Vacuum a Decade

Are you dying to see our vintage vacuums or wondering what kind of information our museum has to offer? Well look no further!  Here is a sneak-peek at some of the wonderful antique vacuums and facts our museum displays. 

1910s- The Royal Standard of 1914 

Over one million units of The Royal Standard were sold at a time when only a few million American homes were wired for electricity.

1920s- The Hoover Dustette of 1926 

The first handheld vacuum, the Hoover Dustette, had a unique motor that was tremendously durable.  How durable, you ask?  Amazingly many of the Dustettes from the 1920’s still run today! 

1930s-1940s- The Singer Model R3 of 1936

The Singer Model R3 was identical to Singer’s previous model, the R2, except the R3 featured an Automatic Cord Rewinder… a HUGE vacuum first! 

1950s- The Hamilton Beach Model 14 of 1952

Hamilton Beach developed the “universal” motor which could work on either AC or DC currents. 

1960s- The Hoover Constellation of 1968

The Hoover Constellation was introduced when Americans were caught up in the excitement of the “Space Race”.  To feed the craze, this vacuum not only resembled a UFO, but forced the exhaust air downward out of the canister causing the vacuum to lift off the floor slightly and float, seemingly defying gravity!   

1970s- Interstate Engineering Corporation’s 1972 Model C-8

It may look like your everyday vacuum cleaner, but the Compact C-8 was once the most powerful and durable vacuum on the market. The grabber green was not only a very popular color on the  Compact Cleaner, but also on 70s muscle cars! 

1980s- Dyson Cyclon from 1984

In 1984, James Dyson produced the “Cyclon”: the world’s first bagless, dual cyclonic upright vacuum cleaner.  Only 500 units of this original design were built and we’re lucky enough to have one in the Vacuum Museum!