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Post# 597351   5/18/2012 at 16:35 (894 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        

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For those of us interested in wringer washers, I'm starting this thread in an endeavor to amass a collection of vintage photographs. Please post additional pics that you come across.

Long live the wringer washer!

Post# 597370 , Reply# 1   5/18/2012 at 18:04 (894 days old) by mixfinder (Stuart Mountains)        

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The washing machine looks to be a late 40's Kenmore yet the picture and dresses depict a time that looks more turn of the century.  This should be a fun thread to follow.  Thanks, Brad.

Post# 597410 , Reply# 2   5/18/2012 at 21:04 (894 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
hi Brad

DO you want your thread to be of only vintage photos or can they be of vintage machines now being used? I hope you are well? Gary

Post# 597413 , Reply# 3   5/18/2012 at 21:07 (894 days old) by badgerdx (Portland, Oregon (Originally from Milwaukee, WI))        

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Very cool thread. I look forward to watching it develop...

Post# 597429 , Reply# 4   5/18/2012 at 23:31 (894 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
To answer Gary's question ...

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Any pics of vintage wringer washers still in use would be great, Gary! I'll post a few of my Maytag E2LP, as well as some others from my digital collection. Looking forward to everybody's responses!


Post# 597430 , Reply# 5   5/18/2012 at 23:33 (894 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Vintage photo - GE wringer washer assembly line

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Here's a cool shot of the assembly line for G.E. wringer washers. Anybody know the possible location of that plant?

Post# 597445 , Reply# 6   5/19/2012 at 02:17 (894 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        

E2LP (1954) ?

Post# 597446 , Reply# 7   5/19/2012 at 02:29 (894 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        
The First UK Wringer...

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Servis Model "A" made in 1929, this was found sat in a small repair shop where it had been in the window for over 40yrs, in Darlaston, West Midlands, round the corner from the Servis factory from where it was made!!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO chestermikeuk's LINK

Post# 597448 , Reply# 8   5/19/2012 at 02:33 (894 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        
Servis Model A

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From 1929

Post# 597449 , Reply# 9   5/19/2012 at 02:35 (894 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        
Servis Article

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Servis Model A, 1929

Post# 597469 , Reply# 10   5/19/2012 at 07:25 (894 days old) by tordemane (québec canada)        


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Post# 597473 , Reply# 12   5/19/2012 at 07:58 (893 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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A wash house in a Federal Worker's Camp established for migrant labor in the Depression.

Post# 597474 , Reply# 13   5/19/2012 at 07:59 (893 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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I think this is a small time commerical laundry.

Post# 597475 , Reply# 14   5/19/2012 at 08:12 (893 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        
I have

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#12 as my screen saver. Would love to go back to them ole days !!


Post# 597476 , Reply# 15   5/19/2012 at 08:13 (893 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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Probably not what you were thinking of, but it does wash clothes and it does have a wringer.

Post# 597477 , Reply# 16   5/19/2012 at 08:14 (893 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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The Chambermaid's vision of Heaven. Via Shorpy

Post# 597478 , Reply# 17   5/19/2012 at 08:16 (893 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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She's cleaning and separating *her* rollers after each use. Do you??

Post# 597479 , Reply# 18   5/19/2012 at 08:20 (893 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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Is it me or do things just look dirtier in Black and White?

Post# 597486 , Reply# 19   5/19/2012 at 08:55 (893 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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This is my first time for loading a pic so not sure if it will work or not. This is my J which was made in 65.


Post# 597487 , Reply# 20   5/19/2012 at 08:56 (893 days old) by badgerdx (Portland, Oregon (Originally from Milwaukee, WI))        

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Scoots, I agree...although, I must say I love the graphics on that box of Oxydol!

Post# 597489 , Reply# 21   5/19/2012 at 09:03 (893 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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This is my E made in 81. One washes and one rinses for all laundry now. I do spin out the clothes in the auto prior to putting them in the dryer. The wringers just don't have it when it comes to wringing all the water out. But, it is great fun on wash day which is today. I have no idea why I didn't clean the counter top off. Now everyone knows I'm on drugs LOL. Happy Maytag Wringering everyone who has one.


Post# 597500 , Reply# 22   5/19/2012 at 10:41 (893 days old) by tordemane (québec canada)        

Le West Hill High School

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Post# 597512 , Reply# 33   5/19/2012 at 11:08 (893 days old) by tordemane (québec canada)        

Reportages nº 5112

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Post# 597518 , Reply# 37   5/19/2012 at 11:20 (893 days old) by tordemane (québec canada)        

An Easter Story

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Post# 597539 , Reply# 40   5/19/2012 at 12:54 (893 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
Here are a couple of machines

Me using the 1955 ABC wringer in my kitchen and the other picture is of my 1962 Easy Spindrier. Great thread Brad. Gary

Post# 597540 , Reply# 41   5/19/2012 at 12:56 (893 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
no. 2 of the ABC

ABC control panel.

Post# 597541 , Reply# 42   5/19/2012 at 12:58 (893 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
No. 3 Easy

Easy Spindrier washing.

Post# 597545 , Reply# 43   5/19/2012 at 13:54 (893 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Wringer #1

Post# 597546 , Reply# 44   5/19/2012 at 13:55 (893 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Wringer #2

Post# 597547 , Reply# 45   5/19/2012 at 13:55 (893 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Wringer #3

Post# 597663 , Reply# 46   5/20/2012 at 00:44 (893 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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Great thread Brad! Lots of really cool pictures and history here.

rpms - I love that turquoise spiralator.


Post# 597675 , Reply# 47   5/20/2012 at 02:07 (893 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        

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Here are a few of mine

Post# 597676 , Reply# 48   5/20/2012 at 02:09 (893 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        

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Speed Queen wringer

Post# 597677 , Reply# 49   5/20/2012 at 02:15 (893 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        

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Post# 597678 , Reply# 50   5/20/2012 at 02:16 (893 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        
reply #45

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Haha, looks like it's wearing a little hat! Cute!

Post# 597681 , Reply# 51   5/20/2012 at 02:19 (893 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        

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Very interesting wringer

Post# 597685 , Reply# 52   5/20/2012 at 03:20 (893 days old) by nanook (Seattle)        
Western Electric Ringer Washer

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For those unaware, Western Electric manufactured a number of household appliances, including washers, vacuums, ironers, toasters, movie projectors, etc.  Here's a shot of a Model 3 Washer.

Post# 597686 , Reply# 53   5/20/2012 at 03:22 (893 days old) by nanook (Seattle)        
More Western Electric

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Another shot.  Also... forgot to mention this machine was made around 1924.

Post# 597687 , Reply# 54   5/20/2012 at 03:28 (893 days old) by nanook (Seattle)        
Western Electric Instructions

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And here's the Direction sheet for a Model 2 washer.

Post# 597694 , Reply# 55   5/20/2012 at 05:19 (893 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        
Reply #51

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I would LOVE to get my hands on an Wringer with an Agitating Tub! That is so neat, I'm always fascinated in the different forms of agitation on these early mechanical beasts!

Post# 597894 , Reply# 56   5/21/2012 at 02:45 (892 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Brad this is a nice thread love your toy washers as much as your wringers.

Very kool wringers !

That picture you posted in reply 6 is fascinating love the long line of tubs and hanging Actavators.

Reply 17 Mike  ( Dishwashercrazy ) has that ABC washer in the ad.

What a great ad.

I will be posting some of my faverites and the jorney with members that has extended my

horizions on rare and interesting machines.

Another member here that I miss seeing his postings is Geoffdelps wringers and his take on wringer washers.

Geoff ..where are you..

Eddy your wringers and videos I have watched since I have been here and your my faverite !

Plus you have great washers period.

Here is mine just one Maytag square tub .

Looking to have a Norge three vane model one day if ever.

Maytag Gyrating.


Post# 597895 , Reply# 57   5/21/2012 at 02:51 (892 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Mikes ABC cobalt blue Washer -Spinner.

Post# 597896 , Reply# 58   5/21/2012 at 02:54 (892 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Pic 3. Mikes Dexter Twin tub.

The beast.

Post# 597899 , Reply# 59   5/21/2012 at 03:19 (892 days old) by Aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Post# 597961 , Reply# 60   5/21/2012 at 11:58 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
The First North American United Kingdom Wringer Beauty Pagea

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Yay Brad and Company.

Gotcha covered, Darren with another twin

Post# 597963 , Reply# 61   5/21/2012 at 12:01 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
New-in-Box Norge

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Post# 597969 , Reply# 62   5/21/2012 at 12:10 (891 days old) by wetguymd (Maryland)        
New in Box

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OMG!! That is such a beauty Mike.... if you EVER are interested in selling this one let me know... and you name the price!!!

Post# 597973 , Reply# 63   5/21/2012 at 12:21 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Hey Lyle, Hello, thanks, Well, if I can't sell it to you

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and the money

Post# 597974 , Reply# 64   5/21/2012 at 12:27 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Mystery Modification

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Post# 597995 , Reply# 65   5/21/2012 at 13:47 (891 days old) by westingman123 (st louis,mo)        

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Mike! Holey snikeys! You know I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Maytag wringer man, but that Norge is breathtaking! I swear, I've got the vapors.

