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Post# 879536   5/4/2016 at 05:01 (1,204 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Easy. Easy! Easy!

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Post# 879539 , Reply# 1   5/4/2016 at 05:53 (1,204 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Like that demo model with the clear tanks!Very nice display-you don't see that nowadays.

Post# 879541 , Reply# 2   5/4/2016 at 06:04 (1,204 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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WOW what a display. Thanks for sharing. I notice in the far corner three Vornado fans. The pedestal one with the 'it holds the beach ball up' demo that I remember seeing in showrooms. There is also a fan with the same ball demo in near the bottom right. I have the same pedestal fan and does it ever move air.

Post# 879543 , Reply# 3   5/4/2016 at 06:37 (1,204 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Believe it or not

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Picture came from a period exhibit in Vancouver, Canada.

Love how Easy is hyping their "spin rinse" washers but meanwhile conventional wringers out number them in that display. Though could be wrong as cannot tell what the washer is in the extreme left that is cut off in picture. If that is a spin-drier then things might be evenly matched.

Post# 879545 , Reply# 4   5/4/2016 at 07:00 (1,204 days old) by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

That dryer looks very "Hamilton" made as was Frigidaire in those days. We had a Frigidaire dryer made by Hamilton when I was a little kid.

Post# 879584 , Reply# 5   5/4/2016 at 17:14 (1,204 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Thanks for posting this great photo, Launderess!

Were I to walk into that store as a kid, I'd beg my parents to buy the spin-rinse machine with the clear tubs. I can only imagine that any member of the AW family would be over the moon to have one of those to watch, LOL.

Frigidaireguy: I thought the same about the dryer; looks like a Hamilton.

Post# 879585 , Reply# 6   5/4/2016 at 17:34 (1,204 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Here ya go:

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Post# 879782 , Reply# 7   5/6/2016 at 03:47 (1,202 days old) by Gpevas (Parma Heights Ohio )        

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Laundress thanks so much for posting this I enjoyed it!!

Post# 879786 , Reply# 8   5/6/2016 at 05:46 (1,202 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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HI and Thank You Laundress for sharing the pictures.

Post# 880199 , Reply# 9   5/10/2016 at 12:01 (1,198 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        
Vornado fans spinning beach ball

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wink Hi ... found this video showing Vornado fans actually levitating and spinning beach balls. I will have to set this up on my porch this summer to astound and amaze the summer visitors to Cape May.  smile



Post# 880257 , Reply# 10   5/11/2016 at 00:36 (1,197 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Remember those levitating and spinning beach ball displays in various stores--not just fans-but they had these in Electrolux vacuum stores-levitating beach ball on the 'Lux vacuums blower port.Think Sears used to do that with their fans and vacuums during the summer.

Post# 880271 , Reply# 11   5/11/2016 at 03:46 (1,197 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Rex-- I'd completely forgotten about the spinning beach balls in front of fans at Sears back in the day. It seemed so cool when I was a little kid.

Ours was a Sears household from top to bottom; we shopped there often. My mom knew I would stay put if she took me to the appliance section. She'd quickly shop for clothes while I checked out everything on the floor. You'd never dream of doing that today. Great parenting, LOL! This was the period when I learned to steal instruction manuals. Had quite a collection by the time I was in junior high.

Post# 880281 , Reply# 12   5/11/2016 at 06:11 (1,197 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I came from a Sears family,too-My Dad bought most things from Sears-same with my Granddad.Sometimes they would buy something from Wards-something that Sears didn't have but Wards did.So sad both of those are gone for practical purposes.I liked to go to the appliance adn sporting goods depts while my folks shopped for other stuff.Just asked them-they then let me go to whatever dept I wanted to go-and meet them at the place they were shopping in.Sad allowance in those days didn't buy much.

Post# 880346 , Reply# 13   5/11/2016 at 14:56 (1,197 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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One of my grandmothers was a heavy Sears shopper. The day they announced the catalog would be No More was a hard day for her... I'm not sure they got all her business--I know she shopped Wards sometimes, and Penney's. Indeed, one strong memory was when she'd come and visit us, and liked visiting the Penney's in our mall. There were so much more interesting stores, I thought at the time... My mother said, however, that Grandma wasn't happy with the store she had in her home mall.

The house I grew up in was also heavily Sears. Whoever owned it in the late 60s bought at least the water heater and one furnace there. Probably much more, too. My parents had a Kenmore washer/dryer, and the house had a portable Kenmore dishwasher left behind by some previous occupant. However, the Sears influence was all "old." My family almost never shopped there in the 80s that I can recall, except one time when there was a good sale on mattresses.

