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Post# 914425   1/7/2017 at 10:53 (532 days old) by sfh074 (atlanta)        

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Found this picture and thought I would share. I see a '61 Frigidaire BOL baby care washer directly behind the man, so I am assuming all or most of the machines shown are 60-61. A couple of brand new MT's as well! The wringer in the background is neat to see and interesting that it was still going strong in '61. I guess for the people (like my grandparents) who where always slow to adopt the new fangled stuff and wanted to go with the "tried and true". The picture is from 1961 of Keele's Appliance Store. Wish I knew more. If you will notice, under the Frigidaire sign is the same design pattern as found on the glass doors of the Flair ovens of the day.

Atl, GA

Post# 914428 , Reply# 1   1/7/2017 at 11:10 (532 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Thanks for sharing.  I was born in 1961.  Maytag and Frigidaire in the same store?  Kind of odd for the times?

Post# 914443 , Reply# 2   1/7/2017 at 13:50 (532 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I can't see through the man, but the washer to the left behind him has a trim strip around the top that I think would make it higher than the bol model. The dryer next to it does not have the trim strip so it probably is a bol machine. The expression in the lady's eyes make you think that there is either some current leakage in the dryer or it is possessed with the spirit of Ernest Angley and she has just been stupified by touching it.

Post# 914445 , Reply# 3   1/7/2017 at 14:20 (532 days old) by Sbond22 (Grove City, Fl. USA)        
Looks like she has just been stupified by touching it.

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The dude looks like he's received his share of stupification as well. "Heeyaall !!".

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Post# 914452 , Reply# 4   1/7/2017 at 15:05 (532 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Old Earnest

Is still on TV...He must be a hundred...Wouldn't it be fun to have a time machine and go buy up a bunch of those appliances and bring them back with you!!!!We would never have to settle for the garbage sold today ever again!

Post# 914458 , Reply# 5   1/7/2017 at 15:53 (532 days old) by Sbond22 (Grove City, Fl. USA)        
He must be a hundred...

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HaHa. Ernest won't be a hundred for another 4 years. He's got to be one of few televangelists that have never been put in prison for tax evasion or other "indiscretions". But he does own a 747 registered in Aruba so he may be looking over his shoulder.

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Post# 914466 , Reply# 6   1/7/2017 at 16:32 (532 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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I see the top of a Hoover Convertible at the end of the Maytag washer's console and sticking up in front of the TV. It looks like a model 66 which would put it somewhere between '58 and '61. Does that sound right?

Oh,duh. Bud said '61.

Post# 914472 , Reply# 7   1/7/2017 at 17:33 (532 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Consoles on the Frigidaires look kind of '62ish. First year of the larger tub.

Earnest's 747 is (an OLD bird) the specialized "SP" or "Special Performance" model. It has a shortened fuselage (about 50 feet shorter than a regular 747) in a trade-off of weight for further range. Later versions with up-dated engines came along with more power so they didn't need to reduce capacity (or length), so, few of the SP's were sold (in the mid-70's). Mostly to Pan American and South African as I recall, they needed them for "ultra-long and lean" non-stops.

They were expensive to operate THEN! I can just imagine how expensive that thing is to operate now! Not to mention the obsolete parts and crew with white hair and walkers!

Post# 914477 , Reply# 8   1/7/2017 at 17:58 (531 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I can see him now!!

With his finger in some supposedly deaf old mans ear.."Naaaw say BAAAABY,,thats it BAAAAYby..The old guy says bubby..Earnest say GLORY and the Hammond organ goes ZZZZOWWWEE and everybody begins to shout HE's HEALED He's HEALED!!!!

Post# 914479 , Reply# 9   1/7/2017 at 18:29 (531 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        

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Praise th' lawd an' pass th' collection plate.


Sow your seed and receive your miracle harvest today.

Post# 914539 , Reply# 10   1/8/2017 at 02:03 (531 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Our local Maytag dealer was also a Frigidaire dealer.  My parents bought their Maytag washer and Frigidaire 40" stove and fridge when they got married.

Post# 914683 , Reply# 11   1/8/2017 at 18:51 (530 days old) by TrainGuy (Key West)        
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One of my better suppliers of vintage washers & dryers was in Butler. Are you interested in info to contact him?

Post# 914816 , Reply# 12   1/9/2017 at 18:45 (529 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The hardware store I worked at the summer of '77 sold both Frigidaire and Maytag.

Swallen's (a large Cincinnati appliance/general merchandise store) also sold both for many years, in addition to Whirlpool, Westinghouse, Admiral and others.

Post# 914933 , Reply# 13   1/10/2017 at 10:33 (529 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Good info.  Never knew of that those Brands were mixed among each other.  Thought they were huge rivals?  Actually, the proprietor  would have leaned one way or the other.  Be hard to explain the Maytag quality, then explain Frigidaire in the same breath.  Bet they lied a lot, told the customer exactly what they wanted to hear. 