Don't be teasing Lyle, though. We have an agreement that I'll be hanging laundry for you at 90! He has a loooooong wait for that bequest! LOL


Post# 597999 , Reply# 66   5/21/2012 at 14:20 (891 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        
WOW !!

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Your Norge Wringer leaves me totally speechless. I and many others would give nearly anything to own it. I am happy you showed us this beauty.


Post# 598016 , Reply# 67   5/21/2012 at 15:26 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Really, I had no idea. Thanks so much, Jim and Keith. You g

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and now for total comic John comboesque sacrilege: I like the Visimatic better. I'll have to get pictures. Back to Norge.

The Business Shot: Automatic shut-off and Soak. Waiting for the Wringing.

Post# 598017 , Reply# 68   5/21/2012 at 15:28 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Doin' the Nasty

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Post# 598018 , Reply# 69   5/21/2012 at 15:32 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Favorite things

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Bottom fill--keeps the drain & pump immaculate

Post# 598020 , Reply# 70   5/21/2012 at 15:35 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Sideways spitting

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before Norge moved to the neck

Post# 598021 , Reply# 71   5/21/2012 at 15:38 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Parting shot with kite in the sky.

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Post# 598024 , Reply# 72   5/21/2012 at 15:50 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
OOPS--Forgot the Cycle Dial

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"Heavily Soiled 10, Average 8, Lightly Soiled 6 , Pre-Soak 4, HOLD, OFF" ~ Max times given for each range.

Post# 598025 , Reply# 73   5/21/2012 at 16:07 (891 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Hey you guys - this is fantastic!

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Glad that this thread has sparked so much interest - and participation! Thanks to everybody for posting pics, and keep 'em comin' !

I'm posting a pic of an unknown brand - anybody hazard a guess?

Post# 598028 , Reply# 74   5/21/2012 at 16:20 (891 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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I am pretty sure that is a Beatty wringer? The 'horns' on the head and the ripples on the leg and the cover on the handle. It looks very much like my grandmother's. Her sister's brother, worked at Beatty.

Post# 598033 , Reply# 75   5/21/2012 at 16:31 (891 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Re. unknown in #73. Beatty

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Hi Brian...thanks for the input! It's a fine, classic-looking model, isn't it?

Here's another shot of a vintage Beatty - I may have posted this already in a previous thread.

Post# 598039 , Reply# 76   5/21/2012 at 16:43 (891 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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If you look at the washer in the background of picture #13, that is the one I took last summer at the "Poor House " in Elora. It has to be a Beatty. The 'Poor House ' was between Elora and Fergus. The Beatty factory was in Fergus.

Post# 598045 , Reply# 77   5/21/2012 at 16:47 (891 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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MickeyD - What a beautiful Norge wringer. I have seen this in a long ago post but missed the fact that it was 'new in box'. How did you ever come across it? I really love that coral colored dial too.

Brad - Those are some nice Beatty's too!


Post# 598049 , Reply# 78   5/21/2012 at 17:08 (891 days old) by wetguymd (Maryland)        
Now see how you are

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You are sooo teasing me... that is the most beautiful site ever! :-) any vido of her running ... i love the pics where she is not full of water. NAME YOUR PRICE!!!

Post# 598063 , Reply# 79   5/21/2012 at 18:37 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Lyle and Pat

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Just wanted to share the beauty, and when asked, I yield. A man in Michigan had the Norge in a closing appliance shop, old stock, and he sold it on ebay. The candy stripe wrappers on the rollers were so cool, I almost didn't use it. The pic on the deck are from the day it arrived via U-Crate. I think the price was &250 ish. I'll have to do some fact checking. The iphoto library says her birth photo was June 1st, 2008, so I've had her 5 years. No extant vids, but I'll add it to the list. It is a very quiet machine. All you hear is the soft swish of the water jets. Even the pump is quiet.

I most love the Wash & Soak feature. With a load of heavily soiled stuff, you set the control, walk away for the afternoon, and come home to really clean clothes. If you're not satisfied, you dial up another wash cycle. Of course, you could have set the dial to HOLD, and let the load wash all afternoon. Wringers have a whole host of not commonly known advantages.

I need to take new pix of the restored modiified Visimatic. Here's an old one.

Post# 598088 , Reply# 80   5/21/2012 at 20:50 (891 days old) by wayupnorth (Maine - Vacationland )        

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Norge wringer washers all had the drain in the side of the tub, as I believed, unlike under the agitator unlike the rest. My mothers old Kenmore did have a drain on the side and I loved watching it slurp every drop in the tub.

Post# 598091 , Reply# 81   5/21/2012 at 21:17 (891 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        
Norge and Kenmore wringers

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Mickey, you must be so proud of that Norge!   What's the story with the open Visimatic style wringers?  I thought Kenmore had a patent on that, or maybe not as Norge used the same design. 

Post# 598103 , Reply# 82   5/21/2012 at 22:29 (891 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Gee, Eddy, I haven't thought about that.

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Like spinning, wringers and wringing is pretty much standard. They all rotate 360 degrees, go forward and reverse, have automatically reversing drainboards for waterflow, and a variety of safety releases.

But the open tops--like convertable cars--I don't know who was first or even if any other brands besides the Whirlpool Surgomatic, Lady Kenmore Visimatic, and Norge "Deep Rinse" models featured an open wringer.

Does anyone else know?

Visimatic cheating with the Norge's agitator ~

Post# 598110 , Reply# 83   5/21/2012 at 23:00 (891 days old) by mixfinder (Stuart Mountains)        
Beautiful Mess

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Mikey, you make my soul sing hallelujah. You are the most beautiful car crash of energy, art, playfulness and wild abandon. The Norge is such a powerful beast with the mighty four vaned dasher. Does it sound anything at all like a Norge automatic when it agitates with a big earthy groan and an occasional gear slap? I have a pink Visimatic with a bad pump which I haven't played with since putting it in storage before moving to Seattle in 2002. Maytags were all around when I was a kid and I thought they were too common but I'd happily adopt a square tub with the aluminum liner if it happened along. This was such a good idea Brad and I love the way it involves the love of differently abled machines and their masters.

Post# 598214 , Reply# 84   5/22/2012 at 12:06 (890 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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I want you to know that I chuckled all the way through the pre-bedtime rituals last night thinking of myself as a car crash which is so funny and so true. Even funnier that I'm not a train wreck...... YET...... LOL

Please get that pink Visimatic out of storage and onto the boards.

Have an Easy day.

Post# 598373 , Reply# 85   5/23/2012 at 04:28 (890 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        
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Dear god, this is absolutely beautiful! Are there any other pictures of this machine? Any other information on it?

Post# 598476 , Reply# 86   5/23/2012 at 13:39 (889 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

Here's a little "2-fer" shot; I really have to work on getting some new photos of my machines. I have a couple that were added in the last couple of years that no one has seen yet ... they aren't done with the resto work, that's why!! :-)

Post# 598477 , Reply# 87   5/23/2012 at 13:43 (889 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

This is one of my Model J's; 1963, I believe??

Post# 598480 , Reply# 88   5/23/2012 at 13:50 (889 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

Here's a 1968 version; a month or two before the crazy safety pedal was introduced. I have found I really like the Model J's; not sure why they were discontinued sometime in 1969, I believe.

Great thread, Brad!! :-)

Post# 598496 , Reply# 89   5/23/2012 at 14:33 (889 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

This is an absolutely great thread - Brad - great idea!

I have enjoyed reviewing the many great pictures, over and over!

Geoff - your laundry room is "off the chain" as the kids say! I love the light, brightness of it - and so clean. Even your furnace and water heater are clean and beautiful!


Post# 598524 , Reply# 90   5/23/2012 at 18:05 (889 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
Hi everyone , Geoff

Geoff, I have a 1954 Commander and love it too; I wonder why they discontinued them too? I have a question for you. The rubber strip around the bottom of the outside of the tub. When it gets wet, some black water streams down the side. What can i do about that?

Post# 598526 , Reply# 91   5/23/2012 at 18:13 (889 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
my Easy center dial

Here is a picture of my Easy center dial. I have no idea how old my machine is but i sure do like using it. The only problem that i have is that the spinner basket must be out of balance because it sure makes a racket when it spins. Any ideas there? Thank, Gary

Ya Brad!

Post# 598528 , Reply# 92   5/23/2012 at 18:16 (889 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Geoff, if you come back,

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I remember when you got the Maytag automatic. Before that did you only have wringers?

Do you do most or all of your laundry in the Conventionals, aka wringers ?

Agreed, his laundry room is over the top. The chrome & turquoise radio is priceless.

Post# 598544 , Reply# 93   5/23/2012 at 19:46 (889 days old) by wetguymd (Maryland)        
My Maytag

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on laundry day!!

Post# 598557 , Reply# 94   5/23/2012 at 22:04 (889 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        

what's the story with that agitator ?
Never seen one like that on a maytag wringer?

