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Vintage Laundromat pics
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Post# 324294   1/14/2009 at 11:29 (4,221 days old) by estatesale_gary (Golden Valley)        

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Found these on the MN Historical Society website. This was in North Minneapolis.

Post# 324295 , Reply# 1   1/14/2009 at 11:30 (4,221 days old) by estatesale_gary (Golden Valley)        
Another vintage Laundromat pic

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Love the ashtrays and the comfortable chairs.

Post# 324309 , Reply# 2   1/14/2009 at 12:31 (4,221 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Very fun - the North-Minne picture looks like Robert has already been there snatching parts from the Westy on the end ;-)

Notice the extractor on the opposite wall of the Bendix washers, I'll bet that was well-used!

Post# 324315 , Reply# 3   1/14/2009 at 12:52 (4,221 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Need to call the truancy officer to clear those hooligans out of the first pic.

Post# 324317 , Reply# 4   1/14/2009 at 13:16 (4,221 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I would love to get my hands on that Pepsi bottle machine. I wonder what size it dispensed, 10 or 12oz.? Or possibly 6.5oz, I highly doubt it though.

Post# 324324 , Reply# 5   1/14/2009 at 13:34 (4,221 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
More, more more???

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I would love to see more photos like this if you can post more!

Post# 324325 , Reply# 6   1/14/2009 at 13:45 (4,221 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        

*LOL* smoking in the laundromant? The dryers will suck that smoke and odor right through one's clean unmentioanables.

I never understood why one needs an exhaust fan sucking more air out of the laundromat. The dryers do that already. What one needs is an unresticted place for air to enter!

Neat pics!

Post# 324332 , Reply# 7   1/14/2009 at 14:07 (4,221 days old) by estatesale_gary (Golden Valley)        
King Koin Laundry Mat

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South Minneapolis - 1957

Post# 324334 , Reply# 8   1/14/2009 at 14:08 (4,221 days old) by estatesale_gary (Golden Valley)        
Not a Laundromat - but what are these machines?

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Basement shot of a newly constructed home in Edina, MN

Post# 324336 , Reply# 9   1/14/2009 at 14:14 (4,221 days old) by unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

Don't forget about the Gabberts Store at 800 Nicollet Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis, taken November 29, 1957.

A 51 story office tower now stands in its place!

Post# 324340 , Reply# 10   1/14/2009 at 14:27 (4,221 days old) by bobbyderegis (Boston)        

Look at the glass demo Maytag dryer. love it!!
Bobby in Boston

Post# 324341 , Reply# 11   1/14/2009 at 14:27 (4,221 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Exahust Fan

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You've not been in a laundromat on a hot and humid summer's day have you?

Air conditioning isn't an option (would be foolish with all those dryers going), so one has to do something.

Local laundromat leaves the back service door open, and front door as well, along with the fan going, and still wouldn't go there on a hot day.

Problem is the same really for all sorts of commercial laundries, probably worse where ironers and other other heat generating equipment, and or steam boilers are running as well.

If one examines photographs of laundries, old and new, you will see fans (or very large windows). In the days before electricity and or fans, it was HELL to work in a laundry during warm months of the year. And since labour protection laws, and unions weren't that strong, you either put up with it or quit.

Post# 324373 , Reply# 12   1/14/2009 at 16:46 (4,221 days old) by golittlesport (California)        
Not a Laundromat - but what are these machines?

The photo of a basement shot of a newly constructed home in Edina, MN has Norge Timelines in it...the dryer is a newer model than the washer. That home has some heavy duty plumbing and heating.

Post# 324382 , Reply# 13   1/14/2009 at 17:20 (4,221 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Well, that is sure one HUGE hot air heating system.

Just how big was this house? Tara?


Post# 324383 , Reply# 14   1/14/2009 at 17:23 (4,221 days old) by volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Dryer intake question.

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The highest efficiency gas furnaces these days have 2 flue pipes. One for exhaust, and one for intake. This way, they aren't using the air they have already heated for combustion and exhaust. Many installers only route the exhaust out of the building, and leave the intake inside. This lowers the efficiency of the heating system considerably. Also, these types of furnaces can be installed in small closets without ventilation and louvered doors. The louvers on the doors are there so a less efficient furnace can suck enough air for combustion. If the furnace gets its air from the outside, it no longer needs to be in a well-ventilated closet. Failing to connect the intake pipe to the outside when the furnace is installed in a poorly ventilated space can cause there to be insufficient oxygen for proper combustion, leading to carbon monoxide.

The reason for this ramble is: has anyone ever marketed a dryer which takes its intake air from outside? It would seem to make sense, that way the dryer isn't blowing the heated or cooled air out of a building. The only downside I can think of would be the possible need for a filter to get rid of dust from the intake air. Of course, if the indoor air in our buildings is more polluted than the outside air, it may be an improvement, even lacking a filter.

Just some disorganized thoughts,

Post# 324390 , Reply# 15   1/14/2009 at 17:58 (4,221 days old) by pturo (Syracuse, New York)        

It is zero degrees here. I wonder if sucking frigid air in the dryer would affect the efficency much.

