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What year did Sears lose the "Lady" from Kenmore ???
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Post# 498010   2/20/2011 at 16:58 (2,679 days old) by verizonbear (Glen Burnie )        

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out of curiosity when did Sears stop using the brand name " Lady Kenmore" for their TOL appliances ? Does anyone know? My bet is in the 70s with the rise of feminism etc.

Post# 498012 , Reply# 1   2/20/2011 at 17:04 (2,679 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Others may know the exact year.......

but Lady "K" was still being used just about till 2000.....

My first new set from Sears was the Lady "K" in 1986.....and these were TOL (non-digital)......

the Digital sets were called LIMITED's

after the Ladies and the Limiteds came the "ELITEs".......which I am not impressed with....

Post# 498021 , Reply# 2   2/20/2011 at 17:52 (2,679 days old) by Pingmeep ()        

I know that Kenmore Elite washers were just appearing in 1999.

So my guess would be 1997-98. And I would be wrong.

As areuoneto a user here claimed to have one of the last Lady Kenmore washers made in 1984. Another user claimed that there was even a 1993 Sears catalog "with Ladies offered although they were mechanical controls"

What got me was

Lady Kenmore stoves
and even ironing boards were still around in the 90's

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Post# 498030 , Reply# 3   2/20/2011 at 18:40 (2,679 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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I am guessing it disappeared around 1995 maybe a little earlier, this is a great question for our resident KM trivia expert Gordon.

Post# 498039 , Reply# 4   2/20/2011 at 19:31 (2,679 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Also what about "COLDSPOT" for refrigerators.......when did that stop, a shame though....these were their trademarks.....

Lady K

all known names that meant it came from Sears/Roebuck, another one that got dropped, well not really dropped, but for years thats how you refered to them...

Post# 498041 , Reply# 5   2/20/2011 at 19:40 (2,679 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
I remember coldspot fridge

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I remember cold spot fridges my mother use to own one that was harvest gold the freezer was on top but it was a great fridge

and my question is around what time of year did they stop using real wood tops on portable dishwashers like this one particular model? i had that particular model of a portable dishwasher in harvest gold as a kid as well as my godmother har a similar model portable as well that she converted to built in a couple of years later but her model had the push to start button.

Post# 498047 , Reply# 6   2/20/2011 at 20:15 (2,679 days old) by westie2 ()        

Here is the link to the Sears Archives


Post# 498048 , Reply# 7   2/20/2011 at 20:17 (2,679 days old) by westie2 ()        

Was around 1928 to 1976.


Post# 498081 , Reply# 8   2/20/2011 at 21:21 (2,679 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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My mom's BOL side-by-side must have been among the last of the Coldspots.


It arrived in 1975 and remained in the same place for the next 33 years.  I let them take it away when our new KA Architect side-by-side was delivered.  I already had a '70 Whirlpool party fridge with a wide door, something I prefer over a side-by-side in order to accommodate large trays and/or cake boxes, so I had no reason to hang onto the Coldspot even though it looked good as new and ran that way too.  Nobody I knew wanted it, so off it went.  I felt reasonably confident that the delivery men would have a way of re-routing it to a new home if they saw fit, since this was well prior to any cash-for-clunkers program and related verification systems.

Post# 498091 , Reply# 9   2/20/2011 at 21:30 (2,679 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Another Sears "brand" that vanished was HOMEART. It was on water heaters, furnaces and steel kitchen cabinets and probably other things I don't know about. Our HOMEART water heater had a beautiful square escutcheon that was in pale shades of gold and turquoise. We got it in the late 50s.

Post# 498095 , Reply# 10   2/20/2011 at 21:38 (2,679 days old) by qsd-dan ((SF Bay Area))        

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Lots of powerful fans were produced under the "Homart" name.

Post# 498099 , Reply# 11   2/20/2011 at 21:42 (2,679 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I would like to see all the appliances sears ever produced from the catalogs put together!

