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My Newest Royal and the Family Reunion!
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Post# 90287   1/29/2010 at 16:31 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Thanks so much to Roger LeQuea, I am now the proud parent of a Royal vacuum that completes one of my biggest dream machines.

A while back, I received as a very special gift the Electro -Hygiene model but have never been able to find the tools or hose adapter needed for the machine. I have the proper set of red tools minus the adapter for the Hygiene.

Well, on my birthday Roger sent a note asking if I would like the Royal complete with attachments.....and even the adapter...making both machines complete.

So you can only imagine my excitement when this vacuum arrived making my whole family complete.

Hope you enjoy the pictures. There are also some shots of my entire collection.

Can you spot the two that are different and why they are different?


Post# 90288 , Reply# 1   1/29/2010 at 16:33 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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I always thought Kirby was my favorite...but now...with having a removable head on the Royal/ may be a toss up.

Post# 90289 , Reply# 2   1/29/2010 at 16:34 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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All the tools and something I have never seen before...must call Mike...he is the Royal expert you know...

Post# 90290 , Reply# 3   1/29/2010 at 16:35 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Has anyone else ever seen this little critter...

hope it not a bojack product...don't want to loose my standing with the Royal family..

Post# 90291 , Reply# 4   1/29/2010 at 16:36 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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another shot

Post# 90292 , Reply# 5   1/29/2010 at 16:40 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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The whole family....minus one who was on an extended trip to Galena to help clean up a mess there. Grandpa in telling the rest of them how important it is to maintain good service! All original and still running strong!

Post# 90293 , Reply# 6   1/29/2010 at 16:41 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Their new home!

Post# 90294 , Reply# 7   1/29/2010 at 16:42 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Vacuum Alley!

Post# 90295 , Reply# 8   1/29/2010 at 16:42 (4,009 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Royal Prestige

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Wow, I've never seen a Royal Prestige vacuum! Could you please give me the model and serial # from it?


Post# 90296 , Reply# 9   1/29/2010 at 16:43 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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more shots of parts of my collection...can you tell it is the first free day I have had in months...

Post# 90297 , Reply# 10   1/29/2010 at 16:44 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Daily Drivers...minus the Connie, between the stretch hose and the blower moving cat hair all over the house...we don't get used to much.

Post# 90298 , Reply# 11   1/29/2010 at 16:47 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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a couple of more shots

Post# 90299 , Reply# 12   1/29/2010 at 16:49 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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One last shot!

Post# 90303 , Reply# 13   1/29/2010 at 17:24 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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When I get home later this evening I will try to do that for you.


Post# 90305 , Reply# 14   1/29/2010 at 17:50 (4,009 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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It is so nice being organized to the point of being able to access any vacuum you wish to play, er, do serious housework with.


Post# 90309 , Reply# 15   1/29/2010 at 18:21 (4,009 days old) by thevacuumguy96 (Nampa, ID)        
Hey vinvac,

I like your broomvac! I wish I had one in my collection! They are just so hard to come by here in ID! But I find one someday!

Post# 90310 , Reply# 16   1/29/2010 at 18:22 (4,009 days old) by thevacuumguy96 (Nampa, ID)        
BTW vinvac,

Nice collection too!

Post# 90312 , Reply# 17   1/29/2010 at 19:06 (4,009 days old) by xraytech ()        


You have a very nice collection.
I love that gold or green Eureka canned ham canister


Post# 90332 , Reply# 18   1/29/2010 at 20:52 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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There was a broom vac out on E-bay, I don't if the auction has ended yet..the last time I looked it did not have any bids and had the full set of attachments.


Post# 90334 , Reply# 19   1/29/2010 at 20:56 (4,009 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Great shots of your machines Morgan!! Thanks for posting. I have never seen your machines before. (At least not all together like this). The Royals look fantastic!



Post# 90338 , Reply# 20   1/29/2010 at 21:22 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Rick, Drake, Dave and Sam,

Thanks! I probably should not have posted the pictures until I had cleaned. The winter has kept me busy and so the basement has not been getting it weekly cleaning.


Post# 90341 , Reply# 21   1/29/2010 at 21:56 (4,009 days old) by luxg ()        

I agree Morgan, thanks for posting the pictures. I believe this is the first time I have ever seen your collection all together. I happened to be talking to Roger on your birthday and he wondered if i thought you still wanted the machine. I was sure that you did!!! That was a wonderful birthday present!!!


