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Post# 89953   1/24/2010 at 21:20 (3,550 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Only 6 days left of my exhibition now - I have mixed feelings about it all! It's been a lot of hard work, and it'll be nice to have all my Hoovers safely back home again, but overall it's been a very enjoyable experience, and the public reaction has been wonderful. Just speaking to some of the people who've come to see it has made it all worthwhile!

I've done a few more newspaper and magazine interviews, including one which may run in the national papers tomorrow, and a local radio interview, which was pretty fun!

As well as the formal, hour-long talk I gave a while back, I got to spend half an hour talking to a college Design and Technology class about vacuum cleaner design. Their tutor knew all about Henry Dreyfuss, so we had a great chat about his work. I'm really impressed by how people seem to engage with the subject, and ask intelligent questions.

Here's a video I made of the display - I posted it on one of my other threads, but perhaps not everyone reads the modern forum!





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Post# 89954 , Reply# 1   1/24/2010 at 21:23 (3,550 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
WELL DONE

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You MUST be very proud!! I don't speak for "everyone", butI'm sure I'm not alone.

Post# 89955 , Reply# 2   1/24/2010 at 21:26 (3,550 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Speaking of the wonderful public reaction, a number of people have contacted the gallery looking to rehome their old cleaners. I haven't had a chance to follow up all the enquiries yet, but here is one I was VERY glad I did!

A 90 year old lady called me to tell me she had 'an old 1935 Hoover...' that she would be delighted to see go to a good home. She didn't know the model number, and I had a mental picture of a battered old wreck of a Junior with replacment parts. Since she only lives about 10 minutes away from me, I went over to her house to take a look, more out of politeness than anything.

When she showed me into the kitchen, my jaw hit the floor...not some trashed 375, but my favourite vacuum cleaner of all time, Model 800!


Post# 89957 , Reply# 3   1/24/2010 at 21:32 (3,550 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Even more astoundingly...she had the boxed set of tools, the manual, the remains of the instruction tag, and even the original guarantee letter. The cleaner was purchased on 26th July, 1935, when her father had bought it as a gift for her mother. I worked out that this 90 year old lady would have been 16 at the time!

She told me she stopped using it years ago because it was too heavy (she actually said it didn't run, but it worked fine on both speeds when I tried it!). She's just kept it all this time, because she couldn't bear to part with it. She was delighted to finally be able to pass it on, in the knowledge it was going to a good home!

I asked her what cleaner she uses now - she says she has a cleaning lady who brings a Miele!


Post# 89959 , Reply# 4   1/24/2010 at 21:35 (3,550 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

As you can see from the previous photos, it was a little tarnished and dusty with age, but here's what I achieved after 10 mins hand-polishing with Autosol!

It'll be a while before I have time to clean it all up and finish restoring it, I'll post further pictures when I'm done!


Post# 89960 , Reply# 5   1/24/2010 at 21:40 (3,550 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

I forgot to post this - the heading from the guarantee letter. 'R. Roberts, Esq.' was the lady's father. I know where Oriental Road is - maybe 10-15 mins drive from where I live. I doubt the house will be called 'Alandale' any more, it probably has a number, but I'll have to go down and see if I can locate roughly where it originated from!

Under the list of Hoover's Directors is 'C B Colston' and 'E L Colston'. Back in September 2009, I worked on a short documentary about the collection, and the cameraman happened the great grandson of C B Colston! Pure, scary coincidence - I took it as a blessing for the project!


Post# 89961 , Reply# 6   1/24/2010 at 21:44 (3,550 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
You know it was a blessing!

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Wonderful story....... To KNOW it will be in great hands. Thanks.

Post# 89972 , Reply# 7   1/25/2010 at 07:14 (3,550 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        

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That's another nice example of a Hoover 800 Jack, the badge looks almost like new. The instructions and attachments box also look to be in great condition.

It's interesting how some of these badges, like yours, were brass and others were aluminium. Perhaps Hoover just used what they had available at the time?

Stephen C



Post# 89973 , Reply# 8   1/25/2010 at 08:12 (3,550 days old) by luxg ()        

Loved the video Jack!! I bet you will be happy to have your treasures all back home safe and sound!!