Post# 498105 , Reply# 12   2/20/2011 at 22:05 (2,679 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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i would love to see this as well if possible thank you

Post# 498107 , Reply# 13   2/20/2011 at 22:06 (2,679 days old) by sears9000 (Pensacola, Florida.)        
You forgot Silvertone.

For many years,electronics sold at Sears & Roebuck were known as Silvertone before they were changed to LXI.

Post# 498108 , Reply# 14   2/20/2011 at 22:10 (2,679 days old) by A440 ()        

I think Sears still uses "Coldspot" on the model number tags of their refrigerators.

Post# 498145 , Reply# 15   2/21/2011 at 04:01 (2,679 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Brent it seems that Sears restarted the use of the Coldspot name in recent years and we can't forget Maid Of Honor used on kitchen housewares and the Allstate name used on thier automotive products. Can anyone remember any others ?.

Post# 498151 , Reply# 16   2/21/2011 at 05:34 (2,679 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Tower was used on their typewriters, mostly made by Smith-Corona and Underwood, and also on other assorted office equipment.

Post# 498171 , Reply# 17   2/21/2011 at 08:21 (2,679 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Dura-Start car batteries.

Post# 498195 , Reply# 18   2/21/2011 at 10:03 (2,679 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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DieHard! batteries

Post# 498230 , Reply# 19   2/21/2011 at 12:54 (2,678 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        

David Bradley

Lawn and garden power equipment

Post# 498237 , Reply# 20   2/21/2011 at 13:27 (2,678 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Harmony House - draperies, bedding, light fixtures, etc.

Ted Williams - sporting goods

Toughskins - children's jeans

Post# 498255 , Reply# 21   2/21/2011 at 14:16 (2,678 days old) by wringersteve ()        
Sears Homart

The toilet, sink, and bathtub in my parents' house are all Sears Homart. My dad installed them when he built the house in '55. They're all turquoise and still in use today.

Post# 498265 , Reply# 22   2/21/2011 at 15:00 (2,678 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Allstate . . .

Was more than just a brand of automotive accessories. During '52 and '53 Sears contracted for Kaiser-Frazer to make a rebadged Allstate version of their compact Henry J two door sedan. It was sold through Sears stores and came from the factory with as many Sears and Allstate brand components as possible. It didn't sell too well, partly because most Americans wanted full-sized cars at that time, and partly because most buyers expected to have a real dealership system to support them. Had the Henry J been a more popular car in the first place Sears might have had more success with the Allstate car . . . perhaps they could even have had a "Lady Allstate"!


Post# 498267 , Reply# 23   2/21/2011 at 15:09 (2,678 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        
Coldspot and Maid Of Honor

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Here in the tag of my new Kenmore, you can see 'Coldspot' right next to it...,mabye they have to use it somewhere to keep the trademark for the name alive...Maid Of Honor was another name..we had a kitchen timer and a meat grinder with that name way back..

Post# 498272 , Reply# 24   2/21/2011 at 15:22 (2,678 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I stand corrected Martin, tyvm.

Post# 498277 , Reply# 25   2/21/2011 at 15:49 (2,678 days old) by nanook (Seattle)        
Sears Ad Lines

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And as long as we're walking down memory lane...


Sears where America Shops

You can't do better than Sears

First to Sears, then to school

Diamonds at Sears-!


I'm certain there're a ton more.  Who remembers any others?


Post# 498281 , Reply# 26   2/21/2011 at 16:21 (2,678 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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wasn't there also a song for the GIANT TOYBOX at Sears during the holidays.....

There's more for your life at Sears.............

Post# 498355 , Reply# 27   2/21/2011 at 18:41 (2,678 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
What is...


I remember Coldspot freezers with the little light at the bottom. And some of them locked with a key. When you went into someone's storage room off the carport of into a walk-in pantry it wasn't uncommon to see first the little Coldspot light shining in the dark. I don't remember Coldspot refrigerators.

Post# 498358 , Reply# 28   2/21/2011 at 18:45 (2,678 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I have a Maid of Honor pressure cooker.

