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POD 7-4-19 Marquette Washer and Dryer 1953
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Post# 1037116   7/4/2019 at 11:28 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Does anyone have either of these? Has anyone seen either of these? Thanks.

Notice how often "soot" is mentioned in the text for the dryer's advantages. Trains and factories were still using lots of coal. I remember Paul Simon's song "My Little Town" where a line goes "My mom doing laundry, hanging out shirts in the dirty breeze".

Post# 1037120 , Reply# 1   7/4/2019 at 12:03 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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One thing I noticed about the dryer in the picture is it has a perforated back like the older WP/KM dryers of the 50ís and early 60ís had, and it must be a special dryer WP made for the company in the POD.

Post# 1037126 , Reply# 2   7/4/2019 at 12:39 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

WP-made dryers were not the only ones with a perforated drum back in the early 50s. Note, too that this 1953 model dryer was only available in electric. It was the next model year that there was a gas model available also and WP pretty much offered gas dryers from the get go.

Post# 1037133 , Reply# 3   7/4/2019 at 13:43 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Hereís a question about those early WP gas dryers. I heard some of those early WP gas dryers had a switch on the front that you had to turn on when you turned the dryer on so the burner would come on. I have no idea what type of ignition system they used, but it must have been a pilot or spark igniter to turn the burner on or something.

Post# 1037151 , Reply# 4   7/4/2019 at 15:45 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I think this was all Apex built

But I could be wrong.

Post# 1037158 , Reply# 5   7/4/2019 at 18:02 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Apex built?

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That is interesting. I was reminded when I looked at the pictures of the agitator in my Vactric wringer washer. This was based on an Apex machine, so it might be that Apex designed it as a more conventional alternative to their own washer. Pictures on the link will show what the agitator could have looked like


Post# 1037206 , Reply# 6   7/5/2019 at 05:45 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Yes, Hans, the Fiberglas tub is a good clue to that, as well as the control turret. The agitator looks like it would really provide aggressive agitation which is why I was wondering if anyone had experience with one.

Post# 1037213 , Reply# 7   7/5/2019 at 07:18 by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
7-4-19 P.O.D.

Does anyone have a pic of yesterday's POD? I missed it and would like to see what I missed.

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