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Royal Commercial Bags Thru the Years
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Post# 140050   6/17/2011 at 21:49 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Has anyone ever managed exactly an exhaustive history of the many bag designs Royal used on its products thru the years?

Let me start off with this ...

The first known bag Royal used on its commercial product was dark blue in color. On the front there are five vertical silver stripes, with a small crown (embroidered in red) near the top, the ROYAL name (red embroidery) below that, and the word C-O-M-M-E-R-C-I-A-L, read vertically, in red letters against a silver rectangle. This design ran from 1971 to 1975.

The next version had no changes to the graphic, except for a bigger crown logo. This design ran from 1976 to 1984. Another version of the (shake-out) bag existed during this period which, on light blue cloth, we see the then-current Royal print logo on top, and we see the word COMMERCIAL, read vertically between two vertical lines.

The third bag design, to assume both shake-out and disposable forms, was again dark blue in color, but this time, we see on top the then-current Royal print logo, and below that the word C-O-M-M-E-R-C-I-A-L, again read vertically. These two together form a "T" shape. This design was only used in 1985.

From 1986 to early 1987, we again have a dark blue bag, but this time, on the top left of the front of the bag, we have the "Royal Five" patch logo. The first red rectangle dons the Royal crown logo, the clear part of the patch has the Royal name written five times, and the other red area has the word "COMMERCIAL."

Then, in April 1987, the bag now switches colors from dark blue to gray. The patch logo is the same as we saw it in '86, however the clear area, where we still see the Royal name written five times, is now a blue background. This is the most commonly available bag design, lasting through the fall of 2002.

During the 1987-2002 period, there were also red bags, with a clear Royal patch logo, and in 2000, black bags.

Bags for commercial all-metal uprights are available in either shake-out or zipper bag (add "Z" suffix to model number where applicable) for disposable inserts.

Please submit any corrections or additions as is necessary.

~Ben



Post# 140051 , Reply# 1   6/17/2011 at 21:55 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1971-1975 Royal Commercial Bag

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Seen on a model 606A manufactured in June 1974.

Post# 140052 , Reply# 2   6/17/2011 at 21:58 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1976-1984 Royal Commercial Bag (1)

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Seen on a model 606A manufactured in May 1976.

Post# 140053 , Reply# 3   6/17/2011 at 22:01 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1976-1984 Royal Commercial Bag (2)

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Seen on a model 608 manufactured in March 1987. (Photo by 2011hoover700)

Post# 140054 , Reply# 4   6/17/2011 at 22:01 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1976-1984 Royal Commercial Bag (2)

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Seen on a model 608 manufactured in March 1987. (Photo by 2011hoover700)

Post# 140056 , Reply# 5   6/17/2011 at 22:05 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1985 Royal Commercial Bag

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Sorry for the last double-post.

Here's a 1985 Royal Commercial bag seen on a model 618Z. (Photo by Joe22)

The label below the Adjust-O-Rite reads "HEAVY DUTY COMMERCIAL" in red letters.


Post# 140057 , Reply# 6   6/17/2011 at 22:08 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1986-87 Royal Commercial Bag

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Seen on a model 611 manufactured in October 1983. Note Adjust-O-Rite plate is from a pre-1976 Electro-Hygiene upright.

Post# 140058 , Reply# 7   6/17/2011 at 22:10 (4,632 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
1987-2002 Royal Commercial Bag

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Seen on a model 606A manufactured in November 1973. (Photo by djtaylor)

Post# 140060 , Reply# 8   6/17/2011 at 22:18 (4,632 days old) by Sablekid ()        

So when were the bright almost baby blue bags used? As you stated, the bag on mine isnt original?...so what era is that from?


Ive also seen dark green Royal bags, though not very many.


Post# 140077 , Reply# 9   6/18/2011 at 05:46 (4,631 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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@Sablekid
As I said, that bag was removed from a model 886, 887 or 85103, all household models. Your 680 originally had a gray bag.

~Ben


Post# 140085 , Reply# 10   6/18/2011 at 08:05 (4,631 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Wow

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They should have stuck with the dark blue i think it looks so much nicer than the orange they come in now


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