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Post# 108701   9/19/2010 at 10:39 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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I swore I wasn't going to add any more vacuums to the collection. In fact I was going to start thinning the herd. Famous last words. I got wind through the St. Louis folks that Ruth Hollander had another brand new Filter Queen 31 in tan in the box. Well, those are one of my favorites and for the price just couldn't pass it up. John Pease came up for a visit and brought mine and Tania's as well. Tania couldn't wait to bust her's open.

Post# 108702 , Reply# 1   9/19/2010 at 10:41 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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We went for a bite to eat on Friday and then came home for the official unveiling. I let Tania do the honors.

Post# 108703 , Reply# 2   9/19/2010 at 10:42 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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Tania. As stated - brand new in the box.

Post# 108704 , Reply# 3   9/19/2010 at 10:43 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Out of the Box

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After 30 years.

Post# 108705 , Reply# 4   9/19/2010 at 10:43 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Ready to Go

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Post# 108706 , Reply# 5   9/19/2010 at 10:45 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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Attachment box

Post# 108707 , Reply# 6   9/19/2010 at 10:45 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Attachment box

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Post# 108708 , Reply# 7   9/19/2010 at 10:46 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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Assisting in a thorough cleaning of dust and film. I mean thorough!

Post# 108709 , Reply# 8   9/19/2010 at 10:47 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
And She's

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Ready for action! Truly a beautiful cleaner. But an excellent cleaner as well.

Post# 108710 , Reply# 9   9/19/2010 at 10:51 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
I just happened to have

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An original rug tool and wands to match!

Post# 108711 , Reply# 10   9/19/2010 at 10:51 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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Off she goes!

Post# 108712 , Reply# 11   9/19/2010 at 10:52 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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With the twins

Post# 108713 , Reply# 12   9/19/2010 at 10:56 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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If that wasn't enough for one weekend, there's more! A vacuum dealer in Chicago that Tania has known for almost 20 years has finally decided to liquidate his stock. I will be posting later about the availability of brand new Filter Queens, Electroluxes, Rainbows, Princess (Red!), Kirbys (Classic III's and Traditions (in the box). We spent a good part of Saturday inventorying the stock for listing here and I picked up a brand new Rainbow D2 with PN. Here's the box and attachment caddy.

Post# 108714 , Reply# 13   9/19/2010 at 10:57 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Out of the Box

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And set up.

Post# 108715 , Reply# 14   9/19/2010 at 10:58 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
John used it

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For a thorough vacuuming of the living room at Tarantula Arms. I am pleased to report he didn't get much dirt in the water.

Post# 108717 , Reply# 15   9/19/2010 at 11:01 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
And the Proud

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New owner. She came with both the PN and hose as well as the straight suction attachments, brand new. This truly is an illness. I am going to find a good therapist and see if I can work through this thing. No, really, we had a blast! Notice the packing materials strewn about and the Rainbow Deodorizer and Air Freshener on the counter. I just love the aroma of using a Rainbow with the freshener.

Post# 108727 , Reply# 16   9/19/2010 at 11:27 (3,542 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

That's just wonderful. I have always liked that model of Filter Queen. Second only, I guess, to the lovely gray Princess.

Nice find and thanks for sharing the fun!!

Post# 108737 , Reply# 17   9/19/2010 at 11:45 (3,542 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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That is a BEAUTIFUL Filter Queen! I have always wondered though, what is the plastic brown piece used for on the very top of the cleaner?

Post# 108740 , Reply# 18   9/19/2010 at 11:57 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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I'm not sure if it is decorative or functions as a heat diffuser for the motor. Whatever it is, it sure is purdy! Pete K is right. It is uncanny how Tania color coordinates with the vacuum cleaners! Charles, I have one of those grey Princess machines as well, They are great. Got a grey 10' wire-reinforced hose from Mike Rogers to go with it.

Post# 108741 , Reply# 19   9/19/2010 at 11:58 (3,542 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Wow, I'd like to see a photo of the Princess w. 10-ft. hose!

Post# 108742 , Reply# 20   9/19/2010 at 12:04 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Here You Go Charles

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Just happened to have her upstairs for the Filter Queen weekend! Think I'll keep her up for my daily driver on the first floor for a while. The new 31 is going in my sewing room always at the ready for all those loose threads.

Post# 108745 , Reply# 21   9/19/2010 at 12:21 (3,542 days old) by luxg ()        
Another fantastic weekend!

Thanks for sharing all of the fun with us! That Filter Queen is just beautiful! Amazing, new in box!!! Love the Rainbow as well!! And so it more vacuums......Fred, you are right, it is an illness.


Post# 108749 , Reply# 22   9/19/2010 at 12:36 (3,542 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I have a grey

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Princess II that looks just like that one. Only difference is my upholstery tool is chrome metal instead of grey. It is a great machine and one of my favorites.

Post# 108750 , Reply# 23   9/19/2010 at 12:44 (3,542 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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Mine is a Princess III. Plastic tools and dirt container. Still a good machine.

Post# 108751 , Reply# 24   9/19/2010 at 12:51 (3,542 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Actually mine

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didn't have any tools when I bought it on eBay last year, only the power nozzle, and it is original. I found a seller on eBay offering complete sets of tools for a good price and I ordered one. The set he showed in the auction were black. The seller emailed me and asked what model I had, so I replied with model and serial number, and the grey tools arrived. I was very happy he matched the color. He even threw in the crown at no additional cost. I think mine originally came with the grey upholstery nozzle, but he may not have had one and sent the chrome one instead, but I'm not gonna complain! :-)

Post# 108805 , Reply# 25   9/19/2010 at 19:17 (3,542 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The Princess (II & III) is among the most beautiful vacuum cleaners ever. And powerful!! I remember when Billy-I'm-Not-Mad Lipman got one back in the early 1990s he was so excited he called me on the phone to tell me about it, just beside himself about what great suction it had.