Post# 598558 , Reply# 95   5/23/2012 at 22:20 (889 days old) by mr-maytag (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Thanks for starting this string, Brad. It's fun to see everyone's machines all in one place! Here's a picture of my February 1964 Maytag Model J:

Post# 598559 , Reply# 96   5/23/2012 at 22:21 (889 days old) by mr-maytag (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Here's my (brand new) October 1983 model E:

Post# 598560 , Reply# 97   5/23/2012 at 22:23 (889 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

Thanks guys ... never really left; been here all the time. Just nothing new to share!! :-)

Mickey ... no; I do most of my laundry in the automatic. I do use the wringer more in the summer time, especially for blue jeans and outside clothes. Love doing white sheets and pillowcases in hot water in them and use the rinse tubs and then out on the line; super nice.

Gary ... the black band gets hardened from time/use. You could put some Armor-All on it and that might help for a while. Phil from Ovid, NY sells those; you have to fully remove the tub first, however. Also love your Easy dial; those are great machines!!

Lyle ... love your E with the lint filter agitator; so cool!

Still not too sure why the J, or Commander, was discontinued. I'll have to ask some friends who sold them ... my guess is they weren't the price leaders like the N and E. The N was appealing because of its size/convenience, price; the E had other features like the hinged lid, double-wall to keep water hotter. The J was in the middle and priced below the E. My guess is that women would pay the $40-$50 more for the E and get the extra features ... I really don't know.

The funny thing is the J had the same water gallon content (18 gallons), same wringer head/frame as the E ... I like it because the lid comes completely off and you have all this work space. Washing rugs or blankets is easier in the J; you have room to move around. I think it was discontinued at the end of 1969 ... November or December. It had about a year with the safety pedal. Sure do love Maytag's; they have been great machines for me and I learned the wringers pretty well. Not so hot with the actual gear in the wringer head; that is a tough one. Pounding out the stem for the worm gear in the transmission or adjusting the thrust is no picnic, either. I still learn a lot when I work on them.

Post# 598561 , Reply# 98   5/23/2012 at 22:24 (889 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

And Ted ... those are truly fabulous machines, also!! Certainly fun to use!!

Post# 598562 , Reply# 99   5/23/2012 at 22:42 (889 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
re. Reply 75 for Anthony (waterwitch)

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Hi Anthony...sorry I don't have any info on this machine. Just discovered the pic while surfin' the net one day. I think it's in a house museum somewhere. It's a beaut, isn't it?

Post# 598566 , Reply# 100   5/23/2012 at 23:07 (889 days old) by mr-maytag (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Thanks, Geoff! I really enjoy them. Yours are obviously outstanding, too! I would love to see them sometime. I agree with you - I like to use the J. Is it just me, or do they seem just a little quieter than the E?

Post# 598592 , Reply# 101   5/24/2012 at 04:51 (889 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        

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I will always have a weakness for that wonderful Green that was indicative to the late 20's and early 30's. How did they manage to blend the colors like that? Interesting. I like how the legs flounce out like that too.

Post# 598647 , Reply# 102   5/24/2012 at 08:47 (888 days old) by joefuss1984 (Little Rock, AR)        
Golden Girls Wringer Washer?

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I was watching and episode of the Golden Girls last night.  It is from the 5th season, Clinton Avenue Memoirs is the episode name.  It is when Sophia is loosing her memory and Dorothy goes with her back to Brooklyn to the old apartment.  In the kitchen, they flash back to when they were all younger and you can see a mint green wringer in the background.  If anyone has seen the episode what kind of wringer was it?

Post# 598662 , Reply# 103   5/24/2012 at 09:41 (888 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        
I totally

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agree with all of the above and am happy you guys have these beauties in your collections. However, I am so envious of Ted's E that I could crap !!!!! I use both my E and J as daily drivers weekly. One washes and one rinses. The only thing I use my auto for is to spin out the clothes after the rinse to take more moisture out of them. I have a Maytag Wringer connection as I have stated previously. They are Amish and have 100's of Maytag wringers to pick from and have rebuilt. They look new as can be when they are done. I have an N on order now and will get it in June. It is an older one with the red agitator. Thanks again for all of the postings and please keep em coming !!


Post# 598666 , Reply# 104   5/24/2012 at 09:54 (888 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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Your Maytag's are awesome !!! I have always admired the pics you post of them. I am not as gifted as you tho nor do I have the room to rebuild/repair on my own. They would prolly mean more to me if I did all the work like you do. I hope you will replace whoever is on the top of the list to purchase them when you are through keeping them with my name :-). Seriously, you have some very beautiful Maytags !!


Post# 598694 , Reply# 105   5/24/2012 at 12:50 (888 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Ted, I've noticed that the E seems to have more treble and echo than the J. It's got to be the crown holding in a significant amount of volume, and/or the difference in outer tub construction. Just a guess.

Joe, I'd like to see the episode. If you can think of more details, maybe we could identify it.

TUBS: I realize the shot favors the J over the E in this old photo.

Post# 598700 , Reply# 106   5/24/2012 at 13:28 (888 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

Mickey ... creating your own "double-tub" Maytag!! :-)

Ted ... my Model E was brand new, also; I have used it and have never put chlorine bleach in it; it's as shiny as the day I got it which was an incredible amount of fun for me!

Post# 598701 , Reply# 107   5/24/2012 at 13:29 (888 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

Another shot ... I also have a brand new Model N2LPS which I bought off the showroom floor of a Maytag dealership; all those years (about 25) it sat there. I'll have to find my photos of it. Here's more of the E2LPS.

Post# 598702 , Reply# 108   5/24/2012 at 13:30 (888 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

One more for the road ...

Post# 598703 , Reply# 109   5/24/2012 at 13:32 (888 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

And ... you are right; the Model J is more quiet than the E or the N. Mickey is right; the E is louder because of the echoing from the aluminum tub. The J is a very quiet machine; the design, I would suppose.

Last one ... promise.

Post# 598714 , Reply# 110   5/24/2012 at 15:03 (888 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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E is much noisier than my J. I am told that it is because of the double tub and the resonating noise between the two. I didn't realize the N would be louder than the J tho. I hope to soon find out when my N gets here. Does anyone have any knowledge as to why the E's are noisier that differs from what I have been told or is mentioned here? Thanks !!


Post# 598725 , Reply# 111   5/24/2012 at 15:58 (888 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
Noisy E

My E is very noisy, the lid rattles, big time. I did a huge wash in it today in the basement and you could hear it churning along just fine, in the dining room! lol Love this thread Brad. Gary

Post# 598727 , Reply# 112   5/24/2012 at 16:13 (888 days old) by westingman123 (st louis,mo)        
I love this thread!

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So, here's my question for you, Geoff. My Grandma's E, which we've used forever and ever, finally had motor seizure. I got a new motor from Phil in Ovid, which he thought would fit--but it's really not cooperating. Have you any advice for the old motor? I wouldn't think it needs rewound, but perhaps. I love this machine and really want to get her running again, even though there's 4 of her sisters filling in.

Post# 598749 , Reply# 113   5/24/2012 at 17:57 (888 days old) by AutoWasherFreak (Davenport, Iowa)        

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Not mine :-( but I wish it was.

Post# 598751 , Reply# 114   5/24/2012 at 17:58 (888 days old) by AutoWasherFreak (Davenport, Iowa)        

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A friend sent me this pics.

Post# 598760 , Reply# 115   5/24/2012 at 18:27 (888 days old) by mr-maytag (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Geoff - Wasn't it exciting finding the new ones? I have the plastic bag and all those paper pieces you have, too. Mine, like your E2LPS, was also ordered at the very end of production by a Maytag store and had never been sold. I was absolutely shocked to find it! What kind of detergent are you using these days? (especially in the E) I have a few boxes of regular Tide left, but I think they've changed the formulation to "Ultra." I'm wondering if the Ultra will darken the tub... I see recipes online to make powder soap with washing soda, grated Fels Naptha, and borax. What do you think of that?

Lots of really great pictures here, guys. Thanks for sharing them!

It must have been exiting getting that new Norge, too, Mickey. What a beautiful machine! I enjoyed your "action" shots, too! :)

Post# 598796 , Reply# 116   5/24/2012 at 21:05 (888 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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When I got my E I worked like the devil to polish the inside of the tub. It looked like new. The first time I washed in it with Tide without bleach it turned dark. I have been told that any kind of oxygen bleach or soda will tarnish it more. Aluminum seems to have some chemicals that tarnish it. Some that aren't known I'm afraid. Since mine is a daily driver, I only clean the tub occasionally to keep it looking nice. I did find out that you can use Clorox in them and it won't tarnish. So, who knows. Just another statement to let you guys know who have the NOS machines that I am envious as heck of you but very happy for you that you have them.


Post# 598800 , Reply# 117   5/24/2012 at 21:39 (888 days old) by geoffdelp (Foley, Minnesota)        

Keith ... it might be worth you taking your motor to a local electric motor service dealer. Locally, in St. Cloud, we have one and they usually assess it for free and then recommend what needs to be done. I've even had them paint some (black ones) and always have a new 72" 3-prong cord put on. I would trust Phil, also. The motors fit all 3 models, so there really shouldn't be too many problems. Sometimes, however, you need to slide the motor forward or backwards to tighten up the belt. Make sure you have a good belt, too. I'm sure Phil sells those, also. A new belt can make your machine quieter, also.

