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POD 10/5/2017
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Post# 960734   10/5/2017 at 09:44 (355 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

A nice fairly TOL re badged GE washer and dryer for Canadians I take it.

Post# 960748 , Reply# 1   10/5/2017 at 11:47 (355 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Reminds me of the machines GE / Hotpoint made to sell under the JCPenney brand. Friends in Seattle had a TOL set in the 1980s.

Post# 960756 , Reply# 2   10/5/2017 at 12:23 (355 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Yep, the Viking washers were part Canadian GE, part Canadian Hotpoint.   Side opening lids with a mini-basket!


I had a set kinda like the one in today's POD, just one notch down (no programmed pushbuttons but the was Harvest Gold) - I sure miss that mini-basket... 

Post# 960872 , Reply# 3   10/5/2017 at 23:04 (354 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

But you have to remember that in 1974 Hotpoint was still making their own washers. The solid tub machines with the spiral agitator and filter/pump built into the agitator. That was what JCPenny sold for many years under the Penncrest name.

Post# 960889 , Reply# 4   10/6/2017 at 06:43 (354 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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In Canada in the early 1970s,  a group called CAMCO merged production of GE, Hotpoint, McClary (POD Oct 6th by coincidence!) and Moffat appliances.  Economically, it made a great deal of sense - back then, there were duties and 'hidden taxes' on appliances and appliance parts that were built in the US and then imported. So the Canadian-built machines were different from their US-built counterparts (Canadian-built GE dishwashers featured porcelain tubs for much longer than US models, for example)  Consumers were happy to have the choice of brands at a reasonable prices but admittely, the machines were cookie-cutter clones.  


CAMCO merged  with (or was acquired by) MABE at some point in the 90s, post NAFTA.  I believe the big plant in Montreal closed a few years ago, following the phasing out of the McClary and Moffat brands.  

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Post# 960903 , Reply# 5   10/6/2017 at 09:13 (354 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Oh, if not for this being a Hotpoint (in a Canadian JC Penny guise) I would have mistaken today's McClary P.O.D. for it... (which I did!)

-- Dave

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