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WTH is this 50's stove/dishwasher combo by Universal
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Post# 579946   3/2/2012 at 23:23 (2,178 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Perusing Craigslist I came across this in Royal Oak... maybe my eyes are bad but it looks like a stove/dw combo? And I'm not talking Modern Maid either

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Post# 579954 , Reply# 1   3/2/2012 at 23:39 (2,178 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I keep looking at the bottom left picture and it looks like a glass top dishwasher that slides into the left side of the oven?

Post# 579956 , Reply# 2   3/3/2012 at 00:31 (2,178 days old) by retropia (Central Ohio)        

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That is a first for me. Imagine not knowing your hosts had their dishwasher hiding in their stove, and seeing them wheel it out to load after a dinner party. Pretty slick trick!

Post# 579959 , Reply# 3   3/3/2012 at 00:44 (2,178 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
That is

a real item, a RARE item.

Yes, that is a portable dishwasher, of a brand called James. Yes, that is a Universal brand gas range. Once in a while, an ad for the dishwasher itself will be a POD.

I think it is actually a brilliant idea, very space-saving. However, the James dishwasher was not very good. Additionally, few survive.


Post# 579971 , Reply# 4   3/3/2012 at 01:31 (2,178 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Yes that is a James

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wow never seen that one before. That is definitely apartment material!!

Post# 580010 , Reply# 5   3/3/2012 at 07:37 (2,178 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The idea resurfaced a couple of decades later with the Modern Maid high oven range that had a dishwasher under the cooktop. The setup originally had a porcelain tank D&M dw. People had to be careful about replacing the dw because if they put a plastic tub machine in, it melted while dinner was being cooked on the surface units and could not be used for the cleanup afterwards.

Post# 580013 , Reply# 6   3/3/2012 at 07:57 (2,178 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Like the

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Vinyl chair that melted underneath me when I was sitting in front of the wood stove entertaining 10??

I was talking when all of a sudden I was on the floor with 4 legs splayed out under me. There were 10 open mouths around the table!

Post# 580023 , Reply# 7   3/3/2012 at 08:59 (2,178 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Several years ago friends were building a camp on a nearby lake and a friend of their family gave them the exact same model. Naturally, the dishwasher portion did not work but the gas side was fine. I had never seen or heard of one before that and have not since. The price seems quite steep though.

Post# 580045 , Reply# 8   3/3/2012 at 11:06 (2,178 days old) by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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All the pix for the archives...


Post# 580048 , Reply# 9   3/3/2012 at 11:52 (2,178 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I'd love to go see it but with no intention of buying it wouldn't dare.

Post# 580049 , Reply# 10   3/3/2012 at 11:52 (2,178 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        

I remember seeing some discussion on these before, a truly wacky but endearing idea. Given that the dishwasher unit appears to pull out entirely from the appliance body, how do the water hoses connect?

Post# 580058 , Reply# 11   3/3/2012 at 13:26 (2,178 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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I know of one locally, and was able to get a quick look at it. While the range is pretty neat, I'd be all over the dishwasher. Oh so cool. Someday....


Post# 580066 , Reply# 12   3/3/2012 at 14:00 (2,178 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        

-just like any other portable dishwasher....there's a sink faucet connector.


Post# 580274 , Reply# 13   3/4/2012 at 13:34 (2,177 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        

Thanks for that. Given that the unit is sort of built into the stove body, I wondered if somehow the hoses connected to the stove.

Post# 980462 , Reply# 14   1/29/2018 at 17:42 by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
In light of Turqoisedude's

recent find of a James dishwasher, I thought I'd poke around in the Patented Search-O-Lator.


Post# 980466 , Reply# 15   1/29/2018 at 18:03 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Universal Gas ranges

Were TOP QUALITY appliances, solid as a bank vault.And from what I hear the James dishwashers were too.

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