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1936 Hoover Model 850
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Post# 684   9/6/2006 at 16:53 (4,402 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

I've always been curious about this model, since we don't seem to have had them in Britain - the only one I've seen is pictured below: It looks like it has a maple leaf design on the bag - was it exclusive to Canada? Also, although it's motor looks identical to the 800, it has the pedal-release handle, and appears to have the Popular-Priced chassis like the 425/450/475/300.

Does anyone have any other pictures or info on this machine?

Thanks in advance!


Post# 762 , Reply# 1   9/7/2006 at 06:30 (4,401 days old) by 74simon ()        
What an odd machine!

I wondered if there was an 850 - it seemed to leave a gap in the model number sequence. Where on earth did you dig up that photo?

It's a bit strange though - uses the old style badge and 'comet' shaped motor cover, and has the budget nozzle but a chromed motor housing! Guess it could well have been a Canada-only model - after all, we had the 875 over here.

Which makes me wonder - was there ever a 775?


Post# 778 , Reply# 2   9/7/2006 at 14:25 (4,401 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hi Simon,

The photo was sent to me by a US correspondant of mine, and I think he said he got it from the Hoover Historical Center...
I'm pretty confident there was never any such thing as a Model 775 - I've certainly never heard of or seen any reference to one in all the time I've spent researching the pre-war machines! But perhaps I'm wrong - anyone??

Notice the one in the picture still has it's handle-wrapper on, fresh off the production line!

Post# 864 , Reply# 3   9/8/2006 at 09:09 (4,400 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
On the bag....

Hey Jack

Are my eyes deceiving me or does it say dry after ? cleaning on the bottom of the bag where it should say empty after each use???


Post# 865 , Reply# 4   9/8/2006 at 09:11 (4,400 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        

I need new glasses lol- it is empty after each cleaning isnt it lol??


Post# 866 , Reply# 5   9/8/2006 at 09:14 (4,400 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
The Maple leaf...

Hey ppl

Im sure ive read somewhere that the Canadian version of the 115(117????) had the Maple leaf on the bag as well- can anyone confirm this(or even have a pic lol)


Post# 868 , Reply# 6   9/8/2006 at 14:15 (4,400 days old) by hoover800 ()        
Hoover 800

Hi Jack. According to the hoover production dates as of 1947, there is no listing for the 850 or a 775. It begins with the 750, 1931-1933 and goes to the 800, 1933-1935. Then the 825, 1935-1936 to the 900, 1931 to 1933. This I believe is a US production listing. That photo was sent to me by the Hoover Historical Socitey which is a part of Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. My 800 is identical to the photo except mine has the 'snap handle' as apposed to the 'pedal release' handle. The bag does say 'empty after each cleaning'.

Post# 883 , Reply# 7   9/8/2006 at 19:45 (4,400 days old) by myhooverco ()        

Jack...that is an 850 which was exclusive to Canada. My information from the Hoover Historical Center in North Canton, OH shows that it was produced starting in 1936. This was well after the 800 left production here in the US. Often, the US would get the new model, in this case the 150 and then the Hamilton plant would take over where we left off and there would be some changes like the handle release. This is much like the difference in our 150 and the UK 160 except in my opinion the UK version was superior to our 150 in that it eliminated the handle bail. There was no 775 produced. I hope this helps some.


Post# 884 , Reply# 8   9/8/2006 at 19:53 (4,400 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hi Tom,

Thanks very much for solving the mystery for me! I take it that the 850 must be pretty rare nowadays if it was a Canada-only model? A little like our UK-only Model 875 - which was sold for less than 6 months in 1938 as a Standard-Priced stop-gap model alongside the Model 160 - before the all-new Model 262 was introduced.

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