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Post# 99680   6/1/2010 at 17:50 (3,426 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

This gorgeous double-spread photo-feature is from the April 1955 issue of McCalls. It's approximately 22" wide x 14" high.

Post# 99688 , Reply# 1   6/1/2010 at 19:07 (3,426 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Holy cow, what a document! I have eleven of those!

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Wow! Stunning individual shapes, designs and colours for '55...Oh, the colours!
Or, "Felix and Hector, we're gonna need more carpet samples..."
If I had the coloured carpet strips I could substitute a Compact, Filtex and Westinghouse for the Atlas' and Universal and re-create the right side picture. Could do fair justice to the left one, too.

VERY Happy picture spread! and the price info is wonderful.

Say there, Charles, now that the Forum servers limit and auto-resize jpeg uploads to 1000 pixels wide, how about turning this 90 degrees and posting it sideways at 1508 x 1000 pixels? Or email out the full rez scan to those who ask nicely...please, yes please, put me on that list...

Well worth printing if we can get the text sharp & clear out of our printers.


Post# 99692 , Reply# 2   6/1/2010 at 19:35 (3,426 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

...the Forum servers limit and auto-resize jpeg uploads to 1000 pixels wide....

Oh, I -wondered- why it shrunk... I did not know this limit had been incorporated into Vacuumland.

How about this ... in two parts--

Post# 99693 , Reply# 3   6/1/2010 at 19:36 (3,426 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Post# 99696 , Reply# 4   6/1/2010 at 20:13 (3,426 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        
I have one on each page

Does that count? Neat article! I wish they made em like they used to!

Post# 99699 , Reply# 5   6/1/2010 at 20:40 (3,426 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
By gar, I love this advert, Charles. Thank-you so much.

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Sure does count, Nicholas!
Now the goal really is to find one of each. LOL

The Hamilton-Beach upright looks freakishly exactly like my Premier No9. So much so that only the Premier enameled belt cover medallion and replacement GE bag give it away. Now I can cautiously assign a 1955 date to it and set the Premier beside my Ham Beach Deep-Clean cylinder without inviting derision.

I wonder what the connection between GE, Premier and H-B is, if there is one?


Post# 99705 , Reply# 6   6/1/2010 at 21:29 (3,426 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
You have to wonder at how the design of Loewy's Singer u

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Turning the motor sideways to allow for a low profile and to allow for separate suction and belt channels was absolutely ingenious. This really was the seed for the concept of the Dial-A-Matic, and every "bag first" "clean air" machine that was born after that. The idea of a "floating front head" comes from this upright as well, which is now pretty much standard on most uprights. Add the cord reel, and you have probably the most revolutionary design in upright vacs since they were invented.

On another note, would love to see how that Eureka upright took attachments. I know how subsequent turquoise and green Eureka models did it, but this one somehow did not need a Bottom Plate to keep the suction seal closed for tool use. I have seen the instruction manual show how the hose is inserted in front of the headlight, but I still can't figure out how this brown model blocked suction from being lost through the brush opening below.

Post# 99714 , Reply# 7   6/1/2010 at 22:08 (3,426 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

...but I still can't figure out how this brown model blocked suction from being lost through the brush opening below....

Maybe it works like the upright Royal, where the suction coupler is a long tube that inserts into the fan opening and is held in place with a spring-loaded clamp of some sort?

Post# 99715 , Reply# 8   6/1/2010 at 22:10 (3,426 days old) by xraytech ()        

They are all so pretty.
But I think that in comparison to all the other machines that the Hamilton Beach cleaners look very dated

Post# 99719 , Reply# 9   6/1/2010 at 22:24 (3,426 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I thought the same exact thing! I used to have that Hamilton Beach upright and had no idea it was from the mid 1950s!! I thought it was from the late 1930s or early 1940s!!

Post# 99720 , Reply# 10   6/1/2010 at 22:25 (3,426 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I've been singing the praises of the revolutionary Loewy re-imagining of the Singer for years. It really was the first of its kind, even tho it's still a direct fill dirty air machine. I have added an oval adapter tube to it and a fitted paper bag to save my cloth bag. Works great but only on 1949-55 style low-cut pile carpets. :-)

Post# 99721 , Reply# 11   6/1/2010 at 22:26 (3,426 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Somehow I imagine that the Eureka hose coupler entirely covers the fan inlet, after removing the belt from the pulley? Like the Hoover 115/118/119 Junior narrow upright coupler which does this - though the draw is weak - about 20" if I recall correctly.


Post# 99728 , Reply# 12   6/2/2010 at 06:48 (3,425 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Wow, what great cleaners! I love the Apex, Cadillac and Royal canisters. I have never heard of the Cadillac before.


Post# 99731 , Reply# 13   6/2/2010 at 07:49 (3,425 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Hey Dave et al......

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Yes, I imagine the only way that the 1955 brown Eureka upright adapted for tool use was if you got in and undid the belt somehow to allow the hose adapter to grab all the suction from the channel after sliding it into the port on top.

Post# 99732 , Reply# 14   6/2/2010 at 09:21 (3,425 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

"But I think that in comparison to all the other machines that the Hamilton Beach cleaners look very dated"

Yes, that is true, but one thing they did do to modernize the machine is update it with a disposable bag system. I have a Twin Vac manufactured by Clements that too looks very dated for the early '50's with a cloth shake-out bag. By the number of models offered, you can tell canisters were en vogue in 1955, even if they couldn't deep clean like an upright ;-) I'd love to have that Universal upright.

Post# 99771 , Reply# 15   6/2/2010 at 20:22 (3,425 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Eureka hose adapter..

You did NOT undo the belt,the adaptor went in where the nameplate is on the front,it was a square contraption with slots and gaskets that snapped over the was PITIFUL ,absolutely NO power,a shame because the upright itself was fantastic..

Post# 99772 , Reply# 16   6/2/2010 at 20:24 (3,425 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Hey Charlie....

I have this same ad you sent me not long after I joined the club in you remember!!!!how about the convention in 95 in Allentown P.A. I will NEVER forget it!!!

Post# 99777 , Reply# 17   6/2/2010 at 20:54 (3,425 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Hans, I don't remember sending you that ad, but I do remember the 1995 convention. The memories from that weekend will last a lifetime.

Post# 99780 , Reply# 18   6/2/2010 at 21:18 (3,425 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Ain't that the truth!!!

I have a whole stack of vac info you sent me then...Wish we could be at the convention now!

Post# 99797 , Reply# 19   6/3/2010 at 00:21 (3,425 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Well, now I do recall sending you a "s#!tload" of clippings from old magazines. Didn't recall this one being among them. It's one of my favorites because it shows so many cool vacuum cleaners when they were brand new.

I'm wondering about that Universal hose snaking around the right side -- it may just be the angle, or the "two-dimensionalness" of the photo, but it sure does look extra long. Anyone know? Crevicetool?

Post# 99809 , Reply# 20   6/3/2010 at 14:16 (3,424 days old) by unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Oh, I -wondered- why it shrunk... I did not know this limit had been incorporated into Vacuumland.

Yup, that's the way I coded the software to shrink uploaded pictures down to a more convenient size for viewing on the average computer. There were a few times that the server's image tools were not working but normally its been like this for over three years now.

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