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Post# 92684   3/2/2010 at 19:25 (3,747 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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I just recieved some parts for an Eatons Viking vacuum which was made in Japan in the 1960's and it made me start thinking about the unusual older machines which I have seen from Japan so I thought I'd start a thread about them and see what machines turn up.

To begin with this is the Viking machine. I've always thought it had a very unique style reminiscent of the cars of that period.

Post# 92685 , Reply# 1   3/2/2010 at 19:27 (3,747 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Another machine from my collection - the Sanyo model SC2000PS from 1973.

Post# 92688 , Reply# 2   3/2/2010 at 19:38 (3,747 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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A Hitachi brochure from the early 1970's

Post# 92697 , Reply# 3   3/2/2010 at 20:16 (3,747 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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I used to have a sanyo model sc585 it was grey and bagless however dont have it anymore but would like to get another one. I kinda miss it

Post# 92701 , Reply# 4   3/2/2010 at 20:42 (3,747 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Mike:

I'm not familiar with that model but I wouldnt mind seeing one if anyone has one.


Post# 92720 , Reply# 5   3/2/2010 at 22:33 (3,747 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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Hey doug
it was small, grey, and used a filter like this one

Post# 92721 , Reply# 6   3/2/2010 at 22:34 (3,747 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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here is the pic of the other side

Post# 92747 , Reply# 7   3/3/2010 at 07:13 (3,746 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Hey there Doug...nice Viking vac from Eaton's (how I mis

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You know, one of the reasons I dislike bagless vacuums was because of the Sanyo "Cassette" canister vacuum my father brought home from work one summer evening in the early 1970's. Dad was the advertising producer for Sanyo in Canada from the late 1960's for about 15 years (he created the "Sanyo Makes Life's Good Things Better" slogan).

Anyhow, because Sanyo was so involved with audio "cassette" players at the time (they may have even invented the audio-cassette..... not sure), they decided to use the same term for their "easy-to-remove" dirt container on their bagless vacuums. The model dad brought home was from a few years ealier than the wood-grain model in your pic above. It was a beautiful blue canister vac, with grey tools. The hose was very, very short! About 5 feet! But it was electrified so you turned the machine on with a switch on the hose handle.

Getting back to my dislike of bagless machines: Cleaning this vac was a messy process. And neither my mother, nor our very nice cleaning lady, cleaned out the machine - it became my job! No matter how much dirt was contained in the container, the secondary cloth bag ended up full of fine dust that had to be shaken out. Lucky thing we had an indoor garage because that was the only place I could clean out the vac without making a mess inside the house!

Compared to changing the monster-size F&G bag in our new Eureka golden Rugulator upright twice a year, the bagless canister forced you to go through a tedious and messy process.

On the positive side, it was very powerful little vac, and very lightweight and easy to shlep around. Biggest design flaw was that if you sat it on end on carpeting to clean stairs or high bookshelves, you completely blocked the exhaust.

Sanyo came out with a similar vac the next year that was red and had a transparent dust cassette....

Post# 92752 , Reply# 8   3/3/2010 at 07:37 (3,746 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Brian:

Sounds interesting. I dont believe I've ever come across that one. Dont surpose you kept any pictures?


Post# 92753 , Reply# 9   3/3/2010 at 07:46 (3,746 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I will look through my late father's business archives and try to find some pics for you!!!!

EP Brian

Post# 92756 , Reply# 10   3/3/2010 at 08:50 (3,746 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)'s a link to Sanyo's corporate history...

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The website says that in 1968, Sanyo introduced "Industry's first vacuum cleaner with cassette-type dust collector "Taro" (SC-3000)"

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Post# 92758 , Reply# 11   3/3/2010 at 09:58 (3,746 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
That washing machine looks very familiar

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It has a very close (apparently) resemblence to the Hoover 307, manufactured in the UK from 1948 although I think it was a pre-war design. This was very much Charles Colston's (UK MD) project, although I seem to recall Jack telling me that it was a design he saw in America, and at one time it was planned to build them in Perivale.

Sanyo introduced theirs in 1953, more or less teh same time that Hoover introduced their very different Mk2 model. Perhaps by 1953 Hoover lost the rights to produce the origional design

Post# 92777 , Reply# 12   3/3/2010 at 16:44 (3,746 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
Here's my Brother vacuum

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that I'm having sold for me. Loved the colour!


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Post# 92781 , Reply# 13   3/3/2010 at 17:31 (3,746 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
That Brother vac has the same neat tool storage box as many

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The little canister's main unit sits comfortably on top of the plastic box that can hold all the tools and the hose. The Japanese hoses are so short that they can curl up in these tiny storage boxes with no problem.....

