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Can someone identify this washer?
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Post# 923514   2/24/2017 at 03:53 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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I came across these pictures in my archives. Perhaps I even found it on this website. I guess it's a General Electric from the 50's? I think neighbours of us had this washer in white and I think I remember it was a GE. Better pictures of this model would be appreciated.

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Post# 923521 , Reply# 1   2/24/2017 at 05:45 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

You are right, Louis!  it is a pre-Filter Flo model with the hot/warm water switch on top of the timer escutcheon. Friends in Florida had one. Without a model number, I cannot be sure of the year, but would bet on pre-1955.

Post# 923522 , Reply# 2   2/24/2017 at 06:00 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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Thank you Tom, that makes sense. My parents married in 1955, the neighbours were older, had older children too. So they must have had this from the start of their marriage. It did loads of diapers through the years, there were 7 children.

Post# 923526 , Reply# 3   2/24/2017 at 06:39 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Cadet Blue no less!!!!!

Post# 923556 , Reply# 4   2/24/2017 at 09:43 by appnut (TX)        

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this is a lower-end model of the POD 1954 or 1955 GE.  The POD model had timer dial on one side and water temperature dial on the other with the water saver switch (horizontally oriented) in between the two knobs.  Friends at the end of our street, they had the matched set--only got to see from afar.  They also had the lower-end Waste King DW compared to our higher-end 3-button WK.  Our GE washer, which replaced the Bendix because I couldn't leave it alone, looks just like Jetcone's, but didn't have filter-flo.  I remember our owner's manual had an insert for the washer I'm thinking of.  One of the two dials was referred to as Fabri-Flex. 

Post# 923584 , Reply# 5   2/24/2017 at 13:48 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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Thank you Bob,

I did a search on thoses years and found this thread.

The copper colored part behind the timer is the only difference I see. I don't know if the machine our neighbours had, had that or not. But both are close enough to my memories of the washer our neighbours had.

Post# 923589 , Reply# 6   2/24/2017 at 14:28 by appnut (TX)        

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Luigi, attached is Jetcone's 1956 Filter-Flo.  This is the washer that replaced the Bendix to keep me from opening the door and all the water going down the driveway.  Ours looked exactly like this, but our model did not have the filter-flo.  On the front of Jon's washer there's an identifying turquoise-backed script insignia declaring Filter-Flo.  Our washer had the word Automatic in it.

Post# 923590 , Reply# 7   2/24/2017 at 14:32 by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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The blue one is either a 1955 or an older one that was updated with a paint job.  GE introduced the colors in 1955, so if the color is original, that will be the date of this one.



Post# 923614 , Reply# 8   2/24/2017 at 16:44 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Paul has one.(turquoiseboy, I mean dude)

That is my Grandmother's washer in Blue. Very rare as hen's teeth.

Post# 923618 , Reply# 9   2/24/2017 at 17:05 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow!!  That sure looks like my '53!  I'd have to guess it's the 55 model though, because of the cadet blue finish.  Cool looking machine!

Post# 923698 , Reply# 10   2/25/2017 at 03:06 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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Our neighbours had a white one so I guess I guess their washer was perhaps from before 1955. The pictures of the cadet blue one I must have found online.

I know of several households that had a GE washer and sometimes even a GE dryer. Our neighbours weren't well to do (they didn't even have a car for a long time) but I guess they found it important to have an automatic washer with so many children, important enough to buy an import machine.

Post# 923736 , Reply# 11   2/25/2017 at 09:50 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        

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It is from 1955 or 1956. GE introduced color appliances in January 1955 in Cadet Blue (the color of the machine in the picture), Petal Pink, Turquoise Green, and Woodtone Brown. Cadet blue was so unpopular that it was discontinued after the 1956 model year.....PAT COFFEY

Post# 923755 , Reply# 12   2/25/2017 at 12:50 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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Our neighbours had a white one, not a cadet blue one.

Post# 923775 , Reply# 13   2/25/2017 at 16:09 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
The Center-dial GE

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Thank you for that picture. I am pretty sure that this is a 1953 model, WA-450K (although because of that chrome strip in the front and the slightly different RH control, it might be some non-catalog later model). I have never seen a GE washer in Cadet Blue; I've seen parts sheets that list cabinet pieces in that color so I assumed they existed somewhere, but now it's documented.

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Post# 923833 , Reply# 14   2/26/2017 at 04:13 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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Thank you Ken for adding to my memories about that machine. They had a huge flow through water heater to have it filled. As a child I was fascinated by this machine because it was much bigger and totally different than the washing machines I knew. Short before we moved in 1975 it was replaced with a European washing machine, also a toploader, a Ruton (Philips) Slimstar.

Post# 923834 , Reply# 15   2/26/2017 at 04:45 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hi Louis,


Found this great AW thread on a 1955 GE set. Great pictures!


Post# 923836 , Reply# 16   2/26/2017 at 05:08 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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Thank you Louie, I posted that link in Reply #5, but it's easily overlooked. Thanks for your contribution to reliving my memories. After all that's one of the main reasons we're here.

Post# 923842 , Reply# 17   2/26/2017 at 06:07 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Sorry Louis. smile

Post# 923862 , Reply# 18   2/26/2017 at 07:24 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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No problem! Thanks anyway!

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