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1959 Maytag
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Post# 1046306   9/29/2019 at 17:40 (361 days old) by Riverrat (SPRINGFIELD MO)        

I just acquired this wonderful set at auction. They are near mint condition and work wonderful. It's as much fun as getting a new car!
I spoke with the owner of the washing machine museum in Colorado, and he suggested this site. It looks like a great resource.

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Post# 1046311 , Reply# 1   9/29/2019 at 18:24 (361 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Beautiful set of  'tags, congratulations!

Post# 1046312 , Reply# 2   9/29/2019 at 18:24 (361 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Congratulations! It is a beautiful set and my favorite era of Maytags, as well. Interior shots of the washer and even some video would be welcomed enthusiastically.

Post# 1046320 , Reply# 3   9/29/2019 at 18:51 (361 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Congratulations.  Looking forward to more pics.

Post# 1046324 , Reply# 4   9/29/2019 at 19:03 (361 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Nice, and you have the sprinkler attachment for the dryer.

Post# 1046327 , Reply# 5   9/29/2019 at 19:30 (361 days old) by easy (Boston, Mass)        
Fabulous set

Did you get the agitator mounted fabric softener dispenser?

Post# 1046332 , Reply# 6   9/29/2019 at 20:03 (361 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Sweet!  Congratulations!  I look forward to seeing more!


Post# 1046334 , Reply# 7   9/29/2019 at 20:10 (361 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Sixty-year-old machines, that are more like Time Machines, now!

Congratulations, good luck, and use in the best of health...

ó Dave

Post# 1046343 , Reply# 8   9/29/2019 at 20:43 (361 days old) by Riverrat (SPRINGFIELD MO)        

The origional receipt says it was purchased exactly 60 years ago 9/29/59 $474 in Los Angeles CA at Simon's Washer Shop. I looked them up, but they are no longer in business.
I did not get a fabric softener dispenser although it did come with a lightweight white filter that I assume goes in the dryer. It also still has the metal cover plate that went where the vent is.

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Post# 1046344 , Reply# 9   9/29/2019 at 20:51 (361 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Magnificent pair you found, Maytag had one of the best turquoise shades.  Congrats!


Post# 1046350 , Reply# 10   9/29/2019 at 21:48 (361 days old) by Riverrat (SPRINGFIELD MO)        

BTW does anyone out there know their value? They are priceless to me, but curious.

Post# 1046354 , Reply# 11   9/29/2019 at 23:32 (361 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Absolutely stunning. Congratulations!

Post# 1046375 , Reply# 12   9/30/2019 at 05:31 (361 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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They are worth what someone wants to pay for them.

Post# 1046376 , Reply# 13   9/30/2019 at 05:32 (361 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Utterly awesome set.  Almost-impossibly well kept.


For our convenience I ran $474 through the inflation calculator.  Are you sitting down?


In today's so-called money, 474 1959 dollars would cost $4,178.99.  No wonder stuff was so good back then.

Post# 1046379 , Reply# 14   9/30/2019 at 06:41 (361 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
59 Maytags In Excellent Orignal Condition

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$474 was a lot of money in 1959, as to the value today its what someone would pay for them, If I were interested I think about $474 is about right for an original unrestored pair.


If you were to try and start using these machines on a weekly basis you would soon find there are issues that would need addressing, and if you tried to use them a lot you would spend a lot of time and some money trying to keep them running.


Its a little like finding a 1959 Chrysler New Yorker in a garage with 21,000 miles on it, you would not be able to drive it to work everyday without doing a lot of work on it.


The good news is these neat Mts are a little more usable and practicable than driving a 58 car every day.


Good Luck with these machines, let us know how they work out for you, John L.

Post# 1046407 , Reply# 15   9/30/2019 at 08:42 (361 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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This is a very nice pair - Best Of Luck with them!

Post# 1046441 , Reply# 16   9/30/2019 at 13:27 (361 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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OMG! They are beautiful! Congratulations on the find of a lifetime!! There are lots of Maytag experts here on this site who will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Enjoy them and please keep sharing pictures with us!

Post# 1046450 , Reply# 17   9/30/2019 at 15:18 (360 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Ditto everything everyone has said. Awesome find and beautiful machines!!! Congrats!

Post# 1046455 , Reply# 18   9/30/2019 at 17:19 (360 days old) by Riverrat (SPRINGFIELD MO)        

Thank you everyone for the nice comments. I am grateful to have such a good resource.

Post# 1046463 , Reply# 19   9/30/2019 at 18:27 (360 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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The Maytag A606 I acquired back in March I only paid $30 for, and the washer worked on the first test other than adjusting the water level switch, and thatís was it for the washer.

Now the matching DG606 dryer I converted to a DG306 timed dryer needed a lot of work. It hadnít been serviced or had the lint cleaned out in 46 years, and while the drum turned with little effort, I took everything apart and cleaned it up as much as I could. I had to do painting since it had some rust from the constant burning pilot light, and I had to replace all the felt seals since the outer felt seal was pretty much toast around the air enters the front of the drum.

Post# 1053993 , Reply# 20   12/11/2019 at 18:11 (288 days old) by Riverrat (SPRINGFIELD MO)        

My husband bought me a microwave to match. The color is almost a perfect match. What a great guy he is.

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Post# 1054037 , Reply# 21   12/12/2019 at 04:26 (288 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Wish they were mine...I love turquoise Maytags!

Post# 1054049 , Reply# 22   12/12/2019 at 06:46 (288 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

This is the find of the year right here! Congrats!!

Post# 1054422 , Reply# 23   12/16/2019 at 04:38 (284 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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oh super nice .. congrats.. love those tags

Post# 1054475 , Reply# 24   12/16/2019 at 15:47 (283 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That set is BEAUTIFUL!
CONGRATULATIONS on that awesome find!
And you are right, it is as exciting as getting a new car!

I hope you get great & long use from them MAYTAGS.


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