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Post# 959705   9/28/2017 at 18:58 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Since most of us on the forum are from America, the fruits of Canadian appliance brands are seldom realized. So, here are pictures of machines I pulled from Kijiji over the years.

Starting off with Admiral. A Whirlpool BOL to MOL brand. Here is a belt drive portable.

Post# 959706 , Reply# 1   9/28/2017 at 19:01 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Following the alphabet is Beaumark. Beaumark is a department store brand for The Bay. The Beaumark name replaced Baycrest sometime in the mid 80s I believe. Beaumark, Moffat, and McClary all shared the same control panel style. Moffat and McClary were available at The Bay, so Beaumark is mostly a MOL to TOL brand.

Post# 959707 , Reply# 2   9/28/2017 at 19:02 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Typically GE machines had a thicker control panel here in Canada. Ge marketed BOL, MOL, and TOL machines as Encore, Medallion, and Talisman, respectively.

Post# 959708 , Reply# 3   9/28/2017 at 19:03 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

GE dishwashers looked like this. Ive never seen anything more TOL than the one I have, Ive never seen an electronic one like the 2800 up here.

Post# 959709 , Reply# 4   9/28/2017 at 19:05 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Inglis, the Canadian arm of Whirlpool, had a plant in Ontario that made all the Kenmore, WP, Inglis, Admiral, and any other WP brand.

Although late 80s, this machine demonstrates the constraints of bilingual language laws in Canada. Some brands, like GE and WP, decided symbols were the best way to not clutter up a panel with two languages.

Post# 959710 , Reply# 5   9/28/2017 at 19:06 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Carrying on with symbols, Inglis used the bulbous control panel WP used in the US during the 80s, we saw it in the 70s.

Post# 959711 , Reply# 6   9/28/2017 at 19:07 (359 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Waiting for the Vikings.

Post# 959712 , Reply# 7   9/28/2017 at 19:08 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Here are two different machine styles for Kenmore in Canada. Again, on the left with the dryer, you see they labeled it 1, 2, 3 for different cycles and had a chart on the side to decipher it from whichever language you use. The dryer would be from the late 70s, with the washer being from the early 80s. That washer design remained in place for most of the 80s.

Post# 959713 , Reply# 8   9/28/2017 at 19:11 (359 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Here is the last ever iteration of the BD line. These would be very very late 80s to early 90s. Notice the wide, reversible door on the dryer which originally surfaced in the mid 80s in Canada. The washer also will have a unique BLACK and speckled white basket.

Interesting to note, Kenmore in Canada wasnt as feature laden. The most TOL machine you could get, according to my research, has a DA agi and an extra rinse selector with 8 programs. Although, most of the MOL machines in Canada had variable water level, 5 wash rinse temps, and a DA agi.

Post# 959715 , Reply# 9   9/28/2017 at 19:12 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Here is what the FIRST DD machines in Canada looked like from Kenmore. Very early 90s. Timer selection on the washer didnt have time increments, just a point and start!

Post# 959718 , Reply# 10   9/28/2017 at 19:13 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Just before NAFTA introduced us to the DD washer Kenmore sold in the late 90s up until the late 2000s, this was what we had. Handsome machines.

Post# 959719 , Reply# 11   9/28/2017 at 19:14 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Througout the 80s, Kenmore dishwashers looked like this, mimicking the woodgrain on the washer and dryers. These are powerclean machines.

Post# 959720 , Reply# 12   9/28/2017 at 19:15 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Oh, and one last one from the 70s! Again, note the timer labeling and the solid grey basket.

Post# 959721 , Reply# 13   9/28/2017 at 19:16 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

McClary was a GE rebrand, responsible for most one-dial wonders and exclusively BOL machines in Canada.

Post# 959722 , Reply# 14   9/28/2017 at 19:17 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Moffat, another GE rebrand, or should I say Camco in Canada!? Is a BOL to MOL provider. Wouldnt you agree these are the most handsome panels you can get on a GE? McClary and Moffat are all rim-flo machines.

Interesting note here is, on all GE, Beaumark, Viking, and Moffat machines, two speed machine with a three speed selection knob, five wash/rinse temps, variable water level, and a timer like one pictured are the MOST common in Canada. Im beginning to think GE only sent two types of timers to Canada, one like the above and a one-dial wonder.

Post# 959724 , Reply# 15   9/28/2017 at 19:20 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Viking, the house brand for Eatons (a competitor to The Bay), used Westinghouse junk-washers for their dishwashers until the early 80s.

Post# 959726 , Reply# 16   9/28/2017 at 19:24 (358 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Viking used GE to provide their washers, but unlike every other GE machine in Canada, this one was a true filter flo. All the rest, with the exception of GE, are rim-flos.

