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1954 Whirlpool Supreme Washing Machine - For Sale $60
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Post# 569204   1/15/2012 at 10:32 (2,350 days old) by 1954_whirlpool ()        

I have an old 1954 Whirlpool Supreme washing machine in my basement that needs a new home. The display lights up when plugged in, but that's about all I know about it. We've never attempted to use the old thing, and now need the space for a new sump pump. Asking $60 for it, but price is negotiable if you'll haul it away. You must have help and a good appliance dolly to haul it away. Call or email me if interested... Nick (5zero2)Four18-seven35zero or

Post# 569207 , Reply# 1   1/15/2012 at 10:35 (2,350 days old) by in2itdood ()        

Hi Nick... just sent you and email with my cell# ... call when you can =)


Post# 569217 , Reply# 2   1/15/2012 at 10:49 (2,350 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Whirlpool Supreme!

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Can you post pictures if possible,

Post# 569224 , Reply# 3   1/15/2012 at 11:09 (2,350 days old) by in2itdood ()        
Hi Nick , Consider it sold!

Hey Nick!

Thanks for call back ... and yes I will call you to make arrangements to come an pick it up!!!!


Post# 569238 , Reply# 4   1/15/2012 at 11:57 (2,350 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Mark that a sale!

Post# 569255 , Reply# 5   1/15/2012 at 14:18 (2,350 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Sold or not...

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Pics are still a plus.


Post# 569257 , Reply# 6   1/15/2012 at 14:22 (2,350 days old) by in2itdood ()        
I'll post pics!

Hi Guys, I will post pics as soon as I can!


Post# 570354 , Reply# 7   1/21/2012 at 20:48 (2,344 days old) by in2itdood ()        
First step of the Journey Home

I picked up this doll today ... and have her safely stored at my best friends house in Southern Indiana. I hope to bring her home to Michigan in Feburary. I will try and post some more pictures soon.

Post# 570355 , Reply# 8   1/21/2012 at 21:11 (2,344 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Please post the pictures. Can't wait to see!

Post# 570540 , Reply# 9   1/22/2012 at 20:17 (2,343 days old) by in2itdood ()        
A pic

Just got home from Indiana ... here is a pic of my new babe.

Post# 570547 , Reply# 10   1/22/2012 at 20:23 (2,343 days old) by lebron (MN)        

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Awesome looking Whirlpool!

Post# 570561 , Reply# 11   1/22/2012 at 20:34 (2,343 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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That is one beautiful machine!!! Congrats on an awesome find!

Post# 570624 , Reply# 12   1/23/2012 at 00:47 (2,343 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Well DAMN Scott! That is just awesome! I don't think i've seen one of those before!



Post# 570629 , Reply# 13   1/23/2012 at 01:25 (2,343 days old) by westingman123 ()        

Oh, my. What a great find.

Post# 570653 , Reply# 14   1/23/2012 at 07:00 (2,342 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Wow great find, I have not seen one of those in many years. This was the first WP model to have a raised control panel and lighted to boot [ small incandescent bulbs ]. Our neighbors across the street had the matching electric dryer for many years, I think that BTed has the the washer or dryer also.


I am currently in the process of restoring a TOL 1954 KM pair at our warehouse [ this model has the lighted colored push buttons for water temperatures and two water levels and the dryer has four buttons for drying temperatures ]. I have the Suds-saver washer and Gas dryer. The dryer is finished and the washer is about 1/2 done, I know these machines inside out if you have and questions or problems let me know. John.

Post# 570806 , Reply# 15   1/23/2012 at 20:04 (2,342 days old) by in2itdood ()        
2 more pics

I was able to download another pic >>> very exciting! Gotta Love that Hood ornament / lid release button! Can't wait to rewire and light that baby up!

Post# 570811 , Reply# 16   1/23/2012 at 20:33 (2,342 days old) by rickr (.)        

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Great looking Whirlpool, congrats!

Post# 570840 , Reply# 17   1/23/2012 at 23:13 (2,342 days old) by golittlesport (California)        
very nice!

I notice that is an RCA Whirlpool...was that the first year with RCA? Does it have a surgilator or straight vane agitator?

Post# 570841 , Reply# 18   1/23/2012 at 23:21 (2,342 days old) by lebron (MN)        

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Can you post an inside shot

Post# 570849 , Reply# 19   1/24/2012 at 00:26 (2,342 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
1955 or1956

This washer is either a late '55 or a '56 model. RCA didn't sell its Estate appliance division to Whirlpool-Seeger Corp. until sometime in 1955. At that time they acquired the right to use the RCA trademark on appliances, which they did from that time until 1966.

Post# 570879 , Reply# 20   1/24/2012 at 03:00 (2,341 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
What a Treasure

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It's so "Modern" looking.

