Posted on March 17, 2015

The Incredible Vintage Hoover

When I think about how long domestic products are set to last these days, I can’t help but smile to myself when I consider a certain piece of household equipment which is almost deserving of a place in a museum: my Dad’s incredible vintage Hoover.

Perhaps it could feature in a display on ‘The Way It Used To Be’ or a humorous retrospective of ‘The Domesticity Of Yesteryear’?* Either way, I don’t think they make them like this anymore.

The item in question is a Hoover Hoover (or Vacuum Cleaner to be completely correct), with a blue bag-shaft, scuffed ceramic face and original red Hoover logo. It is a classic; a true vintage relic!

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When my Dad relayed the story of how ancient this (working) Hoover really is, I marvelled at the manufacturing mavens who produced such a quality piece of equipment. I mean OK, he doesn’t vacuum everyday, or live in a palatial mansion with endless corridors of carpet…but it’s still impressive.

Purchased for £14, it was already second-hand; a reconditioned model my parents bought when they were first married and setting up home together. As in before I was born. I am 34.

Every year Dad takes it to a special Hoover Man for a service and had the foresight to stock-pile the relevant dust bags some years ago when extinction of said bags was a threat on the ‘Hoover Horizon’.

His faith in the Hoover’s longevity is comforting and nice; a metaphor for a generation of trust in quality workmanship.

This unassuming, slightly  very, battered appliance is ripe for retirement in my opinion, but knowing my Dad, and he does like to get his money’s worth, it will likely have to carry on for another few years. It’s a Hoover-dream come true.

*If any museums are interested in the purchase of this fabulous example of Hoover history, feel free to make us an offer!

NB. I originally posted a similar article on my previous personal blog a few years ago. This Hoover is a keeper!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Karen March 18, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Wow! That blue bag is amazing. I love the old ones when they are in good working order although some can be quite heavy if you have alot of carpet to vacuum and most of the old ones have really short cords and need extension leads for bigger modern houses. x
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    • Reply helenor March 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Remember the hoover scandal. ..free flight when you buy a hoover. .. those were the days. My mum and dads ironing board is orange, an original from the 60s lol
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      • Reply daintydora March 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        I don’t remember that one – where do I sign up?!

        Orange is such a vintage colour isn’t it – it reminds me of my Sindy furniture from the 70’s that was all orange and brown. No wonder everything went pink when Barbie arrived on the scene. You can’t beat the classics though! xx

    • Reply daintydora March 18, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      It’s SO old isn’t it? I really am astounded that it still works, though as you say, it is very heavy. Luckily my Dad doesn’t have loads of carpet to hoover and it suits him just fine.

      I was inspired to re-work this post from a few years ago after you posted about the toasters/kettles that just don’t last anymore. It really is a modern-day scandal that things are made so fancy and techie but then can’t be fixed and have to be thrown out. What to do?? x

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