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My mother's twintub
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Post# 1064131   3/22/2020 at 10:49 (1,434 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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I thought it would be nice to share a scan of the picture of my mother's twintub as an addition to the British Twintub thread. Twintubs were not very popular in the NL because a lot of people stuck to their wringer washers and often bought a separate spindryer. Dutch housewives didn't like spending extra money for the extra convenience of a twintub. I guess my parents were a bit different in that aspect. My mother had saved quite a sum of money before they married, she had her own business (a business in repairing nylon stockings).

I remember seeing it as a child, but don't have any recollection of my mother using it. We had the TOL twintub or one model below that one. The TOL model had automatic heating and washing (when the selected temperature was achieved, the machine would start washing automatically. The one model below it had a thermostat, but it didn't start the washing action automatically. The spinner had a rinse function (both models) with a center rinse colom with holes from top to bottom. IIRC I read somewhere that the spinspeed was approx. 1500rpm. We had this machine until 1964 I think. It was then replaced by a Candy frontloader that we only had for 1 year because it broke down three times in that year.

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Post# 1064140 , Reply# 1   3/22/2020 at 12:32 (1,434 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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A very stylish looking machine!!!

Post# 1064161 , Reply# 2   3/22/2020 at 17:15 (1,434 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Yes Bob, I agree. It fits into the Dutch design tradition of those years. It cost an arm and a leg though. My parents bought a semi-detached house for 15,000 guilders at that time and the TOL twintub was almost 1,000 guilders!

Post# 1064234 , Reply# 3   3/23/2020 at 00:30 (1,433 days old) by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        
thanks Louis.

a lovely looking twinnie. Any idea of the capacity?

Post# 1064243 , Reply# 4   3/23/2020 at 03:33 (1,433 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Dutch Twintub

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Morning Louis, it looks a sturdy washing machine and for the price it would be, is this a Philips style design or is DRU a stand alone company ? the agitator looks like the early Philips wringer washers
and the spin can being pear shaped which Philips also promoted.

I wonder is that the husband smoking in the add feeling superior because hes bought his wife a new washing machine or the salesman promoting it ha ha..

Post# 1064248 , Reply# 5   3/23/2020 at 06:09 (1,433 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Chris, the capacity is 3 kg, 45 liters.

Mike, DRU was/is a stand alone company. They stopped making washing machines when the automatics got popular. It's still an excisting company, concentrating on gas heaters etc. Here's their British website.

Post# 1064249 , Reply# 6   3/23/2020 at 06:22 (1,433 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Here are two pictures of a brochure I have. The man in the brochure is indeed the husband. On the front he asks: Do you... why I said "yes" immediately when my wife chose this DRU-MATIC?

On the other side the husband comes home from work. His wife asks: happy with your little woman on laundry day? And he responds: oh yes indeed!

From left to right the line up. The washing machine DE LUXE, the DRU-MATIC and the DE LUXE that didn't have the automatic start of the wash by the thermostat. The cover was an extra, I remember we had it.

On the front page there is also a picture of a dryer for laundry and dishes.

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Post# 1064256 , Reply# 7   3/23/2020 at 07:48 (1,433 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
I love how

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he's smoking over the washer like its so normal!! Nice looking machine.

Post# 1064257 , Reply# 8   3/23/2020 at 07:52 (1,433 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Love that it's "DRU-Matic"!

Post# 1064284 , Reply# 9   3/23/2020 at 11:10 (1,433 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Smoking in those days were pretty normal, in advertisements, on TV, even in hospitals. Some doctors thought it was good to smoke. lol

I love the name DRU-Matic too Robert, so secretly I hope it is that model we had. The difference is that the DRU-Matic had a control light for the heater. Ofcourse I think I remember ours had the control light, but that is wishful thinking I suppose.

The interior of the livingroom was to the standard of the "Stichting Goed Wonen" (Good Living Foundation), an organisation that promoted functional and efficient interior design with modern furniture. Modern interior design was stimulated, was even called a matter of upbringing!

Behind the woman in the picture you can just see the DRU wall gas heater. It had a small double pipe through the wall for taking in air and exhaustion of the gas fumes. They were very popular, some people installed them through the entire house instead of central heating.

Post# 1064302 , Reply# 10   3/23/2020 at 13:05 (1,433 days old) by alanlondon (London)        
Great read

thanks very much for sharing a nice memory.

Post# 1064676 , Reply# 11   3/26/2020 at 09:47 (1,430 days old) by paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        
Is that the same DRU that made cookware?

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We have vintage DRU cookware. Same maker?

Post# 1064680 , Reply# 12   3/26/2020 at 10:11 (1,430 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Thanks for this thread Louis

a great read of a machine I've never heard off, that's the joy of this forum.

It certainly, brings home the cost of appliances when compared with the cost of property.

I think Mums house was about 4000 in 1972 and the washer would have been about 100 or so, What's that 2.5% of the price of the house, just shows what an investment appliances were.


Post# 1064686 , Reply# 13   3/26/2020 at 11:36 (1,430 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Yes, it's indeed the same company that made DRU cookware. It should be labeled DRU Holland I think.


Yes, appliances were very expensive, but you got very good quality appliances for that kind of money.

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