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Hupp Corp. and Gibson Washers & Dryers
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Post# 965678   11/2/2017 at 21:38 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Was this The Huppmobile, building appliances, much like GM, Nash-American Motors & Ford makes did, too?

What about EASY? How long was that name used for washers & dryers before becoming Gibson & the pre-GE-owned Hotpoint, too?

Pretty much a mid-to-late '60's thing that would die out & to a buy-out, but I would like to know more!

-- Dave

Post# 965750 , Reply# 1   11/3/2017 at 09:22 by washman (Butler, PA)        

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I'm curious about Blackstone and Hamilton as well.

Post# 965788 , Reply# 2   11/3/2017 at 12:15 by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        
Was this The Huppmobile?

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One's hopefully helpful short answer is YES, it is one in the same!!

The longer answer, is:

After Huppmobile stopped production of cars in 1941 (ending with the previously-known-as Front Drive 810/12 Cord Bodied ( Huppmobile Skylark), it was reorganized after bankruptcy into the Hupp Corporation. This information one know's 100%. Do not have the exact history written here for Automobile Quarterly at the ready, which explained in detail Huppmobile's transformation; but this is the gist.. the companies interests, post-auto's was varied, but rooted in manufacture of varying device(s).

One is unsure as to when Hupp Corp. actually purchased Easy, but it was sometime in the early 60's (unless someone out there has the exact year at the ready, I would like to offer (1963) as the year that seems to ring true..). One believes, thru reading material heretofore, that Hupp Corporation was purchased by White Consolidated in (1967).

Post# 965821 , Reply# 3   11/3/2017 at 15:38 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Circa, 1964:

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Thank you, I so far appreciate a response and an insight as I am wondering about the connection...

I happen to have a 1964 Consumer Reports paper-back buying guide, and you know what? A number of these sorts of makes of washers and dryers seem to have the same (mostly low) ratings, and are the Gibson, Easy, and even Hotpoint makes--but in the case of Gibson & Easy made by The Hupp Corporation...

While there are also Gibson refrigerators and freezers, made by Gibson Refrigeration Corporation in Grand Rapids, MI, reviewed in that book as well...

Post# 965830 , Reply# 4   11/3/2017 at 16:37 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
It is all in the archives somewhere

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IIRC, the quality of Easy Spindrier units went down after Hupp got their mitts on things.

You can also find some twin tub washer/spin drier units (likely sourced from Japan) sold under the Gibson brand.

Post# 965854 , Reply# 5   11/3/2017 at 19:38 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I've seen Gibson refrigerators that say "division of Hupp Corporation' on the tag.

Post# 965860 , Reply# 6   11/3/2017 at 20:22 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Okay, GOATFARMER, you may be right...

I need to get that old book back in my hand (I also wonder if ABC, Philco and Blackstone may also have been part of the fold)...

Just randomly curious on the reviews of these appliances in that book & even searched through whatever archives I'd could here at AW, before deciding to start this one...

Like I said, Hupp Corp designated Gibson, or Gibson-related, and noticed how inferior it seemed that anything was reviewed had been related to these brands, or in short, just wasn't GE, Maytag, Sears Kenmore or Whirlpool...

A trip back in time & me being of appliance buying age surely would've at least have made a Maytag my warshin' machine...!

-- Dave

Post# 965874 , Reply# 7   11/3/2017 at 21:25 by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        
For the record

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The name of the car was Hupmobile, not Huppmobile; although the founder of the company was Robert Hupp, he chose to use one P in naming the car.

Post# 965878 , Reply# 8   11/3/2017 at 22:08 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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