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Interview with Vacuum Cleaner Museum's Tom Gasko

Tom Gasko Curator Vacuum Cleaner Museum
Tom Gasko of the Vacuum Cleaner Museum

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Gasko, curator of the Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet in Saint James, Missouri.  Tom has years of experience with vacuum cleaners and has had the opportunity to work with the likes of Rainbow, Kirby, Electrolux and Filter Queen.  He has also provided design input to manufacturers and even has a vacuum series named after him!  

Tom has seen all sides of the industry and has been involved in vacuum cleaner design, sales, repair and collection.  His vacuum cleaner collection is comprised of a staggering 800+ machines and includes some of the most interesting and important vacuums manufactured over the past 100 years.  We were excited to ask Tom some questions...

Interview with John Long, Hoover Aficionado



In our most recent interview we speak with John Long of Pittston, Pennsylvania.  John is an avid collector of all things Hoover, especially vacuum cleaners, and has traveled across the country in his pursuit of elusive vintage machines.  John is also the Vice President of the Vacuum Cleaner Collectors Club and he makes annual pilgrimages to North Canton, the birthplace of Hoover.

We took the opportunity to ask John some questions about vacuum cleaner collecting and Hoover...

Interview with Alex Taber, Vacuum Collector


Alex Taber Vacuum Cleaner CollectorWe recently had the opportunity to discuss vacuums with a passionate collector from Pennsylvania.  Robert Alexander Taber, or just “Alex” as he prefers, has made vacuum cleaners his life. As a child, when other children were playing with toy cars, Alex was pulling apart vacuum cleaners.  

At the early age of 17, when standing outside an Electrolux office looking at the new machines, he noticed a help wanted sign.  Shortly thereafter he began selling vacuums for Electrolux.  In 1975 he started selling for Kirby and worked with them for over 20 years.

Alex is now retired and lives on a farm in Pennsylvania but the vacuum obsession still runs strong.  He is the founder of the Vacuum Cleaner Collectors Club and continues to work on his private collection.  In our discussions with Alex it is apparent that he is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to vacuums and is also something of a historian on the topic.  

We asked Alex some questions about vacuums and collecting.

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About Me


I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate.  My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.  

I also like to help when I can so feel free to send comments.


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