Post# 498364 , Reply# 29   2/21/2011 at 19:03 (2,678 days old) by appnut (TX)        
toilet, sink, and bathtub in my parents' house They'

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Steve, I'd advise your parents to hire 24/7 security around their house.  There may be a crazy man from Canada lurking about trying to steal those porcelain fixtures come hell or high water. 

Post# 498366 , Reply# 30   2/21/2011 at 19:04 (2,678 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Com see the softer side of Sears

Post# 498371 , Reply# 31   2/21/2011 at 19:15 (2,678 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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was mainly their TV's and VCR's, and stereos....just about anything electronic

Post# 498372 , Reply# 32   2/21/2011 at 19:20 (2,678 days old) by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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I know Sears had Roebucks jeans that had some polyester in them that were claimed to be more durable than Levis. JCPenney had Plain Pockets that had the same claim. I always found them rather stiff. Now both stores have Dockers, though I am sure Sears has a private label for them too.

Post# 498379 , Reply# 33   2/21/2011 at 19:35 (2,678 days old) by cornutt (Huntsville, AL USA)        

My dad still has a Tower 8mm movie camera.

Post# 498429 , Reply# 34   2/21/2011 at 21:57 (2,678 days old) by gr81nknox ()        
Lady Kenmore and Coldspot

I worked at Sears in the mid 90s and at that point they had gone to using 90 series for all of their top end washers and dryers I believe. The top end electronic machine was "90 series electronic" if I recall correctly. In 2002 when I was in the market for my own laundry pair(I was long gone from working at Sears by then), the Elites were their top end. I had always wanted a top end electronic pair ever since I was kid(remember how Sears used to always put the black electronic pair on the end cap?) however, by 2002 their high end elites were Calypsos and the Salesperson quickly steered me away from them.

As a youngster, we had a Coldspot upright freezer and a coldspot window AC unit in our house. I remember running into the house and cooling off in front of that thing after playing in the yard on a hot TN summer day. While they are branded Kenmores, both my parent's old side by side refrigerator(circa 1987) as well as mine(2005) still say "Kenmore Coldspot" on the model number plate. I always wondered why Sears still put that on after all the years.

Post# 498512 , Reply# 35   2/22/2011 at 11:05 (2,678 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

Nobody mentioned J.C. Higgins Bicycles and BB guns.

Ken D.

Post# 498529 , Reply# 36   2/22/2011 at 12:25 (2,677 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
Coldspot fridge

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as a kid i had this particular coldspot fridge model in harvest gold twany gold but with no ice maker machine

Post# 498622 , Reply# 37   2/22/2011 at 20:05 (2,677 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Modern Coldspot Fridges

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It is true that Sears is calling some of their models Kenmore Coldspots now...but when I looked at them on the showroom floor. the only ones that had Coldspot next to the Kenmore name on the model stickers were the ones that were made by Whirlpool......PAT COFFEY

Post# 498634 , Reply# 38   2/22/2011 at 20:44 (2,677 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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We were a Wards family so we had a "Truecold" refrigerator and an "Airline" television set (19" and color in 1968!). Can't remember the name of the tool line...was it something like "Skilcraft?" And of course that lovely Norge-made line of "Signature" appliances, etc.!

Post# 498646 , Reply# 39   2/22/2011 at 21:13 (2,677 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My Aunt Doris had that Coldspot refrigerator pictured above with the freezer open; it was white. She got it sometime around '74 to replace her '50 Frigidaire. She had it until it went out about 5 years ago.

Post# 498661 , Reply# 40   2/22/2011 at 23:11 (2,677 days old) by A440 ()        

My mom and dad still have this exact Coldspot fridge in their garage. It works 100% and is so quiet! Not sure how energy efficient it is. It is still keeping everything 100% cold.
She would not trade it for anything because of the fact that she bought it so many years ago. She loves talking about it when I bring it up because of the age of the Fridge.
Thanks for posting the picture. The model looks a little like Roberta Peters.

Post# 498666 , Reply# 41   2/22/2011 at 23:53 (2,677 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Ah yes.. J.C. Higgins bikes.. my oldest sister had a blue one with balloon tires and whitewalls. I think a lot of their sporting goods used the name as well, skates etc.

