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Post# 1025698   2/26/2019 at 09:33 by imperial70 (******)        

What is up with Phyllis Berens Hat? Looks like some type of bowl turned upside down over her head. Is there potato Salad hiding under that thing?

Post# 1025699 , Reply# 1   2/26/2019 at 09:36 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Does anyone have one?

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In working usable condition as would love to see it in action?


Post# 1025716 , Reply# 2   2/26/2019 at 12:34 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Austin, Here's the "maiden wash" video of a slightly older model - my 1957 ABC-O-Matic. ABC developed this design and were bought out by Kelvinator in the mid-50s. Kelvinator phased out the ABC brand name around 1960.

Post# 1025732 , Reply# 3   2/26/2019 at 14:57 by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        
The Phyllis Berens hat

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It was in style back seen on the cover of this 1957 Oldsmobile brochure.


Post# 1025750 , Reply# 4   2/26/2019 at 18:23 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Her Hat: I used to have a large pasta bowl that looked almost exactly like it.

Both thumbs up for Kelvinator's concentric agitation pattern. We lost two truly unique methods of agitation (Kelvinator and Frigidaire) to WCI. The bastards.

Post# 1025752 , Reply# 5   2/26/2019 at 18:29 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

You must be very young not to recognize a style of hat that was very popular in the late 50s into the early sixties often favored by full-figured women.

Post# 1025759 , Reply# 6   2/26/2019 at 19:12 by imperial70 (******)        

Very young? I wasn't even born when those hats were in vogue. But I'm old enough to remember Control Data Phoenix cartridge drives and 8" floppy disks.

Post# 1025760 , Reply# 7   2/26/2019 at 19:14 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Who IS this Phyllis Berens?

I have tried looking her up...

-- Dave

Post# 1025771 , Reply# 8   2/26/2019 at 20:58 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
These really WILL

Wash a napkin without tearing it Robert Perdue has one in Virginia and he actually tried it, A really good machine.

Post# 1025851 , Reply# 9   2/27/2019 at 16:03 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
@ turquoisedude

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So this is your machine I think I may have found it on youtube before? How does it work is it on a concentric wheel ????? Not sure if thats the correct term ?
Its fascinating to watch and it really does seem to be gentle how come they are so rare why did they not keep up production?

I know more questions but its interesting and I love watching these old machines

Thank you Austin

Post# 1025912 , Reply# 10   2/28/2019 at 16:15 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Austin, the agitator is on, literally, an off-centre cog driving the agitator shaft. The mechanics behind this machine are suprisingly simple (I've heard a fellow collector say these machines could be repaired with tractor parts - I believe them!).

I would imagine that because the capacity of the machine was fairly small, Kelvinator chose not to develop a larger-capacity version of it.

Like so many older machines, the lack of parts to do reasonably simple repairs (like pump replacement, gaskets, hoses, etc) as the machines aged drove people to replace them.

I should look through my restorations albums to see what pictures I took of the drive mechanism of this one. I'm about to head out on vacation until mid-March, though...

EDIT: found a picture of the drive shaft mechanism.

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Post# 1025919 , Reply# 11   2/28/2019 at 19:02 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Have a safe, fun trip.

Post# 1026293 , Reply# 12   3/5/2019 at 08:58 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
@ turquoisedude

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It looks simple enough too but I will wait and see if you manage to find the other pictures you took with more detail as it still is way out of my understanding :)

Can't help it I am a victim of old age lol


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