Above photo from Sew-Vac
My parents had, and still use a Rainbow model D4. I loved watching the water swirl around in this thing when using it growing up. The movement made it so much cooler to vacuum the floor. Another plus with this system was that it didn't have a bag to mess with, and it really did do a good job getting all of that dog hair out of the carpet. Apparently the water also filtered the air coming back out of it, as well. Rainbow Vacuum
Above photo from Vintage Microwave
My grandma on my mother's side had an upright Hoover that must have been from the 1960's. It was a big beige thing with a plastic or vinyl zippered sack for holding the bag, a real metal handle, and a heavy metal base / cleaning head. It had a light on the front, I remember thinking that was so cool to see the light come on when the vacuum was turned on. I must have been easily amused. This thing weighed a ton. Grandma eventually got rid of it to get something lighter and easier to use. I'm not sure what ever happened to it, but I sure wish I had it today. Grandma probably does too...she's gone through three or four upright vacuums since she stopped using that old Hoover. They really don't make them like they used to. Hoover
Above photo from Vacuum Service Center
My grandma on my father's side used a classic Electrolux canister vacuum. It was really neat with the colored metal on the canister, it had such a neat shape also. She eventually had to quit using it when a mouse got into her storage closet and chewed through the hose for it. Electrolux
Above photo from GoodVac.com
My vacuum of choice is a Rainbow, much like I grew up with. Mine is a little older than my parent's, it's the model before theirs, a D3. It does an amazing job. I got it at a garage sale of an older lady who said that it quit working, so she gave it to me for free...attachments and all. She told me that she was sure that if her husband were still alive he could have fixed it, but she just bought a new vacuum and wanted to get rid of this one. I took it home, took it apart, cleaned it up, reset the motor in the cleaning head, and it works like new! The only part I needed to buy was a $6 clip that keeps the vacuum attached to the water canister.
So, what is your vintage vacuum of choice?
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