The Airway 88
Vacuum Cleaner

As I mentioned on "Home for Wayward Vacuum Cleaners" page, I frequently receive email offers from people to send me old vacuum cleaners they've found in relatives' homes.

One day, I got a very touching letter from a woman whose father had recently passed away.

In the process of going through his belongings, she found his old vacuum cleaner. It was in such nice condition that she didn't want to just throw it out or give it to someone who wouldn't really care about it. (Her father had been a Marine and she declared that he "spit-polished everything!")

So, she looked on the Internet, found me, and the rest is history. I am now the proud owner of a beautiful Airway 88 Mark II that the lady went to great lengths to get to me, to the extent of hauling it in a taxi across midtown Manhattan to a box-and-ship place!

And if that weren't enough a matter of going "above and beyond the call of duty, she sent it to me not too long after the tragic destruction of the Twin Towers (World Trade Center) on September 11, 2001. Even in the midst of all that chaos, she was willing to get this beautiful machine to its new and very happy home.

Imagine my amazement when it arrived and I saw what beautiful condition it was in -- just as she had described it, it was in nearly new condition! He had saved all the literature for it, including the payment coupon book and warranty information. He had even saved literature from a prior purchase of an earlier-model Airway, the "Sanitozer"!!

Following are some photos of this magnicicent machine, which I am proud to include in the special "Home For Wayward Vacuum Cleaners" wing of the Vintage Vacuum Cleaner Musuem.







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