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Post# 991371   4/19/2018 at 06:57 (187 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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this makes me happy and I think its a whilrpool

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Post# 991373 , Reply# 1   4/19/2018 at 07:09 (187 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Oh for sure!  Looks like one of those Imperial Mark XII models!


Post# 991375 , Reply# 2   4/19/2018 at 07:13 (187 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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That is happy! I've never seen "The Thrill of It All", now I'm going to have to find it.

And the Happy washer is a Whirlpool. I have the TOL model of this year, it's a stunning machine.

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Post# 991376 , Reply# 3   4/19/2018 at 07:29 (187 days old) by Spin-Doctor (Maryland)        

Is that Doris Day? If it is, does that mean Doris prefers BDs over DDs?

Post# 991403 , Reply# 4   4/19/2018 at 12:01 (187 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Poor Doris...if she would have read the Happy box she'd have known it was not low-sudsing.

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Post# 991406 , Reply# 5   4/19/2018 at 12:43 (187 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        
The Thrill of it All

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is one of my favorite Doris Day pictures. I went to see it at the Oaks Theater on Solano Ave. in Berkeley, Calif. in 1963 for 35 cents! It was a first run picture and a double feature with Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. I liked the Doris Day film better as I recall, I was 12 at the time and Charade was a little over my head.

In the film her kitchen is up to the minute for 1963, and I remember one line about how she had, I believe $4.60 of rib roast in the oven! The roast that she pulled out of her wall oven would easliy cost about $50.00 today! How the times have changed!


Post# 991407 , Reply# 6   4/19/2018 at 13:13 (187 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Although in the film the washer was not the culprit, those old Whirlpools are known for being easily over-suds. Even Dennis Mitchell had problems...

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Post# 991420 , Reply# 7   4/19/2018 at 15:23 (187 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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how about this one

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Post# 991421 , Reply# 8   4/19/2018 at 15:23 (187 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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or this nice set

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Post# 991423 , Reply# 9   4/19/2018 at 15:28 (187 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Whirlpools again!  In turquoise no less...    Paid product placement, no doubt!

Post# 991434 , Reply# 10   4/19/2018 at 17:07 (187 days old) by Spin-Doctor (Maryland)        

Interesting! "Who's Minding the Store" came out in 1963. You can see the price tag for the Whirlpool LKA-992 Washer at $379.95. Using this inflation calculator...

You get an equivalent price today of $3,108.79! That's really amazing, I wonder if that price is correct or maybe it's for the washer & dryer set?

Appliances like that were made of much higher quality than the junk today, but I guess you actually had to pay for that quality. And people expected the appliances would last for decades too, and for good reason. They were prized possessions and had to look the part as well.

I wonder what kind of product quality and aesthetics modern manufacturing could deliver on a washer that cost $3,108.79 today?

Post# 991440 , Reply# 11   4/19/2018 at 17:41 (187 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Oh, Oh Christopher!

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Happy is as happy does, Forrest! Knew that lady madly, but couldn't remember. Thanks for the identify. Loved, loved her. Who didn't? Doris was before blonds got dirty, (chuckle). Even though Whirlpool refined and streamlined their panels after 63, I still like them the best, way more than mine, and with Greg's SUDS and visible flowing filter....

Hey Greg, when transportation of men & washers becomes cake, would you consider trading our Marks for a year or so?

Paul, the panel light does have a turquoise tint, eh?

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Post# 991455 , Reply# 12   4/19/2018 at 19:47 (186 days old) by Spin-Doctor (Maryland)        

Wow! I never thought a washing machine could be "glamorous", but the hell if that picture doesn't prove it so!

Post# 991474 , Reply# 13   4/19/2018 at 22:15 (186 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Well, who wouldn’t be happy with Doris Day along with a TOL Whirlpool washing machine?!

Post# 991485 , Reply# 14   4/20/2018 at 01:43 (186 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Post# 991505 , Reply# 15   4/20/2018 at 07:51 (186 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
$379.00 For a New WP Washer In 1964

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This about the average retail price for a nice WP, MT or other name brand washer in the mid 60s, and yes this would be like spending over $3000.00 today.


