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Q. The house I recently bought has a Sears-brand built-in vacuum cleaner. The house was built in the early 1960s, and Iím guessing the vacuum is original. Can you tell me anything about this vacuuming system?

A. Given the age of the house, we searched the catalogs from the 1960s. Page 1210 of the fall 1966 Chicago edition catalog advertised three different models of built-in vacuums. The Model 200 included two wall outlets; the Model 500 included three wall outlets and 40 percent more suction. A third model was advertised as providing vacuuming, mopping and drying capabilities. They cost $195, $195, and $395, respectively.

Catalog Page F1966, p. 1310 Built-in vacuum.  Fall 1966 1310
Fall 1966 catalog, p. 1310.
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