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Post# 1080620   7/11/2020 at 11:06 (990 days old) by Syndets2000 (Nanjemoy, MD)        

How old were you when u knew all about operating the washer ...?

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Post# 1080625 , Reply# 1   7/11/2020 at 12:02 (990 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I don't recall.  Maybe 6 years.

Post# 1080629 , Reply# 2   7/11/2020 at 12:37 (990 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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7 or 8?

Post# 1080630 , Reply# 3   7/11/2020 at 12:37 (990 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Is that "Kitten" & Margaret Anderson?  If so, I sure don't remember that episode.

Post# 1080635 , Reply# 4   7/11/2020 at 13:24 (990 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I agree Ralph!!

Post# 1080640 , Reply# 5   7/11/2020 at 14:34 (990 days old) by Syndets2000 (Nanjemoy, MD)        
Father Knows Best....

Yes, it is Kitten, and Margaret Anderson...Season 1, episode 7....I remember it only because of the Westinghouse....

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Post# 1080641 , Reply# 6   7/11/2020 at 14:35 (990 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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Its come back to me. Kitten was obsessed with their new Westinghouse on Father Knows Best. I recall her even washing their mail in it.

Post# 1080647 , Reply# 7   7/11/2020 at 16:23 (989 days old) by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
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I think I was 6, just starting 1st grade.I was short for my age and had always, always been fascinated with her 1955 Kenmore washer. One day she stood me on a box and showed me how to push the timer in and turn to the right ONLY and pull to start. After that mother would just sort the laundry into loads and leave me to it. I was a regular Chinese Laundry. Gosh, I wish I had that Kenmore!!

Post# 1080655 , Reply# 8   7/11/2020 at 17:09 (989 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Of course Bud was out playing baseball or something and couldn't have cared less about anything so domestic.  I imagine at some point during the episode he scoffed at his little sister's interest.

Post# 1080683 , Reply# 9   7/11/2020 at 19:58 (989 days old) by Bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        

I was 7. We had a 1962 Whirlpool, two cycle, two speed, three temp, three water levels, and Magic-Mix filter dispenser! It was a great washer that served two family’s for 10 years. I loved operating it!

Post# 1080702 , Reply# 10   7/11/2020 at 23:28 (989 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I have that episode on one of my FKB DVDs-Kitten was thinking the washer was a spaceship!That is why she is wearing the space type hat.Kitten was getting more use of the machine than anyone else on the show!

Post# 1080704 , Reply# 11   7/11/2020 at 23:48 (989 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I must have been about 4, not in kindergarten yet....Grandmom couldn't figure out the automatic machine, she was so used to the wringer....Mom would get up early and start a few loads before she left for work, but after that, nothing else got done....she tried operating it, but along comes me, I guess after watching Mom, at how simple it was....and we got the wash done....I had to stand on a chair to see inside and the controls....I was also on watch duty so the machine didn't overflow, as the machine drained into the kitchen sink, in case someone left a dishcloth/dishes in there

I was the last one at home that Grandmom had to watch, so I was always close by, and would help out when and where I could....bringing the clothes downstairs, carrying the baskets outside for her, I could only reach the lines that were close to the back porch, basically socks and washcloths...

for the most part, it wasn't hard as we had a basic, simple one cycle GE V12 Filterflo...just turn the dial to the DOT and pull out the knob....warm wash/warm rinse for every load.....

great memories growing up.....and apparently what started my fascination with appliances....

Post# 1080803 , Reply# 12   7/12/2020 at 19:20 (988 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
I was...

7 years old when I started learning how to operate the washer. I quickly figured out how to after watching my parents and residential staff and other blind people in Austin doing it.

Post# 1080978 , Reply# 13   7/14/2020 at 08:54 (987 days old) by servis-dream (planet 90s, Hotpoint factory, Peterborough )        
at 4 years old

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i could easily operate the whirlpool awm8125/3 we had
some college kids have NO IDEA how to operate a machine properly lol

Post# 1081007 , Reply# 14   7/14/2020 at 12:49 (987 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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The first washer I ever knew how to operate was the absolutely dreadful, ugly, cheap and frumpy looking, supremely abominable Snorge purchased in December of 1967.  It didn't take long for me to despise it in the worst way and start wishing for its innate self-destructive tendencies (possessed [in all contexts] by most any mechanical device purchased from Ward's) to manifest themselves ASAP. 


God, I HATED that GDFPOS machine, and  53 years on I still do, as most here have come to know.  I was psychologically scarred for life by of that beastly bucket of bolts.  (I can already hear the keyboards tapping out "Tell us how you really feel, Ralph").   I was thrilled when several years later it got so loud that you couldn't hold a conversation within 20 feet of it and I embarked on a campaign to relegate it to the scrap heap where it had always belonged -- since its attempt to drill its way to China failed miserably.   I only wish I could have witnessed its demise, or even better, have been involved in it, like an execution chamber scene.  Such a cathartic experience might have healed me.  Did I mention how much I hated that machine?


The solidly built '74 Kenmore Quiet Pack that that replaced it was ultra-civilized and performed as quietly as a mouse for the next 25 years.  It was a pleasure to use, and was beautiful to behold in comparison.

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Post# 1081010 , Reply# 15   7/14/2020 at 13:23 (987 days old) by Golittlesport (California)        
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The first washer I operated by myself was a 57 middle-of-the-line Westy Laundromat. It was very similar to the Anderson's washer pictured here, with the V trim around the window in the door. The color scheme was gold and black -- a very handsome machine. Just drop the clothes on the door to weigh them, set the water level control and turn the timer to "hot" or "warm" and the machine was off and running. Easy peasy.

Post# 1081017 , Reply# 16   7/14/2020 at 14:32 (987 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

For me it was our 1952 Kenmore waterfall front sudssaver.   

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