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Post# 962134   10/12/2017 at 12:13 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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An interesting washing machine with a fiberglass tub. I have personally never seen one of these before, but it seems to have operated like most of the solid tub models of the day.

Post# 962148 , Reply# 1   10/12/2017 at 13:26 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Was going to be the thread title, but Bruce beat me to it. Imagine that!!! With 5 pages of text & pix, it must be a record. The hot rinse was so provocative, not to mention, ironic, indulgent, and amusing when today's practice not only forbids hot rinsing, but recommends WASHING in cold water. Egads! What must younguns think when they learn that people rinsed in hot, back in the "olden days"? Incidentally, The Blackstone 350 does the same thing unless you reselect. Wonder if the Marquette's hot was locked in, or if you could reselect as well. Probably. We need someday to complete the history of the hot rinsers. I bet there were more than these two.

Another wonder: they say that the top lid prevents you from having to stoop and lets you drop the clothes "in,"..... the obvious oft-cited better deal than the front-loaders, but here's the killer : you can open the lid "JUST TO WATCH MARQUETTE'S MATCHESS WASH ACTION." Spoken like a true Aworger. Never see that in an ad.

The machine is reminiscent of many others: bowl shaped SQ tub, 4 vaned MT agitator, turret Apex control top and fiberglass tub, press to stop GE water saver--very early for that feature, yes?-- and the 3 WP spray rinses after the deep.

Flashes of original writing throughout: "An agitated hot water power rinse plus three additional whirling power spray rinses float dirt and soap away." Ah, love that whirling power. Surmising that the sprays were hot too, this was certainly one very hot washer ;'D

What a fun morning read it was.

Post# 962152 , Reply# 2   10/12/2017 at 14:03 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Hot rinse, eh?

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The only machine I've come across so far with a hot rinse is the GE Washer-Dryer Combo - but the logic was no doubt to get the clothes warmed up in preparation for the dry cycle.  The hot rinse is optional on this machine - if a hot wash was selected, the fifth and final rinse is also hot.  


The fibreglas tub on the Marquette makes me wonder if the machine was somehow related to the Apex washer.  

Post# 962168 , Reply# 3   10/12/2017 at 16:02 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The only GE combos I've seen, when set for a hot wash, give the first rinse in cold, second in warm and the third in hot.

Post# 962170 , Reply# 4   10/12/2017 at 16:03 by kd12 (Arkansas)        
Exhaust Fan?

Dryer ad mentions a "centrifugal type exhaust blower with four-bladed fan". To me, centrifugal blower means squirrel-cage, not bladed. Were there two types of fans on this dryer?

Post# 962171 , Reply# 5   10/12/2017 at 16:11 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I guess only the early combos did the hot final rinse, Tom.  My '56 has a first rinse in cold, second in warm, third in in cold, fourth in warm, then fifth and final in hot or warm according to the wash temp selected.   Not the best machine when you live in a house with a well... 

Post# 962231 , Reply# 6   10/12/2017 at 23:15 by golittlesport (California)        

Very interesting Apex-built machine. Notice they mention a four vane agitator, but the picture looks like it is a three vane?

Several early top loaders had a hot rinse -- either spray or deep -- probably to help rinse soap curd away. (Dexter, Hotpoint, Coronado and other early Beam machines for example.) Soap does not rinse out well in cool water and many people still used soap back when automatic washers first arrived on the scene.

Post# 962282 , Reply# 7   10/13/2017 at 10:51 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Solid tub rinsing options

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This Marquette could easily overflow, but it does not. All early Speed Queens and Fridigaires could have spray rinsed, but they did not. The Norges. Easies, and so many others both spray rinsed and overflowed, while for many years the GE's did neither.

Frigidaire never sprayed until the 1-18 was born, but they sure made up for it with the spectacular spraying those machines deliver. Other solid tubs that did not overflow won't come to mind. It's all so interesting to reflect on what each manufacturer chose to do.

Saw the missing fin, too, Rich. The cartoonist fell asleep before he finished and the editor was out to lunch ;'D

Post# 962360 , Reply# 8   10/13/2017 at 20:04 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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To spray rinse in many of the early solid tub machines slowed down the spin and thus put a drag on the motor. With the GE solid tub machine, it recirculated the water already, so to overflow rinse it would not have been able to pump out the water until it went into spin.

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