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Post# 99495   5/30/2010 at 17:38 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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and I certainly didnt need a suitcase of cash to pay either.

For the grand sum of 2.50 YES two pounds and fifty pence we got this delightfully stylish Hoover Portable yesterday.

Post# 99496 , Reply# 1   5/30/2010 at 17:39 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Portable it is.

Packs away like it suitcase it does too.

Post# 99497 , Reply# 2   5/30/2010 at 17:40 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Made in France

Post# 99498 , Reply# 3   5/30/2010 at 17:40 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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slim and low ideal for storing anywhere

Post# 99499 , Reply# 4   5/30/2010 at 17:42 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Orange is the theme of the week with another find 2 weeks ago in the shape of this glowing Junior

Post# 99500 , Reply# 5   5/30/2010 at 17:44 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Glowing with its own Orange Roundel instead of a Red one

Post# 99501 , Reply# 6   5/30/2010 at 17:45 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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throwing in some of the competition with a Lux 500.

Post# 99502 , Reply# 7   5/30/2010 at 17:46 (3,660 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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500 mingling with friends lol.

Post# 99503 , Reply# 8   5/30/2010 at 17:53 (3,660 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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They really are the niftiest little package for a full strength, fully loaded vacuum cleaner. Stores in minimal space and uses readily available bags. Although they are on the heavy side there's a full compliment of tools and you have the telescopic wand and much desired Cordwinder! I'm sure the missing brown tools will find their way to you, Robert.
From the pictures of the bumper and sides this vacuum was loved and respected, and not abused in the least.
Congrats on a clean looking 220 VAC Portable and in delicious 3-layer 'Licorice All Sorts' orange, mocha taupe & and coffee brown. Yummy!


Post# 99642 , Reply# 9   6/1/2010 at 08:47 (3,658 days old) by 74simon ()        
Great finds!

You can't argue with 2.50, can you? I think that Junior Compact was a mail order exclusive, very rare with the U1012 type base! And I haven't seen a 500 for years, good work all round, boys!

Post# 99648 , Reply# 10   6/1/2010 at 12:35 (3,658 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

When the Hoover Portable was introduced in the early 1960s, one was put on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris because of its unusual suitcase design -- it was called "The Hoover in the Louvre."

Post# 99695 , Reply# 11   6/1/2010 at 20:09 (3,658 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

Nice find. I picked up the US version in a thrift store a couple years ago. I still need to clean it up.
Have fun with the new toy!

Post# 99756 , Reply# 12   6/2/2010 at 15:33 (3,657 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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My dear aunt had one in San Francisco in early 60s, she was always the stylish one, new Tbird every year! I was very interested when I first found that machine.

Post# 100660 , Reply# 13   6/13/2010 at 14:20 (3,646 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Il be keeping ym eyes peeled for a brown floor tool. I think I have one in the storage unit but until the weather here in a rainy UK improves I dont fance having a look.


Shall I be truthfull? Both the 500 and Junior Deluxe were found in the same charity shop strangely with the Lux 614 that sneaks into one of the pics.

I nearly had kittens when I saw them and tried to contain all my excitement. The shop owner thought I was going to have a fit when I saw them and dashed outside to tell Paul and Mathew to get inside lol.

All 3 cost less than what postage would have cost to have them posted so I just couldnt leave them. Been a lucky couple of weeks with these finds for sure.

We dated the Junior to 1980 does that ring true with you or would it be 1970? 70 seems early.

ANyway this weekend Paul sourced some bags for it and I have used it around the house. I cant believe how nice it is to use. Im not a fan of Juniors (ouch) as I find them too low and im not keen on the handle attaching to the cleaner right at the back where it does. I actually find it hard to use with the shape of the cleaners head not being square if that makes sense.

The box seems to make it more conventional in a sense to me rather like a TP. Weird I know but thats how it is.

The 500 also has a boxed set of original tools which had hardly been used with a rather nice colour co-ordinated blue and white hose to match the cleaner.

Should post pics at some point when I get chance.


