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How did your interest in washing machines start?
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Post# 1032118   5/8/2019 at 11:49 (190 days old) by Michael (London /England)        

I can remember as a child, mum had a Thor washing machine with pedals and a round glass lid.This machine kept me entertained as when she pressed the pedal to empty, invariably the hose would jump out the sink and flood the floor.
After, our Hotpoint twin tub was great fun watching..the dub dub sound is still clear in my memory.Also, friends had either Hoovermatics, with the propeller at the side, or Ariston, with the propeller at the bottom which I didn't like as much as the agitator of the Hotpoint
What really fascinated me though was in 1976, our first front loader, a Hoover Keymatic did a simple keyplate, with a slight push, do all it had to do i was hooked!..the rest is history.
What are your early memories

Post# 1032121 , Reply# 1   5/8/2019 at 12:14 (190 days old) by DE409 (Maryland)        

Just using the same washer and dryer for most of my life. It still has the mark on it in Sharpie where mom showed me what setting to use when I learned to dry.

Post# 1032124 , Reply# 2   5/8/2019 at 12:29 (190 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Thatís a very good question. I guess it started with the memories of the 1997 Maytag Dependable Care washer, and the mid 80ís Kenmore 70 series 29Ē electric dryer at my old house. It all took off in 2015 for me when I stumbled across the Maytag A700 Kevin aka Revvinkevin had up on YouTube, and the rest is history. I discovered many other YouTube channels of vintage machines, and a good amount are from people here on AW.

Post# 1032129 , Reply# 3   5/8/2019 at 13:14 (190 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I remember our

55 Pulsamatic, I can clearly remember holding me at 4 years old while the serviceman worked on it, I remember it was going to cost 60.00 to fix and as it was 14 years old then Mother decided to get a new one It was a WCDAN solid tub, Our next door neighbor had a 63 Lady Kenmore that I clearly remember.

Post# 1032132 , Reply# 4   5/8/2019 at 13:55 (190 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
It Was the Ď62 Wards Signature That Did it For Me...

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My grandmother had a BOL machine and the action along with the sounds it made had me hooked! Although my Momís Ď63 Frigidaire Custom Deluxe was okay, and my other grandma had a Wards wringer washer, the Ď62 Signature automatic machine was the greatest! Still looking for one although rare as henís teeth...

Post# 1032134 , Reply# 5   5/8/2019 at 14:14 (190 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Watching my Mom do the laundry in our basement in her Bendix Economat. I so vividly remember how the clothes were all mashed onto the agitator when the cycle was finished. Also, watching my Aunt Imogeneís 1955 Westinghouse slant front washing machine. It was fascinating, almost as good as TV was in the early 50ís.


Post# 1032135 , Reply# 6   5/8/2019 at 14:16 (190 days old) by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

My Grandmother had a bolt down Bendix Standard in the kitchen.  I was glued to the window with the clothes tumbling.  I remember taking the rubber seal off the door and also the drain catcher (Hard to call them lint traps) and not getting them back on right and the next time she washed water ran all over the floor.  From that day forth I was hooked.



Post# 1032139 , Reply# 7   5/8/2019 at 15:39 (190 days old) by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hey Michael,
Good to read your post and hear your experiences of washers as you grew up, like you i too have fond memories of a Thor Automagic washer, not my parents but a lady who use to run a holiday let in Cornwall that we use to stay with for 2 weeks a year, i use to help / watch as she did all the linen on a Monday morning, heavy brown sandalís pushing down on the pedals to change the operation from wash to spin etc
I have had 5 thor automagicís, 4x pedal operated and 1x lever control, below is a pic of the ones in my collection.
Good thread

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Post# 1032144 , Reply# 8   5/8/2019 at 16:45 (190 days old) by Michael (London /England)        

Those machines look pristine!!! that has certainly brought back happy memorys...