Post# 498709 , Reply# 42   2/23/2011 at 08:46 (2,677 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Did not know Ward's had a line of electronics. We didn't get a Montgomery-Ward until the late 70's and that was 30 minutes from hear, but listening to y'all talk about the stuff y'all all had, Ward's obviously was a big competitor with Sears which of course had all their own house brands. Don't know how many of you were following the discussion about Sears laundry detergent, but wonder if Ward's had a house brand laundry detergent. Does anyone know?

Post# 498764 , Reply# 43   2/23/2011 at 14:01 (2,676 days old) by WESTIE2 ()        
MW detergent

Yes they had a detergent also almost like Sears. Used it (MW detergent) for a couple of boxes but saw our whites turning grey or yellowing. Went tothe Sears and all that turned out white. This was in the late 60's.

Post# 498848 , Reply# 44   2/23/2011 at 19:06 (2,676 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

And of course the inevitable "Sears has everything!"

Homart was also used on Sears pool equipment too.

My parents had a 66' Coldspot refrigerator. My Mom used to brag about how reliable it was.

Funny thing, when I was in high school they opened a Sears nearby. A bunch of us friends applied to Sears for part time jobs. Everyone got hired but me. It really ticked me off. So I boycotted Sears for many, many years. I wouldn't even step foot in a Sears store. One year my mother bought me a plaid shirt for Christmas. It had a Sears lablel on it. I refused to wear it. I just got so used to not going into Sears I forgot that I was boycotting them and just second nature kept me out of their stores. But about 10 years ago I bought some Craftsman tools. And I am happy with them. But I just feel that on a lot of things Sears sells, I can buy better elsewhere.
So you can imagine my horror when we bought this house and it had all Kenmore appliances! But they all broke down ove an 7 year period and are now all gone.

Post# 498878 , Reply# 45   2/23/2011 at 20:31 (2,676 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Wards vs Sears

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Oh yes, I remember that Sears had labels they would put on their appliances boasting "Sears Best", so Wards had to copy (or maybe they were first?) with "Wards Finest" labels...tough competition out here in the wild, wards, west!

Post# 498880 , Reply# 46   2/23/2011 at 20:41 (2,676 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
1 of the kenmore dishwasher that was listed sears best

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this was 1 of the kenmore dishwasher that had the sears best label and in a way if i would of found 1 and would have to go vintage and portable that would be the one i would try to find even if it would be harvest gold and in a way my god mother when i was a kid had that particular model as well

Post# 499076 , Reply# 47   2/24/2011 at 17:38 (2,675 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Washerlover: You're out in redwood country. I've heard it's gaw-jus!

Post# 499102 , Reply# 48   2/24/2011 at 19:19 (2,675 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Retromania: yep, I'm in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Hope to host a wash-in soon to show off this gorgeous part of the world, but am a bit embarrassed of my small collection of Norge, Wards, Whirlpool and Kenmores. Hope to add a GE Filter-Flo and a Frigidaire this year and then will send out the invite.

Post# 499938 , Reply# 49   2/27/2011 at 21:03 (2,672 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        
Sears Brands

Good, Better, Best lines!

Allstate (didn't they own the insurance company, as well as they sold Allstate (Kaiser Henry J) cars in the early 50s)

And Maid O'Matic stoves!

Post# 500216 , Reply# 50   3/1/2011 at 01:26 (2,671 days old) by magnumopus ()        

Sears also sold "Happi-Time" toy-train sets, made by Marx.

Post# 500651 , Reply# 51   3/2/2011 at 14:47 (2,669 days old) by ingliscanada ()        
Franklin Coldspot

I may be wrong, but I understood that Kelvinator made Coldspot fridges.


Post# 500675 , Reply# 52   3/2/2011 at 16:07 (2,669 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Ingliscanada ...

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 Whirlpool made Coldspot fridges here in the states for sure and to my knowledge they did so in Canada as well...PAT COFFEY

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