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POD 12/24/2016: 1961 Frigidaire Washer
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Post# 912389   12/24/2016 at 05:44 (236 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Another beautiful console from the design wizards at Frigidaire. They combined the look of the 1960 console and morphed it into a clamshell. 😘

Thanks to PhilR for this photo of a '61 dryer from a post back in 2014.

This post was last edited 12/24/2016 at 11:37

Post# 912401 , Reply# 1   12/24/2016 at 09:20 (236 days old) by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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The models up until the rollermatic models were greasers that tended to have bolts come loose and sling oil and grease under them, much like Kelvinator machines did. I always hated messing with those! Nice to look at, but messy to work on. Thank God they went to the rollermatic transmission!

Post# 912404 , Reply# 2   12/24/2016 at 09:35 (236 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I still have that dryer, I wish I could find the matching washer for it!

Post# 912413 , Reply# 3   12/24/2016 at 10:23 (236 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
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Back in the late 70s or so, I contacted the U.S. Testing Laboratory to ask if one of these tests was available for some appliance. I was told that the tests were paid for by the manufacturer and were not available to anyone else. Somehow, that invalidated the whole purpose of mentioning all of that scientific testing data bullshit; not that many people thought to inquire about the testing.


The console reminds me of the speedometer display in a friend's Buick where the adjustable angle of the display was actually a mirror pivoting via a knurled wheel over the actual speedometer which was lying down in the dash.

Post# 912418 , Reply# 4   12/24/2016 at 10:54 (236 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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The 1960-61 fullsize Buick models had that. The Magic Mirror speedometer. Here's the speedometer from a 1961 Electra 225

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Post# 912419 , Reply# 5   12/24/2016 at 10:58 (236 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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And two pictures from the dryer's controls in open and closed positions.

1961 Frigidaire Filtrator

1961 Frigidaire Filtrator

Post# 912427 , Reply# 6   12/24/2016 at 11:42 (236 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Thanks for the photo with the closed console, Phil. Don't know that I've seen that before. Ditto the gorgeous console of the '61 Electra 225.

Tom- Wrong Date: Apparently the fourth finger of my left hand is longer than I thought, LOL. Thanks for the heads-up.

Post# 912465 , Reply# 7   12/24/2016 at 17:47 (236 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Our '59 and '62 Oldsmobiles had the linear or rectangular speedometers, but the '63 Wildcat had gone back to the circular speedometer so the Frigidaire appliance control panel styling had a lag, but seems to have followed the cars' dash styling.

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