Post# 1032145 , Reply# 9   5/8/2019 at 17:01 (190 days old) by Michael (London /England)        

Your name, being "Keymatic" Keith, did you ever have one of these? I so remember all the clicks and whirls and moaning wheezing sounds it made, exclusive to Hoovers! It really was a machine ahead of its time! Where else could you get a machine, that in addition, did an auto prewash on most programmes AND have a 3 part dispenser..most were only 2...
Being in the Cypriot community, most housewives followed suite if something was good, so I took many to our local department store to buy our model, then the 1100 model with protruding door, then the last model with flush door..everybody was very happy with it...till I went to a neighbours house..who had a basic was SO quiet!! and when it did the drain spin, I was hooked!! I HAD to have one!
Eventually, about 1983, the brushes went on the Keymatic, and armed with my £139, I went off to Rumbelows in Brixton to claim my Indesit 2093!

Post# 1032147 , Reply# 10   5/8/2019 at 17:09 (190 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
A '55 Whirlpool wringer did it..

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That was the washer I have the earliest memories of seeing in use. We had a '64 GE V12 Filter-Flo washer and matching dryer but the plumbing and wiring in the house where we lived was so unreliable that it was safer to use the Whirlpool! Not long after that we moved and I remember watching that GE washer as often as I could! Must be why I have a soft spot for GE washers to this day...

Post# 1032160 , Reply# 11   5/8/2019 at 19:37 (190 days old) by lotsosudz (Sacramento, CA)        
57, 60 series Kenmore

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After our Bendix Economat died in late 56, my parents bought a 57 60 series Kenmore. I spent hours watching the Pregnant Roto Swirl agitator, with the waterfall filter, washing clothes for a family of 7. It had two speeds, and two cycles, Normal, and Delicate. It ran 10 years, washing 10-12 loads a week. 15 loads after camping. I was totally hooked!

Post# 1032164 , Reply# 12   5/8/2019 at 20:25 (190 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Mine started as a little kid. My mother had her Kenmore wringer in our basement with separate tubs to rinse and I would grab the clothes coming from the rinse tub backwards thru the wringer. To her first Kenmore Cycla Fabric and on thru many to my 1984 Maytags and 1948 Kenmore wringer that I still use today. I loved to play with anyones toy washers as a kid but liking these were not being a real boy, play sports, no wonder I hate sports now.

Post# 1032181 , Reply# 13   5/9/2019 at 04:54 (190 days old) by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
I grew up . . .

. . . with a Maytag wringer first which I managed to get my arm caught in the wringer when I was "helping" Mother wash.

Then we got a Thor Automagic which was a great machine. Did all the washing and rinsing in one tub which spun to get out the water.

Then was the Maytag AMP which was kind of boring because I couldn't see any action since all the electric connections were in the lid. When one opened the lid, everything stopped -- that is until I figured out how to take apart the lid and operate the mercury-filled switches by hand.

One neighbor had a bolt-down Bendix which emptied into a sump. The sump pump pumped the water to the back yard. Fascinating!!!

Two neighbors had Bendix Economat. Interesting to see the clothes mashed up against the agitator when it was finished.

I drove neighbors crazy every Saturday morning calling to see if I could come over and help wash.

One neighbor had an Electrolux vacuum that when the bag was full, the back end would open and the bag would shoot out onto the floor.

Jerry Gay

Post# 1032184 , Reply# 14   5/9/2019 at 06:12 (190 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Tom's Special Interest

When was it not there? I remember playing in the kitchen sink with the water. When my Aunt Anne came to stay with me when my brother was born, she let me play in the sink until I fell in. She saw no harm. We got our waterfall front Kenmore in 52 when we moved to the house in Grand Ridge, IL. My parents sold the Maytag Master to my Aunt Mary who  still had it in the early 60s. I remember standing on a step stool to hold the cold water hose in the machine as it filled for rinse to save on hot water from the expensive to operate electric water heater. I wish I remembered the electric range we had until I was two, but my memory does not go back that far and in my early years, washing machines took up all of my brain space, except for the Hamilton Dryer our neighbor got in 1954. Mom and I were invited to see the new Hamiltons and I remember kneeling down on the floor to look in the dryer door window and watching white towels tumbling past the glass, bathed in the pinky-purple light of the Sunny Day germicidal lamp and the 40 watt incandescent bulb. Light, color and repetitive motions, just the things a young Aspy brain needs.  I did not get an old Hamilton Dryer until more than 60 years had passed, but I knew that color of light when I saw it again. It is much harder to get down on my knees now than it was when I was 4. I am glad I have the kneeling bench for gardening to use as a prei dieu kneeler in front of the Hamilton.

