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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Hi CW Gang:

    Vintage Compact Canister Vacuum Cleaner, Made in Canada with its Atomic streamlined shape. It is a turquoise blue color, and you will notice on the one side it has some Flowers on it - from the flower Power days. Still in working order. These things are TOUGH!! They can take a beating getting banged around and still work. Notice the handle on the Vacuum cleaner, as it is (was) clear at one time, with sparkles in it. The handle here has started to yellow over the years. Still super shape. **Tri-State and Compact are the same, but I think the name compact was used more in Canada.

    Interesting thing about these I found was:

    ""The Compact vacuums were originally made by the Interstate Engineering Corporation to clean Howard Hughes Corporation aircraft in the 1940's. The first Compact had two rear wheels and two front skids. It had a hose with several attachments so that custodians could easily clean under the seats and the overhead compartments. It was very likely women employees who cleaned the aircraft because Howard Hughes' Corporation employed many of the "Rosie The Riveters" that you've probably heard about working to support World War II.""

    Thanks for LOOKING // LOVING !!

    ~ Rose ~


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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      In the 1980's or so, I (rather unsuccessfully) worked for an outfit which sold Tri Star Vacuums, by means of "in-home free demonstrations". <groan> The COMPACT name was the first given to the machines (ca. 1940's - 60's or so) with the TRI-STAR name replacing it by the 1970's or so (IIRC) at least in the USA...your machine almost seems to suggest the COMPACT name held on a little longer in Canada. (?) Do you know how old yours is?

      The original COMPACTS were indeed painted turquoise green for at least a couple decades but have also come in yellow/gold, maroon, and a few varieties of gray/silver in more recent years. I have two different gray ones myself -- and they are indeed AWESOME vacuum cleaners!!
    2. antiquerose antiquerose, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the ~ LOVES ~

      iggy // mikelv85 // AnythingObscure // nutsabotas6 // Irishcollectors // jscott0363 // vetraio50 // fortapache

      ...@nutsabotas6 - Thanks for the wonderful comment. Glad this brought a memory back to you!! These vacuums were so tuff. If I stumbled upon another one, I would SNAP it up asap !!
    3. vintagevacfan vintagevacfan, 2 years ago
      I still use mine everyday ! Compact Electra interstate engendering model c9 i have one and its my daily driver ! Built to last sold door to door . Made in the 40s to clean the TWA airplane of the day they were sold door to door now called tristar vacuum still sold door to door .
    4. vintagevacfan vintagevacfan, 2 years ago
      Do ua still have this blue compact c9?I have one my self. Work horse for sure for parts or ebay or ez vacuum.

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