Post# 89975 , Reply# 9   1/25/2010 at 08:35 (3,550 days old) by 74simon ()        

Glad the exhibition went well, and that 800 is stunning! Have you thought about contacting other museums? If you could get it into the Design Centre you really will have turned the wheel 360 degrees, and you really do have both the knowledge and exhibits!

Still, it'll be nice to get them back home, no kids with grubby fingers to worry about!


Post# 89977 , Reply# 10   1/25/2010 at 08:45 (3,550 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Wow Jack the exibit and the 800 are just excellent!!!
Kenny


Post# 89984 , Reply# 11   1/25/2010 at 10:21 (3,550 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Jack & Hoover 800...

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Very nice acquisition of the Hoover 800.

Congrats.

hagd all & cheers

Bill


Post# 89990 , Reply# 12   1/25/2010 at 11:58 (3,550 days old) by joe22 ()        

bravo jack

Post# 89992 , Reply# 13   1/25/2010 at 13:06 (3,550 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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WOW!!!!

Jack how lucky!

Well I must confess and admit something, Paul and myself have recently found a few pre war vacs and the problem is they all need some kind of polishing up.

Have got a tube of autosol but is this the ideal thing to get that deep shine? Im wary of using anything that may scratch although I am tempted top use some Astonish SS cookware cleaner to remove the grime first then the autosol.

A couple of them have the original bags in mint condition so I would like the cleaners to look their best too.

Cant think what to do to get them back

Cheers if you can help.

Would be tempted to list model numbers but il leave that for a grand unveiling next week!


Post# 90003 , Reply# 14   1/25/2010 at 15:38 (3,550 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

From today's 'The Sun'....just wait for all the enlightened comments in the comments section...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO vintagehoover's LINK


Post# 90004 , Reply# 15   1/25/2010 at 15:44 (3,550 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Hoover Mania..!!!

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Hey Jack, well done on such a great exhibition, as you said a lot of hard work, BUT I`m sure it will pay off, you are certainly living the dream, keep going!!!at this rate you`ll be on "Collector Extrordinaire" any day now!!

Now thats just a great story about the Hoover 800, the bag looks stunning, and even better that the old dear had the tools and all the literature from the same sale!!!, makes it all worthwhile!!!

Cheers, Mike


Post# 90035 , Reply# 16   1/25/2010 at 20:07 (3,549 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Enjoyed the video and article very much -- and you are right, it did not take long for the self-important cretins to weigh in with illiterate comments.

I am curious about that gorgeous 800 -- what a wonderful, fabulous find! -- it has what appears to be ventilation louvers around the bottom of the motor case where it attaches to the base. I have only seen an 800 once or twice, never had one -- do all of them have that feature? Did any other "coffee can" Hoovers had it? Does it make the sound of the motor any noisier? It looks very cool and "heavy industrial!"



Post# 90039 , Reply# 17   1/25/2010 at 21:26 (3,549 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Just beautiful, Jack

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That 800 is stunning, and knowing the owner and the history makes it all the better. Congratulations on the Exhibit. I can understand your concern about having the vacuums out in public and away from safe storage. Back home they go.

I'm sure the fools that posted those comments about the article are highly intelligent....and OH so clever! (sigh) J.L.


Post# 90041 , Reply# 18   1/25/2010 at 21:40 (3,549 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Jack, it is amazing a generous what you have done putting together that exhibit installation.

And now the after benefits kick in...now we both have +90 year old Ladies who have found us and bequeathed their cherished vacuums and stories into our care.

You'll recall last year when I was emailed and then telephoned by the dear 91 yo Lady down in St Thomas gifting me here perfectly intact Hoover 281 with the Canadian Maple leaf bag. But before we could meet she passed away in her chair and it was the notepad jottings she left that caused her daughter to call me up to come get it and the Floor Polisher.

I'm so glad you two got to meet and chat in person.

Dave


Post# 90050 , Reply# 19   1/26/2010 at 03:48 (3,549 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hi Charles Richard -

the lower motor vents you mention seem to appear exclusively on 240v machines - my guess would be that Hoover engineers were concerned about keeping the new 360w motor cool when running on a higher current. The same lower vents were also used on the 825; later 825s had slightly restyled vents, as did the 875 (the final cleaner of this style before the Dreyfuss-designed 262 was introduced).

The 800 and 825 were the first Hoover cleaners to be 'styled', Hoover taking their inspiration from luxury motor cars of the day - so you could be right with 'heavy industrial'. They make the cleaner look like it means business!