Post# 1032197 , Reply# 15   5/9/2019 at 08:40 (190 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
The Felllowship of the Balance Ring

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I have been told by a few people who I respect that a lot of my "fixations" have the earmarks of symptoms exhibited by children who used to be diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome (now considered as part of the Autism spectrum). Things like fascination with water movement, spinning and obsessions with things that are similar with color differences are common points. I would accept that explanation without hard feelings because I have gotten to know a couple of my friends' children who are diagnosed with Autism who exhibit a lot of behaviors that I observed in my Father and, yikes,in myself. It made some sense and explained a hell of a lot of things.

Please understand in writing this I am in NO WAY SUGGESTING THAT AN INTEREST IN VINTAGE APPLIANCES IS PATHOLOGY.  But remember that until I met you folks, I was the only person in the world that was interested in washing machines. I have stories that are similar to what everyone has written so far and the important point that I am trying to make here is that, whatever the cause, now that I know that I am not alone and have actually celebrated what my sister still calls my "fixation" with things; I can publicize and enjoy my interest. I wish I had had the spine to do this alone, but it is a really good thing to know that I'm not. Sound familiar?

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Post# 1032200 , Reply# 16   5/9/2019 at 09:19 (190 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

My parents would never believe that scratchy wool clothing was like bathing my skin in fire. No one understood that carbonated beverages hurt my mouth, but hearing Temple Grandin talk about these things was a revelation.


We have this space because some of the items in our collection were seen in a museum exhibit called Mechanical Brides by Robert who was overcome that someone else collected appliances.  You can  still buy the book on Amazon that was sold at the exhibition and some of our names are in the back. Needless to say, one of the icons of our collections, the Sunbeam Coffeemaster is part of the show.

Post# 1032202 , Reply# 17   5/9/2019 at 09:33 (190 days old) by golittlesport (California)        
Jerry Gay

I also started with a fixation on a wringer washer that I got my arm tangled in the wringer! I was two years old at the time and it was a Dexter washer. Thank goodness I still have my left arm! My mom would sit me on a stool next to the washer so she could keep an eye on me while she did the work of manually feeding the wringer and rinsing the laundry. I became mesmerized watching the action and the agitator oscillating back and forth.

Nana, mom's mother, had an Easy spindier and she would also let me watch so she could keep an eye on me. What else to do with a two year old while one worked a conventional washing machine other than cage them? Ha! She got herself a 1955 Frigidaire automatic and of course I had to watch that too -- a great show with the up and down washing action and dramatic spin cycle.

After four kids, my mom finally got herself an automatic -- a 1957 Westy MOL slant-front. That was a great machine to watch with a window and my mom felt I was safe with the automatic shut off should I open the door when she wasn't looking.

From that point on I was interested in everyone's washing machine and how they operated.

Post# 1032209 , Reply# 18   5/9/2019 at 10:55 (189 days old) by jeff_adelphi (Adelphi, Maryland, USA)        
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Post# 1032224 , Reply# 19   5/9/2019 at 14:38 (189 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Story goes that the paternal grandmother was babysitting and showed me their running 1956 WP Imperial.† Maybe I was fussing and she was trying for some distractions.† Something clicked and I was hooked.† I don't know what was my age but I don't remember the incident.† Next early story is Grandpa gave dad the family crank telephone, which I got ahold and disassembled into enough pieces that they couldn't figure how to reassemble.† I remember playing with the crank magneto unit but not doing the disassembly.