Post# 100668 , Reply# 14   6/13/2010 at 15:37 (3,646 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
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Rob, I believe that the Hoover Compact with orange trim model U2190, which you have, was made circa 1980. I used to see them back in the '90s and did have one but broke it up for spares at the time, since the backbox etc was rough. Strictly speaking, the Junior Deluxe was the U2068 model, either yellow/black or ivory (white?)/green that replaced the Starlight U2002, at least it was advertised as such. There was at least one other colour scheme used on this style of Compact upright. It was strange how the bag flange used was similar to that of the 1334, IIRC, it may have been modified slightly.

I used to see a few 500s, though they didn't seem to appear as often as some of the later models, such as the 502. I once went round to an old man's house to sell him a 500 hose and he wouldn't have it because it wasn't the original woven type. I think I actually had a woven one but couldn't find it. Anyway, eventually he contacted me to say that he had found the old hose. He seemed to be under the impression that it was cloth but it was actually woven plastic IIRC.

One interesting feature of the 500, over later 500 series was the wider fitting of the bellows. Does anyone know why this was narrowed on later models?


Post# 100699 , Reply# 15   6/14/2010 at 00:32 (3,645 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have one of those Hoover "Cleaning Centers" as marked on it-the motor in mine is shot.Got it from the former Vacuum Cleaner hospital out my way.

Post# 100798 , Reply# 16   6/15/2010 at 13:56 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Bit of an update....

the portable came home with me at the weekend for a final touch to be added to it.

Apart from the odd missing tool, there is one thing which was missing from the machine and which slapped you across the place just by looking at it!

A missing logo...

Post# 100799 , Reply# 17   6/15/2010 at 13:57 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

a nasty gaping roundel space...

Post# 100800 , Reply# 18   6/15/2010 at 13:58 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        


Post# 100801 , Reply# 19   6/15/2010 at 13:59 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

on the ground...

Post# 100802 , Reply# 20   6/15/2010 at 14:00 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

a home printed logo.

Although its not a raised original, in my opinion it certainly gives it an added touch!

Hope you agree...

Post# 100803 , Reply# 21   6/15/2010 at 14:01 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

I like....

Post# 100804 , Reply# 22   6/15/2010 at 14:03 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

now just gotta find those missing tools!

Post# 100805 , Reply# 23   6/15/2010 at 14:04 (3,644 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

In good company...

Post# 100808 , Reply# 24   6/15/2010 at 14:35 (3,644 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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I like that creativity, you certainly can't tell it's not original. I love those Portables, I missed out on one and I'm still kicking myself. I need that floor tool for my Constellation.

Post# 100834 , Reply# 25   6/15/2010 at 19:21 (3,644 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Excellent Hoover Bug repro!

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Robert, your good luck is catching!
Thanks for the infection!

After my lamenting above about not being able to find a Portable with the cord reel...I did this past weekend.

What a serendipitous bit of luck.


Post# 101046 , Reply# 26   6/17/2010 at 12:18 (3,642 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        

Glad that the home made badge has proved acceptable.

I did think it looked ok, but just wanted a bit of feedback.

Hi Dave.

Lovely condition portable you found there! great find - envious of that full tool complement!

Hopefully one day, mine and Rob's machine will have a full set too.

Word of warning re the portables!
Be careful of the way that the left hand hinge (as you look at the above picture) closes down, when you shut the lid!

The plastic tool latch on the hose tube is very close to the hinge and its very easy to get the hinge going between the plastic latch and the metal tube itself, with a resulting crack and a bit of damage.

Bit of a design flaw methinks!


Post# 101126 , Reply# 27   6/17/2010 at 23:03 (3,641 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Right you are Paul. I snagged the latch a few times efore figuring out the problem. The springy-ness of the coiled hose pushes the wand handle toward the exact wrong position, the exactly right position for the hinge arm to slice its way between the latch and eventually smash the plastic tab. Design flaw major! I stuck a 1/4" thick felt disc to the rim to push it back, away from the slicing hinge arm.

I do need to find a better taupe crevicetool with the Hoover Strakes on it, as mine has at least 1.5" worn from the tip and so it falls out of the clip. To wear away a crevice tool to that extent and yet retain the angled tip shows how much it was used over other tools. Like on cast iron steam radiator ribs or very hairy concrete crevices...

Really, your badge is excellently impressive and accurate - even the color. Well done.


Post# 101127 , Reply# 28   6/17/2010 at 23:16 (3,641 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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work on that badge. you'll find those tools, too.

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