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Rec'd a query today about an "Electrolux"
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Post# 104358   7/27/2010 at 00:29 (3,371 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Got this email today... with 6 pix. Have posted two of them here..
Sir
I've found in the attic of my grandma this beautiful Electrolux vacuum cleaner (see the pictures). It looks just like a rocket with all the stainless steel. I've searched on the Internet and finally found your incredible website. It's a beautiful work! But I haven't found the same model. Do you know the name of this model and its approximate age? I've also found a user guide (in French, since I live in Belgium, Europe) for the 'Model 55', but I think it's not the right user guide
Could you help me ? By the way, do you know how to restore the stainless steel ? It has some scratches
Thank you





Post# 104359 , Reply# 1   7/27/2010 at 00:30 (3,371 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

And here's the vacuum cleaner


Post# 104360 , Reply# 2   7/27/2010 at 00:32 (3,371 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I wrote back
Hello, that is a beautiful old vacuum cleaner but it is not an Electrolux. Look more closely at the Electrolux illustrated in the instruction manual and you will see what it looks like
I am not familiar with your vacuum cleaner. I have one very similar to it that came from Canada, called the Eatonia, sold by Eatons Department Stores. See www.137.com/eatonia.... I'd say it's a good guess that yours was made by the same company
As far as restoring the finish is concerned, it will depend on what it is made of. If it is chrome-plated steel, it will have to be re-chromed to fully restore it. If you try to remove the scratches with steel wool or an abrasive cleaner, all you will do is rub off the chrome plating. If it's polished aluminum, you can treat the scratches with fine-grade steel wool and metal polish, or better yet, have it machine-polished at an automotive body shop
Good luck,


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Post# 104372 , Reply# 3   7/27/2010 at 09:19 (3,370 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Wow, can you imagine the finger prints? What a looker! Must have been Buck Rodgers!

Post# 104380 , Reply# 4   7/27/2010 at 12:25 (3,370 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Yes it really is beautiful isn't it. I even like the kinda crude way the handle-holders and plug assembly are riveted on. Really gives it a vintage aircraft appearance


Post# 104381 , Reply# 5   7/27/2010 at 13:45 (3,370 days old) by luxg ()        

Just wondering Charles if they sent you any pictures of attachments? One has to wonder what those would have looked like.

Post# 104392 , Reply# 6   7/27/2010 at 18:20 (3,370 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Yes, here are the rest of the photos I got. The attachments are not at all like my Eaton attachments.

Post# 104393 , Reply# 7   7/27/2010 at 18:22 (3,370 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        


And here's the serial number plate, which has no manufacturer info


Post# 104417 , Reply# 8   7/27/2010 at 20:57 (3,370 days old) by luxg ()        

Thanks Charles!


Post# 104424 , Reply# 9   7/27/2010 at 21:08 (3,370 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

n.b., I just noticed that it's 125 volts, so either it is not European or was made for import to Canada or the U.S


Post# 104437 , Reply# 10   7/27/2010 at 21:44 (3,370 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
I'm sayin'

rather than stainless steel, it's chrome plated. Just from the pattern of the little rust scratches and how it's covered with a "film". Thanks for the other pictures too Charles. I'm growing rather fond of that machine. My motorcycle guy would probably get $500.00 out of me to re-chrome that puppy
Rick


Post# 104490 , Reply# 11   7/28/2010 at 08:25 (3,369 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Not an Erres

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What an interesting machine this is. Personally I was convinced it was not a Erres/Remocco/Eatons as there would be little point in producing a machine that is substantially different to the Dutch cleaner for Belgium
However, looking at the shape what it did shout out to me was Universal. Members kindly contributed to a thread I started last year (see link) and I belive this cleaner is BASED on the Universal design - as happened also here in the UK. Fair enough it does not have the graceful sweeping handle but to me the shape of the cleaner is similar to the Universal, given the removable flex is more of less in the position of the switch too.
I wonder, given the styling of the machine, if it was perhaps a pre-war model which was replaced by the 55 (going by the instruction book, would have been mid 1950s -it has the later version carpet nozzle but older floor nozzle) and the old machine was put away (and forgotten) in the Lux box, which in itself is also worth something
It was also not unusual to find varying voltages in different regions until after WW2 so the machine may have been of European manufacture and use. Brilliant find though, be great to see it polished u
Al


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