Post# 880347 , Reply# 14   5/11/2016 at 14:59 (1,197 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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>Great parenting, LOL!

Different era that didn't have the problems of today...

>This was the period when I learned to steal instruction manuals.

I hope the statute of limitations has run out by now. But if not, and they throw you in prison, perhaps we can arrange to bake a cake with old appliance ephemera baked inside. LOL

Post# 880479 , Reply# 15   5/12/2016 at 17:41 (1,196 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Spiral Agitators

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Seems at one time many top loaders had some version of a spiral agitator, but eventually the design faded out of favor. Any reasons why?

From here in the group and elsewhere know GE had a "ramp" agitator which is a type of spiral, no? Hotpoint did as well.

Seems to me far gentler on laundry and better roll over.

Post# 880487 , Reply# 16   5/12/2016 at 18:27 (1,196 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Sears family also. Furnace, water heater, appliances, tools even Dads snow tires. Only Sears stuff left in my life now is a Kenmore gas grill and a cheapie upright vac. The new catalog was in our house every 6 months but my parents shopped the catalog first and went to the store usually and said I want that. Put it on my Sears charge. My aunt and uncle had an Easy wringer like one with the legs in your post, Laundress. I remember the agitator cap was like an umbrella.

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Post# 880506 , Reply# 17   5/12/2016 at 20:35 (1,195 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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Thanks for sharing.  Those were the days with such an elaborate display.

Post# 880512 , Reply# 18   5/12/2016 at 21:38 (1,195 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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And we were a Montgomery Ward family. My mom had worked as a receptionist at the Wards store in Eureka, CA so we always went there for everything: school clothes, furniture, appliances, etc. We had a cool '62 refrigerator (was it "Tru-Cold?) with the freezer on the bottom, meat drawer in the middle, and fridge on top that my parents used until 1986. And of course the Wards Signature washers and dryers. We had a BOL '62 set until 1975 when we bought new because the solid tub washer had a final spin spray rinse that "soiled" the clothes because where we lived at the time had a big rust problem in the water, so we had tie-dyed whites that my Mom could not tolerate. The new '75 washer had a perf tub so that eliminated that problem. Sure do miss the BOL '62 washer...

Post# 880595 , Reply# 19   5/13/2016 at 13:31 (1,195 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        
Thanks for sharing these pictures Launderess!

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Easy was manufacturing Vornado fans for the Canadian market. 


I have one of the smaller ones. 



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Post# 880597 , Reply# 20   5/13/2016 at 13:40 (1,195 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Later they were part of GSW and sold as McClary-Easy. The Princess range in the last pictures looks very similar to a Moffat Fiesta.

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Post# 1031204 , Reply# 21   4/29/2019 at 11:15 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
For the record ~

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Easy made Wringers long before they made Spindriers, and the fascinating three bell plunger agitator was offered in both. A former member here, Gregm, had an absolutely gorgeous green enameled Spindrier with bronze bell plungers; it was breath-taking and looked like a work of art. Wish we had a pic.

Post# 1031214 , Reply# 22   4/29/2019 at 12:19 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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In my natal neighborhood on the Buffalo waterfront where most homes were basement free, and wash was done in the kitchen or the bath, the Easy Spin, as it was called in these parts, was a welcome solution to washday drudgery. Many people had wheel-about double--some even triple--washtubs, that took up a ton of real estate. {Worse, they had to be drained by bucket.} So the spindrier with its tapered down body to the narrow spinner could cozy up to many cubbyholes, and required no buckets.

But more than that, the rinsing was done by the spinner rather than by hand in the tubs, and the spinning at 900 rpm's left the clothes much more line-dry friendly, especially on humid days, and wringer hazard was a thing of the past. Out they went along with those ungainly rinsing contraptions.

If you've never seen a triple tubber, they're quite the site. My Great Aunt Mary had one that took up the entire hallway inside her back door. Rather quickly, wringers lost ground and the spindriers overtook the market here, and wringer production at the Syracuse factory actually ceased, I think, but I don't know when.

As for me, I love wringer washers and can imagine the fun you're having with your Easy. Would bet you'll keep using it sometimes even when your automatic gets fixed.

Post# 1031216 , Reply# 23   4/29/2019 at 12:25 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Fabulous Pic, Cimberlie!

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Notice the Canadian models had only two stripes, rather than the American three, and they didn't have the double faucet models, unless they're out of view.

Do NOT notice that I've muddled up the threads, LOL.

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