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Post# 10964   3/17/2007 at 00:01 (5,743 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson, AZ)        

Terry and I hit one of our favorite thrift stores yesterday and found this......

Post# 10965 , Reply# 1   3/17/2007 at 00:03 (5,743 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson, AZ)        

closeup of the name plate

Post# 10966 , Reply# 2   3/17/2007 at 00:06 (5,743 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson, AZ)        

the s-wands and rug nozzle. Has anyone ever heard of a Kingston before? The data plate says made in Michigan.

Post# 10967 , Reply# 3   3/17/2007 at 00:23 (5,743 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Great Find!

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You don't see too many of these, and it's a good looking machine, too!! Congrats!!

Post# 10969 , Reply# 4   3/17/2007 at 03:21 (5,743 days old) by scott55405 ()        

Ah, there it is! Very pretty! I was told by someone that Kingstons are a Royal derivative that were sold door to door. I know I've seen the name on Royal style canisters as well. Anyone know any more about this?

Post# 10970 , Reply# 5   3/17/2007 at 06:12 (5,743 days old) by sukething ()        
I am not sure but...

There were other names this vacuum went by. My parents had a Firestone that was dark green and looked like this as well, all we had that I remember was the crevious tool and the apolstery tool, we cleaned the cars out with it. There was a tan one in one of our newsletters that was at a convention. That tan one had the same switch on the back as our Firestone. I will keep looking for that machine and see if I can ever find one. I have only seen the literature about my Firestone at one of a previous memebers home, when they had a convention at their home.


Post# 10974 , Reply# 6   3/17/2007 at 06:59 (5,743 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

I have the same blue Kingston. I found mine in a retro store here in St. Louis. I saw a storage hassock, always usually empty but it was red and in awesome shape so I thought I'd pick it up and store my XXX in it. I opened it up to check the condition of the inside and was shocked to see a complete blue Kingston inside complete with manual and everything. Up to that point I'd never seen one in person. The tan machine mentioned in the aforementioned thread was a Coronado that too was in beautiful condition. I believe these machines must've given Electrolux a run for their money at the time, mine has extremely good suction, better than the XXX I think.

Post# 10975 , Reply# 7   3/17/2007 at 08:47 (5,743 days old) by sukething ()        
Rick was absolutly right..

That was a Coronado in that past newsletter...and they did have great suction I know our Firestone did as well.


Post# 10984 , Reply# 8   3/17/2007 at 16:48 (5,743 days old) by charles~richard ()        

machines are all VERY beautiful and high-styled. I always wondered who designed them. Here are a couple of "quick and dirty" pix of mine. I have the original hose (turquoise woven vinyl with white XXX tracing) and all the attachments but I couldn't get to them.

Post# 10985 , Reply# 9   3/17/2007 at 16:48 (5,743 days old) by charles~richard ()        

Photo #2

Post# 11024 , Reply# 10   3/18/2007 at 08:22 (5,742 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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What wonderful looking vacuums. Roger can you give us a close up of the floor tool. They must not have been a popular machine here as I have never seen one in any thrift stores. Love that rich blue color!!


Post# 11025 , Reply# 11   3/18/2007 at 11:17 (5,742 days old) by electrolux-dude (Canyon, TX)        
Coronado Vacuum

I happened to find a Coronado Vacuum, a Tan one, at a thrift store that's in quite good shape, if I can find it in my storage trailer I'll try to shoot a picture of it, it's in pretty good shape.

Post# 11026 , Reply# 12   3/18/2007 at 11:18 (5,742 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson, AZ)        

Here is the rug nozzle......

Post# 11027 , Reply# 13   3/18/2007 at 11:21 (5,742 days old) by rogera608s (Tucson, AZ)        

The underside......the knurled knob adjusts how far the bristles retract as you use the nozzle

Post# 11032 , Reply# 14   3/18/2007 at 12:39 (5,742 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        
Thanks Roger

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That looks like a very good rug tool. You will have to bring this Vacuum to Omaha.


Post# 11034 , Reply# 15   3/18/2007 at 13:11 (5,742 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        

Boy what I could do with such a classy looking macine. MMMMmmmmm.

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Post# 11092 , Reply# 16   3/19/2007 at 13:49 (5,741 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Here are a couple more photos

of my Kingston that I found on my hard drive. Isn't that a beautiful hose!

Post# 11093 , Reply# 17   3/19/2007 at 13:50 (5,741 days old) by charles~richard ()        
And another pic...

In this one, you can also see my gorgeous turquoise Ken-Kart!

I have a lot of turquoise machines; one of these days I'm gonna do a "Visions in Turquoise" feature for my web site.

Post# 311561 , Reply# 18   1/10/2015 at 22:28 (2,886 days old) by ronni (USA)        
Tan Coronado (referenced in replies 5 and 6)

Pics I found online:

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Post# 456300 , Reply# 19   8/29/2022 at 08:40 by rich7017 (Toms River)        
Kingston Vacuum cleaner

Kingston Vacuum cleaners were made by Kingston Mfg. Co., a division of Douglas Products Co., in Branson , MI. My father's printing firm Richard M. Krause , Inc.of New York, N.Y. made the elaborate gold stamped foil label nameplate.The nameplate is pictured in post 10984 reply 8 photos 1 & 2 of this thread. My Aunt Muriel (Dad's sister) had one that was a gift from the firm. It took me more than 40 years to find a Kingston . Tom Gasko of the Tacony Vacuum museum wrote a very good article about these vacuum cleaners. Most were private labeled for department stores , vacuum shops , etc. Photos of mine are below.

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