35 (3,790 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Thanks Vacbear58 for the explaination,,very interesting! Yes, that movie about Charles and Lady Di was an American production, im sure,,,so the vac was probablly either a US Golden J, Super J, or Olympia.
Yes, poor Hyacinth BuckET,,im sure a good housekeeper is very hard for her to find,,and keep! haha
Ive always enjoyed all the UK sitcoms/tv shows that have been avalible to us here in the states,,always loved Benny Hill especially,,and of course the BuckET woman! Faulty Towers was a favorite too.

Post# 89190 , Reply# 36   1/18/2010 at 01:36 (3,790 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Fawlty Towers?

Post# 89213 , Reply# 37   1/18/2010 at 07:55 (3,790 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

"Fawlty Towers" has deservedly earned a reputation as perhaps the best sitcom ever, although I don't recall any vacuums in it.

Wasn't the vacuum Rose was going to use in "Keeping Up Appearances" a Hoover? I haven't seen it in a long time, so I can't be sure.

Post# 89308 , Reply# 38   1/19/2010 at 07:22 (3,789 days old) by vaclover (Freestate, Virginia, South Africa)        

Wish i could have an electrolux like the model s or Ae.or that shape.but i only saw 1 in my life in South Africa it was far lol it almost looked like the hoover dustette one of you guys have in the collection photos so im not sure if it was an electrolux s or dustette.but i would really like the older electrolux like the s or ae!or a hoover any of you guys maybe know where i can get a armature for my electrolux z302?or a complete motor?

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