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Meet Monica, The Filter Queen
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Post# 766821   6/29/2014 at 21:44 (1,879 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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I picked this model D31X up off of eBay; Drew immediately named her Monica. It's in great shape; it looks like it's lead a lightly used and well cared for life. It even had the accessory pamphlet inside it along with the package of filter cones. I picked up a belt, a medipure cone and new motor batting while waiting for her arrival. I love her!!!


Random rant: I HATE PACKING PEANUTS!!!! Okay, now I feel better. :) Monica's first job was to clean up the packing peanut mess.

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Post# 766859 , Reply# 1   6/30/2014 at 01:29 (1,878 days old) by rp2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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Monica sure does know how to accessorize! 


The first vacuum cleaner I remember from growing up was a Filter Queen but it was an older style from the late '40s/early '50s.  It was relegated to the garage as a shop vac sometime in the early '60s after a Ward's Signature canister model replaced it, and ultimately disappeared one way or another after my dad bought an actual wet/dry Shop Vac.


Post# 766864 , Reply# 2   6/30/2014 at 03:44 (1,878 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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I distinctly remember throwing out the name in (partial) jest . Lol!

These are the first pics I've seen of Miss Monica and I can see why you hunted her down on eBay and was excited when she finally arrived. I used to do vacuum service back in N. California many years ago and had my fingers in many brands but, interestingly, never a Filter Queen. If I ever trip across one, I will have to get it and try it out. It did not surprise me you had all the goodies awaiting her arrival! Let's hear it for being prepared!


Post# 766868 , Reply# 3   6/30/2014 at 05:45 (1,878 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice 'Queen! My mom had an older one that lasted forever.

Post# 766877 , Reply# 4   6/30/2014 at 07:12 (1,878 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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Although it's in really good shape, I'm going to polish her up because I apparently have OCD and can't leave anything alone. :)

Post# 766882 , Reply# 5   6/30/2014 at 09:17 (1,878 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Do you know when this Queen was born?  I owned one like this a while back and was frustrated by not being able to determine when it was built.


I agree with you totally about the peanuts.  I have found a good way to get rid of them - I take them to the nearest UPS Store and they are happy to have them.  And I am glad to be shed of them.



Post# 766893 , Reply# 6   6/30/2014 at 10:12 (1,878 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Nice one, and in great shape! I'm not familiar with the Filter Queen brand. Were these sold in stores or were they distributed like Kirbys, where a salesperson would demonstrate the machine in your home?

Stephanie, you're going to have a lot of names to remember if you keep naming all your appliances, LOL!

And I'm right with you in believing packing peanuts are a big pain in the ass.

Post# 766909 , Reply# 7   6/30/2014 at 11:34 (1,878 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Congratulations! You are going to love this machine. Happy vacuuming! Gary

Post# 766920 , Reply# 8   6/30/2014 at 12:59 (1,878 days old) by rp2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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I remember door-to-door salesmen coming by with newer FQ models than the one we had.  I can't remember one way or the other if I ever saw them in stores.


Based on the literature, I think the subject FQ is no newer than 1970 or so.

Post# 766928 , Reply# 9   6/30/2014 at 13:22 (1,878 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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I've never known Filter Queens to be sold in any retail store.  I know in the past, and I think even to this day, they are sold by salesmen who come to the buyer's home.



Post# 766987 , Reply# 10   6/30/2014 at 16:05 (1,878 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

That's a nice one! Our church sale had one last year, but it looked like it had been through every kind of disaster you can imagine. I think it went to scrap.

Based on the style of clothing the woman on the brochure cover is wearing, I'd say sometime in the 70's. I remember some of my H.S. teachers, and other women wearing pantsuits like that. I graduated in '74.

Post# 767053 , Reply# 11   6/30/2014 at 18:32 (1,878 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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I think Flossy's a better name. lol.


Post# 767092 , Reply# 12   6/30/2014 at 20:00 (1,878 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        

I just got a D-33 off eBay. It’s the model after Monica and I’ll call her Queenie, I’m not feeling too creative at the moment with regard to names, lol. Queenie and Monica look as alike as two sisters can: Queenie’s top ornamental grille and powerhead cover look to be the same moldings but are chrome instead of brown and she has the automatic cord reel in the base. I really wanted the latter but it probably contributes to her 25 pound weight, she outweighs my Kirby Legend II by five pounds and that is no lightweight! In comparison a two-speed Tristar CXL/Compact C-80-2 is a svelte 15 pounds even though it uses the same Lamb motor as the Filter Queen.

