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Post# 964210   10/25/2017 at 03:23 by johnrk (Houston)        

Thanks for the great Frigidaire ad. I noticed in there they they show a lint 'drawer' under the dryer. Was that a drawer simply to catch more lint with more surface area, or was it designed to hold a bunch before having to empty?

Post# 964218 , Reply# 1   10/25/2017 at 06:22 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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This dryer was a cheaper to build machine than the No-Vent Filterater dryers FD also built, The large lint drawer was really just filling the space where the expensive to build aluminum condenser cartridge would be. The good thing about this dryer is it would dryer faster and use less power, and as large as the lint filter is you could probably dry many loads without having to clean it.


Its also interesting that this cheaper to build FD washer washer with the pulse-a-matic mechanism is still labeled as a Rapid-Dry machine even though it spins at about 1/2 the speed as their better washers 660 vs 1140, but they are correct that 660 is still faster than WP-KMs and MTs of the time.


John L.

Post# 964223 , Reply# 2   10/25/2017 at 06:48 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I saw a Frrigidaire dryer, at least with a Lint Drawer like that one, at a Salvation Army years ago & seemed to be the most decrepitly-old appliance there...

Well, there was also bare-bones General Electric range (Just an oven, and four eyes--three small, one large) there, in Woodtone Brown...

-- Dave

Post# 964225 , Reply# 3   10/25/2017 at 06:50 by johnrk (Houston)        
John L

Were those all condenser dryers, IOW the more expensive ones weren't vented? Or were they vented and also had condensers? I really know little about those as my mother didn't get a dryer until the early 60's.

Thanks for your reply.

Post# 964230 , Reply# 4   10/25/2017 at 07:10 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1950s FD Dryers

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FDs first dryers were Non-Condensing vented or un-vented models built by Hamilton.


In the early 50s [ 1950-1952 ]they introduced their first dryers and these were condensing models only available for either 120 volt or 230 volt operation.


They quickly came up with smaller less expensive models that were vented dryers as well.


FDs TOL dryers were all the bigger condensing models from around 1950-1960.


1961 was a big change yaer for FD, they abandoned their large condensing dryers and now all dryers were 27" wide, and all washers went from being 25" wide to 27" wide as well.


FD for the first time in 1961 introduced Gas dryers, they also completely redesigned their no-vent electric dryers to a more modern system with two fans that is similar to NVD sold all over the world today. They of course built vented electric models as well.


John L.

Post# 964235 , Reply# 5   10/25/2017 at 07:28 by johnrk (Houston)        
John L

Thanks for your reply! That must've been really hot and humid having those condensing dryers in non-air-conditioned homes in the South back then. That's one situation where I'd rather have the thing in the garage...

Again, thanks for educating me.

Post# 964255 , Reply# 6   10/25/2017 at 10:03 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Many places in the south had dryers on a service porch or in a utility room or garage with the door open on laundry day so heat was not as much of a problem, but also in those years, dryers were often mainly used in bad weather. Many people still hung laundry outside in nice weather. I remember during heat waves that even cotton loads of laundry spun in our 58 Lady would dry as fast hanging on the line as it took for the next load to wash. I used to walk past a house with this dryer in the utility room off the carport. I don't know if the dryer was vented out through the back wall of the utility room or if it just discharged into the room, but when it was running, the door was open and the dryer was front and center. The washer was maybe off to the side or in the kitchen so I never saw it.

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Post# 964264 , Reply# 7   10/25/2017 at 11:38 by brucelucenta (Queen Roberta has blocked me from posting, so not likely to)        

The first Frigidaire washer I ever saw operate was a pulsamatic 1957 model. I was mesmerized by it at about 7 years old. I am not sure the type of dryer this machine had, but it matched the washer which looked much like the other 1957 pedestal timer machines. The dryer that went with the one pictured is interesting, since it vented out like a normal dryer and I would imagine it dried things quicker. The pulsamatic machines seem to wash things quite well with less tangling, from what I have witnessed. That model would be my choice.

Post# 964273 , Reply# 8   10/25/2017 at 14:16 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Post# 964276 , Reply# 9   10/25/2017 at 14:38 by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        
Pulsamatic Dryer

I have this dryer in the 1956 version. It was an adequate performer - The heating element burned out in it and I have not replaced it. It was an "Open Coil" element which differed from the elements used in the filtrators. Very simple "Timed Dried" machine with adjustable thermostat.

Post# 964283 , Reply# 10   10/25/2017 at 15:16 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Joe the Pulsamatic (one belt) was made from 1955-1958 models. The Multimatic (two belts) came out in 1959 and was produced through 1964. The Unimatic was 1947-1958 models (and was made thru 1963 in coin-op and dry-cleaner models). The image you are showing is the Multi-matic.

I have white sheets and they have not yellowed and I mainly dry them in the Filtrator, but I use low heat for most things, properly spun articles will dry in 40 to 60 minutes on low heat. Key here is properly spun.

Post# 964287 , Reply# 11   10/25/2017 at 15:39 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Post# 964289 , Reply# 12   10/25/2017 at 15:45 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I'll keep my comments to toasters & waffle irons from now on...

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Post# 964290 , Reply# 13   10/25/2017 at 15:47 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Electric & Gas--yes, that was one thing I was wondering about that dryer that I saw--but I guess I only need to have looked in back of it to tell, as in the case of it being Gas there was no Blue Star, as opposed the more likelihood of finding a UL somewhere which would designate (the very likely) of it being Electric...

Another "aged" appliance at that store was a Westinghouse tow-tiered electric range and probably also a number of single-door, round-top fridges; things here now set my mind a'reelin'...!

-- Dave

Post# 964295 , Reply# 14   10/25/2017 at 16:37 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

My 1953 Filtramatic does a great job of drying, especially towels. I usually leave it on High temperature.

I thought Frigidaire built Filtrators well into the 1960's. I will have to look that up and refresh my memory. In any event, their vented dryers from the solid-tub washer era were great dryers.
I had a pastel yellow mid-sixties Gas Dryer years ago. It had the usual surface rust problems the Frigidaire Gas dryers of that era had. I still have a 1968 Gas model that is minty. A rare thing to find in an old Gas Frigidaire.

Post# 964308 , Reply# 15   10/25/2017 at 19:41 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Yes, from you'd said here, that Frigidaire was eee-lek-trik!

Brings me to the Hi-Dryer, that Westinghouse made, with a DRWAER under that--of which according to the one source I'd read about it: "The only conceivable use for it, would be lint-storage", and I quote from my book, HOW TO BUY MAJOR HOME APPLIANCES (Author, Charles Klamkin), that he'd also mentioned that the idea of "Westinghouse's "so-called Hi-Dryer" was for it to stand taller than a regular dryer w/ that drawer beneath it" (the book is from 1972-1973)...

-- Dave

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