Post# 1032266 , Reply# 20   5/10/2019 at 05:19 (189 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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As far back as I can remember I was watching Mother's 1966 Maytag basic PP washer "hot, warm, cold" and "small, medium, large" regular tub washer.  I learned earl on how to stick something in the switch so I could watch it.  Then when my neighbor babysat me she had a GE filterflo that would work with the lid that was a treat.  We got our first dishwasher when I was 3 in 1974, a KDS17A and it was always my job to push the button to start it every night.  I was mesmerized by the glass front dishwashers at Sears and would stand there forever watching them wash.  But my interest  wasn't just in washers and dryers and dishwashers.  Vacuums, mixers, Daddy's tools (wondered what made them work), engines (especially diesels)...I'm still that way. 

Post# 1032339 , Reply# 21   5/10/2019 at 20:13 (188 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Firsr Interest

My mothers 51 Westinghouse washer.I loved to watch it run.My grandmothers 63 Kenmore 800.My neighbors 54 Hamilton dryer with the rectangular window and germ light.I have a 1960 Hamilton in my collection now.My life is devoted to washing machines.I am building a Laundromat in my future home now.It will be the E-Z Sudsit Laundromat.

Post# 1032345 , Reply# 22   5/10/2019 at 20:59 (188 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
It's not a Blackstone, but....

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Post# 1032568 , Reply# 23   5/13/2019 at 14:47 (185 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        
Sleep inducing

I was told by my mother that she discovered that if she wanted me to sleep as a baby she only had to put me near to the washing machine and the 'chug chug' of the agitator used to send me off. Even the spin dryer didn't wake me up. She said that once she even put the agitator on in her empty machine and it sent me to dreamland. I am guessing that is where it all started! It also helped that every house I went to as a child had a different type of machine so the interest grew and grew. Pictures in old mail order catalogues, appliance showrooms. I once went into a small independent showroom and there was a Hotpoint TL on display. When I lifted the lid it was plumbed in and actually washing clothes. I had to be dragged out the shop apparently.

I also thought that I was the only person in the world who had this fascination until I met a guy in Sydney who collected wringer washers and had them all over his apartment.

Post# 1032655 , Reply# 24   5/14/2019 at 19:16 (184 days old) by Paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        
Dad and Hotpoint

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My father was an engineer for Hotpoint, in the home-laundry department. 5600 W. Taylor. He was there from 1948 through the late 1980ís.
As a kid I would tour the plants, see washers, dryers, ranges and refrigerators being made.
And of course, as our stuff broke, we would pull it apart and fix it.
I had my own personal interest in electronics anyway and ended up in the television manufacturing industry. But as luck would have it, the Japanese company I worked for tapped into my appliance knowledge and I ended up doing training seminars on microwave ovens between training gigs for television repair, industrial video and the like.
Later on I did forensic evaluations on ďincidentsĒ for legal. That was interesting.

Post# 1033014 , Reply# 25   5/19/2019 at 04:10 (180 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
How did your interest in washing machines start !!

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Mine was listening and watching mums trusty Servis Supertwin Mk2 from 1963, seeing it wheeled to the sink, filled with steaming water and then washed rinsed and spinning all the family of 6 washing, usually three times a week, mon wed fri, starting at 9am and finished by 11am all pegged on the line..

My gran used to pay us to catch sheets n clothing coming out of the back of the Hotpoint Empress wringer, paid us kids 1p a sheet, so we would take our money then go up to Haslams Top Shop, ( a local family convenience store at the top of the road)
where we would pick from the 1p sweet tray !!

Michael, fab story, those Hoover Keymatics where something else indeed, have included a couple of keymatic pics, was yours the A3008 ??

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Post# 1033203 , Reply# 26   5/20/2019 at 10:58 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
My mom first had a

wringer washer. I don't remember the make. Then she inherited my aunts Whirlpool with a push button lid latch. It had a faulty mix valve, because she filled it up with a hose. In 1964, she got a new Kenmore turquoise mode 70. I recall the whirring sound the gear box made while agitating, and the wig wag shifting between that, drain, and spin.