Ted ... TOTALLY exciting finding those; I had been working on them for years and to come across two of them brand new ... well ... needless to say, I was thrilled! I have been using regular Tide (not HE) in my pink E2LP ever since I got it and it has kept the tub shiny and newer looking; hot water and Tide use even took out the original darkness that the condition of the tub was in. I don't use chlorine bleach at all in the E; that definitely will darken the tub with continued use. Also, don't soak clothes if using Tide in the E; it will darken the tub. In my new E2LPS, I only use soap. I don't make the recipe you see; I use straight Fels (1/2 of a bar grated is what is recommended by The Dial Corp ... it turns out to be about 1 cup grated fine) and my water is mechanically softened so I don't have to use Calgon or Rain Soft. I get great results but it is very strong smelling; I like using grated Zote ... it smells a little better and in Minnesota the citronella might drive away the mosquitoes!! :-) As Launderess tells us, it is so important to rinse, rinse, rinse when using soap. Locally, I can still buy regular Tide in the 102 use box; Sam's Club is only selling the HE version which I don't care for ... I like to see the suds and when using soap in a wringer washer you sure get suds; fantastic!!!! :-)

Gary ... try adjusting the lid. If you have a 1/2" open ended wrench, reach up underneath the crown of the tub by the hinges and try tightening the bolts. If that doesn't work, you could loosen the bolts a bit and adjust the hinges so it grabs the pins on the lid better. Always worth a try, huh?

Post# 598801 , Reply# 118   5/24/2012 at 21:50 (888 days old) by wetguymd (Maryland)        

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Thanks Geoff... I love that agitator...

Stan: This was my mother's machine from probally around 1972 and that was an "upgrade" when they bought it was to have the agitator with the lint filter. These were mostly in the automatic machines. She used this for about 3 years and then they got a GE filter flow automatic and the wringer was put in storage in the basement for many years and I finally ended up with it. I love it and use it all the time... She had a Kenmore Vistamatic before the Maytag and I have many fond memories of that machine as well. It was pink and white with the big open chrome wringer. I can still remember the smell of the bleach over the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing very early in the morning before I went to school.

Post# 598802 , Reply# 119   5/24/2012 at 21:54 (888 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        
Hi Ted

You might want to check (if possible) to see if the new Tide has more sodium carbonate than old?

I have a E, that I love, (Pic up thread) but kind of wish it were a N, because of the tub.

I find that I have to be careful of washing soda especially, also borax, and oxyclean.
Since the "online soap versions" contain washing soda, borax, IMHO I'd be careful, unless you are just using the Fels alone, with maybe some STPP.
Tide liquid may be a better option?

On occasion I find that I have to fill mine with a little warm soap and water, and with a light hand, use 2000 grit sand paper to restore it's brilliance.

One of these days I'm going to trade/ swap my E for a N just so I can use bleach if I want!

Hope I did'nt but in *LOL*

Post# 598816 , Reply# 120   5/24/2012 at 23:54 (888 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
HI Guys, So interested in your gravity drains.

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Mine have pumps and I'd enjoy hearing your draining methods.

Post# 598821 , Reply# 121   5/25/2012 at 00:51 (888 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

HI Mick, In the summer time i wheel my ABC out onto the side porch off of the kitchen and wash out there. When I am finished washing, i just open the drain and let it drain off of the porch, that simple. Gary

Post# 598829 , Reply# 122   5/25/2012 at 03:59 (888 days old) by westingman123 (st louis,mo)        
pumps vs. gravity

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I never knew a wringer could have a pump until I read about them here. On Grandma's Maytag, we hooked a hose up to the drain hose and used the wash water on her flowers. Other Grandma had a Speed Queen, no threads on that hose, so the water just drained off the porch.

Geoff, thanks for the advice! The motor I got from Phil is much newer (the old girl has a black cast iron one, this one is fancier) and the mount is, well, different. I agree Phil is a great guy, I've purchased quite a few items from him.


Post# 598853 , Reply# 123   5/25/2012 at 08:02 (887 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        
Hotpoint Wringers...

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The grandest of them all was called the EMPRESS, large 10lb washload, power wringer, 3kw heater and pump, used a large 4 vane agitator for the wash action, the wringer could be stored in the cabinet under the washtub...

The middle size was the COUNTESS, a very popular compact model, 6lb washload, power wringer, with heater & pump..

The small compact was the PRINCESS, smaller tub, manual wringer, with heater & pump

Post# 598857 , Reply# 124   5/25/2012 at 08:12 (887 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        
A Question about the Maytag Models R & K

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A glance at The Maytag Club's Timeline Page for wringer washers ( shows two interesting machines introduced in 1941, the R and the backwards looking K.

Does anybody know if these machines were war-time contingency models that used less war materials? Were they deleted from the line up in 45 with the re introduction of the E, J, N line?

And as long as the subject came up, is there a practical difference between an E, and an E2, J and J2, Etc?

Model R (The Brigadier) shown below.


Post# 598859 , Reply# 125   5/25/2012 at 08:15 (887 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        
... And Matag K

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...also from 1941. (Both images from The Maytag Club)

Post# 598861 , Reply# 126   5/25/2012 at 08:40 (887 days old) by mr-maytag (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Geoff - Maybe I'll use some Fels or Zote in my E when I decide to use it for the first time. I haven't ever used Zote or even seen it in a store...maybe I'll use that...keep the mosquitoes away up at the cabin! LOL

Stan - You're not butting in! Thanks for the ideas. I like my J for the same reason you are thinking of getting an N...the tub isn't so touchy. The E is surely a nice looking machine with the polished aluminum crown, though!

Mickey - I have a gravity drain on my J...I just hold the end down into the floor drain. If I had a finished floor I wouldn't like it, but it doesn't matter much with the cement floor in the basement if it splashes a little.

Post# 598890 , Reply# 127   5/25/2012 at 12:41 (887 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        
Gravity drain

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I have to use my Maytag Wringers in my kitchen which is plenty big enough. My pantry is right next door and it has a drain in it due to the water heater. So, I just hook up a short hose to the drain hose and run it down the drain. Not a problem at all. I have not used bar soap for any laundry because when I found it the odor was to strong for me. I am certain both Zote and Fels Naptha work great at not staining the aluminum tubs. I bought up a truck load of the old Tide without bleach when they went to Ultra so I am set for a few years. My tub gets a polishing with 2000 grit sand paper once a month and using plain Tide it stays bright. I also like that the N and J have porcelain tubs and don't stain. Once when I was at the Amish Maytag shop they showed me how home made lye soap eats at the porcelain tubs. Not sure if it eats the aluminum tubs also. Thanks again to you all for the comments and suggestions you put forth here. I hope this thread stays up and running a long time for all of us Wringer fans.

Post# 598893 , Reply# 128   5/25/2012 at 13:05 (887 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Tide for wringers

I wonder if all purpose Tide powder, like used to clean floors, would be suitable for use in a wringer washer?

Once in a while I'll see it on the shelf at GFS, but never have tried it.

Post# 598912 , Reply# 129   5/25/2012 at 16:01 (887 days old) by pushtorelease (Toronto, ON)        
Acme anyone?

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from the 1927 Eaton's spring & summer catalogue

Post# 598931 , Reply# 130   5/25/2012 at 18:23 (887 days old) by Frigilux (The Fifth Bardo)        

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Great idea for a thread, Brad! Thanks, everyone, for shots of all the wonderful wringer machines.

Mickeyd, that Norge is so awesome.

Post# 598935 , Reply# 131   5/25/2012 at 19:01 (887 days old) by wayupnorth (Maine - Vacationland )        
Back in the early 1900's

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You had to apparently buy your washer and wringer seperately

Post# 598937 , Reply# 132   5/25/2012 at 19:13 (887 days old) by wayupnorth (Maine - Vacationland )        

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The wringers and mangles. They were quite cheap back then, but I prefer the electric versions.

Post# 598950 , Reply# 133   5/25/2012 at 21:00 (887 days old) by Launderess (La Pomme Grande)        
Mangle vs Wringer

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Glad the catalog entry above was posted as so many confuse the two.

In theory wringers are used to remove water whilst mangles "cold iron" laundry smooth. The difference became more pronouced as rubber rollers replaced wood for wringers. Wood often cracked and or warped from constant exposure to water and or chemicals/soap, while for the most part rubber is immune long as it's well maintained. Rubber rollers also offered better gripping of wet textiles and were *ahem* slightly easier on buttons, zippers and other sorts of closures.

Kaltmangels (Germany) and Kallmangels (Scandinavian countries) are still very popular but now automated.

Post# 598951 , Reply# 134   5/25/2012 at 21:02 (887 days old) by Launderess (La Pomme Grande)        
My Contribution To The Wringer Thread

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Not a whole washing machine, but gets the job done.

