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Washers on The Andy Griffith Show
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Post# 971458   12/4/2017 at 10:41 (349 days old) by lesto (Atlanta)        

I was watching the episode where Aunt Bee won all the appliances on a quiz show and noticed the washer & dryer were brown RCA Whirlpools circa 1965 but I was trying to figure out what make the coin-op washers were on the episode that Andy opened a coin laundry. They were pink, had a round window in the lid and looked like Frigidaire jet cone machines. Does anyone know for sure what they were?

Post# 971465 , Reply# 1   12/4/2017 at 11:06 (349 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Well, I remember a wringer on the back porch & there was an episode where Andy opened a coin laundry to help pay for Opie's on-coming college expenses...

A side note: Opie was baking cookies with Thelma Lou (an episode where she seemingly was spending more time with Opie than Barney) so there was a General Electric refrigerator & push-button stove--and I only remember seeing those appliances & that one shot just ONE TIME!

TAGS was very big on General Electric Appliances, (Andy's refrigerator was a GE, as was the 40" electric stove, after it staring off as a 40" (don't know brand) Gas) but, yes, Aunt Bee won Whirlpool stuff in that later, color-episode...

-- Dave

Post# 971506 , Reply# 2   12/4/2017 at 15:31 (349 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
just a slight switching of tracks...

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Like so many members, I'm always on the lookout for vintage appliances in classic television shows. In "Dennis the Menace" Alice Mitchell sure had a very nice Whirlpool in her laundry room, although shots of it are few and far between. I do recall an episode where the machine was over-suds which I'm sure had something to do with the lead character. 


I know that with just this one photo there are people on here who can not only tell you everything about the washer, but also the mixer, the gas range and the dinnerware too. Now back to our regular program, The Andy Griffith Show...

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Post# 971521 , Reply# 3   12/4/2017 at 16:50 (349 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Andy's coin-op washers were Frigidaire toploaders of the time period, as I recall from a discussion some years ago.

Post# 971522 , Reply# 4   12/4/2017 at 16:53 (348 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Didn't Alice Mitchell also have a Duomatic at one point in the series? 

Post# 971555 , Reply# 5   12/4/2017 at 19:31 (348 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I remember an episode of Nanny and the Professor....

apparently one of the kids caught a huge fish, maybe a bass, and was debating on letting it go back into the river/lake, or keep it.....

the only thing big enough at home to keep him in was their Maytag washer....I think they removed the agitator so he had more room to swim in a circle....

I just remember them opening the lid to show us the fish....

Post# 971561 , Reply# 6   12/4/2017 at 19:46 (348 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

When the tv series "Family" came out in the mid-70's they had what appeared to be a Whirlpool gas dryer with a window and the washer was a Kenmore then a '66 Frigidaire CI. Some shows they switched the machines from side to side.
The cars were supplied by Ford, and it wasn't long before an old "Miss America" looking Philco took the place of the Frigidaire.
I recall thinking it was pretty goofy to switch-out the washers, and yet,never show a new one.

Post# 971580 , Reply# 7   12/4/2017 at 21:08 (348 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Family had a Kenmore Combo posing as a dryer.....

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not a Whirlpool dryer as you will see in the link below


Post# 971583 , Reply# 8   12/4/2017 at 21:12 (348 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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I think you guys might enjoy this thread...


Post# 971646 , Reply# 9   12/5/2017 at 05:17 (348 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        
Let's not forget.............

the WHIRLPOOLS on the Brady Bunch when Bobby put too much soap in the washer!

Post# 971652 , Reply# 10   12/5/2017 at 06:35 (348 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Pat, you have a keen eye. Hey, at least I remembered it was a Whirlpool after all these years!

Post# 971673 , Reply# 11   12/5/2017 at 07:53 (348 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
"Family" TV series;

at least the first episodes had a Kenmore combo washer/dryer and a Frigidaire washer to it's left. A Kenmore dryer never had a round chrome framed window, not by the 60's.

Post# 971713 , Reply# 12   12/5/2017 at 12:07 (348 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
P&G a sponsor too?

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Thanks for the link, Pat, that was a really good shot of the Frigidaire washer.  There was one episode where a handyman was working around the house and the Buddy took him under her wing, etc., but there was a mention of fixing the washer as one of his tasks.  Show that on screen!  lol 



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Post# 971716 , Reply# 13   12/5/2017 at 12:29 (348 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        
While we are on the subject.............

