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One Minute Washing Machine Co.
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Post# 876867   4/13/2016 at 06:39 (922 days old) by maytagmike (Burlington, Vt)        

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Looking for some info. Did the Maytag Co own the One Minute Co out of Newton, Ia? When you look at their early machines they sure look like the early Maytag's.

Post# 876871 , Reply# 1   4/13/2016 at 07:38 (922 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Iowa was a hot bed of appliance/washer invention

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Back in the day with a few companies coming out of Newton, IA; Maytag and One Minute Washer Company. But Maytag didn't own the latter.

One Minute Washer merged with a company called Bergman Manufacturing in the early part of last century, not sure what happened afterwards.

There have been several discussions in the past here in the group about OMW.

This little guy has to be one of my favorites:

Post# 876873 , Reply# 2   4/13/2016 at 07:57 (922 days old) by maytagmike (Burlington, Vt)        
thanks Launderess

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very interesting information.

Post# 876908 , Reply# 3   4/13/2016 at 14:01 (922 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
One Minute

Was around as late as the 50s, I have a ad somewhere for a one minute automatic recommending Tide detergent.

Post# 876939 , Reply# 4   4/13/2016 at 18:24 (922 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Meadows was another Newton-located brand. They had a most unusual sort of dark maroon-red Bakelite agitator with 6 low ribs on the skirt. They were wider than fins, like maybe a couple of fingers in width, but about half the height of the fins on a Gyrator. The agitator was featured in the Smithsonian exhibit It's A Material World.

Post# 976950 , Reply# 5   1/5/2018 at 08:13 (290 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

The Meadows washing machine company started life in Pontiac, Il.

Post# 976962 , Reply# 6   1/5/2018 at 10:08 (290 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Note that the Worthpoint item is just a tub without any motor for an agitator or the wringer. There are a few examples of washer brands offering tubs with the washer's logo. If you look at this tub, there is no way to place a lid on it nor any way to adjust the position of the wringer. It might have been made for doing hand laundry with a wash board in the absence of set tubs or the like. It does not appear to be a washer.

Post# 977012 , Reply# 7   1/5/2018 at 17:44 (290 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
One Minute Washer.....

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"The epidemic took the form of a severe case of copycat-itis. In 1907, O.B. Woodrow started the Automatic Washer Co., which sold a version of the One Minute that was powered by electricity. In 1907, Fred Maytag started selling a washer, the Pastime, also based on the One Minute. The companies were successful but the main problem with the washers was that, except for the Automatic, they required human power, and even the Automatic was of limited use because electricity was still something of a novelty.

But the Maytag Co. (Maytag bought out the other interests in Parsons and changed the company name in 1909) got around the problem by introducing the Multi-Motor model in 1914. The washer was powered by a half-horsepower gasoline engine, which made the model a natural for the unelectrified farmlands of America."

That tub and wringer "One Minute Washer" shown on Worthpoint originally came with a hand powered agitator. It was a variation of the many small washers that used manual labor meant for doing small loads such as lady's things, baby things, or perhaps a load of laundry such as a load of napkins, towels (woven not terry), one or two shirts/blouses, socks, etc.... More so if one lived in space constrained housing such as an apartment.

Post# 977072 , Reply# 8   1/6/2018 at 00:35 (289 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

That looks like it would be an effective and entertaining form of exercise in its complete assembly. I could watch TV and agitate that back and forth.

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