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Post# 1062437   3/6/2020 at 06:56 (1,505 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Lindons Furniture Catalog!

I'm like a kid in a candy store! Now where is Samantha or Endora when I need them?

Post# 1062440 , Reply# 1   3/6/2020 at 07:36 (1,505 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Wow! Thanks for sharing. That is pretty neat and covers so many models.

Post# 1062445 , Reply# 2   3/6/2020 at 08:15 (1,505 days old) by unclejohn (Can)        

Cool memorabilia. Those years are sorely missed.

Post# 1062469 , Reply# 3   3/6/2020 at 10:48 (1,504 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
every machine

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a Winner! 

Cool Catalog Launderess! Thanks 

Post# 1062476 , Reply# 4   3/6/2020 at 12:09 (1,504 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
OK todays dumb question

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How did the Easy spin dryer come with a suds saver? and for extra cost ??? I thought all twin tubs were suds savers due to being able to spin the wash water back into the wash tub !!

Sure beats me why it costs more?

Post# 1062478 , Reply# 5   3/6/2020 at 12:55 (1,504 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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What Jon said.

All those machine are fantastic. Thank You Laundress for posting.

Post# 1062480 , Reply# 6   3/6/2020 at 14:54 (1,504 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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All those amazing machines with all that chrome. Only Maytag looks a bit boring between all the others.

Post# 1062482 , Reply# 7   3/6/2020 at 16:51 (1,504 days old) by floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        

Those are some fancy prices!

Post# 1062484 , Reply# 8   3/6/2020 at 17:15 (1,504 days old) by Washerlover (The Big Island, Hawai’i)        

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I’d like to place my order for one of each, please!!


Thank for sharing, Launderess!

Post# 1062485 , Reply# 9   3/6/2020 at 17:22 (1,504 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Interesting to note that the Whirlpool "Imperial" model list price is $369.95.

$369 was the price of the LDA7800 "Supreme 80" in June 1976.

Post# 1062486 , Reply# 10   3/6/2020 at 17:32 (1,504 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Retro Catalog

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This is a great catalog - I think this is from 1958!

Post# 1062488 , Reply# 11   3/6/2020 at 18:11 (1,504 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I’ll take those Westy slant-fronts, please. Hold on; I’m going to go for an ABC set, instead. No, wait—make it a pair of the ‘58 Frigidaires.

Thanks for posting this day-maker, Launderess.

Post# 1062495 , Reply# 12   3/6/2020 at 19:57 (1,504 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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For each manufacturer, I would choose the total TOL model and the basement BOL model. The only wringer I'd buy would be the Philco Twin-Amatic. And how about that ABC Spin-O-Matic, no timer at all! Oh, one of each Combo offered too.

Post# 1062497 , Reply# 13   3/6/2020 at 20:25 (1,504 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Good catalog!

Nice to see them together to compare.

Does it also have ranges & refrigerators?

Post# 1062502 , Reply# 14   3/6/2020 at 22:05 (1,504 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Entire Lindons Catalog

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Who loves ya baby?

1958 Catalog with prices for furniture, electronics and appliances from

LINDONS Furniture Inc.

5518-21 So. Ashland Ave.

Chicago 36, Illinois

Post# 1062503 , Reply# 15   3/6/2020 at 22:14 (1,504 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Main website

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Please do visit as webmaster seems to be a fellow fan of vintage or period places and things, especially Illinois.

Post# 1062505 , Reply# 16   3/6/2020 at 22:34 (1,504 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Keep in mind prices shown are list, not MSRP

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This was a wholesale catalog to the trade, dealers would have marked-up things before selling them on.

For those old enough to remember "I can get if for you wholesale", was frequently heard around households or whatever. It meant someone knew a guy, that knew a guy who knew a guy that could get you something at the insider (wholesale) price.

There used to be whole catalogs/directories listing places that sold wholesale, but also would do retail on side (legally or not).

Legally wholesale places also only sell to those with tax ID numbers because they don't tack on sales taxes. This is legal because things aren't for personal/retail use, and laws assume what is bought will have taxes tacked on when resold at retail. This and or items are for business/corporate use.

If you were a landlord or developer and needed appliances you could go to Lindons and stock up.

A housewife or anyone else would be lucky back in 1958 to get new laundry appliances at anything close to those list prices.

Post# 1062515 , Reply# 17   3/7/2020 at 01:26 (1,504 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Thanks Launderess, for posting the rest.