A few friends in the US who have 800s have commented that UK 800s sound slightly 'different', but not louder, exactly. I've noticed the wattages between the US and UK 800s vary slightly, too - and presumably, the RPM's - which could be a factor.


Post# 90051 , Reply# 20   1/26/2010 at 04:14 (3,549 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

John, Stephen, Terry, Simon, Kenny, Bill, Joe, Rob, Mike and Dave - thanks for your responses! It's been great, but it'll nice to be able to relax again, I've been working at 200% since the end of November!

As you say, Simon - it would be fitting if I could persuade the Design Museum to host an exhibition, after my visit to the Hoover in Britain display back in 1992 sparked my interest in the pre-war machines to begin with! I'm sure I'd stand a better chance of holding such a display now Mr. Dyson has resigned as chairman!

Getting back to the 800 for a moment, I found this newspaper clipping from The Telegraph tucked inside the instruction manual. She's dated it 29.8.01, so presumably the 800 has always been at the back of her mind!

It's a rather oddly-written article, and I'd assume it's talking about H C Booth's vacuum cleaner...


Post# 90053 , Reply# 21   1/26/2010 at 04:38 (3,549 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

John Lucia - sorry I missed your name out!

The Sun is a national daily tabloid with a circulation of 2,862,935, and a readership of 7,986,000, so it's inevitable there will be a few negative comments, I guess. It's a shame, but I have to keep in mind that the only opinions that matter are the ones of the people I love and respect, and of the people who really know me!

It's a strange feeling: the TV thing I did for The ONE Show for Hoover's 100th anniversary will either have been seen or missed on the evening of broadcast, depending on who was watching. But print-media sits around for an indefinite amount of time, as anyone who's ever sat waiting for a doctor or a dentist can attest!


Post# 90068 , Reply# 22   1/26/2010 at 10:49 (3,549 days old) by andy (Boston, MA)        

Way to go Jack! I'm so happy for you and that 800 is gorgeous!

Post# 90079 , Reply# 23   1/26/2010 at 14:57 (3,549 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
That 800 is just reward....

....for all the hard work you put in!

What a storming machine it is and in such good condition. Its always nice when people are able to pass stuff on knowing that they are going to a good home where they will be appreciated.

Congratulations on the obvious success of your exhibition and may it continue to pay you dividends in the future.

All the best Jack and see you in a couple of weeks.
Cheers
Paul



Post# 90081 , Reply# 24   1/26/2010 at 15:13 (3,549 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        
Ok

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In a position to reveal one.....

Autosol, Jif and a brillo pad later the worst looking one actually looks like it may turn out as the best looking one.

Have not yet dared plug it in although it has been sympathetically rewired and has a new belt and brushroll fitted.
Maybe see about that tomorrow evening.

Bag requires a bit more laundering to get those stains out. Something a machine wash (30degrees Silk Wash, 1000rpm spin)with Ecover liquid didnt achieve.

Half the furniture guard has snapped off although we also scooped a second 700 with it all intact and in good enough condition to transfer it on.
The other 700 is not halfway as pretty as this and will become a spares machine.

Also Paul will touch up the rusty bag grip.




Post# 90082 , Reply# 25   1/26/2010 at 15:14 (3,549 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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700

Post# 90083 , Reply# 26   1/26/2010 at 15:15 (3,549 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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hood

Post# 90114 , Reply# 27   1/26/2010 at 18:50 (3,548 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hi Rob and Paul - congrats, the 700 is a lovely machine, and of course, the first to introduce the patented Hoover Agitator!

When you get round to firing it up, I'll put money on it running flawlessly - they always do!

Here's mine, post-restoration...


Post# 90115 , Reply# 28   1/26/2010 at 18:53 (3,548 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

...but this was what it looked like when I first got it home!

Post# 90116 , Reply# 29   1/26/2010 at 18:53 (3,548 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

And here's the complete 'ensemble'...

Post# 90450 , Reply# 30   1/31/2010 at 15:41 (3,544 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
A twist in the tale...

Well, this was supposed to have been the last day of the exhibition, and right now, I would have been mentally preparing for numerous journeys to and from the gallery tomorrow to dismantle and collect 25 vacs, but plans have changed!

