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POD 3/5/18: 1960 Lady Kenmore
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Post# 985380   3/5/2018 at 08:24 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

A stunningly beautiful console from the design wizards at the Whirlpool corporation; another example of flagship Kenmores lavished with styling and features that trumped those of the corporation's namesake brand.

Timed liquid detergent, fabric softener and bleach dispensers; super wash (prewash) that automatically advanced to the chosen full cycle; lights galore inside and out; heavy and light soil versions of many cycles; nifty scrubber cap on the agitator to pretreat stubborn stains; self-cleaning lint filter. This beauty was noisy as a bowling alley, but loaded with features.

Photos from achieved threads show the evolution of Lady K consoles:
1) The 1959 Lady Kenmore; post courstey of DADoES
2) The 1960 Lady Kenmore (today's POD) courtesy of Gansky1.
3) The elusive 1961 Lady Kenmore; again from DADoES.


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Post# 985384 , Reply# 1   3/5/2018 at 09:02 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Years ago Justin followed an unfortunate cold lead for a 1961 Lady Kenmore. I believe this is the only actual photo of a '61 LK that any of us have seen in the wild.

A shame too, as those buttons look perfect! Wish the buttons on my '59 LK looked that nice.

Ben


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Post# 985391 , Reply# 2   3/5/2018 at 10:14 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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No one thus far (that I've run across) has come up with operational/mechanical details on the described 1961 feature "Automatic water level never wastes a drop . . never needs setting either.  Provides just enough for any size load from 2 to 10 lbs.  Even adds more water if you add more clothes."


Post# 985400 , Reply# 3   3/5/2018 at 11:27 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Robert posted details of how the AWL system worked several years ago.

It basically started agitating at low water level and there was a micro-switch that the tub cover would contact if the tub was rocking and hitting the MS if the washer need more water, there was a upper and lower limit via regular type WLS that was not adjustable by the user.

John L.


Post# 985413 , Reply# 4   3/5/2018 at 12:47 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Can anyone find that thread?  I tried some relevant search terms and nothing comes up with the information.


Post# 985514 , Reply# 5   3/6/2018 at 08:46 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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I'm pretty sure Glenn that it was a Patent of the Day that showed how the '61 Lady Kenmore automatic water level worked.

Post# 985562 , Reply# 6   3/6/2018 at 17:07 by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

This patent seems to go into a lot of detail, there are quite a few however from 1955 onwards that discuss how this could work

1960 patent
patents.google.com/patent/US3086...

Search results from 1955 onwards
patents.google.com/QUESTIONMARKR...





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