Post# 1033256 , Reply# 27   5/20/2019 at 21:10 by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
My Interest began when...

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I was about six years old and I discovered our next door neighbor had a 55 Frigidaire Unimatic. Compared to our very early Kenmore this was the most interesting washer I had ever seen. The woman never minded me watching from beginning to end load after load. I was short for my age and she got a little step stool for me to stand on so I could see. I was most fascinated by the spin. I had never seen anything so fast. Made my mothers look positively turtle speed. After that I was hooked and stayed busy during the summers going from house to house on my street watching a Maytag, a Westinghouse and a Philco combination washer/dryer and then the 63 Frigidaire Imperial Custom with all the buttons and lighted panel. Of course I had to keep my insane interest under raps to keep my parent from having me committed. It wasn't till many years later later and being married to a very understanding woman that I brought home my first vintage washer.

Post# 1033560 , Reply# 28   5/24/2019 at 19:59 by volsboy1 (East Tenn Smoky mountains )        

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I was fascinated by anything that was mechanical, so much so that I had to take them apart to figure how they work, although not always successful putting them back together.
My best friend Mom had a Frigidaire 1-18 and a Maytag Food disposer I was hooked on both machines, He was fascinated in them also .
We had alot in common and I don't know if it is just me but, it seems that 75% or more people in here are Gay like me and he is also.
It's peculiar and I have wondered why that is?
My Dad tried to get me involved in sports but, I was much happier helping Moma or Mamaw in the kitchen, save for fishing.
I can still hear my Mamaws G.E. filter flo washing machine in my head to this day.
Those are some of my best memories and will always be so.

Post# 1033575 , Reply# 29   5/24/2019 at 23:24 by Kate1 (Idaho)        

I remember being absolutely obsessed with sitting atop the washer when it reached the spin cycle because I loved the feeling of the vibration. It was calming and soothing for me. My parentís old Speed Queen was the best, it vibrated quite a bit which was helped I think by the laundry room being upstairs at our old house. When they replaced it in 2001 or so with a Kenmore and the new house they had built had a basement laundry room with a concrete floor, there wasnít as much vibration. I still went and sat on the washer occasionally even through my teenage years. Even now, when Iím upset, if I happen to catch the washer on its spin cycle, Iíll hop up and itís still comforting to me. Iím going through a divorce right now so Iíve found myself doing that more frequently lately.

The other obsession for me comes from having started doing my own laundry at around 7 or 8. And now having four kids to keep in clean clothing and wanting a washer that is up to the task. And then, of course, having used cloth diapers on my littles I had to do a lot of research on proper laundry techniques and what is most desirable in a machine.

That and I just love clean laundry. Itís the one chore I enjoy doing (folding laundry is another matter lol). I love fresh, warm, fluffy clothes. I love the smell. This is another thing that goes back to my childhood. I used to climb into the laundry basket right after the clothes were pulled from the dryer. The fresh, clean smell and cozy warmth made me feel so happy and safe.

Post# 1037309 , Reply# 30   7/6/2019 at 12:16 by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        
Very interesting question, Michael !

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The point of view / subject raised by Ken (Bajaespuma) is equally very interesting.

There exist a photo of myself taken next to our Hoover washer, from 1966.

IIRC, my mom started to use a small Hoover twin tub washer back in 1965 (the year of my birth). As a person she's been very courageous because she's gone through so many health problems, most notably tuberculosis at young age which resulted in the removal of one of the lungs followed by half-a-year stay in a sanatarium. The tiny portable washing machine was bought brand new; back then, the unit came to Canada as an import from England (it was manufactured by Hoover in Wales, right before twin tub machines began to be manufactued in Hamilton). In 1965, for about 150 bucks you got one of those BNIB Hoover machines--ready for the laundry tasks!

