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Post# 107627   9/4/2010 at 16:47 (3,553 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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I just got this today at an estate sale, and I would like to know more about it. 1. how old is it? 2. is it rare? and 3. what can i use for a belt? i tried a dirt devil hand vac belt but it was too long. This is not how I found it, it has had a serious cleaning. the entire vacuum was caked in sticky dirt, and the bag was filthy. I did hand wash the bag and it came out much better and none of the lettering peeled off (yay!) THANK YOU!!

Post# 107628 , Reply# 1   9/4/2010 at 16:52 (3,553 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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by the way, it does run!

Post# 107629 , Reply# 2   9/4/2010 at 16:56 (3,553 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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Post# 107630 , Reply# 3   9/4/2010 at 17:42 (3,553 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

That looks very much like a Kenmore hand-vac that I have stored away somewhere. The Kenmore, from the mid 1930s, has a black cloth bag.

Just googled, and, ah yes... see link.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO electrolux~137's LINK

Post# 107648 , Reply# 4   9/4/2010 at 22:01 (3,553 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
There Was a Royal 501 Branded as Hudson

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Very old VacuumLand threads about the Royal 501 and its many badge-engineered clones can be found in the archives, among them one branded as Hudson (probably Dayton-Hudson Corporation).

Thread #1448 depicts the many faces of the 501.

The 501 was also sold by Montgomery Ward through the early 1960s. Even Electro-Hygiene had its version of the 501.


Post# 107662 , Reply# 5   9/5/2010 at 01:42 (3,553 days old) by joe22 ()        

i think the royal hand vac 501 shows up under more names/brands than the upright does

Post# 107671 , Reply# 6   9/5/2010 at 10:05 (3,553 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I have a Royal 501 branded as "Regal." It is painted gray hammertone, with gray trim, a dark blue bag and a black Belden cord.

Post# 107679 , Reply# 7   9/5/2010 at 12:25 (3,553 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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sorry, I found some pics of a royal 501, and it looks nothing like mine. I found a small rubber band that works as a belt for now!

Post# 107714 , Reply# 8   9/5/2010 at 21:54 (3,552 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
It's likely from Detroit's legendary J.L.Hudson dept

I have a Hudson branded Royal hand vac that I picked up in the Detroit area. I've also seen electronics and fertilizer spreaders branded with the Hudson logo. Nice find!

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