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    Posted 10 years ago

    musikchoo
    (638 items)

    Found this while searching through my long stored away "Treasures." Does anyone know about how old this thing is??

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    1. packrat-place packrat-place, 10 years ago
      Here is a little info.
      In December of 1936, Rexair's Board of Directors met in the Leland Hotel in Detroit to discuss the future of Rexair. People were returning their Rexair cleaners in droves. What was needed was some kind of filter that wasn't a filter, a bag that wasn't a bag, some way of filtering the air without blocking the airflow. Mr. Hill knew the separator would separate water from the air stream (the Rexair was the first wet/dry pick up portable vac in history) -- so they tried the idea of using a half-filled dirt container with water in the container -- to trap dirt from the air without a bag or filter, making the Rexair truly unique (as if it wasn't already so). Sales took off. Between 1937 (when water was introduced to save the company) through April of 1940, Rexair sold almost 200,000 units of their "Series A" cleaner.
      The models A, B, and C were functionally the same. The machine received its UL listing before the introduction of water, so they did NOT have to get a new UL listing AFTER the water was put in (the machine was metal, and NOT grounded). The color of each model was different, but they used the same motor, pan, hose, cord, switch, etc
    2. musikchoo musikchoo, 10 years ago
      ALLRIGHT!! I hit the jackpot finding you to tell me the history of my FIND !! Thank you packrat- place for your detailed info!!!
    3. packrat-place packrat-place, 10 years ago
      Glad I could be of some help.
    4. musikchoo musikchoo, 10 years ago
      Hello Phil: I would not think so, or at least I did not put it on there!!

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