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Post# 1026839   3/11/2019 at 21:31 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Found these manuals on ebay — unfortunately without the actual machines. Am guessing 1964-6ish? What a lovely set!

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Post# 1026843 , Reply# 1   3/11/2019 at 22:15 by appnut (TX)        

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Todd, this looks like 18 lb. capacity rating--Most likely 1968 or 1969.  

Post# 1026844 , Reply# 2   3/11/2019 at 22:20 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Signature-Norge Set

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Hi Todd, I would guess that this set is more like 1969-72.


The dryer is the redesigned [ horrible ] two belt design, Norge went in just one try from the most heavily built dryer to the worst over nite with this major redesign, there was not a single part from the earlier dryer used in the new one.


I had this exact dryer in gas and Harvest gold  about four years ago and did a full restoration on it right down to a brand new motor. After I got it done I realized how much effort I had wasted for a dryer that was noisy and leaked lint everywhere. I took out the new motor after offering it on the club and having 0 takers scraped the dryer.


John L.

Post# 1026847 , Reply# 3   3/11/2019 at 23:41 by RP2813 (West Coast)        
Now that I've stopped shuddering . . .

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I recognize that shot of the happy family from the literature for my mom's Snorge set that was delivered in December of 1967.  Ward's could have used that same format for a few years, though.  I think my mom's set was the first year for that new style of console.


The dryer is a different model, as Mom's had the full width fold-down door, but the cheap looking consoles are frighteningly familiar more than 50 years later.

Post# 1026850 , Reply# 4   3/11/2019 at 23:52 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I had a similar set years ago.  The washer was spitting oil into the water and the dryer wasn't worth keeping after the washer was condemned for all the reasons John mentioned. 


Later, I found a TOL "Her Majesty" washer that didn't work at all. 


Here's a link to the MW album on Flickr:



Post# 1026873 , Reply# 5   3/12/2019 at 09:59 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Apparently Montgomery Ward didn’t fully update their brochures/manuals during the ‘60s. That lovely nuclear family appeared on my grandmother’s 1962 Wards washing machine manual as well. The back page didn’t change much either, with the mid-century drawing of MW along with “your washer has a twin...”

I have to agree about the Norge/Wards dryer...I had a ‘74 model and it blew lint everywhere. Got the clothes dry pretty fast but wasn’t worth the mess.

Post# 1026884 , Reply# 6   3/12/2019 at 13:04 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

BEST washer and dryer ever built!

Post# 1026919 , Reply# 7   3/12/2019 at 21:32 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Norge Rules!

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Well of course, Hans, you and I both know that..!!

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