A special note for GE, GE didnt make GE in Canada. Cameco made GE, and any other GE like machine just like Whirlpool didnt make WP in Canada, Inglis did. Pre NAFTA nightmare.

Like I said, after all the years Ive spent looking to collect actual machines, general Kijiji browsing, and research, it seems Canada from all brands wasnt a place to experiment with lavish features. Rather, Canada was provided with loads and loads of MOL machines.

Share with us some of your Canadian machines!

Post# 959915 , Reply# 17   9/30/2017 at 12:16 (357 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Hi Kevin, that's a thread I like!

Here are a few of my Canadian machines.

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Post# 959920 , Reply# 18   9/30/2017 at 12:58 (357 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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The GE filter flo in your reply 2 and the Kenmore dryer in reply 8 are the identical machines we bought back in the 80's and are still using today although the washer is "semi-retired" but working perfectly since I got that free  WP Duet a couple of months ago..    


Phil.. if you're down this way again maybe you could take my GE back with you.  Provided the Duet doesn't break beforehand  LOL.  

Post# 959922 , Reply# 19   9/30/2017 at 13:10 (357 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Thanks for sharing the Canadian photos.

Post# 959940 , Reply# 20   9/30/2017 at 16:45 (357 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
canadien whirlpool design

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canadien whirlpool washer dryer set take note that with this design whirlpool started making 4 wash rinse model second set are inglis last but not least a direct drive inglis set from 1993

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Post# 959951 , Reply# 21   9/30/2017 at 18:25 (357 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Years ago, I had a BD Kenmore that was made in Canada, the model # started with C, and it was bi lingual, French, and English.

Post# 959956 , Reply# 22   9/30/2017 at 18:56 (357 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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lol the kenmore washer you posted my grandmother had the exact model washer in your post number # 959713 reply#8 in 1988 to replace her old inglis liberator 3 cycle push to start washer

Post# 959960 , Reply# 23   9/30/2017 at 19:30 (356 days old) by mjg0619 (Scranton, Pennsylvania)        

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LOVE the Admiral portable belt drive washer. Did we have something like that here in the states?

Post# 959973 , Reply# 24   9/30/2017 at 21:51 (356 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
inglis portable washers and kenmore portable

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a few more canadien inglis portable washers and a few kenmore portable credit to members who pic i am using

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Post# 959976 , Reply# 25   9/30/2017 at 22:50 (356 days old) by barcoboy (Canada)        

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potatochips, with regards to reply# 8, there was a 10 program BD Kenmore washer sold in Canada in the early to mid 80's. It was basically the same as the 8 program version, except separated the Cottons/Sturdy and Permanent Press programs into Whites and Colors. It also had an automatic setting on the water temperature control which let the timer select the appropriate water temperatures, but this could have existed on the 8 program version as well.

There is a YouTube video of this washer, I have linked it below.

This is the BD washer I am hoping to find someday, but would also settle for the 8 program model.


Post# 959982 , Reply# 26   9/30/2017 at 23:58 (356 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Pete, Thanks for your offer but you should keep your Filter Flo! I had to give away my Eaton Viking Filter Flo washer because I had too many! I can't fit them all at home and I still have a lot stored in my other garage, I still need to figure how to store at least a car there before the end of October!

Post# 960009 , Reply# 27   10/1/2017 at 07:13 (356 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Yes! The 10 program machine also had the extra rinse option as well

Phil, nice RCA machine! My great aunt had the matching dryer.

Post# 960221 , Reply# 28   10/2/2017 at 12:00 (355 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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the kenmore set in reply #8 when my grand father passway my grandmother needed to replace her washer she went with the 6 program washer that you posted and 1 of my aunts add the 6 program kenmore washer with a black console and chrome knob and you might be suprise but my grandmother vintage dryer lasted her 40 years from the 1970 to 2009 and in 2009 she own her first direct drive washer it was also the last washer she bough since around 2014 she had to move to a nursing home.

Post# 960272 , Reply# 29   10/2/2017 at 18:16 (355 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I don't think you can get more Canadian than this one... my 1958 Dominion automatic!  It was made in Canada, by the Beatty Brothers company in Fergus, Ontario - they also sold washers and other appliances under the Beatty name and these outlasted the Dominion brand.   There are a couple of oddities about this machine - the design was patented by Easy in Canada and I have seen evidence that links this style of washer to the elusive Zenith automatics.  Dominion went away in 1961 and Beatty's washers were based on a Blackstone design until the mid to late 60s.    Gotta hook this up again soon and play with it!!

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