I bet that machine fell into the "Last Word" category. Just Fantastic.

Post# 570911 , Reply# 21   1/24/2012 at 07:48 (2,341 days old) by drewz (Alexandria, Virginia)        

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I have only seen this machine in ads, the real thing looks much better!


Post# 570913 , Reply# 22   1/24/2012 at 07:53 (2,341 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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First RCA Whirlpool washer? good question, this washer was probably made in 1955 [ show us a picture of the main water pump, they changed in 1956 ]. The earlier version of this control panel had a lot of black on the glass part of the panel, those were introduced in 1954, not sure if they said RCA on that earlier model.

Post# 570944 , Reply# 23   1/24/2012 at 10:39 (2,341 days old) by rickr (.)        

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I think John is correct, this may be a 1956 model. I have the owners manual for my 56 Imperial, and now I remember the booklet show all models on the back cover. I will scan and post it tonight.

Post# 570949 , Reply# 24   1/24/2012 at 11:36 (2,341 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I think this maybe a 54 or 55 - does this have up to a 20 minute wash? I remember reading somewhere that 56 was when they went to a 14 minute max wash time.
Can we get a close up of the control panel as well as a interior shot?
Thanks much

Post# 570959 , Reply# 25   1/24/2012 at 13:01 (2,341 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Pete -

I am sure that Scott will post pictures when he can. We may have to wait for the washer to make it's way home all the way, as it is halfway home in a friend's garage in Indiana (Scott lives in Michigan). Be patient....


Post# 570991 , Reply# 26   1/24/2012 at 16:28 (2,341 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Cool washer! This is a model I've always hoped would show up as I've only seen the pictures of it in the service manual.

The washer in question is a 1956 model year Whirlpool. The first year for this panel was the '54 model year, with the 1955 model carrying the "Imperial" badge. In '56 they carried over the '55 panel with the badge of "Supreme". What is interesting is in 1957 they carried over the '56 Imperial panel but did not put the Supreme name on it.

There was also a 24 inch version of this washer as well in 1955.

First scan - the 1954 "Automatic" version.

Post# 570992 , Reply# 27   1/24/2012 at 16:28 (2,341 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Second scan, the 1955 "Imperial" panel.

Post# 570993 , Reply# 28   1/24/2012 at 16:29 (2,341 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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3rd scan, the 1956 "Supreme" panel.

Post# 570994 , Reply# 29   1/24/2012 at 16:30 (2,341 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Last scan, the 1956 "Imperial" panel.

Post# 570996 , Reply# 30   1/24/2012 at 16:33 (2,341 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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And what the hell - here is the 24" version.

Post# 571039 , Reply# 31   1/24/2012 at 19:54 (2,341 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Thanks for the neat scans Ben, did anyone notice that in figure 79 its shows the oiling system that WP used for a number of years in the 1950s for adding oil to the top agitator shaft bearing and the top spin bearing. You could add oil by removing the agitator cap and then removing the brass stud that the cap screws on to and oil can then be added in the center of the drilled agitator shaft. I think this system was discontinued by 1957 or 8. On the 1952 WP set I am in the process of restoring I drilled the holes in the new spin tube so it would have this oiling system.

Post# 571042 , Reply# 32   1/24/2012 at 20:01 (2,341 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Thanks Ben for posting these service supplements. I have a few but not a complete set. Very interesting reading. I kind of thought 56 was when they shortened the wash time.
Gorden I didn't realize the washer was still in route! (hope you are doing well)
These were really awsome strong built machines!

Post# 571147 , Reply# 33   1/25/2012 at 06:59 (2,340 days old) by in2itdood ()        

Thanks for all the posts and information. When she makes her way back to Michigan late this Spring, I'll keep you all posted on the restoration progress.

Post# 571200 , Reply# 34   1/25/2012 at 13:45 (2,340 days old) by a78jumper ()        

That button to open the lid reminds me of identical ones on a 1958 Inglis set my Mum had many years ago....1950s gimmachry at its best, but there were not very durable as I recall. The dryer outlasted the washer by ten or so years, but it was very difficult to get the door open and the plastic part of the button had lng since broken off.

Post# 571301 , Reply# 35   1/25/2012 at 21:17 (2,340 days old) by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

Scott you mention that you are going to rewire it, are the wires brittle or something. My older washer is working just fine

-- John, you are mentioning the oiling mechanism did that apply to Kenmore too. I've never oiled my early 50s Kenmore, didn't know I needed to, Thanks


Post# 940908 , Reply# 36   5/29/2017 at 23:22 (389 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

Has anyone ever found one of these center dial Whirly washers NIB or very low mileage in recent years ? I still think Whirlpool should have stayed with this design and developed it. Always liked these style machines since first coming to this site in 2003. I know there are a couple of members with the 56 Imperial model.

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