I noticed that GE still had Cadet Blue available when this was printed.

The Hotpoint Electronic Cooking Center certainly was expensive. The 39" ranges were also higher priced than the comparable GE 40" models; when Hotpoint was still a more deluxe line.

Post# 1062518 , Reply# 18   3/7/2020 at 04:22 (1,504 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Housewares Catalog Is A Treasure Trove

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Takes me right back to my mother's, grandmothers, aunts and other homes growing up because they were full of things shown.

I personally have a Proctor ironing table and a stash of Zedalon covers and pads.

Post# 1062522 , Reply# 19   3/7/2020 at 06:58 (1,504 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Thanks For Posting These Cool Catalogs Laundress

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The List prices shown in the first catalog are what manufactures wanted dealers to charge the consumer, and even back in 1958 few consumers paid this much for new appliances,


But dealers got significant discounts off the prices in this catalog, these catalogs were designed so the dealer could show the catalog to customers and they would not see what the dealer was paying for the appliance.


John L.

Post# 1062530 , Reply# 20   3/7/2020 at 08:17 (1,504 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Never knew that

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Was taught in accounting/businessmen classes in college that list price was basically wholesale. Had no idea, sorry for putting out incorrect information.

Post# 1062762 , Reply# 21   3/9/2020 at 20:32 (1,501 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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IIRC Easy made a BOL model twin tub without "suds saver", meaning no faucets or connections to return water from spinner to wash tub. You drained water to sink via pump hose. You can see one such model way back in display seen here:

Of course one could simply just move drain hose over to wash tub I suppose and get same suds saving.

Post# 1062780 , Reply# 22   3/9/2020 at 22:10 (1,501 days old) by reactor (Oak Ridge, Tennessee-- )        
1958 prices.

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I use 1960 as my basic reference, as the inflation factor from 1960 to present is approximately 10X. So a 389.00 retail priced washer back would be to the consumer similar to what a 4000.00 washer would be to us today. How many of use would be willing to pay 4000 bucks for a washer??

Consumers had little choice back then. That was just the way of life back then appliances too a much greater percentage of the consumers income then than they do today. People didn't throw away their machines back then when they needed a repair, you called a repairman and kept it going as long as you could.

Appliances, especially non-necessary ones like dishwashers, were a premium item and made big bucks for the appliance manufacturers. That's why Ford (Philco), GM (Frigidaire), Borg-Warner (Norge), and Nash/Hudson/AMC (Kelvinator) owned or had controlling interest in appliance companies.

Wow, I didn't know Westinghouse made a slant front combination washer/dryer!! Anyone of our members have one???

Great fun to look through the catalog, Laundress. Thanks for posting!!

Post# 1063191 , Reply# 23   3/14/2020 at 10:11 (1,496 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        

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Thank you for explaining that to me I have always moved the drain hose to the tub and spin the suds back to the wash tub :) It must be rather an unnecessary mechanism required to do it ??

Post# 1063245 , Reply# 24   3/14/2020 at 20:54 (1,496 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Just looked at my copy of Easy Spindrier owners manual/use care guide.

The BOL model was SSK-1 which had a drain hose. Two other MOL and TOL models had the familiar faucets on top of units we are used to seeing.

The BOL unit operated pretty much like older Hoover and other twin tubs; everything was manual (you filled tubs with a hose).

Manual states that drain hose on SSK-1 was used to drain water from wash or extract tubs. But since controls are same on all models don't see why drain hose couldn't be moved over wash tub to return water from extractor, again just like some Hoover TTs.

Post# 1063258 , Reply# 25   3/14/2020 at 23:28 (1,496 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Laundress, thank-you for posting this. Like you, and others, I would be like a kid in a candy store. Honestly, I don't know which of those fabulous machines I'd order.

I remember as a young kid there would be a few dept. stores that would have quite a few brands to choose from. As time went by there seemed to be fewer brands.

Did Macy's ever sell appliances? What brands did they favor?


Post# 1063260 , Reply# 26   3/15/2020 at 00:02 (1,496 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Ohhh yes!

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Macy's at one time had pharmaceuticals, major appliances, sporting goods, and toys among other departments. They got the push by Federated in 1970's because they couldn't be sold at prices that competed with other places, and as such Macy's didn't move enough stock.

Though think things varied by location; don't see laundry equipment of any sort listed in link below for flagship Hearld Square store.

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