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Post# 91664   2/14/2010 at 09:48 (3,529 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Because he just picked up his latest vintage vacuum yesterday.
Have a guess what it is if you haven't been told already.

All will be revealed later.





Post# 91665 , Reply# 1   2/14/2010 at 09:55 (3,529 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

*Zips lips*

Post# 91667 , Reply# 2   2/14/2010 at 12:03 (3,529 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

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Is it a Vintage Hoover or Electrolux

Post# 91668 , Reply# 3   2/14/2010 at 12:05 (3,529 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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It's a Raymond Loewy Singer upright.

Post# 91669 , Reply# 4   2/14/2010 at 12:36 (3,529 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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A Eureka Vanguard?

Post# 91692 , Reply# 5   2/14/2010 at 14:29 (3,529 days old) by luxg ()        
You're all wrong

Of course it has to be a Universal!!!!

Post# 91705 , Reply# 6   2/14/2010 at 16:07 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Was I brave or stoopid or just plain angry? All three, methi

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It was an ebay auction for a highly desired - by moi anyway - 1940s upright produced by a 'musical' vacuum cleaner company, located in a suburb of Detroit, personal pickup was an option and it's not the sort of vacuum one would want to have shipped by either USPS or UPS, unless partially disassembled and securely bubblewrap-packed to one's strict specifications. Location, location, location and two really small pictures provided in the ad I'm sure are what limited the number of potential bidders so there was to my surprise no bidding war (one initial other bidder) and I won it for a remarkable $13.45 (that's $14.61 cdn)

Only thing not original, but skillfully spliced, is the supple Belden plugged cord.

Potentially disastrous complication was that the seller had given me an incorrect cell phone number that came back 'service discontinued or number has changed' as I approached Detroit and called 3 times from my cell and twice from pay phones at malls - as I also stopped along the way to shop for jeans and underwear at Penneys and Sears.

Yes, yes, yes! I found me a new brand of size small 100% cotton trunk-style Dockers from Sears. And 501 jeans on sale for $39 at Pennys.

Thank gawd the seller gave me a street address. I had been instructed to call at least 30 minutes before arriving, which I did but...see above.

I was getting a baaaad feeling. Would the address also prove to be incorrect? But there I was in Taylor after a long drive to be there at noon with a second stop planned for Ann Arbor and still get back home by sunset...so to the address I went.

Nice trim little well-kept house with a pickup truck covered in snow that clearly had not moved in a while. I was having visions that I was being set up for a big disappointment...or a stick-up ambush. Maybe the seller was angry he didn't get top dollar for the vacuum and was pulling a fast one?

Knocked on door - no answer. Friendly Beagle-like dog sleeping on couchback in picture window. Walked around house knocking on all windows and back door - no answer.
30 minutes went by while I pondered and fretted and worked myself into a lather of pissed-offed-ness.

Had another peek in the front window with cupped hands and saw the vacuum against the wall. ARGHHHHH!!!!!So near and yet so far...

For some reason I opened the screen door again,pushed against the door, it slipped it's latch and swung open! What to do now? Decisions, decisions. I hadn't come all this way to leave empty-handed...

Well, what would you do? I slowly and cautiously entered a house in jumbled disarray with clothes tossed all over the floor, piles of junk in corners, stacks of flattened postal shipping boxes and a laptop sitting in plain sight on a filthy couch, calling out Hello loudly and firmly, bearing in mind I might suddenly be facing a shotgun and a half asleep angry person. Dog set up a howling but then licked my hand and got all friendly. I stood still in the doorway ready to turn tail and run for my life. But no one appeared...
I wasn't about to further explore the house to possibly find an unconscious or worse - deceased - person in a back room...so....

I grabbed the already pay-palled for vacuum, swiftly took it to my car and laid it along the back seat, wrote a long kind note explaining what and why I had done such a thing, closed the unlocked door firmly behind me and set the Garmin for Ann Arbor Vacuum and left the area. Mind racing with jumbled thoughts but feeling justified under the circumstances in absconding with my paid for treasure.


Post# 91706 , Reply# 7   2/14/2010 at 16:12 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Did I mention that the house's street number is 6789? Does that sound a wee bit suspicious?

Post# 91707 , Reply# 8   2/14/2010 at 16:16 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Through the window, Doggy back at bottom. note several stacked TVs.
Vacuum object crudely grayed-out to prolong the suspense...


Post# 91708 , Reply# 9   2/14/2010 at 16:30 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I'd stopped over at Pete's on Friday night to load a few vacuums for Chad, a Panasonic and a Kenmore bagged canister, both with power nozzles. We managed to locate the missing Sears branded oval dusting brush and floor brush. Pete also had a pair of Pank Hoovers to dispose of so I took one for Chad, also. Who could possibly turn down a Pank 711?

Chad loved it and having made two sales while I was there - one a shiny new polished metal Royal commercial upright with really wide brushroll - he helped me do a fast once over of my new upright to get it running and was going to spend the rest of his afternoon sprucing up this Canadian made Blushing Beauty.


Post# 91711 , Reply# 10   2/14/2010 at 16:38 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Mystery Vac

Post# 91712 , Reply# 11   2/14/2010 at 16:46 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Does this help?

Post# 91713 , Reply# 12   2/14/2010 at 16:46 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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any better?

Post# 91715 , Reply# 13   2/14/2010 at 16:50 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
I've run out of annoying delays.

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It's a Singer R-5 in remarkable condition.

Post# 91716 , Reply# 14   2/14/2010 at 16:56 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Everything is original except the spliced cord but even that is a nice old black Belden splice. The bag has been sewn up neatly at the bottom where it pulls against the exhaust tube and the only scrapes I find are the top outer edges of the brushroll housing.