The literature that came with mine is dated February of ‘82 so I figure it was made sometime after then. Once FQ got into those earthy browns they stayed with them forever so I’d guess Monica was made well into the ‘70s.

For some years Health-Mor (Chicago based manufacturer of Filter Queen) offered a BOL vac called the Princess. It’s basically the same as the FQ but grey in color with less chrome and a one-speed motor (some earlier FQs also had this). The Princess was sold through vacuum cleaner stores unlike the FQ, I’m not sure if the door to door FQ salesmen also sold Princess. The Princess name was additionally used on a re-badged German made upright for awhile but I think those are pretty rare while the basic FQ Princess is not. Just like Kirby and Compact/Tristar, Health-Mor made a very functional and high quality product intended to be maintained rather than thrown away after a couple of years.

Post# 767235 , Reply# 13   7/1/2014 at 12:10 (1,877 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Growing up my mom had 2 FQ. The first was from the 50s and the 2nd was purchased in 1972 - very similiar to yours. I bought a new 360 model FQ a few years ago. I love everything about it except for the power nozzle and the rather large pistol grip hose handle. I find the power nozzle does not really deep clean. One thing I noted in your pics is that the wheel on the dolly should be directly under the hose inlet. This way you will be less likely to ever have the vac tip over especially if pulling it over any type of flooring threshold.

Congrats on your purchase.


Post# 767244 , Reply# 14   7/1/2014 at 13:03 (1,877 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        

I forgot to add that it was tennblondie's purchase of Monica that inspired me to find Queenie: I saw her earlier post and since the D-31 and D-33 models are my fav Filter Queens I thought it might be nice to peruse eBay for just a moment and there was Queenie calling to me . . . so thanks to her for posting.


I don't prefer the gas pump style hoses either. I've got a new OEM FQ hose on order since mine has seen better days; according to some sources it would be possible to use an early gas pump type hose with the D-31 or D-33 so there is some flexibility with regard to hoses so long as the vac has the earlier push locks on the tools. At some point FQ brought out a new tool and wand design and those must use the later gas pump style hose.


So far using the FQ has been a delight due primarily to the very high quality tools and on board tool caddy, plus I really like the two speed motor. I do have one of the rare two speed TriStar CXLs but the motor is sick and I don't have a powerhead for it, now that I've spent more money than Queenie cost me on the new hose and assorted replacement parts and accessories it will be the daily driver vac.

Post# 767416 , Reply# 15   7/2/2014 at 11:11 (1,876 days old) by tennblondie78 (Bowling Green, KY)        

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I'm glad I could inspire you, Hydralique! Can you believe how quiet that thing is??? It still blows my mind every time I use it.

Post# 767421 , Reply# 16   7/2/2014 at 11:35 (1,876 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
Can you believe how quiet this thing is???

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Yeah this is a "real" vacuum, built much more solid and to last!   I think the majority of the older vacuums are quieter than the new vacuums sold today!  

CONGRATS on getting it!


My mom still has a Filter Queen, though I'm sure it's buried in a closet somewhere.   It's exactly like the one in this photo, older and no power-brush.  


Anyone know what model or vintage this one might be??



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Post# 767438 , Reply# 17   7/2/2014 at 13:13 (1,876 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
The one you have in the last picture

Is A 350..1949-1955, the 500 Golden Monarch came out in 55.

Post# 767549 , Reply# 18   7/2/2014 at 21:45 (1,876 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        

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Thank you so much Hans!!


Post# 768060 , Reply# 19   7/4/2014 at 22:01 (1,874 days old) by packardmanken (atlanta ga)        

Congrats on the new Filter Queen! I have three and just mailed off a "Princess" to a friend in Minneapolis for her 100 yr old home in DT with wooden floors. She had been trying to keep up with an Oreck upright?
They are wonderful machines, just make sure you use Filter Queen brand filters only. There is a difference. the other nice attachment is the felt wood floor pad. It is still available and makes vacuuming wood floors a snap.
Enjoy your new vacuum!

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