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1955? ABC Dryer - Greenvile, MI
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Post# 977519   1/8/2018 at 19:22 (310 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Not something you see every day.  Appears the model number is CGF.

Altorfer Bros. Company gas dryer. Great condition, dryer drum still spins, and includes instruction manual. Asking $100 OBO.

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Post# 977531 , Reply# 1   1/8/2018 at 20:25 (310 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
ABC Dryer

That is super cool.I love dryers with a window. I wonder if this is the dryer the Jackson 5 would have in there house?

Post# 977628 , Reply# 2   1/9/2018 at 11:21 (309 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Nice dryer, indeed!  I cling to the hope that an electric one will surface someday...


Mark, good one on the Jackson 5 reference!!   

Post# 977670 , Reply# 3   1/9/2018 at 16:41 (309 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Can't tell from these pictures exactly, but it stands to reason you are correct sir!

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Post# 977683 , Reply# 4   1/9/2018 at 18:51 (309 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

A-B-C it's easy as 1-2-3

Post# 977684 , Reply# 5   1/9/2018 at 19:21 (309 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Mark Harman

Has one similar to this, I have seen it in use and it really works well, the elements are on top and the filter is a large slide in thing at the bottom.

Post# 977691 , Reply# 6   1/9/2018 at 20:56 (309 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The brochure for this model is in Ephemera - 1956


Top-left mounted 18,000 BTU burner and 122 cf/min blower at the bottom right of the cabinet with a perforated drum (radial heat flow) might make this a pretty decent performer.   

Post# 977783 , Reply# 7   1/10/2018 at 18:01 (308 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Who actually manufactured this dryer?


Post# 977791 , Reply# 8   1/10/2018 at 18:45 (308 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

ABC had been bought out by them by this time I think.

Post# 977828 , Reply# 9   1/10/2018 at 22:51 (308 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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American Motors/Kelvinator sale didn't come until 58 I believe.  This dryer design was updated shortly thereafter to the full-width, side-swing door on a squared cabinet.

Post# 977852 , Reply# 10   1/11/2018 at 06:40 (308 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

is where the Gibson plant was. AB Electrolux closed it in 2004.
Not even the Meijer store in Greenville stayed open long afterward.
A friends father is buried there in the cemetery next to a lake.

Post# 977920 , Reply# 11   1/11/2018 at 18:34 (307 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Hans, thanks for the info.

According to several sources, Altorfer Brothers Co. was sold to Nash-Kelvinator in 1952, after which time laundry products were also sold under the Kelvinator label.


Post# 977946 , Reply# 12   1/12/2018 at 00:34 (307 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        
From the link above

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"ABC continued to improve its products and
manufacturing methods with new processes , and many innovations. It added electrically-driven washers: progressed from the "dolly
type" washers to the cylinder, the oscillator, the vacuum cup, and the reversing agitator types."

Anybody ever seen the "vacuum cup washer?" Having a hard time picturing that.

Post# 978021 , Reply# 13   1/12/2018 at 15:51 (306 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
ABC Dryer

I think that dryer maybe a Hamilton the way it is described with a perforated drum.

Post# 978070 , Reply# 14   1/13/2018 at 01:18 (306 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
vacuum cup washer

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We have covered them before here in the group.

ABC, Easy, Hurley/Thor, and many others in late 1800's through early parts of the last century designed and produced washing machines that used the "vacuum cup" method. Indeed until two basic types won out (cylinder/h-axis or tub with central beater), there were many different types of washing machines all touting supposed superiority.

Principle behind these machines was taken from the hand held "vacuum" washers:

Basically the downward push forces water/suds through the wash. On the up stroke a slight suction is created that was supposed to (in theory) "pull" dirt/muck out of clothing.

Cannot say how well the powered machines work, but my hand held "rapid washer" works a treat.

If you watch the washing action from these devices you can see where Frigidaire/GM came up with their "jet action" or "pulsating" agitation. Instead of moving clothes through water you force powerful currents of water down though the wash which force dirt/muck out.

Post# 978117 , Reply# 15   1/13/2018 at 11:46 (305 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
ABC Gas Dryer

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While this dryer is similar to an early Hamilton Dryer, it is all ABC-Kelvinator in design and construction.

It is probably a decent performer for a 50s dryer and it would even have electric ignition for the gas burner.

John L.

Post# 978215 , Reply# 16   1/13/2018 at 22:16 (305 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        
Vacuum cup

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I see, thanks, Launderess.

It looks like loading and unloading would be a pain, besides the racket.

Post# 978227 , Reply# 17   1/14/2018 at 00:00 (305 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Ohh Yes!

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By the eve of WWI and certainly after WWII you notice all these "quirky" washing machines had long vanished. Yes, you had top loaders offering a vast and interesting methods of agitation but one thing became clear; American women wanted fully automatic washing machines that required little involvement.

Washing is done in two basic ways; you shift the water, or you shift the wash.

Few if any of those early washers had pumps and or filled automatically. Thus you still had to "shift water" because somehow tubs had to be filled and drained. The real labor savings came from fact machines (in theory) did the agitation. But that still left often wet floors, use of wringers (and or later spin dryers), buckets, hoses, etc....

You notice all these early machines were simply semi-automatic washers. All required some degree of user interaction and that meant having to hang around on wash day. You *could* start the thing and go off and do something else, but had to return sooner or later.

What is interesting is how many of those old "vacuum cup" washers are still out there. Mostly from Easy but have seen others.

Post# 978503 , Reply# 18   1/15/2018 at 19:49 (303 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Jackson 5 Reference

I am so glad someone got a kick or laugh out of my Jackson 5 comment.I try so hard to make people laugh here and most often my strange humor draws a flat line and crickets.Even the crickets aren't laughing. I was beginning to wonder if the club is made of strictly humorless dullards. The last time I got a reaction was several years ago when I referred to the TLC channel as The Loser Channel.

Post# 979085 , Reply# 19   1/19/2018 at 23:34 (299 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
two washers ABC or EASY?

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I think the Jacksons used an EASY., with pulsating, suction cup action, rhythm, sound...etc. :-)


Shades of ...f Roxanne ...although off the subject a little:

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