Post# 914997 , Reply# 14   1/10/2017 at 18:05 (528 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

At that hardware store, I helped deliver about 10 Maytag washers, but only remember one Frigidaire. The manager pushed Maytag to everyone for laundry equipment, but they sold quite a bit of Frigidaire ranges, refrigerators and A.C.s.

Post# 915068 , Reply# 15   1/11/2017 at 07:10 (528 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Tom, Maybe they had both, Frigidaire & Maytag as a marketing technique?  As you mentioned, delivered Maytag washers, but only one Frigidaire (husband prolly worked for Cadillac as a salesman) .  Got it, Hello!  Had to have the Frigidaire Washers and Dryers in the store if you were going to advertise Frigidaire appliances and A/C units.  Come one come all.  So, everyone knew that Maytag was best in washing, and Frigidaire was best in cooking and refrigeration.  Sounds like a gold pot.  Makes sense to me now.  Just never had ANY experiences with the two rivals in the same bar room (without a fight).

Post# 915123 , Reply# 16   1/11/2017 at 12:29 (528 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Used to be a high end department store here that sold both Maytag and Frigidaire for many years.

Post# 915145 , Reply# 17   1/11/2017 at 14:25 (528 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re Maytag was best at washing..

Someone has never used a Frigidaire!!!

Post# 915157 , Reply# 18   1/11/2017 at 16:00 (528 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

A good friend of mine, in the late 60's invited me to a pool party at his parent's new home over on Rebel Drive. His father owned "General GMC" over near Confederate. They sold a lot of big rigs including Mack and Autocar. The laundry was adjacent to the lanai and gave me the opportunity to observe a new Rapid-Dry Rollermatic and matching dryer. Not TOL' s but must have been close to it.

When I had the chance to scope out the kitchen, it had TOL Frigidaires EXCEPT the dishwasher, which was a Superba. When I commented how nicely equipped the house was with appliances I was told because of the GMC dealership they hadn't had to pay a dime for any of them. Nice perk. When I questioned the dishwasher I was told that their first dishwasher was a Kitchen Aid and that was it. They vowed to stay loyal to the brand when they built their new home.

Many of Atlanta's appliance stores sold two or three different brands. I was wandering around Little Five Points one day back in the 60's and ducked into Sharp's Appliance to see what was new. They sold a ton of Frigidaire and also, rare for Atlanta in the early 60's, Whirlpool. I greatly admired "Jetstream" Dishwashers. So much better than the RadiaTtube. Hudson's sold Frigidaire and KitchenAid. Buckhead was the big Maytag dealer. Castelberry's out in Chamblee was strictly GE/Hotpoint.

Post# 915227 , Reply# 19   1/11/2017 at 20:17 (527 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Who sold Norge

In Atlanta????

Post# 915280 , Reply# 20   1/12/2017 at 08:28 (527 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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I have personally had, 1965 Rollermatic, 1978 1-18, and their matching dryers.  Also had non working unimatic with it's matching dryer.  Gave away those.  The Maytag's are still in use today as my daily drivers.  The Frigidaire's have been sold off.   Not that they weren't fun, did not like all that noise and problems that came along with them.  My choice!

Post# 915530 , Reply# 21   1/13/2017 at 16:16 (526 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
Speaking of 1961....

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1961 was the most recent strobogrammatic, palindromic year. The next one is 6009.

Post# 915576 , Reply# 22   1/13/2017 at 23:17 (525 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Hans, Aside from Rich's, there were some independent appliance and furniture stores that sold Norge, but I cannot recall them right now. I will have to check an old classified pages to perhaps find that information.

Post# 915603 , Reply# 23   1/14/2017 at 09:33 (525 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

There were some here too, back in the day. I know in the 70's there was a place that sold used appliances and new Norge washers and dryers called Crosstown Appliances. Another department store here by the name of Vandevers, back in the 60's sold Norge washers and dryers too.

Post# 915964 , Reply# 24   1/16/2017 at 18:21 (522 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I'm not sure what year the store started selling Frigidaire, but they had been selling Maytag for many, many years. The Frigidaire sign out front was pretty old (from the late 40's or early 50's) when I worked there. The store (original location in Hillsboro, OH) was started in 1849 and was in business until 1986. I do know the company was selling GE back in the 50's, but by the early 60's another store a block away got GE. That store previously sold Westinghouse, Speed Queen and Norge. Another store around the corner sold Hotpoint at one time, but got out of the appliance business by the mid 60's.

The link tells about the store. The location I worked in is at the lower left. The top left and righ pics show a circa 1940 GE refrigerator, and a GE sign in the right one.


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