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Object ID 000048

Object Name Polar Club vacuum cleaner

Object Desc Polar Cub hand-held vacuum by the A.C. Gilbert Company of New Haven, Connecticut. One of the first-known hand-held vacuums.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000017

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Appliances


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords vacuum cleaners,A.C. Gilbert Company,Polar Club,appliances,cleaning,

Title Polar Club vacuum cleaner

Description Motor of cilindrical shape and light grey in color sits on top of unit which is a silver metal color. Label on motor is of black background with writing "Polar Clu" in red letters. Brown canvas bag attached to metal portion. Electric cord is beige still attached to unit.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5.5

Length 21.5

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details 10 inches long without bag, 21 1/2in long with bag, 5 1/2 inches high, nozzle is 3 1/2 inches wide.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker A.C. Gilbert Company

Maker Details Polar Club hand-held vacuum by the A.C. Gilbert Company of New Haven, Connecticut.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY000017



Date JAN 24,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Christina Beebe

Notes Looks to have been used heavily judging by the amount of build-up inside the unit; Missing Handle which should be attached to the small holes located near the base of the cord; Cord is dirty and is beginning to toughen up/ become less malleable; The motor contains scratched-off paint and small rust spots; Brown canvas bag is very worn, including about a 1in tear, fading color, worn around the portion that is attached to the unit, and has some paint drops on it;


Date JUN 24,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hardware Store from Appliance store - automatic entry by admin