Lets not forget...........

The Maytags on the Beverly Hillbillies, Karen's Kenmore on KNOTS LANDING, Samantha's Frigidaire on Bewitched, The SPEED QUEEN COIN OPS ON RHODA, The GE Filter Flo COIN OPS on the Sandy Duncan show...................any more??

Post# 971749 , Reply# 14   12/5/2017 at 16:09 (348 days old) by jocks54 (Danbury Connecticut)        
What were the appliances on Green Acres??

As the title asks....... I know somebody knows! Any pics?

Post# 971750 , Reply# 15   12/5/2017 at 16:13 (348 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Green Acres washer

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It was a Maytag combo.... looking for images now!  The Douglas' dishwasher was a GE Mobile Maid.  

Post# 971756 , Reply# 16   12/5/2017 at 16:30 (348 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

Does anyone remember ever seeing laundry done on Hazel?

Post# 971771 , Reply# 17   12/5/2017 at 16:56 (347 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        

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Frigidaire W & D on the show, not sure of the year....

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Post# 971773 , Reply# 18   12/5/2017 at 17:04 (347 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
Green Acres

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Name that washer or washer/dryer combo(??) (and fridge).

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Post# 971779 , Reply# 19   12/5/2017 at 18:05 (347 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

lesto, is that the epi when the ammonia freezer pooped the bed?

Post# 971790 , Reply# 20   12/5/2017 at 18:50 (347 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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At the Haney Place in "Hootersville" as Lisa would say...

"Daht's a Maytag Combo Dahling".

Post# 971800 , Reply# 21   12/5/2017 at 19:53 (347 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
bewitch pilot episode

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I know that in the pilot episode of bewitch the washer dryer where center dial maytags and I think there was an apex dishwasher as well

Post# 971802 , Reply# 22   12/5/2017 at 20:19 (347 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Post# 971803 , Reply# 23   12/5/2017 at 20:23 (347 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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The Firgidaire washers in the Andy Griffith Show's Laundercoin has me wondering if they were really agitating or a non-up & down-pulsator (conventional) agitator was used--didn't "the 1st customer" put her coin in and start her machine?

Also Dennis The Menace: The Wilsons next door had a top freezer Frigidaire fridge just the Mitchells did, too--and also a Ford Galaxie 500--I'm at least talking the "George" one (played by Joseph Kearns) that this sort of thing hit me this profound--back when I'd watched the program on Nickelodeon...

-- Dave

Post# 971853 , Reply# 24   12/6/2017 at 01:03 (347 days old) by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        
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The dryers on both the 1983-1985 seasons and the set retool after that were easy: both Kenmores (loved loved loved the 1961 KM in the earlier episodes). But, I had a harder time with the washing machines. The first years episodes appeared to feature a '62 or '63 Frigidaire possibly? From '85 to series end was even tougher to make out. That washer looked to be a GE, but someone in an earlier Thread about TV appliances identified it to be a Kenmore, which it could possibly be. There was constantly a laundry basket sitting on top and covering up the control panel.

I don't know how to do a screen capture, so I just posted the entire video of an episode from the first season.


Post# 971878 , Reply# 25   12/6/2017 at 06:38 (347 days old) by lesto (Atlanta)        

Best I remember, Hazel had a Philco washer. I also remember Bub (William Frawley) doing laundry in a 1960 or 61 Frigidaire on an early episode of "My Three Sons".

Post# 971881 , Reply# 26   12/6/2017 at 06:48 (347 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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In Bewitched episode with George and Martha Washington, Samantha said she had a "washer/dryer" but really appeared to just be a Maytag HOH dryer.

Post# 971882 , Reply# 27   12/6/2017 at 06:50 (347 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

I even own a bunch of episodes of Hazel on DVD but I don't ever remember even seeing where she washed! Where did she? I recall that the main camera in the kitchen set was where presumably a wall would be, and as we saw it, the range was on the left side near where her bedroom was, and the sink on the right, and the kitchen nook and bay window were at the back. But I don't remember a w/d pair.

I was always a fan of Shirley Booth. I can remember reading that even when she did Hazel, she used to take the bus and/or walk to the studio because she was that thrifty. If you ever get the chance and haven't seen it, check out "About Mrs. Leslie" with Robert Ryan, made from the book in the early 50's. She plays a middle-aged former bar entertainer looking back on her life. Just superb.

