Vacuum Cleaner in Retirement

My mom bought this vacuum cleaner in 1977.  The vacuum cleaner moved around with us and has literally been all over the world.  As you can see, my brother enjoyed playing with it and would even ride on the canister while Mom was vacuuming.

After 40 years, the vacuum cleaner still works; however, the motor started overheating and is in need of repair.  My mom didn’t want to just throw it away.  After all, there are so many memories and funny stories attached to the vacuum cleaner that it started to feel like a family heirloom.  Also, my brother passed away two years ago which makes those memories even more special.

Mom and I discussed the issue and agreed the vacuum cleaner should spend its retirement years at the Vacuum Cleaner Museum in St James, Missouri.  We drove 500 miles and donated the vacuum cleaner to the museum yesterday.

The curator of the museum was excited about receiving our vacuum cleaner, because he has not been able to obtain this model and it will be a unique piece .

The vacuum cleaner will be cleaned and pampered over the next few days.  Then it will be ready to spend its retirement relaxing and being admired by people.


15 thoughts on “Vacuum Cleaner in Retirement

  1. Super Cool!! I’ve seen Dyson Vacuum Cleaners on display in at least two New York City Museums. One if I recall correctly is the MOMA. Never knew there was a Vacuum Cleaner Museum! Amazing and Wonderful!! Love your photos. Precious memories.

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