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Found a 1969 Sears Lady Kenmore Washer / Dryer Set!
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Post# 949677   7/23/2017 at 17:54 (331 days old) by drh4683 (Chicago western suburbs)        

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I stumbled upon this nice pair of '69 Lady K's at an estate sale this weekend. They looked almost brand new. As I lifted the control doors open, I could hear the starters flicker and was greeted with nice bright illuminated consoles! The tub looked clean in the washer and had some cobwebs inside, so I knew it hadn't been used in a while.. But then the dryer looked equally as untouched. I then took a look behind the machines... Everything was still hooked up and I noticed both of the original florescent starters still had the factory masking tape holding them in place. Totally undisturbed. So its safe to assume these were hardly ever touched. Since the console lights turn on and off by opening and closing the flip down doors, you'd assume those starters or bulbs would have certainly been replaced by now under any kind of normal usage. The old lady who lived in this home was 95 and she either washed clothes by hand or went to the laundromat. Per the serial numbers, both machines were made in July, 1969.

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Post# 949678 , Reply# 1   7/23/2017 at 18:00 (331 days old) by Revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        

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Very, VERY NICE, congrats on the beautiful finds! They look to be in fabulous condition!

They may have been built in '69(?) but they are 1970 models as the first year for the "garage door" was the '70 model year.

Post# 949679 , Reply# 2   7/23/2017 at 18:02 (331 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Doug, how are you enjoying the 1968 LK set you found earlier this year?  This 1969 pair is the first year of this style of piano keyboard LKs and would essentially be the last pushbutton LKs as we know it.  The 1974 models eliminated the variflex agitator and brought about the large capacity tub with pentaswirl agitator. 

Post# 949682 , Reply# 3   7/23/2017 at 18:13 (331 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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and thanks for all the pictures. These machines are gorgeous.

Post# 949692 , Reply# 4   7/23/2017 at 19:26 (330 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Those lights, those knobs, those lighted panels...

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I've always liked these - I think I'd be up a few nights just with the lights on using or not using them. So beautiful.
Congratulations on your new set!

Post# 949720 , Reply# 5   7/23/2017 at 20:45 (330 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Back when

Made in America MEANT something!those will wear out 2 sets of anything made today!!

Post# 949731 , Reply# 6   7/23/2017 at 21:48 (330 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
Sweet Find!

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I believe I'd have to put these in my bedroom and use the panel lights for nightlights.


So beautiful.  Congratulations on your purchase.



Post# 949738 , Reply# 7   7/23/2017 at 23:01 (330 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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That's a beautiful set! Congratulations!

Post# 949746 , Reply# 8   7/24/2017 at 00:02 (330 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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A great find by another lucky member here!
They look awesome!

Post# 949771 , Reply# 9   7/24/2017 at 05:26 (330 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

I'm assuming from the 'Sold' sign on the lid of the washer in photo #3 that this gorgeous pair is parked in your laundry room now? Congratulations! Hard to beat a Lady Kenmore for styling and features.

Post# 949786 , Reply# 10   7/24/2017 at 08:05 (330 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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July must be deemed as Kenmore month! Wonder what you had to part with to sneak those away from the sale?

Post# 949796 , Reply# 11   7/24/2017 at 09:47 (330 days old) by jetaction (Minneapolis)        

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What a beautiful set, particularly in white!


Post# 949801 , Reply# 12   7/24/2017 at 10:50 (330 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Great find, Doug!

Post# 949802 , Reply# 13   7/24/2017 at 10:57 (330 days old) by TrainGuy (Key West)        

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This set will go nicely with your Frigidaire set!

Post# 949807 , Reply# 14   7/24/2017 at 11:16 (330 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Great find

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And the last Kenmore with a three speed motor, with the four position Vari-Flex agitator this washer was capable of 12 different levels of agitation.

These were the first of the hidden control machines, two more models would follow with the same basic design, the next 1972-73 pair eliminated the 3 SP motor and the last 1974 machine went to the super capacity design and a fully electronically controlled matching dryer.

After the 1975 Kenmore's there were never really great styled machines again.

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