Post# 971884 , Reply# 28   12/6/2017 at 06:58 (347 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

was the first evening soap. Lady Kenmore dryers never had all those cycle buttons.

Post# 971890 , Reply# 29   12/6/2017 at 07:06 (347 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Peyton Place

'Family' wasn't the first popular evening soap; Peyton Place was, from '64 through '69. It even came one at one time, two nights weekly. Not that I watched it, I was a kid and thought it was stupid. I was in college when 'Family' came out and I thought it was great.

Post# 971902 , Reply# 30   12/6/2017 at 08:56 (347 days old) by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        

"My Three Sons (1960)" featured a Norge pair, circa 1959. In both the Bryant Park house and the Los Angeles house, we rarely get to see the dryer - it's installed across the room from the washer, behind the kitchen wall.

I have yet to find the episode where Steve Douglas fights with the machine, which appears to have a severely unbalanced load in the tub, and which tries to eat his necktie among other things. I saw this in a clip that was part of a TV special celebrating 30 years of television, or some such...

Post# 971994 , Reply# 31   12/6/2017 at 17:24 (346 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

If Mr. Douglas had so much money, why did he live in such squalor except as a story line gimmick?

At one point when Hazel got a new gas kitchen, she had a 36" Duomatic.

Post# 971996 , Reply# 32   12/6/2017 at 17:37 (346 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I love "About Mrs. Leslie".

My three sons had a 40" TOL Frigidaire range from 1961. They had a small one door Frigidaire refrigerator and the Frigidaire Super washer which could be seen sometimes and I guess the matching dryer that was hidden. Once, there was some commotion with the washer and a wheel came rollling out of the laundry room and across the kitchen floor. This is from the time period when William Frawley played uncle Bub. Then he died and probably no one was sad because he was considered to be a mean person by all who worked with him, especially Vivian Vance. The cars were Pontiacs and the family car a station wagon.

Post# 971999 , Reply# 33   12/6/2017 at 17:46 (346 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Yeah, Robbie had a 64 LeMans ragtop, burgundy color. And there was an episode, where Steve buys Chip a car, bought from a co worker. It was a late 20's-early 30's Pontiac.

Post# 984247 , Reply# 34   2/25/2018 at 08:19 (266 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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One movie that I saw had a GE coin-operated laundromat that a guy & gal were doing their laundry in a washer there--in which the banging from an unbalanced load in it, had the boy bang on the cabinet & I think even shake the washer up & down, to get it balanced again...





-- Dave

Post# 984257 , Reply# 35   2/25/2018 at 08:51 (266 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
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was old money. They usually don't aim to impress. I had a friend from Grosse Pointe whose parents were loaded. their hone was beautiful outside, but they had old torn up furniture in the living room, and his mom had $4 grand in a luuch bag in her dresser drawer. His dad drove a rusty old Subaru. In the 80's I saw more Chrysler K cars in Grosse Pointe driveways, and I doubt all belonged to their house keepers.

Post# 984273 , Reply# 36   2/25/2018 at 10:41 (266 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Dennis The Menace

There is an episode with a diving bell bendix where he starts his own laundry service.

Post# 984286 , Reply# 37   2/25/2018 at 12:52 (266 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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On the show Friends, there is an International Harvester refrigerator. I recognize the IH logo, especially since we had an IH Traveall that was used in our business for deliveries. The tailgate was very low, easy for loading, since the gas tank was under the second seat.

As for Hazel, I do remember my father saying that the Hazel show was one of the first color programs to feature the color yellow. When color TVs were first introduced, yellow was difficult to accurately represent. Hazel had a yellow uniform.

Post# 984519 , Reply# 38   2/26/2018 at 23:32 (264 days old) by Spinmon (st. charles mo )        

The 1963 movie 'The Thrill of It All' w/Doris Day and James Garner featured '63 push button WP tl's in several scenes as a backdrop for the 'Happy' soap/detergent Doris was selling.

I saw this at the drive-in with my parents when I was 8 and liked the washers then as now.

Post# 984525 , Reply# 39   2/27/2018 at 00:23 (264 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
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One of the best shots of the laundry I've seen:

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Post# 984560 , Reply# 40   2/27/2018 at 08:57 (264 days old) by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        
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Thanks, Greg!

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