Post# 324394 , Reply# 16   1/14/2009 at 18:04 (4,221 days old) by shawn (Waterford Ct)        
King Koin laundromat

What make of washer's are in this laundromat?

Post# 324396 , Reply# 17   1/14/2009 at 18:13 (4,221 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
It is zero degrees here.....

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Not sure, but think that it does.

Every dryer owner's manual I've read states that drying time can be affected by the temperature of incoming air. Which when you think about it does make sense, since incoming cold air must be heated longer in order to generate temperatures needed to satisfy the thermostat/heat laundry.

One does suppose the change in efficency would probably be small on a high powered gas or 220v dryer, versus say small 110v appliances, which struggle with puny heating anyway.


Post# 324415 , Reply# 18   1/14/2009 at 19:41 (4,221 days old) by volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Humidity vs. temperature.

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Cold air is capable of holding less moisture than warm air. I think a greater potential problem might be when the weather is warm and humid (Savannah, GA anyone?).

I think if cold, and relatively dry air, is heated so it could hold more moisture, it could perform very well in a dryer.

Your thoughts?

Post# 324429 , Reply# 19   1/14/2009 at 20:22 (4,221 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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More great pics - the washers in the King Koin laundromat are also Bendix, a little newer than the first Bendix 'mat picture.

The Edina home Norge laundry is gorgeous but close your eyes and imagine what that shiny new basement will look like in a few short years. Flocked like a x-mas tree!

Post# 324434 , Reply# 20   1/14/2009 at 20:44 (4,221 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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When I rebuilt RJ's Neppy dryer during a December cold snap, the service literature made reference to a fault code that would be recorded if the target temperature wasn't reached within a certain time, advising this can occur when operating in low ambient temperatures. Sure enough, when running a test load in the garage, the fault triggered. It's a diagnostic fault only, doesn't otherwise affect operation via moisture sensor, except perhaps extending drying time a little.

Dryers with thermostat-controlled autodry cycles CAN be thrown off-kilter by low ambients. Residing in a heated area but pulling in cold outside air may have a similar effect, although it shouldn't affect moisture-sensor autodry.

Post# 324451 , Reply# 21   1/14/2009 at 22:25 (4,221 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Great photos guys! Those later Bendii look like those that were posted not long ago here, also up in Minnesota. Must have been popular; those tombstone Bendix!

The demo HOH dryer is just too cool. Such pride in merchandising back then.


Post# 324457 , Reply# 22   1/14/2009 at 23:44 (4,221 days old) by autowasherfreak ()        
Big Boys

Do you guys remember "Big Boy" front loaders? When I used to go to the laundromat with my mom we would use those for jeans, sheets, and blankets and regular top loaders for shirts. I remember reading on the label of a "Big Boy" that they were made in Moline, Illinois, but I can't remember the name of the company, I'm wanting to guess Troy, but I'm not positive. When those things would spin, it sounded like a jet engine.

Post# 324466 , Reply# 23   1/15/2009 at 01:09 (4,221 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Wow... those are some GREAT photos!!! Please keep them coming!

And THANKS for posting them!!!

Post# 324479 , Reply# 24   1/15/2009 at 04:17 (4,221 days old) by sudsman ()        
Big Boy washers

Were made by Troy Laundry Machinery in East Moline Ill. they also made the Mi T boy and chore boy washers As well as up to 600 lb machines.. and flatwork ironers. A well respected company in their time And made VERY good equiptment.. Some of the old Troy speedline flatwork ironers are still running.

Post# 324491 , Reply# 25   1/15/2009 at 06:48 (4,221 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        

Some dryers won't shut off if in a cold room. Their automatic cycles depend on the heater to shut off in order to advance the timer. In a cold place the heater rarely shuts off.

Lady "L"- an exhaust fan above an open the door in a transom means, for the most part, air will be traveling in a circle. In the door up into the fan, then out. It drop and then back in the door. The key is to use the dryers fans to induce the draft one wants by strategically placing the air INLET, say up high near the ceiling.

Actually some laundromats in the south DO have cooling. I have seen this also in Connecticut (north east). This may be to have dry air pulled into the clothes dryer. They will be faster this way. But still, a huge waste fo energy, in that all cooling will be sucked out through the dryers. Of course the siplaced air will be hot humid air from outside.

Post# 324493 , Reply# 26   1/15/2009 at 06:54 (4,220 days old) by bobbyderegis (Boston)        

When I worked in a hotel in NY the laundry room had three Ametek "Troy Laundrites". THese were real tanks. There was a wall of six Huebsch dryers. When it was cold outside any wet laundry left from the day before froze solid in the dryers. Launderess is right- it would get hotter than hell in that laundry room, and it had a wall full of windows that you could open. The screens usually had more lint on them than the dryer filters!
Bobby in Boston

Post# 324500 , Reply# 27   1/15/2009 at 07:30 (4,220 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

I think the HVAC system is the much missed and fun to play with, Arkla Servel Sun Valley system. I think this one my be oil.

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