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Post# 984837   3/1/2018 at 15:55 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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70 yrs ago today March 1st 1948, St Davids day the patron saint of Wales, marked the official production of the Hoover 0307 Wringer Washing Machine coming off the production line at Hoovers new and 1st washing machine factory in Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales UK, a former mining town being rejuvenated.



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Post# 984838 , Reply# 1   3/1/2018 at 16:00 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
1948 - 2018

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A small compact machine made for the British market, easily fitted under a draining borad and moved to where it was needed . An aluminium tub was bolted to a frame and base, the metal top has 3 uses, as a cover worktop, when over turned and place over the washer when working to prevent splashing...

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Post# 984839 , Reply# 2   3/1/2018 at 16:02 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And when slotted into the back under the wringer it acts as a collecting board for washing coming out the back of the wringer..

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Post# 984840 , Reply# 3   3/1/2018 at 16:06 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A simple design just an electric motor underneath, not even a switch, you simply plugged the machine in on the wall socket and switched on to start...The washing action used Hoovers famous Pulsator, a spinning disc revolving at 560 rom to drive the clothes through the wash water, so efficient it only took between 1 - 5 mins to complete the wash.
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Post# 984841 , Reply# 4   3/1/2018 at 16:08 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Often nicknamed the "Splashmatic"

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Post# 984843 , Reply# 5   3/1/2018 at 16:10 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Once the wash was completed you placed the clothes through the hand wringer to squeeze the water out...

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Post# 984844 , Reply# 6   3/1/2018 at 16:13 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Once the wash was completed to empty the tub you lowered the hose which was clipped to the side of the washer into a floor drain or bucket...

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Post# 984845 , Reply# 7   3/1/2018 at 16:13 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 984846 , Reply# 8   3/1/2018 at 16:16 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Heres are pics of the factory showing production line and warehousing..

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Post# 984847 , Reply# 9   3/1/2018 at 16:18 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Factory warehouse

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Post# 984848 , Reply# 10   3/1/2018 at 16:20 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A new fleet of vans advertised the "New Electric WashingMachine" as it travelled around the British Isles delivering to shops and Electricity Boards...

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Post# 984849 , Reply# 11   3/1/2018 at 16:21 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Outside the factory..

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Post# 984850 , Reply# 12   3/1/2018 at 16:22 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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From the factory floor to warehousing..

*pictures courtesy of Hoover archives and Allan & George website, Merthyr.


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Post# 984851 , Reply# 13   3/1/2018 at 16:23 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And finally to the customer...

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Post# 984853 , Reply# 14   3/1/2018 at 16:27 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hoover Washing Machine Factory, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales UK. if you ever travel down the A470 Heads of the Valleys road, do stop and admire the view....

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Post# 984854 , Reply# 15   3/1/2018 at 16:29 (206 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Wow, great info Mike, very interesting, thanks so much for posting this!

  

BTW, I sent you an AW message a month ago, did you see it?

 

Cheers, 

Kevin


Post# 984855 , Reply# 16   3/1/2018 at 16:33 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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See it wash...






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Post# 984858 , Reply# 17   3/1/2018 at 16:44 (206 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hi Kevin , apologies missed it, just look now and responded...

Cheers, Mike


Post# 984859 , Reply# 18   3/1/2018 at 16:45 (206 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Mike!!  Such a thrill.  Thank you so much for sharing this magnanimous anniversary.  The design of this washing tub is so reminiscent of the modern day Hoover Twinnie--the washing half to me. 


Post# 984913 , Reply# 19   3/2/2018 at 04:59 (205 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Happy Birthday Hoover

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And its no surprise that this machine was so successful as Hoover employed every marketing trick to make it so. Even at a time when supply of machines would have been limited they cleverly created the desire by countless pres advertisements and short films such as this below






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Post# 984923 , Reply# 20   3/2/2018 at 07:15 (205 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Thanks Mike

for this great celebratory thread, hoover hit the jackpot of matching the right product with the market requirements at the right time. True it didn't do everything, but it took the washday in from the back yard and dolly tub, compact enough to store and use in the average kitchen, and combined the wringer into one unit, so no need to clamp a wringer to the sink or go back outside to a separate wringer.

The other part to celebrate is how this basic washing principle was then developed to larger capacity single tubs, twin tubs and then the automatic. I would suggest that over the next 30 years, Hoovers triumph to stay as market leaders was to develop ranges of machines at a prices that matched the markets buying ability and fitted into the lives and kitchen of the users, also machines that were cost effective to manufacture, making a good profit that could be put into product development further marketing.

I had no experience of this machine until the days of collecting machines, but spoke to one lady I was doing a repair for, I noticed two cut off bolts under the washer and asked did you have a bendix, so got talking, yes she did, but before that had one of these Hoover washers, she just said it was a little wonder back then and when her mother saw it she was just transfixed as she'd never seen a washing machine before.

As one slogan ran

"the secrets in the tub"

Mathew


Post# 984972 , Reply# 21   3/2/2018 at 13:26 (205 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Imagine from such humble beginnings, you lucky lads now have boil-wash heating, automatic timing, automatic spin rinsing, steel coated hoses, power pumps gushing, warm steam everywhere.

How cool and exciting it would have been to have had one of these as a young kid, like the little girl in the flick. I was surprised to learn that the pulsator was patented by Hoover. Even with the very first machine the unique magic of Hoover was there, still unchanged to the very last model: the wild never before seen agitation--nothing quite like it!

After seeing MIke's posts and watching Alistar's flick, I'm totally psyched to fire up the old gold Oovah right now. Will put up a pic in a bit.

PS: Was really shocked at how fast and agile that wringing is! Almost looked speeded up.


Post# 984977 , Reply# 22   3/2/2018 at 14:35 (205 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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Post# 984978 , Reply# 23   3/2/2018 at 14:37 (205 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Patented Pulsator, Indeed!

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Post# 984981 , Reply# 24   3/2/2018 at 14:46 (205 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Winter flannels and thermals

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Washed, rinsed and spun tight in 10 minutes. 'Appy Birthday 'Oovuh !

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Post# 986306 , Reply# 25   3/12/2018 at 15:40 (195 days old) by anthony (uk)        
I remember as

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a small boy my mother getting one of these machines [it was second hand]in the very early 60s .After washing for two small children with a dolly tub in the back yard that little machine was a godsend The machine stood next to the sink and never needed to be moved because it could be filled with hot water straight from the Ascot water heater its swan neck tap being able to swing over the washer .When finished the drain hose was just laid on the floor the water disappearing down the drain in the floor .Around 1963 my dad bought a small frigidaire spin dryer making the whole washing thing even easier .Mum outlived dad eventually dying in 2010 while clearing her house what did i find hidden in the cupboard under the stairs ? you guessed it .The little washer lives here with me now safe in the pantry .I often look at it think how time has been much kinder to it than it has to me




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