Following the article which appeared in The Sun last Monday, a number of other news outlets picked up on the story. Most significantly, on Thursday, an item on the exhibition was broadcast on ITN's London Tonight news programme. I also did a live interview with BBC Radio Sussex (over the phone in my kitchen!!).

In the light of all this publicity on a national level, the gallery requested to extend the exhibition for a further two weeks. Although I was looking forward to all this being over, I agreed - it seems silly to take everything down now, just as word is beginning to spread!

So it looks like I have a further two weeks to get through before I can get all my stuff back! I'm delighted the public and media have been so receptive, though!


Post# 90453 , Reply# 31   1/31/2010 at 16:15 (3,544 days old) by samotronic ()        
Nice

I can't even get family and friends to look at my vacs here in the US. Let alone an entire town or country. LOL

I admire how you continually move forward with your message and ultimately do get the recognition and celebration for your collection that you deserve.

I predict that collecting vintage hoovers is going to be the hot new trend there. Keep it up.

Chris



Post# 90811 , Reply# 32   2/6/2010 at 05:27 (3,538 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Thanks Chris - we're now approaching the exhibition's last week (unless they suggest a further extension!), but the whole thing has been worthwhile and fun to do.

I have a couple of other media things lined up, so there's still some mileage in the show yet!


Post# 90813 , Reply# 33   2/6/2010 at 07:45 (3,538 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

Congratulations, Jack, on a fine exhibition, and on all the exposure; you deserve it. Quite a bit of good fortune getting the 800, too.

Bob


Post# 90852 , Reply# 34   2/6/2010 at 12:47 (3,538 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Congrats again Jack on the sucess of your exibit!.Can you prvide us with a link of your interview if possible?

Post# 90862 , Reply# 35   2/6/2010 at 18:23 (3,538 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Thank you, Bob and Kenny - I'm not quite sure how you'd be able to watch the ITN clip, I think it's gone from the website now, and in any case, it's probably set so it can't be viewed outside the UK :(

Here's an article on the exhibition extension - I think it's one of the nicest so far. Amazing how long they can string out the whole 'sucking' pun, though...


Post# 90865 , Reply# 36   2/6/2010 at 19:18 (3,537 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Jack....I had no idea you had a fear of vacuums as a toddler

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So did I!

I used to run screaming into my bedroom whenever Mom took out our turquoise Eureka upright circa 1963 (Model 250 I think). This vac has a motor-head that looks like a face! The chrome headlight frame looks like it has an eyebrow, and the port to insert the attachment hose looks like a nose.....

Anyhow, Mom also tried to rid me of my fears: One day she positioned the vac in the hall outside my bedroom door, left it upright and opened the door to show me that it would not hurt me. Well, little did she know that even the Eureka advertisements at the time touted the fact that the vac "walks by itself"! So she turned it on, and it began moving towards me! All by itself! That was it for me....never trusted Mom ever again!

Not quite sure how the turnaround from "evil monster enemy" to beloved play toy happened, but withing a few years I was in love with the attachments and pretending I was cleaning with them with joy...

Any others have memories of being frightened at first by what became their "object of affection"?


Post# 90878 , Reply# 37   2/7/2010 at 06:40 (3,537 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hi Bob - as you might expect, the journalists have simplified everything slightly! I'll elaborate.

After I was born, my mum went back to work - she had a very nice job working at Debenhams as senior buyer for the textiles department. This involved a lot of travel to places like Jerusalem and Portugal, where mill-owners would try and convince her to put in orders for their towels and linens for her department.

Meanwhile, I was left to be looked after by my dad, and during the day, by my grandma. It was while I was at my grandma's house where the fascination started.

A couple of times each week, she'd vacuum with her Hoover Senior Ranger (a cleaner made iconic by the Shake N Vac carpet powder ad!). I was suspicious of the large, loud cleaner with a headlight on the front - the slow build-up to full speed after she switched it on sounded like it would get louder and louder until it exploded! I didn't like being near it.

The thing that really scared me, though, was the noise it made when the beater-bars clattered against the raised metal strip which holds two sections of carpet together underneath doors. It was a really loud, intense and sudden noise, and it always terrified me!