Post# 598965 , Reply# 135   5/25/2012 at 22:48 (887 days old) by wayupnorth (Maine - Vacationland )        

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Does that have a ribbed tub to eliminate a washboard, and maybe do the wash by hand more gentler, Laundress? I always had thought a mangle was a hot type of roller thingie to iron sheets or other flat things. But I was not around when that catalog was originally printed. Sort of glad I was not there then because they were just introducing a small section for the electric lights in that catalog. But a gasoline stove that was advertised, I dont think so.

Post# 598967 , Reply# 136   5/25/2012 at 22:55 (887 days old) by Launderess (La Pomme Grande)        
Ironers Were Called "Mangles"

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By some but technically they are two different creatures.

Mangles like wringers use mechanical action and pressure to smooth textiles. Ironers OTHO while using the same also employ heat which means you need far less pressure to get the job done.

Following link pretty much sums things up.


Post# 598969 , Reply# 137   5/25/2012 at 23:00 (887 days old) by Launderess (La Pomme Grande)        
Petrol (Gasoline) Stoves

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For heating laundry irons (one assumes that is what you meant) were seen as a boon to housewives/laundresses and anyone else who had to iron, that is until electric irons became widely available.

Unlike coal gas didn't create as much soot when burned which could stain freshly washed laundry. Also gas stoves were portable and aside from the huge models used by laundries or for homes with lots of ironing, didn't heat up the area like using a coal heated range.

Post# 599007 , Reply# 138   5/26/2012 at 03:21 (887 days old) by lancethecook (Driffield England)        
English Parnall

This is one of two Parnall wringer washers i have , both are identical with the exception that this one has a heater and the other one dosnt.
They were exceptionaly well made.
This one is about 50 years old and still in perfect running order.

Post# 599008 , Reply# 139   5/26/2012 at 03:26 (887 days old) by lancethecook (Driffield England)        
Ada coronette

Just for Al, the Ada coronette , nice little washer but rather noisy once it has a load of washing in it.
Popular in the fifties but cheaper than most other washers , not many exist that we know of so nice to have in the collection

Post# 599014 , Reply# 140   5/26/2012 at 04:42 (887 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        

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That Acme looks fun to use, put me down for one please.. haha

Post# 599042 , Reply# 141   5/26/2012 at 07:50 (887 days old) by slantfrontwesty (Puerto Vallarta Mexico)        
vintage wringers...

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I have tons of wringer pics... usually scouting off craigslist

Here is a mid 50s General electric!

Post# 599043 , Reply# 142   5/26/2012 at 07:51 (887 days old) by slantfrontwesty (Puerto Vallarta Mexico)        
vintage wringers...

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money shot

Post# 599044 , Reply# 143   5/26/2012 at 07:53 (887 days old) by slantfrontwesty (Puerto Vallarta Mexico)        
vintage wringers...

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early 60/s Canadian Kenmore

Post# 599045 , Reply# 144   5/26/2012 at 07:54 (887 days old) by slantfrontwesty (Puerto Vallarta Mexico)        
vintage wringers...

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canadian westinghouse.. early 60s

Post# 599046 , Reply# 145   5/26/2012 at 08:01 (886 days old) by slantfrontwesty (Puerto Vallarta Mexico)        
vintage wringers...

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coranado sold at Macleods hardware in western canada... in turquiose non the less!

Post# 599048 , Reply# 146   5/26/2012 at 08:05 (886 days old) by slantfrontwesty (Puerto Vallarta Mexico)        
vintage wringers...

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late 50/s early 60/s pink Beatty!

Post# 599081 , Reply# 147   5/26/2012 at 14:55 (886 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
J H Connor - wringer washer made in Montreal

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Went to an estate sale last week, and this Connor wringer washer was in the basement. I was tempted to get it, however, having only a gravity drain valve and no hose, it wouldn't have been practical in my apartment. Too bad.

Post# 599082 , Reply# 148   5/26/2012 at 14:57 (886 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Another shot of the Conner

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Here's a full shot of the Connor. For some reason, I just love those ridges in the tub.

Post# 599100 , Reply# 149   5/26/2012 at 16:58 (886 days old) by limitededition (Columbia PA)        
maytag failure

IMHO Mayag failed because they had to many platforms Maytag Newton, Maytag Herrin,
Maytag TL Neptune form South Carolina, and the Maytag Amana platform. Four different platforms and four different plants, Whirlpool had one platform with many brands Roper Kitchenaide Whirlpool Kenmore and lets face it maybe not the best machine but pretty dependable and easy to work on. Not a complete different set of parts to carry for every machine.

Post# 599482 , Reply# 150   5/28/2012 at 13:45 (884 days old) by historyman (Pittsburgh, PA/Aiken, SC)        
Maytag or others?

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I've been interested in acquiring a wringer washer for quite some time. I know Maytag wringers are probably the most common, but Speed Queen seems to be a close 2nd in the used searches.

While Maytag wringer parts seem to be findable for the most part, are there still places for spare parts for Speed Queen wringers, etc.?

Post# 599487 , Reply# 151   5/28/2012 at 14:19 (884 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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The turquiose Coranado is stunning. I wonder where the hose goes? It must go into a lint filter? With no hook on the outside and I can't imagine it would drip into an empty cavity?

Post# 599781 , Reply# 152   5/29/2012 at 22:45 (883 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
gravity drains & pump drips & the Norge

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Thanks: You guys must love how easily the Maytags move. Certainly they have the best-made wheels in the industry. Mine glide like ice skates, so if you have to move the machine to a floor drain, it's so easy.


The unusual thing about wringer pumps is that the are dead entities until you pull the lever, handle, etc. This action moves the pump to engage the drive, and then it comes to life. So you can operate the washer away from sinks or drains and not a drop will fall from the hose until you engage.


Have been under the skirts of Speed Queen, Kenmore, Norge, and Maytag. Their pumps all have wheels or pulleys that contact and rub against a driver, suddenly spinning with it. But the weird thing is the Norge. It has a separate mini-belt and pulley system for the pump--the only time I've seen that. very cool to see, and so surprising. I hope to get a movie of the Norge up by the 4th of July. It has another huge difference from the other brands involving the wringer. Borg-Warner who made mine was king.


It was fun to see such interest in the Norge. Who knew? I have no idea why you all like it so much, and I am very happy to oblige.


What a riveting thread! I can't get over it.

One for the road.

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Post# 599816 , Reply# 153   5/30/2012 at 03:41 (883 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        

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Wealth of information coming out in this thread, one thing struck me, most of our wringers are SQUARE cabinet designs whereas most others continued with the ROUND styling...

Mickey, you need to get all the wringers lined up outside on the deck washing away...Fab!!

I didnt realize Maytag produced a tumbler washer until I went back and looked at the pics from Jasper County Museum....wonder why they didnt continue with it??

Post# 599893 , Reply# 154   5/30/2012 at 12:12 (882 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Wow, Mike,

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that baby looks like a cement mixer. To answer your Q, maybe Ben knows or maybe there's some info at Lee Maxwell's site.


Mike I like how your names "Princess, Countess, Empress," are so regal while our Maytags are so military : Brigadier, Commander, and I forgot the other two. Nice history lesson there: conquest and warfare. Now, we only want to have performance and feature contests (wars) among the brands. Who wins the most powerful spray rinse, the fastest suds-return, the most controls, and, lest we forget, the Almighty turnover LOL --so much more fun than war.


In a minute, I'll have up my last Norge photo: open water Atlantic, speaking of England and America, the Deep Rinse.

Post# 599894 , Reply# 155   5/30/2012 at 12:25 (882 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
PS: All wringers on deck

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That'd be quite a move: the Tags, Speed queen, the Old Norge, and Visimatic are in the basement; only the Norge is upstairs. But someday, I'll be up for it. Ya put a gleam in me eye, Lad!

MIKE: what ever happened to the blue Visimatic near London? If you guys don't want it, I wonder what the slowest, longest, shipping fee would be? Any ideas?

Post# 600487 , Reply# 156   6/2/2012 at 09:28 (879 days old) by historyman (Pittsburgh, PA/Aiken, SC)        
Speed Queen parts vs. Maytag parts

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It seems like there are still several ways to acquire spare parts for Maytag wringers.

Is the same true of Speed Queen wringers or are you on your own?

Post# 600739 , Reply# 157   6/3/2012 at 12:35 (878 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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The Speed Queen machines show up often enough, but I haven't seen many parts offered. Another member might know better.

Post# 601352 , Reply# 158   6/5/2012 at 22:40 (876 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Hi Mick, I have a question for you. Is this a picture of your Speed Queen? I have one thats look the same. Have you ever had any trouble with the wringer releasing itself when I am wringing clothes through it? I need to know what to do to fix it. Thanks, Gary

Post# 601365 , Reply# 159   6/6/2012 at 00:25 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Wow this thread is rocking.
No internet for two weeks aaaah.
Mike your Norge like I said is really nice man,now if we just can see it
in action..
I will finish off what I strated.
During a great vacation last year me and Mike went to see
Gary ( Abc O matic )and had the best time I Thank you Gary again
for your hospitality.
One part theres more to the story.
Me and Mike on the road to Gary's home.
Look at the sky so beautiful.