[  Keep in mind that most people went to Sears and bought a Kenmore similar to this WP for at least $100.00 less and often put it on Sears revolving credit ]


But that said this new WP washer only had an average life in a family of four of around 12 years, and it had about a 50% chance of having warranty service in the first year and probably had at least two more service calls in its 12 years life before it was pronounced not worth fixing.


Today you can buy a New Speed Queen FL washer from us including del &installation for $1418.00 that will last at least 25 years and possibility 50 and only has a 5% chance of a service call in the first year and will only need a couple service calls to get to the 25 year mark.


Quality and durability are truly much better to day if you make smart choices, and everyone here knows that these 60s WPs were my favorite laundry appliances, no other brand of AW lasted as long as WP-KM during the 60s except MTs washer, but it did not perform as well as a WP and their dryer was not nearly as good as WPs.


John L.

Post# 991523 , Reply# 16   4/20/2018 at 10:34 (186 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
OMG My most favorite MOVIE

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( Besides Forbidden Planet ) I love that movie, Mom took me and when James Garner drove that gorgeous convertible into the pool I just lost in the theater !!!



Post# 991526 , Reply# 17   4/20/2018 at 10:50 (186 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Always wondered why, but never knew!

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KM's forever outsold WP's. Why, Why Why, I cried. They're the same machine, and Whirlpool makes them. Well, Dumb Bell Michael,
you see KM's are A Hundred Bucks cheaper. Holy Cow, Homer! All these years, and now the answer! Finally, I can sleep easy.

Post# 991534 , Reply# 18   4/20/2018 at 11:58 (186 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Agnes in a Jerry Lewis movie!?!?!??!

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IIRC some of those beautiful Whirlpools in "Who's Minding..." had glass windows in their lids and they were agitating during the scene before JL hell breaks loose.


I'll never forget the first time I saw Forbidden Planet; and at the same theater on 8th Street and University Place where, 8 years later, I would listen to it celebrated in the overture of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


I had an English professor in college who loved it as well and talked about it in a lecture about The Tempest, how Robbie the Robot was a more benign version of Caliban and how the ID was a much more destructive Ariel. Now there's a movie that the mucks in Hollywood could and should consider remaking.

Post# 991588 , Reply# 19   4/20/2018 at 22:21 (185 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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This looks like the model - does anyone have a closeup of the console and picture of the interior?
Manufacturer date says 2/62

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Post# 991649 , Reply# 20   4/21/2018 at 13:55 (185 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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The Thrill Of It All was on TCM last night and I caught it from just about the very beginning.  There was also a beautiful Frigidaire Kitchen will all appliances in brushed chrome. 


Was this a 1959 or 1960 WP model? The movie was released in 1963. 

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Post# 991652 , Reply# 21   4/21/2018 at 14:17 (185 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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I know I watched it too. it was like fate I was going to crash real early due to a long day but when I saw doris and that happy soap was on I was glued ha ha. I love me some doris

Post# 991668 , Reply# 22   4/21/2018 at 16:09 (185 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Paul, I think the washer in the detergent commercial was actually an Imperial and not an Imperial Mark XII.  The one in the "commercial" has 5 wash/rinse temp buttons and a water level dial, there's no programmed cycle buttons. 


Jon Charles, I had a very similar reaction when I saw James drive that car into the pool too last night.  And had a gut sickening feeling watching it being retrieved out of said pool. 

Post# 991671 , Reply# 23   4/21/2018 at 16:11 (185 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

"The Thrill of it All" is one of my favorite movies with Doris, along with "Please Don't Eat the Daisies".

It's an appropriate time to post this as Doris celebrated her 96th birthday on April 3.

Post# 991672 , Reply# 24   4/21/2018 at 16:17 (185 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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The Rock & Doris 1964 movie Send Me No Flowers also had a Frigidaire Kitchen--I think the appliance colors were yellow.  I think the dishwasher was an Imperial Spin Tube. 

Post# 991700 , Reply# 25   4/21/2018 at 19:34 (184 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The most insidious thing about this movie is that the OBGYN puts an end to his wife's career by getting her pregnant.

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