This presented a problem for my grandma - she needed to get on with her daily domestic tasks, while faced with the problem of supervising a very young child who wouldn't stay in the same room as the vacuum cleaner! She didn't get annoyed, or tell me I was stupid to be afraid - she tackled the issue in the best way possible: she explained the cleaner to me.

Hoisting the Hoover onto its front, so I could see the underside, she unlatched the soleplate, and explained: 'This is the brush-roll, which beats and sweeps the carpet. This is the belt, which drives the brush-roll. This is the fan, which sucks up the dirt.'

She showed me that when the cleaner made that clattering noise: it was just the beater bars hitting the carpet-strip. Nothing scary about that!

And as a child with a questioning mind, fascinated with mechanical and electrical devices, I was transfixed. What made the fan go round? What was underneath the hood of the cleaner? Why did we plug the cleaner into the wall-socket to make it run? Why was there a light on the front?

This lead to more general questions: Why do some vacuums look different to others? Why do we use them, anyway? Why do really old cleaners look so different - why have they changed so much over the years?

And really, that’s the whole story – somewhere along the way I accumulated over 100 cleaners, and as a Design and Technology student at school and college, I learnt to assess appliance design from an appliance designer’s point of view. But at heart, I’m probably still the same fascinated toddler, filled with wonder at the magic of ‘cleaning by electricity’!


Post# 90879 , Reply# 38   2/7/2010 at 06:42 (3,537 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Lol, apologies - that last post should have been addressed to Brian! The story is the important bit - it's one I've been explaining a lot over the last three months!

Post# 90880 , Reply# 39   2/7/2010 at 07:22 (3,537 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

Even though the post was addressed to the wrong person, its still a good story. :)

The only difference with me is that nobody bothered to explain or support my fascination with vacuums; they probably just tolerated it.


Post# 90942 , Reply# 40   2/7/2010 at 13:20 (3,537 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        
Jack,I knew you had a fear of vacuums as a toddler

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I had read that some time ago, Brian &Jack.I too had the same fear,I think it was more the noise or that the (in my case) little elephant with the long nose was going to eat me.We had canisters,the GE swivel tops at grams and aunts. When we (mom/dad/me)moved into our house, Dad took me to the store,right to the vacuums and made me feel the suction to show I wouldn't get "sucked up". Then he sat me on it and rolled it around then turned it on, when I wasn't scared of it anymore I to wanted to know how it worked. So at the age of 5 I took my aunts Hoover Convertible(Senior) apart. She was out of town but my cousin was there and she panicked thinking it would never work.I put it bac together but I just couldnt stretch the belt back on. Her husband did it and she made him plug it in to see if it worked. I was always taking something apart lol. As soon as I could get hold of a screw driver that was it for anything, toys appliances,phones etc...
My moms side of the family is/was machinicly incline and tought me alot. My aunt was an electrician whom I would call if I needed wiring assistance.
Anyway its funny to think that one of our fears became a passion.
~K


Post# 90960 , Reply# 41   2/7/2010 at 15:43 (3,537 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
I'm still scared...

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Even to this day, there's still some of them that scare me..

As a kid, the older upright models, in particular, like the Hoover 370 were scary.

I used to sometimes put the machine in a different room to where I got somebody else to plug it in, in case it blew up!


Post# 90970 , Reply# 42   2/7/2010 at 18:32 (3,537 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Hey no problem Jack....lovely story.....

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and such a cute photo of you as a young vac-fan.....

When I finally converted my fear into fascination, I remember that all I wanted was one those toy Suzy Home-maker vacuums as a birthday gift - but I was terrified to ask for one. My father had already shamed me about this severely at a very young age when he found me pretending I was cleaning with the attachments of our old brown GE Airflo.....I used to have to hide my collection of vacuum cleaner advertisements that I was collecting in secret...so sad. :(

Eurekaprince Brian


Post# 90989 , Reply# 43   2/7/2010 at 23:36 (3,536 days old) by richardc1983 (Leeds, UK)        

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I remember as a very young child at nursery being petrified of a Nilco 575 cleaner. The staff would start cleaning up and chase me round with it going "hoover, hoover" I would run off crying into the toilets. It was very noisy and scared me!

Then at about 6 yrs old I was found in my bedroom taking my mums relatively new Electrolux apart... this was the one with the buckle clip that held the bag lig on. I had it in pieces all over the floor and there was grease all over the carpet.

