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Post# 370896   4/17/2017 at 17:26 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Went to Goodwill today and bought a Packard De Luxe Vacuum when I could have been riding my Harley. It's a rebadged Royal, the model number is 1950, the serial number starts with a 190-#####. The bag is a replacement. It's straight suction, the brush has settings for floating or raised. The knob at the end of the handle is wood very much like the old Eureka vacs.

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Post# 370903 , Reply# 1   4/17/2017 at 19:43 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Very nice!

I would have sacrificed a ride as well to get that unit!
So why the rebranding? Or is it just a model name to go with the number? I did learn about the Starks version, so any history on this one as well?
I would not mind a straight suction machine to add to my own collection.

Post# 370906 , Reply# 2   4/17/2017 at 20:33 by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        

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From what I understand, the vacuum was given away free with the purchase of a Packard automobile. Earlier models were made by Clements, not sure when they switched to Royal. Does anyone know the time frame when these were given away as a premium?

Post# 370914 , Reply# 3   4/17/2017 at 22:35 by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Clements version

There is the Clements version of the Packard on EBay. I love the toy wood wheels on that thing.

Post# 370920 , Reply# 4   4/18/2017 at 00:06 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles, California)        

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Does the metal serial number plate also identify this machine as a Packard?

Post# 370922 , Reply# 5   4/18/2017 at 00:32 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The serial number plate just has P.A. Grier in small print at the bottom of the plate but the color scheme is the same, the gold and blue.

Packard made a De Luxe model car from 1946 thru 1952 so I would guess this would be from the same time period.

Post# 370957 , Reply# 6   4/18/2017 at 16:35 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Put a shake out bag on the vacuum and polished it. Cleaned the fan and added 3 drops of oil to each bearing.

Here's some new pics including a pic of the serial number plate. I noticed that the Packards made by Clements don't say Packard on the serial plate, it just says Clements.

Hopefully I won't see this serial number plate on the front of a t-shirt.

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