Post# 90360 , Reply# 22   1/30/2010 at 02:36 (4,009 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        

beautiful vacs.... can you take a close up pik of the baby blue and chrome Eureka canister or Shetland on the top shelf beside the green and chrome vac?


Post# 90361 , Reply# 23   1/30/2010 at 03:59 (4,009 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
The Royal Family

Those are gorgeous Royals! They all look like they've been professionally buffed. Who do you send them to for their "spa treatment"? I was just in Kansas visiting Phillip and he gifted me a model 8000 Royal and have been using it as a daily driver, I love it! The one in the pic with the black/red bag is my favorite. I have childhood memories of vacuuming my uncle's supper club in Schiller Park with one, was always enamored with the colors and of course, the crown!

Still "livin' the dream!"

Post# 90370 , Reply# 24   1/30/2010 at 08:25 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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None of my vacuums other than my mom's 508 Kirby have been professionally buffed. I just use a little elbow grease, steel wool and mothers mag.

I love the Black and Red Royal as well. If memory serves me correctly the motor is less than 3 amps on that machine and it still will out clean most of the modern junk on the market today. Even using tools, it has good air flow, better than any of the Hoovers of that time or later. (that direct connect makes all the difference in the world) Talk about being green, if they still made products like that...think of the energy, materials that would be saved. That is why Kirby gets credit for being an enviromently safe product...all parts are fixable, buff them out and they are ready to go again.

My collection is at it's limit. Close to sixty vacuums and the allowed space is now full. There are no vacuums upstairs on the main level and it will stay that way. I am to much of the neat freak to let it go further.

For me it would not be fun if I could not just go grab a vacuum and use it. Now, on occasion I can just walk through the crowd, use a swiffer and keep them looking good. I can pull one down, plug it in, and keep the bearings and motors in good shape. I am a firm believer that they need to be ran to keep them in good shape.


Post# 90373 , Reply# 25   1/30/2010 at 09:15 (4,009 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Model Numbers

The black and red machine is a model 189 with a 2.8 amp motor. My oldest Royal.

The Royal Machines:

Model 880 400 Watt motor removable head machine
Model 888 400 Watt motor
New Royal model 8300 with a 10 amp drop in motor

Electo Hygiene machines:

Model 903 3 amp motor
Model 980 4 amp motor removable head machine

Certified Electric:

Model 606 3 amp


Model 5700 with 7 amp (non-drop in motor)

Post# 90393 , Reply# 26   1/30/2010 at 19:15 (4,008 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Do you know that model number for that Eureka in 10th picture of yours. Post# 90297

I think that might my grandma's old Eureka, but it's been so long since I've seen it! Thanks

Post# 90396 , Reply# 27   1/30/2010 at 19:48 (4,008 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
O M G !!!!!!!

The Royal Family!!!

I get it now!


PS......the basement looks fine.......

Post# 90417 , Reply# 28   1/30/2010 at 23:02 (4,008 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Great Pix Morgan!

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You have a nice collection that is very well displayed. You have some fine machines.
As for the mystery attachment, it is a crystal chamber and goes back to the days when they first started building Electro-Hygienes with a revolving brush. The deodorizing crystal chamber was an exclusive feature with Electro-Hygiene since the beginning. On the straight suction models it was positioned where the nozzle connected to the fan case. Although the Royal had a revolving brush for many years, Electro-Hygiene remained a straight suction machine until 1955, simply because they didn't know what to do with the crystal chamber. As sales began to drop due to the lack of a revolving brush, someone came up with the idea of making a crystal chamber that would snap on in place of the adjust-o-rite cover, and the model 285 was introduced, the first Electro-Hygiene with a revolving brush.
A similar, but larger version of this chamber was also sold with Royal models of the time as a demother. Later models with the swing-up headlight, such as the 903, had the crystal chamber built in the nozzle below the headlight.
Here's a picture of my model 94 Electro-Hygiene so you can see where the chamber was on the earlier models.

Post# 90464 , Reply# 29   1/31/2010 at 17:24 (4,007 days old) by airwaylady (Milwaukee, WI)        


Thanks for posting your pictures of your Royals and others, they all look pristine!
I just won a Royal Tank cleaner on E-Bay which is a model 775.
looks like a thermos bottle but really nice condition.
Does anyone know the year of this particular model?
Have not seen any of them before and thought it was a rare one. It is hammertone green in color, looks like the "pony Tank" but smaller.


