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Post# 108211   9/12/2010 at 10:12 (3,555 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

or maybe blinded by the sheer beauty of his treasure...

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Post# 108231 , Reply# 1   9/12/2010 at 14:40 (3,555 days old) by chrisbus ()        

Yea, good luck with that! I've got one E that I can't even GIVE away!!!

Post# 108247 , Reply# 2   9/12/2010 at 19:21 (3,555 days old) by kirbykid63 (Wilmington Delaware)        

He would do better if he just parted it out.That's what I do on vintage electrolux's most people are looking for the parts to keep those great machines running.

Post# 108281 , Reply# 3   9/13/2010 at 04:24 (3,554 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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I have one but no attachments ecept the rug/floor tool. Mine suffered some water damage this past spring and it has been in the shed untill I can get my basement back together. Mine is a 58,I belive. Someday I will find a Model L but not for that price lol =)

Post# 108282 , Reply# 4   9/13/2010 at 05:09 (3,554 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Love how the seller gets excited about the unopened pack of bojack bags-does he think they were made in 1954?Looks like a pack of "grocery store" bojack bags.

Post# 108286 , Reply# 5   9/13/2010 at 08:28 (3,554 days old) by electrolux-dude (Canyon, TX)        

I ran across a Lux model E at a local thrift store, it appeared to be in good shape body wise, but it didn't have any attachments, it just had a hose, but no handle, and an orange cord that looked like somebody wired onto it, and they were asking $25.00. I said "I'll Pass, I don't give that much for a vacuum that old." I told the sales clerk on ones that old I give only $5-10.00 tops, and that is it. I'll say the clerk must have been smokin' crack if she expected to get $25.00 out of something with no attachments, a cheapy hose, with no handle. Motor ran but blew a lot of dust, I'm sure it would run great after I got through with it but I'm not about to pay $25.00 for something that doesn't even have any attachments, and doesn't even have the original cord.

Post# 108287 , Reply# 6   9/13/2010 at 09:28 (3,554 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        
Here's another one....

The seller must have gone on the Kirby website and assumed it was one of the first. I could actually use it as mine is missing the front set of wheels, but not at that price. The whole thing is in rough shape. Although then again, with what I've seen 2R's, 3R's, and 4R's go for on eBay, maybe it's a bargain lol.

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Post# 108289 , Reply# 7   9/13/2010 at 12:17 (3,554 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Funny you would mention that particular Kirby. It has been listed at least once before with no takers; I didn't know it had been re-listed. The seller wrote me last night. Here's our conversation:


Hi, I got your email from your Kirby history site. I have an old Scott and Fetzer, years ago I was told it was a 1914 (but I do not know this for sure) but I can find nothing on the web in the way of pictures etc. I am trying to find out what the top part of the handle is made of it is attached to metal which is then attached to the wooden handle. In picking up the vacuum by the top part of the vac the plastic or vulcanized? or whatever it is broke. I am trying to find out what I should use to repair it.

ANY help you can give as to the actual year of the vacuum or material at top of handle or ANYthing will be greatly appreciated!!

Thank you for your consideration;



And I replied:

Hi, wasn't this machine just recently on eBay? I seem to recall seeing the 'composite' photo.

Your machine is the first so-called Scott & Fetzer Sanitation System -- the telltale signs are the single wheel in the rear and the fact that the bag attaches directly to the exhaust instead of having a "sani-emptor," the dirt collection container that later Kirbys had.

However, it could not be earlier than 1928 as that is the first year Kirby manufactured an electric vacuum cleaner under that name.

The handle is made of Bakelite, an early form of plastic. Manufacturing of Bakelite was discontinued after WWII because producing it was complicated, costly and dangerous -- it was replaced with more modern plastics which are probably no less dangerous to manufacture but much simpler and less costly.

How is the handle broken? Is it missing a chunk, or is there a crack in it? I'm not a Bakelite expert but I would think Crazy Glue would work, if you're careful with it and not use too much.

If you are looking to sell it, I have to tell you that, yes, it's old, but not in great condition -- even die-hard vacuum cleaner collectors would not put great value on it. The original bag is pretty much shot, and since the bag is an integral part of an antique vacuum cleaner's design and aesthetics, its condition is a key factor in terms of "collectibleness."

Furthermore, it's incomplete. The Scott & Fetzer Sanitation System was very advanced for its time and came with a comprehensive set of cleaning utensils.

Also, I seem to recall your auction listing stating that it didn't run, or didn't run well -- that too would affect its value.

Post# 108305 , Reply# 8   9/14/2010 at 01:16 (3,553 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

the composite picture of the machine is hard to see-and the picture taker forget that cameras need LIGHT to work.Better to have SEPARATE pictures than the spliced one.

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