Post# 601366 , Reply# 160   6/6/2012 at 00:34 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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We got there and had a fantastic dinner
and great music he has a wounderful organ.
Here we are in the best room of the house washing in the
GE wringer with a actavator.
Some has seen this since I left the videos unlocked.

Post# 601368 , Reply# 161   6/6/2012 at 00:40 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Vid 2.
Filling & agitating.
Love the Click Clack sound.

Post# 601370 , Reply# 162   6/6/2012 at 00:44 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Vid 3.
Thanks Gary.

Post# 601372 , Reply# 163   6/6/2012 at 00:55 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Austin made this video and he will be missed!
What a great guy !
Very hurt by the situation long live Austin.
Eugine here is the twin tub.
Me and Mike,Gary, Fred, & Todd.
There was a leaf in the water I scared myself
when I snatched it.

Post# 601374 , Reply# 164   6/6/2012 at 01:01 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Fred & Gary Wringing.

Post# 601375 , Reply# 165   6/6/2012 at 01:09 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Still Shot.

Post# 601376 , Reply# 166   6/6/2012 at 01:24 (876 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Pic 2.
End game
Darren k

Post# 601414 , Reply# 167   6/6/2012 at 07:40 (876 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

HI Darren, Great pictures of the wash-in at Mike's and my house. What happaned to Austin? Thanks for sharing the pictures. Gary

Post# 601456 , Reply# 168   6/6/2012 at 11:10 (875 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Thanks Gary.
Aulstin took his life and is no longer with us
But he still lives in me and im sure for others here as well.
Darren k

Post# 601487 , Reply# 169   6/6/2012 at 13:01 (875 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
The Vids! Fabulous! Hadn't seen them. Thanks, Darren.

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It 's just so cool the way the Activator flips and flushes the clothes--WOW!-- just like the action in the 47 Automatic.

The Dexter vids and pix are amazing. What a unique machine. It's the closest thing to two washers in one ever conceived. An actual Twin Tub, as in identical.

People don't appreciate how well wringer washers moved the load.

GARY: Hi, Yes it is an SQ and the wringer works fine, but the wringer on my Tag has been snapping lately when it gets too wet. I don't know why it's doing that. I reset it or hold the upper handle when it refuses to reset. Then after it rests and dries, it fixes itself until it gets too wet again. I took a Tag wringer apart once and there's a lot of stuff going on which I have yet to master. Some day...... ;'D

Post# 601514 , Reply# 170   6/6/2012 at 14:47 (875 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Darren, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope you are doing well with your lose? Gary

Post# 601781 , Reply# 171   6/7/2012 at 15:25 (874 days old) by historyman (Pittsburgh, PA/Aiken, SC)        

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Montgomery Wards wringers are basically rebadged Speed Queens? They look very familiar. Am I right?

Post# 601784 , Reply# 172   6/7/2012 at 15:51 (874 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
GE vintage wringers

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Here's a couple more for your enjoyment!

Post# 601865 , Reply# 173   6/8/2012 at 01:43 (874 days old) by dishwashercrazy (West Peoria, IL)        

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I would like to submit this photo duo of my Mom's Dexter Double-Tub Washer.

Top: Me (Mike) at age 14 months, taken in March 1954. The bug had bitten me by this early age.

Bottom: Me at age 3 1/2, and my sister (Lynn) at age 2 1/2, taken in August 1956. She did not get bitten, but appreciates my collection today. Surprisingly, it is her oldest son (Tyler) who is really interested in the collection when he is at my house for rare family get-togethers.


Post# 601889 , Reply# 174   6/8/2012 at 06:46 (874 days old) by westingman123 (st louis,mo)        

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That's too cute!

Post# 602055 , Reply# 175   6/8/2012 at 22:46 (873 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Rub-a-Dub-Dub, two toddlers in a tub...

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Mike, great pics - very cute! Thanks for posting them!

Post# 602067 , Reply# 176   6/8/2012 at 23:51 (873 days old) by dishwashercrazy (West Peoria, IL)        

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You are quite welcome, Brad.

Post# 602151 , Reply# 177   6/9/2012 at 11:42 (872 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Mike and Brad

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Really digging the juxtaposition of the 4 black and whites. Love how you can date the decades by the gals' aprons. And seeing the hooked-over-sink drain hose on the 50's GE is so satisfying, Very artsy how she has no visible rinsing tubs: she's either rinsing in the sink or right in her big GE. The 30's lady in her starched apron and severe hair-do is all business with her set tubs and very severe GE.


And now we have Gerber-worthy shots of Mike and Lynn having a ball in the Dexter Twin, through the years. Wonderful. Interesting to hear your nephew has the gene.


These great pix make me think that this is exactly what Brad had hoped for when he created the thread.

Post# 602191 , Reply# 178   6/9/2012 at 14:40 (872 days old) by westingman123 (st louis,mo)        

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Let us not forget the mangle in the background of the '50's pic! I want that laundry room/kitchen! Youngstown cabinets and all.

Post# 602253 , Reply# 179   6/9/2012 at 22:03 (872 days old) by luckyfind ()        
great pics and history... question

Great photos. Much history... Americana here. I need help finding an age on a new find! Im also liking the fact that the item does not match exactly anything i can find on the web... similar.. i figured they were so poor they did not contine the line or this may be a rare find. Thanks for any input. It is a Norge wringer washer.. has 5 casters model. I saw the pristine version in a couple pics. This unit has a elegant, fine checkere design (24" long and 8 inches deep aprox)maybe turquoise with gold... hard to tell as it does have some unfortuneate paint accidently covering a third of the unit, from a trailer painter as it sat in the corner of his shop. (black but may be able to restore) any help with year, info on the unit and perhaps a technique to gently remove some paint? Thanks Jim Also want to test it... without causing damage, so a heads up on Do's and Donts is appreciated.

Post# 602399 , Reply# 180   6/10/2012 at 14:31 (871 days old) by luckyfind ()        

Here is a Norge unit i brought home late sat night. taller than the pristine model..Post# 597963. l Did the serial # mode search but only had 6 characters and site only used 8 digits plus.

The unit has some trailer paint sprayed on it, and is missing the handle on lid, but otherwise salvageable i think. Any help on year, info, and restoration and testing tips is much apprecited. Great old photos by the way. I'm glad i found the site.

Post# 602400 , Reply# 181   6/10/2012 at 14:33 (871 days old) by luckyfind ()        

norge front graphics

Post# 602402 , Reply# 182   6/10/2012 at 14:35 (871 days old) by luckyfind ()        

You can see the white trying to shine through as the black paint chips away. Sorry about photo quality... quick shot in the rain.

Post# 602411 , Reply# 183   6/10/2012 at 16:15 (871 days old) by d-jones (Burbank CA)        

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You asked this question in a thread started by laundress. Then you started your own thread with the same question, and now you've posted it here, all within twenty four hours. I think you're being a little impatient. As you already know, there are a great many very knowledgeable people that post regularly here. Given time, they'll see your post and answer your question. If a question goes unanswered for a day or two, it could very well be that the right person hasn't seen it yet, and those that have seen it simply don't have the answer. Remember, patients is a virtue.:)

Post# 602464 , Reply# 184   6/10/2012 at 19:45 (871 days old) by luckyfind ()        

Thanks, its more thoroughness then impatience. With over a 100 threads I did not think posting my question on 3 would be an issue. Just casting a bigger net assuming people don¡¦t often participate in every thread. I can delete one or two if it¡¦s a problem. Best wishes, J

P.S. I started the thread on restoration as I know there must be interesting stories of how a collector "came by", or found a unit, what worked in reparations¡K advice that all might enjoy.:) ƒº

Post# 602522 , Reply# 185   6/10/2012 at 22:18 (871 days old) by mixfinder (Stuart Mountains)        
No Worries

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Lucky, it takes a while for us to learn the ebb and flow of conversations here.  You'll soon hit your stride and I would hate for you to feel the least bit self conscious.  Welcome aboard and I do hope you find the answers you need.  I share residences with Ellensburg and Seattle and if there is anything I do to help, just say the word.


Post# 602570 , Reply# 186   6/11/2012 at 03:00 (871 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        
Hi Lucky

Looks like you have a cool machine there! and welcome to the forum!

Can't help you with the date, but looks 40s to me! dose it have a pump, or just gravity drain?

With regards to paint, I think you should consider your budget, skill level, and time you are willing to spend. I'm sure a good auto body guy would do a really nice job!
I repainted mine, myself, and did it he hard way, but only way I new how to get a durable finish. And one that I felt would be as close to factory as I could get, with out spending much! (pic of mine is up thread)

Now I didn't have trailer paint on mine, so you may have to remove that, and I would recommend you do some "test" sanding, on a spot somewhere. Maybe dry sanding, then wet. to get it as smooth as possible to start with.
If you want to know the all the steps I did, and what I used, let me know, as Im certainly am willing to share them
(don't think anyone would have taken that much time and elbow grease, but maybe, others milage may vary) LOL


Post# 602706 , Reply# 187   6/11/2012 at 15:25 (870 days old) by luckyfind ()        

Thanks Stan and Kelly. Yes it is a pump model. I tried a few different degreasers, and general app. cleansers with gradual increase of abrasiveness in pads and made some headway. It took a while but i removed all the black paint from the emblem on the front. Turquoise band and handles are cleaning up well too. Nice surprise.

