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Post# 129381   3/28/2011 at 08:00 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        

Someone we all know and love recently told me he had never seen a here tis!!! a little history, the Vac U Way co of Toledo Ohio, was founded by a man who was a big shot with AirWay, he decided to go into the Vacuum manufacturing business big time, he already knew how to set up sales offices etc, so in 1960 he found out he could by the rights to the Kingston Canister and build it himself,the first Saniways were direct copies of the Kingston and may have been built by them,that part of the story I never got, anyway in 1964 he changed the rug tool to the one pictured here, and changed the trim, the first machines were brown, the later ones, like this were dark red, this information was from Cyrus Fox who was a AirWay branch manager in Georgia, and became the first Saniway distributor, having the whole state of North Carolina, I meant to write the names exact dates etc down, but only got to talk with Mr Fox one time before he passed away, he told me the owner of the Saniway co died in 1976,and his wife sold everything for scrap and quit, so that is what became of the Saniway.

Post# 129382 , Reply# 1   3/28/2011 at 08:03 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        

Mark IV airwashing system! Looks like a Royal, but has a hinged lid, Royals had a clamp on lid until AFTER Saniway was gone from the scene., and of course the attachments were totally different.

Post# 129383 , Reply# 2   3/28/2011 at 08:04 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        

With original box.

Post# 129384 , Reply# 3   3/28/2011 at 08:05 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        


Post# 129385 , Reply# 4   3/28/2011 at 08:07 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        
rug tool

Saniway and Kingston, they look different, but have the same type thumbwheel adjusted brush.

Post# 129387 , Reply# 5   3/28/2011 at 08:08 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        
Saniway and Kingston

Bottom of both.

Post# 129388 , Reply# 6   3/28/2011 at 08:10 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        
salesmans card

Victor Lyons, Marion NC

Post# 129389 , Reply# 7   3/28/2011 at 08:15 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        
The Next and last version...

Had a 10 foot vinyl hose, mine has a 10 foot braided hose, also the last machines had ball casters instead of flat wheels. In my opinion, these were some of the best built highest quality canisters ever built, very powerful and extremely quiet, it is a joy to use, my great Aunt had the first one I ever saw when I was 7 or 8, always loved it, and still do!

Post# 129390 , Reply# 8   3/28/2011 at 08:21 (4,723 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

I remember admiring the red Kingston Germatron at a local hardware store when I was young. Thanks for the historical background on the links between these similar Kingston, Saniway and Royal designs.

Post# 129393 , Reply# 9   3/28/2011 at 08:36 (4,723 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

Thanks for posting the pics and history of this great vacuum. I guess I have a later model with the ball casters. I love the design of the rug tool, probably my favorite straight suction rug tool of any of my canisters. What a shame that his family did not want to continue the legacy. So was Vac-u-Way making these for Royal, and did they buy the rights, molds, etc. to continue manufacturing this design? I'd love to find one of the Royals with the first edition power nozzle, have seen them in the Royal brochures but never in person. I have an Electro-Hygiene tank with the first edition power nozzle and I love it!

Post# 129398 , Reply# 10   3/28/2011 at 08:48 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        
From what I have heard,

Royal and Kingston shared the basic tooling, but until the Saniway was out of the picture, Royals had clamp on lids, Kingstons and Saniways had hinged lids.

Post# 129400 , Reply# 11   3/28/2011 at 08:51 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        
Here is ...

My pink 1963 Royal as you can see, it does not have the step on switc and the lid clamps on.

Post# 129483 , Reply# 12   3/28/2011 at 17:35 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        

Out there have pics of a Kingston, Also Firestone sold a re badged one of these!

Post# 129494 , Reply# 13   3/28/2011 at 18:17 (4,723 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I herd at one time that there was a saniway model with a power nozzle. was this a fact?

Post# 129498 , Reply# 14   3/28/2011 at 18:23 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        

But the ones I saw were dealer installed Douglass PNs, apropriate because Kingston later became Douglass!!

Post# 129523 , Reply# 15   3/28/2011 at 19:56 (4,723 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Thank you so much for posting these pictures. I have never seen that particular machine. My how times have changed...I do not see any plastic on that at all....

My guess would be that it moves a lot of air.


Post# 129524 , Reply# 16   3/28/2011 at 19:58 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        


Post# 129528 , Reply# 17   3/28/2011 at 20:02 (4,723 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I got to use one at Greg's house! There were two there at the time.

Dont recall who claimed them.

Absolutely fantastic machine! Beautiful in design, and true in power.

Apparently there was a Saniway dealer about an hour from here who had some machines and parts around? I think that was the story...

Post# 129534 , Reply# 18   3/28/2011 at 20:19 (4,723 days old) by moderncleveland (Cleveland)        

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Here is my Saniway 'regret' story: saw one of these at a ReStore last summer that was shiny and in beautiful shape, and I passed on it only because it didn't have any attachments. But it was only $5! What a beautiful machine!

Post# 129536 , Reply# 19   3/28/2011 at 20:29 (4,723 days old) by kenkart ()        

Pass up something just because it does not run or is incomplete, I have learned the hard way, you might NEVER see another one!!!! I think we all have regret stories!

Post# 129593 , Reply# 20   3/28/2011 at 22:56 (4,722 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

I love my Saniway... I found it at a thrift store, here in Minneapolis. While I paid a little more than I normally would have, I'm glad I did. Very well made, awesome tools, quiet!

Here's mine, along with a DAM I found that same weekend...

Post# 129781 , Reply# 21   3/29/2011 at 21:58 (4,721 days old) by moderncleveland (Cleveland)        

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The happy green of your Hoover made me think that it might be lovely to color coordinate vacuums for every room of the house. Or is that getting excessive? (And is that a 50s wire shelf in the background?)

kenkart, I've learned my lesson -- not only with vacuums but with everything!

Post# 129810 , Reply# 22   3/29/2011 at 23:00 (4,721 days old) by HooverCelebrity (Germany)        

There's nothing wrong with coordinating vacuums with different rooms! It is a rack, of sort.. there's a non-functioning gumball machine on it. Not sure if it's from the 50s though, I would guess not.


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