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Pre-1980 Royal Metal Upright Chart - Updated
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Post# 147791   8/19/2011 at 02:50 (4,575 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Here is a listing of all the pre-1980 Royal all-metal uprights (Electro-Hygiene models are also included here):

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ABOUT HOUSEHOLD MODELS

Circa 1937-50 models have red bags with gold ROYAL letters/crown with red/black (diagonal sections) metal belt cover (or Adjust-O-Rite) with R-O-Y-A-L letters on black portion and gold crown on red portion.

1950-57 models have red/black bags with red R-O-Y-A-L letters/crown on black portion of bag; metal belt cover (or Adjust-O-Rite) is red/black (half divided) with red R-O-Y-A-L lettering on black half and gold crown on red half.

1958-65 models have dark blue or red/gray (standard) or red/beige (deluxe) bags with dark red R-O-Y-A-L lettering on red portion of bag; metal belt cover is brushed aluminum with a futuristic-looking "Royal" logo running diagonally up; while those models with the Adjust-O-Rite have white R-O-Y-A-L letters on red (left portion) with the crown logo and "ADJUST-O-RITE" (silver text) on the right portion of plug.

1966-85 models have red crown and R-O-Y-A-L letters on beige (model 801) or light blue (880, 888) bag. The Adjust-O-Rite is the 1958-style design carried over (red plug), but on the 880 and 888 it is colored light blue with red R-O-Y-A-L letters and crown (ADJUST-O-RITE silver text). From 1971-76, the crown and lettering on the bags were outlined.

Starting in 1975, the Adjust-O-Rite plug was redesigned (as had the nozzle housing for the 285, 606 and 801), with the words "Adjust" and "Rite" comprising the top and bottom halves of the plug (with a line between) in the same font as the then-current Royal logo, all done in white outlines regardless of trim color. On commercial models, the light blue AOR plug was used through 1976; since 1977, it changed to red. The 1975 version of the AOR plug also eliminated those other ornamental holes, which I cannot determine what they're for.

From 1977-spring 1986, the bags were redesigned: the crown was the then-current print logo, with big red, futuristic-looking R-O-Y-A-L letters below.

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ABOUT COMMERCIAL MODELS

1966-84 models are identified by a dark blue bag (shake-out types have no zipper; zippered bag models, for disposable bags, have a "Z" attached to their model numbers, e.g. 608Z, 611Z) with red ROYAL letters and crown, gray stripes and C-O-M-M-E-R-C-I-A-L letters (red text amid gray border). Some variations on these bag graphics did occur, such as the four stripes running up past the crown, and the crown being smaller. In 1977, the stripes no longer protruded above the crown.

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Model 153 (Circa 1935-87)
No headlight. Brushed aluminum motor shell and fan case. Standard belt cover plug. Red/black shake-out bag (1935-57), red/tan shake out bag (1958-65), dark blue shake out bag (1966-74) or light blue shake out bag (1975-87).

Model 189/215/248/292/299 (Circa 1935-53)
All have standard headlight. #299 has Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 285 (Electro-Hygiene) (1955-83)
Tan toss-out bag. Standard headlight. Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 601 (1953-65)
Shake-out bag. Standard headlight. Standard metal belt cover.

Model 602 (1966-85)
Dark blue (light blue from 1975) zippered bag and gray trim with red R-O-Y-A-L lettering and crown. Standard headlight. Adjust-O-Rite plug.

Model 603 (1966-85)
Same as 602 except with standard belt cover plug.

Model 606 (1966-77)
Standard headlight. Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 606A (1966-77)
Same as 606 but with square headlight.

Model 608 (1977-87)
Deluxe headlight. Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 611 (1977-87)
No headlight, but an unusual blank applied to where the light would be. Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 777 (Electro-Hygiene) (1966-83)
Red toss-out bag. Standard headlight. Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 801 (1953-87)
Toss-out bag (red/black from 1953-57; red/tan from 1958-65; tan from 1966-87). Standard headlight. Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 880 (1966-87) / 888 (1971-84)
Light blue trim. Toss-out bag. Deluxe headlight. Adjust-O-Rite. #888 is similar, but has removable nozzle.

Model 890 (1968-73) / 903 (1973-87) (Electro-Hygiene)
Red trim. Tan (890 and 1983-up 903) or red (1973-82 903) toss-out bag. Deluxe headlight w/ deodorizer. Adjust-O-Rite. #980 is similar, but has removable nozzle.

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As always, corrections and additions to this chart are always welcome! Thank you...

~Ben



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