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Post# 960734   10/5/2017 at 09:44 by brucelucenta ()        

A nice fairly TOL re badged GE washer and dryer for Canadians I take it.




Post# 960748 , Reply# 1   10/5/2017 at 11:47 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Reminds me of the machines GE / Hotpoint made to sell under the JCPenney brand. Friends in Seattle had a TOL set in the 1980s.

Post# 960756 , Reply# 2   10/5/2017 at 12:23 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Yep, the Viking washers were part Canadian GE, part Canadian Hotpoint.   Side opening lids with a mini-basket!

 

I had a set kinda like the one in today's POD, just one notch down (no programmed pushbuttons but the was Harvest Gold) - I sure miss that mini-basket... 


Post# 960872 , Reply# 3   10/5/2017 at 23:04 by brucelucenta ()        

But you have to remember that in 1974 Hotpoint was still making their own washers. The solid tub machines with the spiral agitator and filter/pump built into the agitator. That was what JCPenny sold for many years under the Penncrest name.

Post# 960889 , Reply# 4   10/6/2017 at 06:43 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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In Canada in the early 1970s,  a group called CAMCO merged production of GE, Hotpoint, McClary (POD Oct 6th by coincidence!) and Moffat appliances.  Economically, it made a great deal of sense - back then, there were duties and 'hidden taxes' on appliances and appliance parts that were built in the US and then imported. So the Canadian-built machines were different from their US-built counterparts (Canadian-built GE dishwashers featured porcelain tubs for much longer than US models, for example)  Consumers were happy to have the choice of brands at a reasonable prices but admittely, the machines were cookie-cutter clones.  

 

CAMCO merged  with (or was acquired by) MABE at some point in the 90s, post NAFTA.  I believe the big plant in Montreal closed a few years ago, following the phasing out of the McClary and Moffat brands.  




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Post# 960903 , Reply# 5   10/6/2017 at 09:13 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Oh, if not for this being a Hotpoint (in a Canadian JC Penny guise) I would have mistaken today's McClary P.O.D. for it... (which I did!)


-- Dave





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