Sci-fi style on display with vintage vacuums exhibit planned at TekVenture in Fort Wayne

Many older vacuums in the TekVenture/Skaggs Vintage Vacuum Pop-Up Museum exhibit have a style you don't see in vacuums today. (Courtesy of TekVenture)
TekVenture member Jeannette Jaquish cleans antique vacuum cleaners to get them ready for display in the TekVenture/Skaggs Vintage Vacuum Pop-Up Museum from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays from this Wednesday through April 29 at TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St. Admission is free. (Courtesy of TekVenture)
Vintage vacuum cleaners in the TekVenture/Skaggs Vintage Vacuum Pop-Up Museum exhibit range in age from the late 1800s to the late 1900s, (Courtesy of TekVenture)
Many vacuum cleaners required washing to get them ready for the TekVenture/Skaggs Vintage Vacuum Pop-Up Museum opening Wednesday at TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St. (Courtesy of TekVenture)
Vacuum cleaners in the TekVenture/Skaggs Vintage Vacuum Pop-Up Museum exhibit range from those that are stylish in appearance to those that appear more industrial in design. (Courtesy of TekVenture)

Many are sleek and stylish. Others look industrial or futuristic. Looking at photos of them, it’s easy to see how they could conjure up visions of invading space aliens.

You can get swept up in the design and mechanics of old vacuum cleaners during the TekVenture/Skaggs Vintage Vacuum Pop-Up Museum from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays from this Wednesday through April 29 at TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St. Admission is free.

TekVenture is a local, nonprofit public art and technology workshop.

The 160 vacuums expected to be on display were collected by the late Dale Skaggs Sr., the former operator of the Allen County Sweeper business at 1800 Broadway, a TekVenture news release said.

TekVenture discovered the vacuums as it prepared to move into Skaggs’ building after his death in 2013. The machines probably date from the late 1800s to the late 1900s, the event news release said.

As TekVenture volunteers were taking them out of the building, “I was dazzled by all of the different styles of them,” said Jeannette Jaquish, a TekVenture member and local playwright.

Some of them seem very outer space-like, which inspired her to try to develop a play involving some of the vacuums, Jaquish said. Plans for the pop-up museum include a performance of the play on the final weekend of the exhibit.

So along with working on the script, Jaquish has been scrubbing up the old vacuums to get them ready for display.

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For more about TekVenture, call 1-260-750-9013 or go to www.tekventure.org.

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