I had one once upon a time but I sold it on eBay. It was like new, hardly used, even I barely used it because I've just never really been wild about canister machines. I've also never been crazy about machines with curved wands. Just a personal preference. I don't care for the Air-Way or Fairfax for the same reason.

It had the power nozzle and all the stuff, including the literature and a big box of the cones. Didn't have a 10-ft hose, though, just standard length. It ran like a champ. And I got all new filters and installed them, so it really was like new. The buyer came by and picked it up.

Well, a couple of days later the lady called me all irate saying the machine was "no good" and it "ruined" her rug. She claimed that when she turned it on, "a big cloud of dirt exploded from the top of the machine and then it burst into flames and stopped running."

She wanted her money back of course. And of course I told her to stick it -- I knew there was absolutely nothing wrong with the machine. I asked her what she had been using it for and she said "just inside my house."

But then I heard her husband say something in the background about plaster and she went "SSSHHHH" --- so I knew then that she was trying to scam me. Probably tried to sweep up a bunch of plaster or plaster dust, possibly forgetting to put a cone inside, and the machine got all clogged up and she thought it was ruined.

She left me negative feedback but I complained to eBay about it and they actually removed it. Ah, eBay. A laugh a minute isn't it.

I also used to have a tan two-speed just like the model that you and Tania got, with every imaginable attachment and extra option including a rare commercial-sized floor brush.

I loved that machine, s-shaped wands and all. It was one of the vacuum cleaners that "Jason-Alexia-Tony-Neufelder-Dumont" in Florida scammed me out of. There is only one person on this planet whom I will go to my grave hating, and that's "Alexia."

Post# 108818 , Reply# 26   9/19/2010 at 20:21 (3,542 days old) by hamiltonbeachbo ()        

Looks like you all had a fabulous weekend.
Kudos to you!!
I have the model 31 I got from Greg N.
It's in great shape ... just needs a new cord for the cordwinder.
Need to get ahold of Mike Rogers ... the renowned FQ and Royal dealer.
It's on my list .... the infamous list.
So fun finding NIB finds.
Thanks for sharing!!
All the best!!

Post# 108819 , Reply# 27   9/19/2010 at 20:46 (3,542 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Thanks Fred

So great to see the new filter queen ! Plus Tania and your self. It seems like I have been out of the loop for years. When it has been about 9 months.
So good to see good vacuum folks enjoying a wonderful, brand
new, 33 year old machine !

Post# 108824 , Reply# 28   9/19/2010 at 22:47 (3,542 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

Great pics, those are beautiful finds. Dan Pontow bought one and I have it here at my house waiting for him. I haven't even opened the boxes! That's willpower! He's coming in a couple of weeks for a visit and will be united with his. I have that model and also a Princess III which is my daily driver canister. Love that machine! I was fortunate enough to pick up a like new extra original hose for it at the last convention, just in case I wear the first one out. If I remember correctly, I think a vacuum dealer in my hometown sold the Princess III's for 499.00, anyone know for sure?

Post# 108835 , Reply# 29   9/20/2010 at 02:46 (3,542 days old) by mercuryman ()        

What heartwarming pictures you have shown here. Tonia is a very pretty lady, indeed. Thanks for sharing!

Post# 108945 , Reply# 30   9/21/2010 at 14:44 (3,540 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        

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Well.................I got bitten by the bug again too! I called Ruth today and she had one NIB Filter Queen 31 left and I snatched it up.

I had one before and like an idiot, I sold it on ebay and it was the best FQ I ever had and the only one I really liked.

Fate has smiled on me and another one will be coming my way!


Post# 109088 , Reply# 31   9/23/2010 at 09:36 (3,538 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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I've uttered those words many times, but to no avail!

My goal was to find new homes for several machines when everyone was here over Labor Day weekend but here we are with two additions! The first was the Saniway from the store we visited in Norfolk. Tania had told me about the machine and when I saw it, that was all it took.

The Saniway is on the lower shelf, a beautiful cleaner in great condition. Tania and Duane gave it a good going over and made it shine! (Look Tania - I have my AirWay bumper and crevice tool - thanks again! ;-)

Post# 109089 , Reply# 32   9/23/2010 at 09:41 (3,538 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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Then we have the Hoover 66 Convertible. Terry and I brought it home the week before from an estate sale. The guys from the sale had been using it in houses to clean up after sales, but it "died on us" so I brought home for $5 thinking someone would want it. Well, oddly enough, that someone turned out to be me - here it is on the shelf with the other uprights. Pat spent some time with this machine, cleaning and polishing - it turned out beautiful. I would like to have seen it before it was dragged about cleaning up estate sale droppings! We put a new bag on it and it worked perfectly, nothing wrong we could find.

Post# 109382 , Reply# 33   9/26/2010 at 15:58 (3,535 days old) by airwaylady (Milwaukee, WI)        


was glad to help you out with the parts for the Air-Way!
Looks like everything is now in "SHIP SHAPE" !!
So glad we were able to find you that "SaniWay"

Keep Vacuuming!


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