I couldnt get it back together my dad had to do it. This fascination moved onto other electrical appliances with moving parts, such as VCR's washing machines.

I would often sabotage them or block them up just to see my dad take it apart and repair it so I could "investigate" the innards!


Post# 90990 , Reply# 44   2/7/2010 at 23:36 (3,536 days old) by richardc1983 (Leeds, UK)        

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Post# 91326 , Reply# 45   2/11/2010 at 09:38 (3,533 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
I had one like that!

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I had one of those in for repair but there was an open circuit fault on the motor unit.

I priced up the motor for the customer but it was over £100 at the time, which he didn't want to pay, so he gave me the machine..then, one day, I had to make some more room and it got thrown out..

Stephen


Post# 91615 , Reply# 46   2/13/2010 at 15:21 (3,531 days old) by 1066hoovers ()        
Great exhibition Jack

Hi Jack.
I popped into the Lightbox last weekend to catch your exhibition. Excellent! Our taste's in Hoovers are almost identical. It looks like my collection with a few exceptions!
Very nice.
The best thing for me was the 925. It's the first time I have seen a 925, although I do have a 925 hood.
Nice to see you have found a model 800 with brass badge AND manual. Please can you scan it. I'd love to see it.
Soon I will be in a position to put up pics of my 800s.

Best wishes, Jonathan


Post# 91780 , Reply# 47   2/15/2010 at 16:29 (3,529 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
Move along now, folks. Show's over. Nothing to see here.

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Post# 91781 , Reply# 48   2/15/2010 at 16:30 (3,529 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

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Post# 91784 , Reply# 49   2/15/2010 at 17:52 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Did you vacuum out the car first?

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Even your transport layout and arrangement are static ART!

With a few cross-ways padded span boards there's room for a few more layers, Jack...
Looks like a Dream Thrift Trip. LOL

Dave


Post# 91853 , Reply# 50   2/16/2010 at 21:45 (3,527 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Good show
btw do you find it hard driving that car with the steering wheel on the wrong side?


Post# 91855 , Reply# 51   2/16/2010 at 21:55 (3,527 days old) by luxg ()        

Jack I am so glad that your treasures are going to be back home safe and sound. You have to be very proud of how well the show went!

Terry


Post# 91901 , Reply# 52   2/17/2010 at 16:53 (3,527 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
A lesson in order and neatness!

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I have to admire the way that you carefully lay out those Hoovers Jack!

As for the back of my own car, oh dear..

When I went to Graeme's in Newcastle at the end of 2008 I managed to get 23 vacuums in the back of my Cavalier! ..but I do have to be careful not to scratch the badges or cause any other damage when I attempt to pile in so much..

Stephen


Post# 91925 , Reply# 53   2/18/2010 at 16:59 (3,526 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Jonathan – why didn’t you tell me you were thinking of coming - I would have been happy to have met you at the gallery and given you a tour!

Only about a quarter of my entire collection was on display, but as you will have seen, there wouldn’t have been room for anything else without making it look too cluttered. I would have loved to have had all the pre-war models lined up in sequence, so people could follow the evolution from one model to the next, but I had to be ruthless!

Did you have a chance to look round the rest of the gallery?

Dave and Stephen - thanks! I wouldn't contemplate transporting my vacs any other way! I'm happy to report everything survived the exhibition - and travel at both ends - unscathed; nothing scratched, scuffed, torn or missing!

It took all morning to get everything dismantled and driven home, then most of the afternoon to get it put back where it should be. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it's good to feel it's all over now, and everything's safely tucked away where it belongs.

Pete – oh, I manage...the yoga helps!

Terry – thank you, I guess I am proud of everything. I’m delighted the public embraced the unconventional subject matter so enthusiastically! Getting to meet so many people and talking to them about their memories and experiences was probably the best thing about the whole show. No time to grow complacent, though - on to the next project!


Post# 92108 , Reply# 54   2/23/2010 at 06:33 (3,521 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
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There's a show on E! Entertainment that comedienne Chelsea Handler hosts, out of Los Angeles. One of her male guests toward the end this morning mentioned the Vacuum Cleaner Museum in England, "It sucks"! was his hysterically funny (not) take on it. The reason I bring this up is simply because they mentioned the museum. Maybe somebody could help dig up a clip. The show is mostly quite funny, except when they rip on Susan Boyle.




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