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Post# 93569   3/15/2010 at 19:13 (3,629 days old) by kenkart ()        

Very rare c4...around 1958 I think

Post# 93570 , Reply# 1   3/15/2010 at 19:14 (3,629 days old) by kenkart ()        

I about shouted when I saw this

Post# 93571 , Reply# 2   3/15/2010 at 19:15 (3,629 days old) by kenkart ()        
rare bird

I have never seen one of these before

Post# 93572 , Reply# 3   3/15/2010 at 19:16 (3,629 days old) by kenkart ()        
no dolly or...

uphostery tool ,but maybe ill find one.

Post# 93574 , Reply# 4   3/15/2010 at 19:18 (3,629 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Hi Hans, what about this model makes it rare? The color combination? I think I have a color ad for this model -- I've seen the ad somewhere, at any rate--

Post# 93576 , Reply# 5   3/15/2010 at 19:22 (3,629 days old) by kenkart ()        
Dont know but!!!

Have you ever seen one, im 44 and this is the ONLY one I have ever seen...please post the ad...I would love to see it

Post# 93577 , Reply# 6   3/15/2010 at 19:31 (3,629 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I am going through my sweeper archives this week and if I come across the ad I'll post it.

Post# 93591 , Reply# 7   3/15/2010 at 21:10 (3,629 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
I Think It May Be Rare, Too!

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I'm no expert on GE, but I don't think I've ever seen one in that color combination. Most of the ones I've seen are lighter pink upper and darker pink lower like my VIIC3, some with painted swiveltop and some polished, but yours looks like beige and red to me.
But regardless of whether or not it's rare, it's a nice machine, and powerful, too! They're also a lot quieter than later models.

Post# 93598 , Reply# 8   3/15/2010 at 21:32 (3,629 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Found this 1961 advert in the files.

Shows both the C4 and late Roll-Easy, both equipped with the new double-action floor tool that replaced the flip-over 2-in-one. All the previous GE tools (crevice, upholstery, drapery and dustying brush) were rounded off and embellished with a raised rib design.

Post# 93599 , Reply# 9   3/15/2010 at 21:40 (3,629 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The C4 was a more brownish red and pinkish taupe two-tone. But the tools were still pink at the beginning and changed to a richer cordovan pink. I believe the C4 came out in 1956/57 with the new tools concurrent with the redesigned narrower convex Aluminum trimmed Roll-Rasy.

Post# 93603 , Reply# 10   3/15/2010 at 22:01 (3,629 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I could be slightly off on dates but the material I have on hand supports these estimates.

The C3 Roll-Around with the old-style squarish tools and flip-over floortool arrived in blushing two-tone pink with a polished aluminum swivel-top around 1955. By 1956 the swivel-top was painted pink as well (no doubt a cost-saving measure)

Over the ensuing pink years various sections of the 3 part C body were done in light and dark pink combinations - probably to differentiate years for the Bridge Club Gossipers who tended to rank 'newness' among 'friends'.

My C3 with earlier plainer pink crevicetool and flip-over 2-in-1, which nests perfectly in the depression and yoke of the caster base. The cloth-weave hose has a definitely darker pink tracer dash against a pale pinkish background, now quite faded.

Post# 93606 , Reply# 11   3/15/2010 at 22:08 (3,629 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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1955 advertisement. See how the cleaning wand and flip-over tool inserted in the yoke facilitated steering the vacuum from room to room...or you could haul it along while cleaning.

Stores with hose hanging upright from wands, tho we know this is the worst way to store a hose. :-)

Post# 93610 , Reply# 12   3/15/2010 at 22:18 (3,629 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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With the addition of the caster base the Swivel-top became a Roll-Around.

1953 C.G.E advert.

Post# 93629 , Reply# 13   3/16/2010 at 00:44 (3,628 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Yours Looks Just Like Mine!

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Same colors and polished swiveltop. But mine has the brown vinyl hose that matches the brown parts where yours connects to the machine. Also, my lower wand is curved.

Post# 93632 , Reply# 14   3/16/2010 at 01:58 (3,628 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Very nice Hans!!!. I do love the color. GE always had the latest colors in fashon. That is a unique color. I havn't seen that color before.Enjoy.

Post# 93640 , Reply# 15   3/16/2010 at 06:32 (3,628 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Hi Hans. I didn't mean to suggest you didn't know all this already, just helping confirm the date of your C4. I find these minute detail changes fascinating.

Your entire collection is absolutely 'drool-worthy'.

Here's what I mean bout the subtle change to GE's tools design, which happened between the first concave Roll-Easy R1 and the narrower convex barreled version two V12-R1...


Post# 93643 , Reply# 16   3/16/2010 at 07:15 (3,628 days old) by kenkart ()        
Thanks guys!!!

This helps...but I believe there is some differences in Canadian and U S production dates, I just dont know how much,that ad is great,but the Roll Easy Was gone in the U S by 61 I think,not sure but I do know the Green and Chrome C 7 was out in 59 and it replaced earlier designs, any one know the differences between the Canadian and U S G.E. companys??

Post# 93707 , Reply# 17   3/16/2010 at 17:17 (3,628 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I don't know where I found the alleged 1961 catalog ad showing the R1 version 3 and the C4 but it appears to be an American Department Store Catalog page exerpt, and the more I study the copyright line the more it looks like 1957 - because it could not possibly be 1967. :-)
This is as sharp a picture as I can get from the source pixels.


Post# 93715 , Reply# 18   3/16/2010 at 18:51 (3,628 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Isn't it cool how they designed the dolly to grasp a "wand-attached" carpet nozzle so that you could push the vac from room to room as one unit? Now that was thinking!!!!!

Post# 93752 , Reply# 19   3/17/2010 at 06:58 (3,627 days old) by kenkart ()        

Dave, I think that must be 57,Judging from the mixer in the picture,im pretty sure they changed from that mixer to the more steamlined one with the plug in knife sharpener about 59,I thought the c3 was made thru 57 but maybe not, thanks for the good info...Hans

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