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Post# 946806   7/5/2017 at 13:23 by tagthewasher (Des Moines, IA)        

Greetings, guys.

I've always been a big fan of washers and dryers, and I'm certainly happy to be on this thread, but I have a question.

I'm trying to remember what my Grandma and Grandpa Menninga's old Lady Kenmore washing machine looked like. It's been over a decade since I last saw this washer, and I last saw it in action in 2003. I know it was purchased brand new back in the late 70s to early 80s. It looked like a standard tub model with a control panel on the right side of the machine, but it had letters A through I depending on the part of the cycle. The controls were stainless steel. The names of the cycles looked like they were written in cursive or something. Their agitator was brown with a straight vane design. I always loved what fans of these machines called the woo-woo sound.

The pictures I have on this post are owned by their respective owners, and they don't have the letters labeling the cycles, but I just thought I'd give you an idea on what the control panel design looks like. Is there a photo of something similar to this washer that can be found?

I appreciate any and all answers from anyone who can show me what they found.


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Post# 946812 , Reply# 1   7/5/2017 at 15:25 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Hello -

I am the person who took both those pictures, though I did not immediately remember the second one. Both machines are mine.

I presume that you chose these pics because the overall console layout and construction is similar to the machine you remember. If so, what you recall is a 1976 "No Guesswork" model that was hailed as Sears' best standard capacity pair in the 1975 Fall catalog.

This model did indeed feature the same basic console, with a woodgrain insert to the left of the control bezel. Cycles were lettered, similar to Sears' tried and true manner on many models throughout the 1960s and early 70s. This was the very last model to use this cycle labeling method I believe. We refer to models with cycle lettering as "alphabet washers" generally speaking.

Also, we have come to refer to machines with these panels as "Plastic panel" models, and the one you are thinking of was one of very few models with color coded consoles to match cabinet color. Almost always these machines were white only, but this model came in Avocado, Coppertone, and Harvest in addition to white.

I believe this was a rather uncommon model. I don't recall seeing one on the sales floor, and not sure I ever saw one out in use or in used haul-away piles or in rebuild shops. I don't remember anyone here on the site having one either, but there could be several, who knows. Sears sold a lot of everything as compared to some makers, but this model was probably on Sears' low sellers list.

There was a very similarly paneled dryer, the 1975 Kenmore All-American dryer. I am going to search for a photo and post it here, as this should be the closest match to your machine without the exact one.

If anyone has a Fall 1975 catalog and can scan page 1071, it would be cool to post it here. In the meantime I'll look for some more pics...

Gordon



Post# 946813 , Reply# 2   7/5/2017 at 15:38 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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(Edit: Oops I'm a bit slow, Gordon beat me to it.)

 

Of course he nailed it, but here are a few other photos for reference.  (borrowed from anywhere I could find them, all here on AW)

 

Lady Kenmore models were top of the line with all the "bells & whistles".  Also from 1974 onward all Lady Kenmore models were large capacity machines.

 

Photo #1 1963 Lady Kenmore

 

#2 1964 Kenmore

 

#3 1964 Lady Kenmore

 

#4 1965 Kenmore

 

#5 1965 Lady Kenmore

 

#6 1966 Lady Kenmore

 

#7 A direct drive Lady Kenmore from the later(?) 80's / early 90's.

 

Agitators:  Any chance the agitator looked like either of these?

 

# 8 From a 1965 / 1966 Lady K

 

# 9 From 1969(?) to 1973 Lady K washers.

 

Kevin 


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Post# 946814 , Reply# 3   7/5/2017 at 15:44 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
1975 All-American dryer

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I borrowed this picture from Ponchoguy. This is the 1975 All-American dryer. Same essentially as the 1976 model, but this one has a full-width door that the '76 did not.



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Post# 946816 , Reply# 4   7/5/2017 at 16:35 by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
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Kevin: I want to say this is a 1988-89 model. I remember this because my moms Whirlpool died in the fall of 88 and that model was in the store when Dad and I went to get the new MOL 80 series that replaced it.
WK78


Post# 947093 , Reply# 5   7/8/2017 at 02:56 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The 1975 Kenmore dryer shown--While visiting my Dad my Grandmother was there,too.We had just eaten dinner and were reading and watching TV in the living room-all of a sudden Grandmother says"We are going to Sears and I am going to buy Nana a dryer!"Se we went to Sears and that same night Dad brought it home in his 1971 International Pickup."Nana" was Grandmothers nickname for my Stepmom.




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