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1970s UK Catalogues - Washer Pages
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Post# 967651   11/13/2017 at 05:04 (316 days old) by RobM (Buxted)        

For anyone that hasn't seen these, I thought I'd post some here. Lot's of pics of machines from a bygone era.


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Post# 967674 , Reply# 1   11/13/2017 at 08:05 (315 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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I follow your posts on Facebook. Great that you share them here as well. Thanks!

Post# 967725 , Reply# 2   11/13/2017 at 14:41 (315 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Thanks Rob

for sharing these, I'm not on facebook so haven't seen many of these. Now I'm sure I can find a machine to suit my need for £4 odd a month, where do I sign. lol

This is a great selection of machines and for me, interesting to see the full range of hoover automatics, rather than just the deluxe and keymatic.

I'm sure we could all pick our favourites, the creda being top of the list as I'm sure one's not been found.



Post# 967727 , Reply# 3   11/13/2017 at 15:15 (315 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Very strange that the square orange door release buttons on these scans of the Creda Rhythm Spins are black.

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Post# 967728 , Reply# 4   11/13/2017 at 15:16 (315 days old) by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        
Thanks Rob

For posting these, a veritable wander down memory lane. Interesting that the Zanussi based Hotpoint appears to have had it's buttons 'airbrushed' out on picture 13!
If we're putting orders in I'll have the Colston twinny.

Post# 967733 , Reply# 5   11/13/2017 at 16:00 (315 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Thanks Rob ....

.... for taking the time to post these great pages from catalogues of yesteryear. A wonderful trip down memory lane.
Really appreciated.

Hi Craig - all the square door Creda's contained in Rob's scans are the first generation machines (models 10100 and 10200), which were subsequently replaced by the later models 10400 and 10500 with the orange door release button. Apparently there was also model 10300 too, sold through independents as a 'Debonair'. Oh for a square door to surface - glaring omissions from the ranks of preserved UK produced machines.

Hi Ian - no airbrushing involved .... the machine in picture 13 is the very budget, Hotpoint 1823 'Liberator C'.
Cold fill only, with a whopping 380rpm spin speed - should have been sold with a separate spin dryer as standard.

Thanks again Rob!


Post# 967738 , Reply# 6   11/13/2017 at 16:15 (315 days old) by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        

I knew you'd know the answer to that one. I didn't know they existed, I thought the buttons were missing as I couldn't see how the door would open. I presume it has the same catch as the contemporary Zanussi but you can't see it in the picture because of the colour of the door glass.

Post# 967904 , Reply# 7   11/14/2017 at 10:50 (314 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Ian.

Introducing the 1823 - although we are now upto 4 preserved 1826's, a 1823 has yet to surface...

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Post# 967909 , Reply# 8   11/14/2017 at 11:48 (314 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
380rpm spin speed

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It's no wonder automatics got a bad name for spinning in days of old, with that speed.

I do remember my mum saying her Hoovermatic twintub span much drier than her Hoover Electronic 1100 A3110, though the creasing was much worse in the twintub.

The A3110 had a decent trade-off of spin drying to creasing.

Post# 967919 , Reply# 9   11/14/2017 at 13:45 (314 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        

Fascinating seeing these images. As a child there was a lady who lived at the end of the street who ran two mail order catalogue clubs - Kays and Grattan. She kept all of the old copies of the catalogues in her garden shed and used to let me have them. I went straight to these pages every time!

Post# 967938 , Reply# 10   11/14/2017 at 16:24 (314 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Do you have the original paper copies? Would be nice to have high-resolution images so we could read the text. What's that Hoover top-loading dryer thing, anyone ever seen one?

Out of the automatic washing machines, I'll take a Creda 10500 and a Bendix 7147... maybe a Keymatic 3243H...

Post# 968479 , Reply# 11   11/17/2017 at 04:44 (312 days old) by RobM (Buxted)        

Thank you all for your compliments

I'll post more on here as I know some of you are not on FB!

They are a great archive and if you are interested in whole catalogues generally I get them on eBay, just search for mail order catalogue. I think there are some american ones too.

Post# 968685 , Reply# 12   11/18/2017 at 09:22 (310 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        

That top loading drying cabinet was something that was quite popular years ago I think. My mother had one known as a Flatley Dryer, as did a couple of her friends. You put the clothes on the wooden rods and loaded them in then switched it on. There were two layers of rods and two heat levels (low and high). Elements in the bottom send heated unforced air up through the clothes, baking them to a crisp. Mum used it almost exclusively for quickly airing clothes that she had ironed and meant that radiators didn't have clothes hanging over them. Very occasionally she would use it for drying clothes in a hurry before she had a tumble dryer. It used a huge amount of electricity, made the atmosphere very steamy and baked the clothes to death.

Post# 968829 , Reply# 13   11/18/2017 at 20:45 (310 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Flatley Dryer

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We've discussed those contraptions a few times before.

Basically they were a much smaller version of the large drying cabinets commercial/industrial laundries used for ages before tumble dryers came along, and still afterwards for some laundry that one wanted to hang dry.

Issue was Flately dryers were a fire hazard. If lint built up or clothing got too close to the heating element it could start a fire. That and or in case of laundry if it rested too close was scorched/burned.

Still these small drying cabinets beat hanging washing all over home and or using a horse in front of fire or range. Especially in damp/cold weather where things otherwise took ages to dry, and filled the home with even more moisture in process.

Asko, Maytag and others made or still do offer drying cabinets.

Flately airiers/dryers were very popular and the company would have likely remained in business if they stuck to just that line. But that was not the case; they put out a single tub washing machine that basically was a clone of Hoover's and were taken to the cleaners in court for patent infringement.

Post# 968871 , Reply# 14   11/19/2017 at 06:36 (309 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

OK... so was the Flatley washer a clone of the Hoover impeller (i.e. Hoovermatic minus the spin can) or a front-loader?

Post# 968873 , Reply# 15   11/19/2017 at 06:40 (309 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Click on that last link and scroll down. You can see it there.

Post# 968884 , Reply# 16   11/19/2017 at 07:36 (309 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
And there are still a few of those Flatley washers around

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