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Vacs from the past make a clean sweep in Cradley Heath shop's contest
12:38pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A SEARCH launched by a Cradley Heath shop to find the oldest working electrical appliances in the Black Country has unearthed a range of much-loved relics from the past following an appeal in the News.
A steady stream of people have contacted Chapman’s Electrical with details of their prized historic artefacts ranging from a 1930s Electrolux vacuum cleaner, a Bakelite electric clock and a sun ray lamp from the 1950s.
The competition is being run to celebrate a £100,000 modernisation facelift at the store in Reddal Hill Road, Managing director Robert Chapman said: “ We’ve been really surprised by what people still own, treasure and use regularly.”
One of the oldest appliances discovered so far is the 1930s vacuum cleaner owned by one of the youngest competition entrants, nine-year-old Harry Burrows, from Halesowen.
Harry has been fascinated by cleaners since he was a toddler and now has an impressive collection.
Dad Paul Burrows said: “He’s into anything electrical but especially vacuum cleaners. He’s interested in how they work and fixing them,”
“We’ve got them in the loft, living room, spare bedroom and they are in Harry’s bedroom. I’ve lost count. There’s a Hoover junior from the 60s another Electrolux from the 40s. He likes modern ones as well so we’ve two Panasonics and a Dyson.”
Harry has paid as little as £5 to as much as £100 for some of his cleaners with help from the bank of mum and dad.
“He doesn’t want computer games or football tickets he’s interested in cleaners so that’s where the money goes,” added Mr Burrows.
Mr Chapman has been touched by the number of goods given as wedding presents approaching 60 years ago and he was delighted to hear from a lady in Pedmore who bought a spin dryer from the store in 1956 which is still working.
The competition closes at the end of October and Chapman’s Electrical plan to have some of the entries on show at their store during the relaunch week from November 11.
If you think you have the oldest working domestic appliance contact Chapman’s Electrical on 01384 566497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The winner will receive the latest equivalent model or in store vouchers.
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