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1957 Blackstone Washer
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Post# 971958   12/6/2017 at 14:08 (194 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Just added the owners manual to the 1957 Blackstone washer model 350 to the Ephemera Washer! First time I've seen this manual.

Thanks to Fred(Blackstone) in Mass who was kind enough to send it to me for the library.

Post# 971961 , Reply# 1   12/6/2017 at 14:23 (194 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

Just bought it--fantastic!

It's interesting how the water temperature was apparently infinitely adjustable, as it states that one can choose hot, cold or medium, or anything in between. It's kind of neat, also, showing various servicing options.

Post# 971989 , Reply# 2   12/6/2017 at 16:48 (194 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Robert, thank you.  I look forward to read through this.  I got to play with this washer at both Tucson Wash ins. 

Post# 972127 , Reply# 3   12/7/2017 at 10:59 (193 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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That's right: water temperature was infinitely adjustable; and if you didn't get enough water (or wanted to stop the fill), you could just move the timer knob in either direction at any time.

Post# 972240 , Reply# 4   12/7/2017 at 21:51 (193 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
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I've never seen a Blackstone washer. I notice on this owner's manual I bought that the company says it's "America's Oldest Washer Manufacturer" in Jamestown, New York.

Can someone on here fill me in a little on this company? Was it basically regional, is that why I never saw one down here in the Houston area? Why did they cease manufacture? Were they bought out or did they just close down?

I think the fascinating thing about this owner's manual is those huge dials on the front of the machine, like owl's eyes. So many washers from the period have fairly small dials, if any at all. This machine has dials that look like saucers!

Post# 972302 , Reply# 5   12/8/2017 at 07:27 (193 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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Blackstone stopped manufacturing laundry appliances in the mid-1970s. They then concentrated on industrial products, in particular, ultrasonic cleaning. It was a private company, not bought out.

They claim to have been making laundry appliances since 1874. Probably just advertising on their part.

I have some company history publications that I could scan and post.

Other members here can post about where they have seen/found/used Blackstones. It was definitely not a nationally-distributed product. However, Australian members have Hoover-branded machines that were very closely based on Blackstone's design.

Post# 972306 , Reply# 6   12/8/2017 at 07:50 (193 days old) by Revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
A video

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Thank you both to Fred and Robert for giving us access to this owners manual for such a beautiful machine!


Here's a video of a 1955 Blackstone I shot a few years ago while visiting Roger in Tucson, AZ.





This post was last edited 12/08/2017 at 09:17

Post# 972365 , Reply# 7   12/8/2017 at 11:41 (192 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I may sound like a broken record about this, but I was surprised to find that Blackstone washers and dryers were sold in Canada!  The first Eaton Viking brand laundry appliances in the mid to late 50s were Blackstone machines and in the early 60s, the Beatty company must have reached an agreement use the Blackstone designs under license.

The only Blackstone I own is a US machine and it's doing fine filling in for the 65 Lady K!

Post# 972370 , Reply# 8   12/8/2017 at 12:43 (192 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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As mentioned in a few previous discussions, early 1970s models (last production) were featured in a local butane/propane company's display at a county fair.  The brand was a new thing to me so I was fascinated by the brochure (very similar to one in available in Ephemera).  I convinced dad to take me by the butane outfit for another look at them but I failed at convincing him that we needed a set.

Post# 972402 , Reply# 9   12/8/2017 at 16:36 (192 days old) by Tazz (western massachusetts)        
Hey Fred

Hi Fred, geeze I was born in Springfield, lived off of Berkshire Ave the later on behind O'Brians corner now I've settled here in Ludlow.

Post# 972419 , Reply# 10   12/8/2017 at 18:24 (192 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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