I would like to plug the ol Norge in to see what hmms, buzzes or blows. Any advice on prepping for that trial... or just do it.. ha ha. I can handle the electricty hazard, just dont hurt the NORGE. Thanks, Jim

Post# 602711 , Reply# 188   6/11/2012 at 15:38 (870 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Wow, did you say it was black? How rare.

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Lucky I wrote the post below in your restorations thread.


The wringer looks like classic 30's vintage, but it's full-skirted. Was gonna say that I thought the full skirts came later, but come to think of it, have never seen a Norge without a full skirt.


I have little experience with machines this old, but plug her in and she might fire right up.


One interesting thing, the distinctive Norge drain hose (no metal hook, veined stream-lined rubber) looks almost the same as the ones used in the 70's.


Good luck with this sweet old relic and welcome to Automatic errrr Wringer Washer.


Post# 602910 , Reply# 189   6/12/2012 at 10:56 (869 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        
But Wait...There is more..

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With Gary and Todd with Fred.
Last summer at Mikes place.
Filling in the Easy.

Post# 602913 , Reply# 190   6/12/2012 at 11:00 (869 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Video 2.

Post# 602914 , Reply# 191   6/12/2012 at 11:03 (869 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Fred with the best saying...
Multible hands makes lite work.
Darren k

Post# 603607 , Reply# 192   6/14/2012 at 14:26 (867 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Easy Spindriers - perhaps a new thread?

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Hello Darren...don't mean to offend you, but Easy Spindriers (as much as I like them!) are off topic for this thread. Perhaps a new thread can be started - I'm sure there's lots of interest out there.


Post# 603624 , Reply# 193   6/14/2012 at 16:14 (867 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        
I too

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don't want to be offensive to anyone. I do agree with Brad tho that a new thread would be nice dedicated to just spin driers. I wondered about that when I read the thread comments/video's. Again, please don't feel I am being rude or offensive in any way Darren. I hope you will start a new thread about the spin driers since so many collectors here have them and admire them as I do.



Post# 603798 , Reply# 194   6/15/2012 at 09:12 (866 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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I am really sorry Brad & Jim and the A.W. Community.
I did not mean to offend or upset no one here.
I thought this was not only for wringer washers but semi or any
manual washing systems...
As I saw in Replys..
No one said anything about them so I followed reply 42.
and had videos of that from last years wash in.
So sorry again Brad .
I will contact Robert Seger...
Today and ask him to remove the videos.
The Thread is a very nice and learned much from it.
And again did not mean or tried take advantage of the thread not my intentions.
Darren k

This post was last edited 06/15/2012 at 10:37
Post# 603801 , Reply# 195   6/15/2012 at 09:22 (866 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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You really do not owe me an apology my friend. I just reread all of the thread and find that I had forgotten about the other spin drier post's. I just hope someone will start a thread about them for all of us to enjoy. Again, I am not angry at all about this. I am not so sure the videos need to be removed unless they are transferred to a new thread. I hope you will start a new thread, maybe with other collectors helping, about spin driers. Looking forward to seeing a new thread if you have interest in it. Best to you always Darren. And, thanks for the apology even tho it was not necessary.


Post# 603906 , Reply# 196   6/15/2012 at 15:33 (866 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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No big woo, Darren. The first time I saw a picture of an Easy spinner, was in the movie, Driving Miss Daisy. When I saw the legs I thought it was a wringer but couldn't figure out the shape, size and lack of wringer?

Post# 604218 , Reply# 197   6/17/2012 at 09:37 (864 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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I have a friend who is restoring an older Maytag model E Wringer Washer. He is in need of a newer bottom roll which I am going to buy for him as a gift. I have seen on ebay some for sale at reasonable prices but there are two diameter sizes? One is 2 13/16 and the other is 2 3/4 inches. I have a J and an E and mine are both 2 3/4 inches in diameter. Can anyone please tell me what the difference in the two diameters are? I do not want to buy one unless it is the right size of course. Are the 2 13/16 possibly for the old "gray ghost" and first round models? Any help on this will certainly be appreciated. Thank you all very much.


Post# 604301 , Reply# 198   6/17/2012 at 20:22 (864 days old) by bekahmancino ()        
'64 Pink and White Kenmore Visi-matic 2-speed

Just thought I'd share some photos of my recently acquired Kenmore.
The agitator was broken, but was easily mended, and the machine has since done four loads of washes and rinses (with wringing in between).

The timer does not function at present, and the speed selector is missing/bypassed (both added to my ever-lengthening to-do list).

It came with its lid (with built-in lint filter (which impressed my by actually catching particles!!)), though I've not pictured it below

If anyone has a manual that could be scanned in, I'd be ever so grateful.
I've saved the schematics from the Sears Parts store, but the quality leaves a LOT to be desired.


Post# 605189 , Reply# 199   6/21/2012 at 02:36 (861 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        

It's a very pretty machine! How is the cleaning performance?

Post# 605243 , Reply# 200   6/21/2012 at 08:49 (860 days old) by bekahmancino ()        

No complaints whatsoever.

I'll be curious to see whether the agitator speed switch was bypassed in high or low mode, but with the lot that I did this past weekend, I used the same wash water for 4 loads, and then the same rinse water.

The jeans that had well-engrained dirt (that my 'normal' washer hadn't been able to get out, and that I'd been too lazy to take to the washboard) came out clean as could be.
I used my homemade laundry detergent (made from my homemade lye soap + washing soda & borax) ...

BEWARE SUBSTANDARD STITCHING!! The agitator will not be gentle!
The hem down one side of a new bedsheet totally came out!!
I sew, so it's not a biggie. Just something to bear in mind.

All in all, I used about 1/3 of the water I'd normally have used, and given that I didn't have a power ramp up for spin cycles etc, I expect the power savings were considerable too.

Where the wringers were concerned, I must confess disappointment. HOWEVER, there are adjusters, so maybe I just need to increase the pressure.

I'm still hoping that someone can scan me a manual to this or a similar Kenmore model. I'd love to read the tips and suggestions that were originally given.


Post# 605417 , Reply# 201   6/21/2012 at 22:08 (860 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        

I have a Maytag Wringer (pic up thread) no complaints with mine either! the amount of water left behind after wringing, is normal, and the price one pays for using these darlings! I line dry a lot so I'm use to putting up with the clothes not being spun dry.

I'm going to Email You, because I have a question about your Lye Soap.
If thats O.K?

Post# 605424 , Reply# 202   6/21/2012 at 22:33 (860 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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Is your wringer in tact and not in the release mode? I only ask because the wrung laundry, though not as light as you're accustomed to from your ramp-up spins, should not be that heavy. What is the brand and year of your Automatic?


You can always put towels and heavy stuff thru twice to get more water out.


If the Rotoswirl Agitator is pulling hems, I'm sure your stuck in the Normal mode; gentle is very slow and quiet while Normal is very energetic and audible.


Your Visimatic is beautiful, and the picture blend of the wringer with the control panel is fabulous.


Post# 605440 , Reply# 203   6/21/2012 at 23:39 (860 days old) by vintagekitchen (columbia ky)        
To remove more water..

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An important part of water removal when using a wringer is how the items are run through. Folded items have much more water removed, and dry with much fewer wrinkles than items simply fed through as they are.

Post# 605771 , Reply# 204   6/23/2012 at 10:22 (858 days old) by launderall (MSP , home of the 1st pop up toaster TOASTMASTER)        
Maytag conventional home laundry wringer style.

Take a look at the collection of the three model of 1970's Maytag's in Post# 605664, Reply# 5 6/22/2012 at 19:28 by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN). Notice the slight style difference in the wringer head on the round tub N2LP. I believe at the end of the wringer production in Newton ,IA only this model wringer head is fitted with the smaller diameter rolls.

The earlier machines with the red detailing,like the 1955 "Chieftan" N2LP with the other style wringer head takes the standard size roll. I believe all years from the "grey ghosts to the last 1983 "Master", used the larger diameter rolls.

Remember, always a white bottom & plyable black "non-button breaker" top.


Post# 605778 , Reply# 205   6/23/2012 at 11:10 (858 days old) by launderall (MSP , home of the 1st pop up toaster TOASTMASTER)        
PRIDE safety tips on conventional use .

For safe easy no fail wringing, use these rules:

1. Never, with your fingers feed flat unfolded wet laundry into the dangerous tight rolling surface of the wringer to be wrung. This method will result in both harm to you, your machine and your laundry. It may stick to the backside roll surface, you will not see it, may double over on the roll surface & jam, or worse yet damage the garment or material, stall, overload motor or worse yet catch your damp fingertips pulling you into the rolling surface!

