Thread Number: 15190
Pre-1980 Royal All-Metal Upright Listing (UPDATE 12/5/2011)
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Post# 161277   12/5/2011 at 23:09 (4,461 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Here is a listing of all the pre-1980 Royal all-metal uprights:
(UPDATE December 5, 2011)

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ABOUT HOUSEHOLD MODELS

1945-1949 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.

1950-1957 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.

1958-1965 models have 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.

1966-1985 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 602, 880, 888 and commercial models it is colored light blue with red R-O-Y-A-L letters and crown (ADJUST-O-RITE silver text). From 1970-1976, the crown and lettering on the bags were outlined (models 801 and 880 only; since the 888 used a light blue bag with dark blue text reading "ROYAL PRESTIGE").

Starting around January 1975, the Adjust-O-Rite plug was redesigned, with the words "Adjust" (on top half of plug above stub) and "Rite" (bottom half of plug below stub) in the same font as the then-current Royal logo.

From 1977-1985, the bags were redesigned: the crown was the then-current print logo, with big red, futuristic-looking R-O-Y-A-L letters below (even model 888 used this; but models 153 and 602 did not; opting for the light-blue cotton twill bag).

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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). The very early models had a very small crown, with the stripes running all the way up. Around 1975, the crown was larger, and by 1977 the stripes no longer protruded past the large crown.

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Model 153 (1930s-1987)
No headlight. Standard belt cover plug. In various colors:
1945-1949: Black/red bag with gold crown and Royal name on red portion.
1950-1957: Black/red bag; standard belt cover with black/red graphics with red R-O-Y-A-L letters on black portion and the crown logo on the red portion.
1958-1965: Red/gray bag with bag top.
1966-1976: Dark blue cotton-twill bag with black bag top.
1977-1984: Light blue cotton-twill bag with black bag top.
1985-1987: Light blue cotton-twill bag with 1977 R-O-Y-A-L lettering.

Model 189/215/292/299 (1945-1953)
All have standard headlight. #299 has Adjust-O-Rite.

Model 285 (1955-1983)
Basically the Electro-Hygiene-branded equivalent of #801.

Model 601 (1953-1965)
Shake-out bag. Standard headlight. Standard metal belt cover. In various colors:
1953-1957: Black/red bag; black/red standard belt cover.
1958-1965: Red/gray bag; polished belt cover with "Royal" script logo running semi-diagonally.

Model 602 (1966-1985)
Dark blue zippered bag and gray trim with red R-O-Y-A-L lettering and crown (to 1976), or light blue cotton twill zippered bag with red R-O-Y-A-L lettering and crown (after 1977). Standard headlight. Light blue Adjust-O-Rite plug (red after 1976).

Model 603 (1966-1976)
Same as 602 except with standard belt cover plug. Some models were also branded for Electro-Hygiene.

Model 606 (1966-1976)
Standard headlight. Light blue Adjust-O-Rite plug (to 1975, red after 1976).

Model 606A (1966-1976)
Square headlight; other features same as 606.

Model 608 (1977-1987)
Deluxe headlight. Red Adjust-O-Rite plug.

Model 611 (1977-1987)
Blanked-out headlight. Red Adjust-O-Rite plug.

Model 801 (1953-1987)
Toss-out bag. Standard headlight. In various colors:
1953-1957: Black/red bag and Adjust-O-Rite plug.
1958-1965: Red/tan bag, red Adjust-O-Rite plug.
1966-1987: Tan bag, red Adjust-O-Rite plug (some later models also had pigtail cords)

Model 880 (1966-1987) / 888 (1970-1984)
Light blue trim. Toss-out bag. Deluxe headlight. Adjust-O-Rite. #888 is similar, but has removable nozzle. Also branded for Electro-Hygiene through 1967.

Model 890 (1968-1973) / 903 (1973-1987) / 980 (1971-1983)
Basically the Electro-Hygiene-branded equivalents to #880 and #888 respectively. In mid-1983, the 903 was a branded as Royal. All models had tan bags from 1968-1973 and from January 1983-1987; red bags reading "Supreme Electro-Hygiene" from 1973-1982 (October 1982 version of the 903 had tan bag reading the same text set in red).

Model 990 Galaxie Prestige (1971-1976)
This is a rare version of #888 which reads "Galaxie Prestige" on the bag.

Model A880 Imperial Prestige (1971-1976)
A rare version of #880 in the unusual shade of Mustard Gold. All trim parts (bag, handle grip, bumpers, Adjust-O-Rite, cord and attachments) are in this shade.

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

~Ben



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