What would Howard Hughes use to clean his aircraft? Nothing common, of course, so he had something designed just for that purpose.
The resulting vacuum cleaner is a powerful, high quality machine that's stood the test of time, being essentially the same machine today as it was in the 1940s.
This Interstate Engineering Corporation Compact vacuum is freshly restored and working at it's best, and the classic 1960s design of the storage ottoman makes it a striking addition to your home decor. The ottoman is in excellent condition with no rips, tears, or holes, and the attachment set it holds, along with the Compact vacuum is nearly complete, missing only the brush attachment.
This nearly-unused aqua colored Compact has just come off Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine's restoration bench and it's in tip-top condition, perfect for your home or as a museum piece.
The cast aluminum body is lightweight, and it's powerful motor is the same one used in the famous Filter Queen Vacuums.
Here's what TriStar says about the origins of this fine machine:
"TriStar's history begins in the 1940's with a company called Interstate Engineering Corporation. Interstate Engineering Corporation designed and manufactured the Compact vacuum. The first Compact vacuum was originally made to clean Howard Hughes Corporation's aircraft. The design of the Compact, with its hose and several attachments, made it easy to clean under seats and the overhead compartments. The Compact worked so well that Interstate Engineering Corporation decided to go public. The first Compact was sold to the public in 1946.
Just like the salespeople of today, the salespeople in the 1940's sold the Compact door-to-door. Over the next 50 years, the Compact would change in color and in weight but the design of the first Compact is very much like the design of the TriStar today. TriStar has many distributors located throughout the United States, Canada and Europe."
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