Some friends of mine used to ask, jockingly, 'why don't you collect stamps instead of washing machines?' ...'It would take far less space in your dwelling!' ...To what I always answer that I personally have 'no thrill' in collecting stamps or coins. I'm a passionate in twin tubs, in particular. Why? For some reasons, the twin tub types of washing machines have always been part of my childhood. So much so as to become 'obsessive'. Not only we had that noisy but so practical Hoover in the home, but also my grand ma, a couple of my aunts, one cousin as well as a close neighbor, had one of the various brands who actually made those portable twinnies. That kind of a machine was a very popular concept and made twin tubs big sellers during those years. It was portable, enough small, lighter than the huge fully automatic Maytag (who, BTW, did also manufacture their own twin tub, the small but efficient A-50 Porta-Washer)...

Suffering from severe anxiety, I know too well what obsessional-compulsive is all about. However, where exactly sits 'the line'? That imaginary red line which separates obsession from the passion for something. Me? It is that love for the vintage appliances--or furnitures--of the past (I'd rather say of MY past). That period (up to the late 1980s) whence you bought something with absolutely no planned obsolecence in mind; when things used to be built solid and made to last forever, so to speak. I know I might sound like an old nostalgic buff who wants to resurrect the past. But, hey, those years were the results of pioneering R & D which began well before the Second World War, from Nikola Tesla to Henry Dreyfuss.

In sum, I'd say my interest in washing machines--and other vintage home appliances, such as vacuum cleaners--is part obsession part passion, and simply for the pleasure of collecting things. Why not washing machines? ...Or stamps!! : )

Post# 1037312 , Reply# 31   7/6/2019 at 13:29 by Whispermatic (Guildford)        

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My interest began really because virtually ever extension of my family had Hoover appliances of all description. Specifically though my grandmother had a Hoovermatic 3301L twin-tub and my mother a 3310E. I was equally terrified and fascinated by them. I loved every part of the design of them and the magic of the ďlittle black circleĒ as I called it, that caused so much force and movement in the water particularly interested me, especially when the water was pumped out and it slowly was revealed again not moving having worked itís mysterious magic under the water. Of course I now know it is called a pulsator and know how it actually works, but the magic still remains. I now own too many Hoovermatics to mention, and I still use a 1968 3312L weekly to wash towels and sheets with soap flakes... It still takes me back to watching and helping my mother and grandmother every time. I do also marvel that I am using a machine that still works absolutely perfectly and will be 51 in September. Not sure that ANY washing machines around today will still exist, let alone be powering through loads and loads of washing with such efficiency and well considered design and engineering 51 years from now..!

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Post# 1037315 , Reply# 32   7/6/2019 at 13:41 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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But my interest in washers and dryers never STOPPED!


How do I stop miming using those appliances?


Every time there's someone buying detergent, I "borrow" a little, and mimic using my favorite classic machines...




-- Dave 

Post# 1037670 , Reply# 33   7/9/2019 at 21:29 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

Very first washer
Bendix Economat fully automatic that washed my diapers until my mom was pissed off with replacing the tub every few months (She actually learned how to replace it watching the repairman and started to replace it herself).

I don't remember the washer very well, but i clearly remember the hissing noise it made after the cycle was done.

Then my mom bought a Frigidaire here in the USA, but she hated it and after 3 years she got rid of it.
After that a Brastemp Super FiltromŠtica (which is nothing more than a 24 inch belt drive Whirlpool) that had the chrome "Tragic-Mix" filter. My sister still has this washer and uses it every day. That's the washer I started "doing laundry" with, and when everybody "begun".

Only two years later it was replaced by a Swedish-made Electrolux (Electrolux didn't have appliances in Brazil at that time, only vacuums and floor polishers). Coincidently, Years later I arrived at work to discover I was working at Electrolux. The day before, we all left by the end of the shift knowing we worked at Prosdocimo. Overnight Electrolux took the control of Prosdocimo and it was like a Mexican soap opera.
Jump 10 years in the timeline to make things shorter... nowadays I hate Electrolux and anything related to it since Hans Straberg (best CEO I've ever met) was fired and we got a new CEO that was >>>THE<<< pain.