As a matter of fact, Sears slapped the Kenmore label on one of those compact Sanyo canister vacs and called it the "Let's Clean"!!!!!!! :-) It also had a similar storage feature.

Post# 92795 , Reply# 14   3/3/2010 at 18:28 (3,746 days old) by szymonrules (Philadelphia, PA )        
Lol.. I just noticed

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Brother now makes printers and I noticed this because I have an MFC-495CW and the Brother logo is the same as on the vacuum.

Post# 92801 , Reply# 15   3/3/2010 at 18:42 (3,746 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
The Japanese "Brother" company once had a line of

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General Electric or Panasonic....everything from sewing machines to photocopiers!

See link below.....

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Post# 92859 , Reply# 16   3/4/2010 at 15:28 (3,745 days old) by kenkart ()        

Some of the Hitachi machines like the canisters pictured had cordwinders, they were pretty good machines, I remember seeing several of them as a kid.

Post# 92872 , Reply# 17   3/4/2010 at 19:18 (3,745 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Hans:

Of the two Hitachi's in the picture the blue one had a built in cordreel while the red one didnt. It was only a year or two after those machines that Hitachi introduced a version of the red one that included a power nozzle. I think I have a picture of that one here somewhere. I'll have to go through my files.


Post# 92952 , Reply# 18   3/5/2010 at 21:40 (3,744 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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A friend in Florida just sent me this Panasonic brochure from about 1973. From the style of the machines and the rug nozzle I would say that the Viking I started this thread with must have been made by Panasonic (Matsushita Electric) in the 60's. What do you guys think?

Brochure Part 1

Post# 92953 , Reply# 19   3/5/2010 at 21:41 (3,744 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Brochure part 2

Post# 92957 , Reply# 20   3/5/2010 at 22:40 (3,744 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I'd say you're right, Doug. I have the same Eatons Viking 2000 but only the one accessory nizzle. It is a very robustly made machine with wonderful chrome and cast aluminum bits.


Post# 92964 , Reply# 21   3/6/2010 at 06:30 (3,743 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Shizzle my nizzle

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I love that Viking, especially the floor nozzle.

Post# 92971 , Reply# 22   3/6/2010 at 08:38 (3,743 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave:

I have a spare of the floor brush and may even have an extra small nozzle for it if I can find it. Email me


Post# 92994 , Reply# 23   3/6/2010 at 17:53 (3,743 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
I like the upright...

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in the pictures. Looks like it could be a fan first Panasonic?


Post# 93014 , Reply# 24   3/7/2010 at 07:48 (3,742 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Eureka !!!!

OH my gosh !! The MC 6100 upright is so similar to the Eureka
upright that was in the office storage area of our branch office, here in Columbus, Ohio. Back in 1979, when I came on
board as the "new" sales rep for Southern Ohio. The difference
was that it did NOT have a head light, a somewhat longer base
at the front of the machine and of course a carpet height adjustment. At any rate, when I quit being a rep and open my
business, the branch manager and I got along fine. He said do
want some of the vacs that were sitting there. To display in your store. So I took it! Had on display in my Vac Shop. Used it a few times for fun. Had a real feeling that someone
had made for Eureka, but had never seen a picture of one or similar at that time. Now I know who made for them. At any
rate, It did have great suction, a little different feel when
handling it. Just thought it was some ones (Japan?) on the
ever popular Dail a Matic at the time. Had a cordrewind on it
if I remember correctly. Rather "dead" weight to carry, but it did have a carrying handle on the back !!
I'm sure I have a picture, but no way to scan (maybe someone) to
get it on line for you to see.

Post# 93058 , Reply# 25   3/7/2010 at 18:52 (3,742 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Yes, Norm....

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I think Panasonic/Matsushita/National of Japan must have had some kind of contract with Eureka in the late 1960's and early 1970's. First of all, the Canadian department store chain Eaton's had a long-standing contract to get most of their Viking-branded vacuums from Eureka for over 10 years. Most of my first-hand viewing of Eurekas as a kid had to do with seeing Vikings at the Eaton's department stores!. And so to see an Eaton Viking vac made by Panasonic is my first indicator for a Panasonic+Eureka connection.

Secondly, I think that you are absolutely correct about the early Panasonic uprights and Eureka. I seem to remember a post here about the Eureka Emperor upright which looks very similar to the Panasonic shown on this thread. Also the Eureka "Easy-Glide" electric carpet sweeper in that "groovy" 1960's advertisement we all have seen just screams Panasonic again!

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