Post# 90480 , Reply# 30   1/31/2010 at 19:45 (4,007 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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You've got me puzzled--I always thought the Pony Tank WAS the smallest Royal tank. I've got to see this, so please post a picture when you get a chance. The hammertone green doesn't surprise me though, I have seen Royals in that color, and my Royalaire 260 is hammertone green. Here's a picture of it with all the attachments.

Post# 90517 , Reply# 31   2/1/2010 at 11:34 (4,007 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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I wish my machines were as mint as some of yours!

Most of the vacuums in my collection have special meaning,,,either gifted to me by a friend or something I remember using in my youth.

It is a lot of fun no matter how you look at it.


Post# 90547 , Reply# 32   2/1/2010 at 20:29 (4,006 days old) by airwaylady (Milwaukee, WI)        
"Royal Tank"


That Royalaire of yours is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!
Looks like NEW!
The Royal 775 I won was on E-Bay and you can look it up, Item # 280456621522. Let me know what you think! It caught my eye!


Post# 90658 , Reply# 33   2/3/2010 at 03:40 (4,005 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Thank You, Tania!

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It was in good shape when I got it, but I did have to do some cleanup and polishing. The suction power is amazing, and also the fact that the original hose does not leak. Everything in the photo came with it except the crevice tool, demother, and sprayer, and I just happened to have them on hand.
Had a look at the ebay posting for your 775, looks like a nice machine. The hose looks original, and looks like the attachments are all there except the crevice tool and floor brush (I think the sprayer, demother, and polisher pad would have been optional for that model). And I think when it arrives you will be amazed at how powerful it is.
I'm thinking at this point that your 775 was probably from the early 60's, as it looks like a "little brother" to my 260. When it arrives, have a look at the data plate on the bottom. If it says Royal Appliance Mfg. Co., early 60's would be right, but if it says P.A. Geier Co., that would date it back to the 50's. As for size, I think it's about the same size as the pony tank, but the handle looks a bit long.

Post# 90679 , Reply# 34   2/3/2010 at 15:25 (4,005 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

Nice looking display, Morgan. The olive green Eureka (?) canister in picture #9 looks quite like a Singer my great-aunt used to have. Does anyone know anything about this model?

Post# 90716 , Reply# 35   2/4/2010 at 02:47 (4,004 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        

Hi Morgan.. can you tell me what that beautiful light blue and chrome canister is on the shelf beside the green vac?

Post# 90727 , Reply# 36   2/4/2010 at 07:44 (4,004 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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That would be my Shetland/Lewyt. I will try to take close up pictures later. The machine is not complete, I don't have all the proper attachements, but it has a great motor.


If my memory is still working, Eureka made the vacuums for Singer, so it very well could have looked the same. I will also try to get a close up picture of that vacuum. Perhaps even a Eureka vacuum shot as Eureka would be one of my favorites. Hoover was not a popular here as Eureka and my personal opinion is that they cleaned much better. (running from John) Perhaps because Eurkeka was built in Illinois just across the boarder from WI and IA.


Post# 90733 , Reply# 37   2/4/2010 at 12:04 (4,004 days old) by hamiltonbeachbo ()        

Have to chime in and say your collection is amazing.
I didn't realize you have such a diverse selection of machines.
Love your Royal family!!
The Royal upright is one of my favorite uprights.
Personally, I think they're much more balanced than the Kirbys, and I grew up with a Dual 80.
Slow but sure I'm getting a few Royals in my collection, machines that have some meaning and represent the lines.
Thanks for sharing the photos

Post# 90770 , Reply# 38   2/5/2010 at 04:12 (4,003 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        

Thanks Morgan...I look forward to viewing your p[ics of the Shetland..

Post# 90773 , Reply# 39   2/5/2010 at 07:26 (4,003 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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I will try to get some pictures done next week. I need to get the newsletter out first. It is at the printers and I may change my plans for Monday so I can get it in the mail.


Post# 226323 , Reply# 40   4/3/2013 at 17:10 (2,850 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I can answer how old these Royals and Electro-Hygienes are:
880 = 1971-1975
888 = 1971-1975 (this is the one with the removable head, not the 880)
903 = 1976-1980
980 = 1980-1982 (4.5 amp motor)
Stark 5700 (similar to Royal 9700 Classic) = 1991-1992
Certified Electric 606 = 1982 (I noticed some slip sheet dated 8/30/82)

If only you could please give me the exact serial #s from these six.

Thank you,

Ben Edge (KirbyClassicIII)

This post was last edited 04/03/2013 at 22:44

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