Post# 1039714 , Reply# 34   7/28/2019 at 16:16 by statomatic (France)        

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I was something like 2 or 3 years old hearing the sound of the Brandt Statomatic 418
(quite the same as the 416 on the photo but with a bleach distributor).
This machine was bought new in 1982 then it started to have issues in 94 or 95, I remember helping my father disassembling the machine to replace the bearings (not that easy on these ones).
Then the motor has started to fail so the machine ended in the basement and my parents bought an used 516 (same as the 416 but with larger capacity).
In 98 or 99 the 516's pump broke so we replaced it by the 418's pump and it worked great.
In 2001 my father found a trashed Vedette 5583 (same chassis as the Brandt) which was easy to fix (pump clogged by a pair of socks), my mother bought a new Fagor FE749 (she still have it now) and my grandmother bought a new Arthur-Martin AW3085T (I'm looking for one, always liked the gray/white control panel with red leds).
I've even worked on my own household appliance repair business but stopped after five years due to the increasing of taxes, the cheapo machines that cost less than a repair, the stupidity of customers...
Anyway I'm still maintaining my collection of vintage machines and doing some funny things like a machine controlled by a PLC.


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Post# 1039731 , Reply# 35   7/28/2019 at 18:04 by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

I do not know how my fascination with washing machine started but, I remember love looking at my parents 1968 Westinghouse washer with the (2-in-1) avocado - green, 'SPIRAL' Deep-Ramp agitator with Hand Wash agitator...the ramps were BIG (did not know the name them at that time)...the tub was GIANT and it SPLASHED so much...was extremely young...

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Post# 1040854 , Reply# 36   8/6/2019 at 08:36 by quickii (Youngsville, LA)        


Wow those pictures bring back memories. Have not seen the 2 in 1 agitator in many many years
Cut my teeth on this machine and Westinghouse's FLW

Post# 1040896 , Reply# 37   8/6/2019 at 15:05 by jons1077 (Portland, OR)        
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I loved visiting grandma but I REALLY loved visiting her washer and dryer! I needed to wash something so I improvised. :-) Who knew so many years later Iíd be so lucky to find an almost exact set.

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Post# 1040914 , Reply# 38   8/6/2019 at 21:17 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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My Grandmother had a Maytag wringer washer that she'd had when my Mom was a little girl (my Mom was born in 1938).  It was in use by the time I came along too.  When my Grandfather was dying of cancer in the summer of 1967, I was staying with them when the wringer washer went out.  My Grandmother went down and bought a new Maytag Automatic.  She was so excited when it was delivered that I think she called everyone in town.  I remember her talking about how it was making her life so much easier.  Sadly, my Grandfather died about a month after that but I'll always remember how happy that new Maytag made my Grandmother and her friends coming over to see it too!  LOL!  I think that piqued my interest.

Post# 1040915 , Reply# 39   8/6/2019 at 22:14 by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        


yeahhh, I was a lil' youngin but, remembered loving to see the 'SPIRAL-Ramp' agitate and that vigorous spray fill fascinated me as courtesy of someone from the club...I can't remember who but, grateful for them :)

Post# 1040970 , Reply# 40   8/7/2019 at 17:42 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Long before I started working at the appliance store (I was 13) I was fascinated with my Mom's Apex gas dryer. Punishment as a small child usually meant sitting on the laundry room floor as sort of a "time out". The big glass window on the Apex was better than cartoons on TV. You could watch the clothes tumble and see the flames of the burner through the perforated drum in the upper right hand corner. The Apex sort of broiled your clothes dry. I always thought they'd catch fire.


Mother warned me that if I opened the door with the dryer running (there was no door switch) that I'd be sucked up inside like Dorothy's house in the cyclone. One day I took a chance and opened it. Mother lied.


oh yes she did...

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