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Can anyone shed any light?
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Post# 990537   4/13/2018 at 08:07 by Dor1s (Norfolk)        

We have recently come to own this old Tumble dryer which was not working but my husband who is an appliance engineer found that the element had become detached and the door lock mechanism needed tightening so with a little work it is now back in action, I have been trying to get an idea of the age of it? The lady who we got it from said it was aprox 75 years old but that seems seriously old to me, I can't find anything like it on google/eBay etc, I will attempt to attach photos, it's An English Elecrtic Automatic Clothes Dryer, with a solid square door and twist lock handle with a small timer on the top right hand side, it is on wheels.

Thanks in advance,


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Post# 990556 , Reply# 1   4/13/2018 at 10:52 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Ooh - a bit of a head-scratcher for me! The only EEs I know of are the Liberator range (rebadged American Westinghouse Spacemates), but this looks to be a different creature altogether... 75 years ago was 1943, nobody was building appliances then for obvious reasons, but 70 years old doesn't sound outright impossible, even if 60 is more credible.

Post# 990567 , Reply# 2   4/13/2018 at 12:25 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
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This is one of the first tumble dryers manufactured in the UK (the Parnall being the other) and would date approximately from between 1955 and 1960.

A couple of words or warning - the whole things is likely to need rewiring due to the existing, rubber covered cables perishing. There is also likley extensive use of asbestos within its construction. It is likely to run substantially hotter than modern dryers as these date back to a time when wringer washers were the norm and spin dryers pretty much unheard of so washing going into the dryer would have been much wetter than we are now accustomed to. Also it comes from a time when the use of synthetic fabrics was in its infancy.

Nice catch but unfortunatly not something to be used on a daily basis


Post# 990569 , Reply# 3   4/13/2018 at 12:31 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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You could use it for bed sheets and towels, they will be dried in a jiffy! High temperature won't bother them too much either.

Post# 990693 , Reply# 4   4/14/2018 at 11:15 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Yep, fine for cottons, but wiring probably suspect and chock full of asbestos...

Post# 990857 , Reply# 5   4/15/2018 at 16:38 by Dor1s (Norfolk)        

Thanks All, we weren't planning to use it just an interesting find, will probably just sit in the showroom as a talking piece :)

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