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Whirlpool-Patent of the Day
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Post# 51177   12/16/2004 at 06:24 (7,061 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

How cool is that!!! A solid-tub Calypso!

Post# 51182 , Reply# 1   12/16/2004 at 07:47 (7,061 days old) by agiflow ()        

I wonder if Whirlpool looked back into their own archives for the idea of the calypso.It's amazing what these companies were dreaming up in the post war era.

Post# 51185 , Reply# 2   12/16/2004 at 08:01 (7,061 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
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This is remarkably similar to the Bendix Power Surge washer introduced in 1956! I would love to talk to the engineers of both machines to see what their problems and issues were with the designs and they overcame them.


Post# 51194 , Reply# 3   12/16/2004 at 09:42 (7,061 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Bendix must have jumped on their patent on the day and hour this one expired!

Post# 51203 , Reply# 4   12/16/2004 at 12:38 (7,061 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Today's Whirlpool patent wouldn't have expired until the 1960's, so Bendix would not have been able to use it in 1956 like they did, unless they paid royalties to Whirlpool which I doubt. They probably made enough changes to get their own patent issued for their Power Surge washers.

Post# 51205 , Reply# 5   12/16/2004 at 13:05 (7,061 days old) by partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        
I wondered about this one

We just got a 1956 BH&g and it featured the Bendix Power Surge washer, but was not too specific about how it worked. I am once again enlightened

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