2. Always lift up and out of the wash tub & fold the edge of the article of material ( about the size of your palm/hand ) As you are folding, make this into a triangle shape before aiming at the wringer rolls. Never have your fingers closer than the size of your palm for safety. please remember to feed the fabric with fabric, do not ever try to guide the fabric onto the roll surface with your damp fingers.

3. Hold, aim & feed this folded & flat rolled "snake head" shape to the roller surface. As the material is lifting from the wash tub, quickly lift & even out the "load" to be wrung through, assisting in this possess will give a no fail wring out, saving time & wear on your wash, and the machine.

This is a never fail system learned from many laundry room matrons here in the mighty Maytag Midwest, as a young laundry room voyeur in the 1960's. Also this will keep your finger tips looking beautiful, nothing like ripping off a nail, just before the holiday weekend, what with the Parade on Sunday and all. What's a boy to do? Get an Automatic! Heck NO.

Gotta Go.....BTW...Happy Pride to you and yours, wish you all were here for the outstanding parade Sunday on our home town "main street" Hennepin Avenue.

Keep it safe & clean! No unsafe laundry mistakes for the emergency room, just because you claim there were no instructions with your equipment!


Post# 605922 , Reply# 206   6/24/2012 at 07:53 (858 days old) by maytagmike (Burlington, Vt)        
a piece from my collection

this is my first try at downloading pictures if this works there will be more to follow. mike

Post# 605978 , Reply# 207   6/24/2012 at 13:26 (857 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Very old Speed Queen wringer for sale in Indy

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Hey, anybody near Indianapolis might be interested in this one. The oldest Speed Queen wringer I've ever seen. Hopefully somebody can rescue it for only $1.00

CLICK HERE TO GO TO bradross's LINK on Indianapolis Craigslist

Post# 605984 , Reply# 208   6/24/2012 at 13:36 (857 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        
My Grandma

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had one just like this when I was a little kid. I always wanted to watch her use it. My Aunt also had one. I wish I were closer and had room here for it because I have wanted one of these for years. Thanks for posting this Brad. And, thanks for starting this great thread !!!!!!!!


Post# 606886 , Reply# 209   6/28/2012 at 15:25 (853 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Photo of appliance dealer - 1950s

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Came across this great photo of an appliance dealer, showing 3 brands of wringer washers. The Maytag models E and J are obvious in the background, but can anybody identify the others?
Photograph from a collection by Washington, DC photographer Edward Andrus.

Post# 606894 , Reply# 210   6/28/2012 at 15:45 (853 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Nice picture Brad ...
The one with the mans hand on the wringer seems to be a GE ?
The other I cant make out.
Do you Know...
Hey you might have to open a new thread its getting rather large its so popular.
Darren k

Post# 606911 , Reply# 211   6/28/2012 at 16:48 (853 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        
Any idea

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on my part would be a guess. It does appear that maybe the two unnamed ones may be used since it appears they have marks on the legs. No matter tho. I hope someone knows what the brands are.


Post# 606915 , Reply# 212   6/28/2012 at 17:07 (853 days old) by wetguymd (Maryland)        
My guess would be

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the one with the man's hand on ABC and the other one GE

Post# 606947 , Reply# 213   6/28/2012 at 20:24 (853 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
HI Brad

The middle washer is an ABC. The way you can tell that is to look at the wringer set(reset) on the left hand side of the wringer. $42.50 for a brand new ABC. I love those machines! They are quiet and wash well.
I can't wait for you to visit so we can use the ABC. Gary

Post# 606952 , Reply# 214   6/28/2012 at 20:55 (853 days old) by fnelson487 (St. Charles, Il)        
Those Have to Be

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Used machines. Check out the scratches on the legs and bodies.

Post# 606955 , Reply# 215   6/28/2012 at 21:19 (853 days old) by wetguymd (Maryland)        

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Gary do you have a money shot to share of your ABC... I remember the aluminum agitator in my Grandmothers.

Post# 606983 , Reply# 216   6/29/2012 at 00:10 (853 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

HI kid, If you look up at replies 40 and 41 you will see me using my 1955 ABC wringer. The ABC in the above picture (reply 209) is older than my ABC. There are 3 things that I notice in the reply 209 photo that tells me it is an ABC. 1. on the left side of the wringer is where you "set" the wringer to use it. 2. On the wringer face at the top where you "push to release" is what ABC used. 3. If you look at the lid of the ABC, the way to open it or close it over the washer is a handle that is set off to the side and sticks up a bit from the lid.
Look at reply 40 once again and you can see that there are things that are both close to each other, ---- lid handle, shape of the wringer top and release bar. I would guess that the picture of the ABC in reply 209 is a bit older than mine is.
Look through the window of the store and you can see an early Maytag automatic.
Now that I look at the wringer washer that is next to the ABC to the right; no, not a GE but maybe it is a Dexter? The reasons why I think this maybe a Dexter are: 1. the way the wringer release bar is attatched to the wringer and 2. the way that the control is to move the wringer to different positions to rinse etc.
I just love these wringer machines.
Lyle, I live 35 miles from where the ABC's were manufactured. I want an ABC O Matic so bad! lol Gary

Post# 607065 , Reply# 217   6/29/2012 at 12:11 (852 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
An old Dexter "Speedex" in green porcelain

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Found another pic of a vintage machine - this time a Dexter "Speedex". Gotta love that vintage green color! My grandmother had a Thor wringer washer in almost the same green.

Post# 607080 , Reply# 218   6/29/2012 at 13:08 (852 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Wow, I love this Dexter from the 30's it looks like. I have a double tub Dexter which I haven't used in a long time, it is now time to get wash going in it. From the looks of the adgitator in your picture, Dexter did not change that style. Mine is from around 1950 and it is the same style. Dexter was made, and still is in business for commercial laundries, in Fairfield, Iowa. Hope you are well? Gary

Post# 607147 , Reply# 219   6/29/2012 at 16:18 (852 days old) by wringer (Shelby, Ohio )        

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am green with envy of this Dexter. Thanks for posting this !!!!


Post# 607155 , Reply# 220   6/29/2012 at 17:09 (852 days old) by kenmoreguy89 (.)        

Italian Candy "modello 50" circa 1946

Post# 607158 , Reply# 221   6/29/2012 at 17:11 (852 days old) by kenmoreguy89 (.)        

other Vintage shots....these ones missed the wringer though! It came later!

Post# 607159 , Reply# 222   6/29/2012 at 17:13 (852 days old) by kenmoreguy89 (.)        

P.S The last one got a matching spinner though, didn't see that! :P

Post# 607187 , Reply# 223   6/29/2012 at 20:11 (852 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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A hand-cranked wringer, but with a heater. WOW! Ya don't see anything like that over here. A boiling wringer. YAY



Post# 607278 , Reply# 224   6/30/2012 at 15:50 (851 days old) by kenmoreguy89 (.)        
Wringer washers and water heaters

In USA washers didn't have water heaters because in most cases they didn't need that.
Italy and europe was common, I know the english wringer washers usually does have an heater, in europe every washer came with an heater and for some reasons this use was kept during the time, it was because hot current water (very hot water from electric or gas water heaters I mean) in homes wasn't common at those times, most houses didn't have hot water piping, so they needed to make washers equipped with water heaters.
If not owners had to heat water on the stove, the most "lucky" ones had wood powered boilers for kitchen and or bathroom uses, but they used to make water just warm.
The "tradition" of putting heating elements for the wringer washers has been kept for convenience I guess over the time and to be practical even for the ones that for some reasons were still without current hot water in their homes....
About hand powered wringer, well I wonder why they didn't make it automatic.....
I just do not know...

Post# 607284 , Reply# 225   6/30/2012 at 16:08 (851 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        
Heater in Wringers

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It tended to be in the 1950`s that we saw many machines here fitted with heaters, for some like this first Hoover wringer from 1948, companies made IMMERSION heater elements that fitted the shape of the washtub if you needed to heat the water, (rather like those heaters in a cup)...

Heres the Hoover 0307 - 1948, Hoovers first washing machine,

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Post# 607287 , Reply# 226   6/30/2012 at 16:28 (851 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        
Hoover 0343

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The next styling change for Hoover was the larger rounded tub and offered heated or no heat models, many homes here where heater with coal fires in the living room with a back boiler that always supplied a constant supply of hot (boiling) water, if in the evening the fire was raging and the back boiler was bubbling you usually have to run water off down the drain - my Nan would say - "Hang on Joe, let me wheel the washer out, cant waste that boiling water" - and off she would go filling the washer with STEAMING water and the smell of Persil wafting everywhere...LOl

This was the first power wringer, it was driven by a flexi drive off the motor, the big blue button at the front was the "Emergency Off" button, if you fingers got stuck you could hit it with your knee and shut it off, the handle on top off the wringer (Push to Release) was the Emergency Release to open the wringers..

Post# 607288 , Reply# 227   6/30/2012 at 16:35 (851 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill - Home of the Railway Trials. Lancashire. UK)        
Hoover Wringers

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These machines where still being produced in the 1980`s with squarer styling but all the same features, and where often seen with the matching Hoover SpinaRinse spin dryer...

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