Armchair photo tours: Stark’s Vacuum Museum in Portland

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Photos by Cheryl Landes

Stark’s Vacuum Museum is on a wall in the Stark’s Vacuums showroom in downtown Portland, Oregon. Twenty-five vacuum cleaners from the late 1800s through the late 1970s are on display.

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There’s also a timeline that covers milestones in vacuum cleaner history and technology, along with old ads and articles published in popular consumer magazines.

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The museum is located at 107 NE Grand Avenue, on the corner of NE Grand and NE Couch (pronounced “Cooch”) Street.  Free parking is available in a lot on the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. and NE Davis Street.

The museum’s hours are the same as the Stark’s Vacuums store: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Stark’s Vacuums opened in 1932 at the Grand Avenue location. Today, the business has 10 stores in Portland, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Happy Valley, Wilsonville, Sherwood, and Bend, Oregon; and Vancouver, Washington. I’m one of their Vancouver customers, and I highly recommend their repair services and face masks.

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