Runs very smooth and quiet. I re-set the brushroll in its mounts, gave the clean bearings a shot of oil, Chad provided a slim flat Hoover belt and it's off to the races...


Post# 91717 , Reply# 15   2/14/2010 at 17:07 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The rubber headlight trims and bumper are a bit dry but not cracked or missing.
I love the 10 position height adjuster for all floor types and carpets.


Post# 91718 , Reply# 16   2/14/2010 at 17:11 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The styling just knocks me out! Did I mention it is a two-speed?

This is the vacuum Captain Nemo would have run on the Nautilius to keep those carpets clean between organ noodlings while entertaining captive audiences of able seamen...


Post# 91720 , Reply# 17   2/14/2010 at 17:14 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
So different and yet so the same.

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That's it until after the Spa Session tonight.

I brought home the other Pank 711.

There was absolutely nothing found on the Thrift trip back home. Nothing!


Post# 91721 , Reply# 18   2/14/2010 at 17:16 (3,529 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Well I was partially right!

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It IS a Singer upright, but is is Loewy?

Post# 91723 , Reply# 19   2/14/2010 at 17:27 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I'm just guessing here that this is the 5th & last iteration of the R model before Loewy had his way with it and designed the S. The S1 came out in 1949.

Yes please, Singer-ites out there...What are the dates for the R1/2/3/4/5? S 1/2/3?

Picture courtesy of rugmaster37, who I think used to be Chad. ?


Post# 91724 , Reply# 20   2/14/2010 at 17:33 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Alan, you were so close you were absolutely right!

Another rugmaster 37 picture of the R series and S1.

Loewy kept the thick glass headlight lens, sliding two-speed switch, handle mounted cord release friction slide wheel and 'concealed' cord-winder with cord through the handle - all the good bits in a modern form.


Post# 91726 , Reply# 21   2/14/2010 at 17:54 (3,529 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

interesting how all but the R5 have forked type handles. As noticed yesterday on my berber carpet the R5 was a wee bit sticky manourverability wise possibly because of the handle design being right at the back.

Post# 91727 , Reply# 22   2/14/2010 at 17:56 (3,529 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Really?

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So the new toy IS a Loewy creation? Stellar!

Post# 91750 , Reply# 23   2/14/2010 at 22:24 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
It seems Loewy did not design the R series Singers.

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I googled up this book and picture from it - read the caption.

Never Leave Well Enough Alone was first published in 1951 at the height of Loewy's career. His company, Raymond Loewy Associates, served as design consultants to more than a hundred of the world's largest corporations, and products manufactured to their specifications sold in excess of $3 billion annually. Written and designed by Loewy, this profusely illustrated book is part autobiography and part design manifesto. Acclaimed for its wit, its idiosyncracies, and its insight into the Loewy aesthetic, this volume stands as a remarkable document of the American Century and a still-vital meditation upon the importance of industrial design in daily life.



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Post# 91751 , Reply# 24   2/14/2010 at 22:32 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Of course I had to have it apart. Surprisingly clean. Mostly cobwebs.

Post# 91752 , Reply# 25   2/14/2010 at 22:34 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Magic Eraser took the age schmutz off the green/gray rubber trims and Endust sparkled up the wrinkletone paint. A few white paints speckles were picked off with wood toothpicks.

Post# 91753 , Reply# 26   2/14/2010 at 22:39 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Found about 24" of fine twisted picture wire wound around the pulley - I wonder how many belts were snarled and torn and for how long?

This wants a round belt and I'm sure a Hoover will fit - I just don't have any right now. We put a flat Hoover belt on it and that works fine for now.


Post# 91754 , Reply# 27   2/14/2010 at 22:46 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
"Head towards the Light, Carol Ann"

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!

Post# 91755 , Reply# 28   2/14/2010 at 22:48 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Even standing still the R5 is in fluidized motion...

Post# 91756 , Reply# 29   2/14/2010 at 22:50 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Pretty Posin' Time

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Just love the brown marbled tortoiseshell Bakelite wheels, handle and switch.

Post# 91757 , Reply# 30   2/14/2010 at 22:51 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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side by side

Post# 91758 , Reply# 31   2/14/2010 at 22:52 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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nose to nose

Post# 91759 , Reply# 32   2/14/2010 at 22:53 (3,529 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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bumpin' bags.

Post# 91766 , Reply# 33   2/15/2010 at 08:04 (3,528 days old) by petek (Ontario)        
Looks like

Napoleons hat pollinated by a horshoe crab. Priceless and true LOL

Post# 91768 , Reply# 34   2/15/2010 at 08:32 (3,528 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Back to back, belly to belly

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They really knew how to turn a phrase in 1949, didn't they? Clever. I love the juxtaposition of the '30s job to that delicious New For 1949 Singer Upright.

Post# 91775 , Reply# 35   2/15/2010 at 13:38 (3,528 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I have heard back from the seller who apologized profusely for giving me the wrong phone number. He congratulated me on my resourcefulness and was most pleased I am an honest person. The house was his Mothers, she has passed and he inherited all. So he is ebaying off her contents and stuff as he finishes up Engineering school. Intends to keep the house, spruce it up and bit and live there or rent out if his career takes him away.

He was up the street 6 houses away with his fiance doing the Valentines Weekend thing but never looked outside and so didn't see my car during the hour I was there.

All's well that ends well. :-)

a few vacuums ready for their move upstairs...


Post# 91776 , Reply# 36   2/15/2010 at 13:42 (3,528 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Interesting thing with the Canadian Convertible 711.

The hood bolts are knobs with thin knurled edges and no screwdriver slots. Damned difficult to remove for bulb changes.

Is this common? or confoundingly Canadian?



Post# 91777 , Reply# 37   2/15/2010 at 13:43 (3,528 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
How sweet!

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His & Her Convertibles.




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