Thread Number: 72447  /  Tag: Vintage Dryers
Is this Cook/Aldry dryer a Huebsch? and ramblings about rare/extinct commercial equipment
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Post# 957343   9/13/2017 at 03:32 by superocd (PNW)        

Looks like one by the design...

The Aldwash, Aldry, Washette and Tumblette must be a real rare breed, if not extinct. This particular one in the photo is probably running because it's a Huebsch (it has a strong resemblance to one) and many parts are aplenty for those, even 50-60 years later. If it were an actual Cook Machinery product, I'm thinking parts are NLA for pretty much everything they have made and if one minor problem came up it meant a death sentence.

If you think vintage domestic appliances are rare (which a lot of it is) commercial equipment becomes super rare as time goes on because no one collects that kind of stuff.

Case in point: did you know Colt (the gun manufacturer) made dish machines in the forties until Vulcan-Hart bought out their dish machine division? I found that out from an old Hobart service guy I ran into a while back. I bet there's not one single Colt dish machine out there (not that there would be, I don't think that those prehistoric artifacts would meet NSF specification let alone health code, with the wood racks and primitive wash system). Nonetheless, that would be super cool to see, a real treat to see it in active duty.

The other day I was doing an evap changeout and a recharge for a walk-in at an older grade school. As I walked into the kitchen, I was awestruck of an old circa-1950s Hotpoint electric deck oven front and center in the kitchen. Worse for the wear with heavy grease buildup (and smelled like it too) but still on school lunch duty all these years later, cooking chicken nuggets and corn dogs. Everything else in the kitchen was 15-20 years old. Don't know how that escaped the scrap pile, as electric anything will cost a fortune to run versus NG. That will probably be the last time I'd see something like that. Wish I grabbed pictures of that oven but I don't feel right snapping pics on the job.

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Post# 957351 , Reply# 1   9/13/2017 at 05:47 by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

Roundabout 1953 I stopped into the 'shopping center' laundry on the way walking home from second grade.  They got used to me hanging around, eventually let me play with the Cook Washettes.  All they did was fill, tumble and drain.  All manual, down to the faucet handles that let water in.  Then there was the Bock extractor but I wasn't allowed anywhere near it.  Reminded me of Grandma and the Thor wringer before she got the Spindryer.

Post# 957387 , Reply# 2   9/13/2017 at 12:14 by Laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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I remember these from a now gone place in Baltimore named The County Tub. They had Aldwash,Aldry,Aldspin and Philco Bendix,Norge and also had Philco Bendix drycleaning machines. The Aldry models look similar to the Cissel line of laundry equipment. The Huebsch models were identified by a lever that you adjusted the tumble speed with depending on the size of the loads.I always look for the "Launderama"machines. I haven't seen one in decades. Westinghouse motor where the backpanel was and a shot style door you raised up to load. No door lock. No soap dispenser. One way spin that would slow down from the weight of the clothes once wet. All stainless steel and easy to service. The place the Launderama were was called "Sudsville". Their other two Laundromats had Frigidaire Jet Action top loaders and a Frigidaire drycleaning pair in turquoise.

Post# 957410 , Reply# 3   9/13/2017 at 16:34 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I had to drive by a local laundromat here today, as I remember these style dryers....

and through the front window, you could see two walls of these dryers still in use.....

based on the colors, I would say they are still the same units since we used to go there when I was a kid.....a place where every machine was named on the front..

this place used to feature Speed Queen solid tub its all FLers....

Post# 957412 , Reply# 4   9/13/2017 at 16:43 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
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Well hello there! LTNS!

Was just thinking about you the other day, so your ears must have been ringing. We were discussing Equator/Merloni and remembered you were the go to guy on that whole not mess.

Good to see you posting again and hope you are biding well.


Post# 957439 , Reply# 5   9/13/2017 at 21:24 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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We had dryers like those at "Mables Wishy Washy" down home.  On the front was a tag that said "Wishy sales and service, Nashville, TN". 

Post# 957514 , Reply# 6   9/14/2017 at 10:21 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I remember "Cook" as being the brand of semi automatic front load washers and extractor my father inherited when he bought the dry cleaners/laundry back in 1969. I know at least back then, it was a different entity from Huebsch. At the time, Cook made automatic front loaders that extracted too. They may have had dryers that were just re badged Huebsch dryers, I don't actually know. I do remember, oddly enough, that for a short time in the early 70's, Blackstone made a top load washer and re badged it with the "Cook" name for commercial use.

Post# 957541 , Reply# 7   9/14/2017 at 14:10 by Laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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Sorry. I was having a "brain fart" Hoyt, not Huebsch. They made a lever to move and set the tumble speed accordingly.

Post# 957546 , Reply# 8   9/14/2017 at 14:52 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Yes Chuck...

I believe it was called the "Load-Trol". The lever was numbered 1-5 1 being the slowest tumble and 5 being the fastest speed.

And that was when a dime was 10 minutes of dry time.

I also believe there was a heat lever too.

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