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Post# 477879   11/27/2010 at 14:08 (2,880 days old) by slimstar ()        

Hi there, I've just joined.
I have an English Electric Liberator dryer (which i love dearly!)
just wondered if anyone has any info on it and possibly any info or pics of the matching washer?

Post# 477893 , Reply# 1   11/27/2010 at 15:53 (2,880 days old) by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Welcome Slimstar,
What would you like to know about the English Electric..? I have the Liberator Mk1 washer & matching dryer from the late 50's..The washer had a rather advanced programmer for the time (well i think so..hehe) you selected the fabric on the "select-a-fabric" dial and that gave you a number to which you then turned another dial and this gave you a pre-determined time & heat selection.
It had a very small wash drum, and weighed an absolute ton !!

Post# 477898 , Reply# 2   11/27/2010 at 16:18 (2,880 days old) by HooverJames ()        
Lovely Machines...


Slimstar: You have a machine that will last for life if treated right, all it takes is a simple cleaning of the fluff filter and airways.

Keith: I NEVER KNEW YOU HAD A MK1 LIBERATOR!!! Do you have any pics or videos? I would also like to know more about EE and whether they were sold in Ireland here.


Post# 477902 , Reply# 3   11/27/2010 at 17:10 (2,880 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
EE Liberator

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You can catch a glimpse of the machine in the link. Although British manufactured it is based on a Westinghouse design, as indeed was the later Reversomatic. They came on the market in 1959 or possibly very early 1960 as it appears in the Which September 1960 report.

And yes they were sold in Ireland or, at least, Northern Ireland - my Aunt Nancy had one - a wedding present in 1962 it carried on until around 1971.



Post# 477991 , Reply# 4   11/28/2010 at 04:51 (2,879 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
English Electric..

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Hi Alex, and welcome to the club, great dryer you have there, very well made & heavy...dont make them with all that enamel today!!! Do you have yours vented from the top or the back?? Heres Mathew (Keymatic3203) with his pride & joy, now if you find the washer...there is a queue!!!

And heres link to more photos!!!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO chestermikeuk's LINK

Post# 477993 , Reply# 5   11/28/2010 at 04:53 (2,879 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Does Your Tumble Dryer...

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Tell you its a "Liberator"..... Keith you`re holding out on us!!! pics,pics pics please!!!

Post# 477994 , Reply# 6   11/28/2010 at 04:54 (2,879 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Anything Familiar about the timer knob??

Post# 477995 , Reply# 7   11/28/2010 at 04:58 (2,879 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
The Name

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Al, where they sold as Gala in Ireland or English Electric??

Post# 477996 , Reply# 8   11/28/2010 at 05:01 (2,879 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Are They Ready Yet...

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Fraser & Alex awaiting their warm fluffy bedding, and getting a warm at the same time...

Post# 477998 , Reply# 9   11/28/2010 at 05:14 (2,879 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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My aunt's was branded English Electric, and I had seen other EE appliances too from time to time (Westinghouse style mixer, EE Supermatic clone, and my Mum had an EE cooker). The emphasis on the "northern" is purely to differentiate from the rest of Ireland, as they (we?) did not have Gala but Hotpoint for an example. But as the rest of Ireland is a different territory, the brands could have been different there. I saw the same thing in the mid 1980s where my Philips 850 washer/dryer was branded in the ROI as the Thor 950

Post# 478008 , Reply# 10   11/28/2010 at 08:26 (2,879 days old) by slimstar ()        

Hey folks, thanks for the welcome.

Keith. What a pair you have! i guess my questions are ... What size load does she take? Does it have 2 directional tumble? what's she like on spin? how does the whole soap powder through the door work? and last but not least do you have any video of her in action? (dont know why i've refered to yours as her, but mines a she).

Mike. I've got mine vented from the rear. at the moment she is sat pride of place in the sitting room with some lights in the drum. quite the focal point.

Once again thanks for the welcome.
for years i thought i was alone with my washing machine fixation. now the only problem is there's loads of people after the same treasures. lol


Post# 478021 , Reply# 11   11/28/2010 at 10:10 (2,879 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Very nice tumble dryer there. It's nice to see the Westinghouse SpaceMate style and design made it across the pond. And congratulations on that beauty. I am curious, did the MK1 washer have an onboard heater or did it only use the ho0t water supplied from the cwentral tank of the household?

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Post# 478090 , Reply# 12   11/28/2010 at 13:02 (2,879 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
English Electric

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These machines really are in a world of their own, utterly unique and very special.

So thanks Mike for the fots and information, it would be good if Keith could do the same and show us some of his collection of rare machines :-)


Post# 478111 , Reply# 13   11/28/2010 at 14:55 (2,879 days old) by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Guys,

Alex..I think the wash load is only 4-6lbs, the drum is not very deep at all, I can't remember if it is uni-directional..something tells me it maybe, but it does about about 6-8 revolutions before stopping and changing direction..tangle-city or what !! only spins at about 300 - 500rpm..the soap would just get chucked in on top of the load with the door open, I remember reading somewhere that you could add a missed item after the wash had started through the porthole on the door..but it is only about 3" in diameter, so it would have to be a small garment !! you could also add the powder if you wanted too..

My set are currently in a garage where i use to live, about 30miles away, so i rarely see them..but will try and get over there soon to take some pics.


Post# 980041 , Reply# 14   1/26/2018 at 18:34 (263 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Holy thread revival! This foul necromancer would rather like to know if any more of these have turned up, whether Keymatic still has his, or indeed whether any of the big 30" Westinghouse designs made it over here...

Post# 980128 , Reply# 15   1/27/2018 at 16:23 (262 days old) by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi WTF2800,
Yep i still have my Liberator set - washer & dryer.
There must be other liberators out there !!

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Post# 980198 , Reply# 16   1/28/2018 at 08:01 (261 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Any chance of 'money shots' of the two machines' drums? I presume the dryer is vented rather than condensing...

Post# 980264 , Reply# 17   1/28/2018 at 14:56 (261 days old) by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi a Richard,
I will do a shot of the drum shortly, it is really small not very very deep.

Post# 980420 , Reply# 18   1/29/2018 at 13:39 (260 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Ta muchly! I'd heard as much.

Whereabouts in God's own county are you?

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