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Post# 1107178   2/7/2021 at 20:49 (1,035 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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In Sherrodsville, OH



Post# 1107180 , Reply# 1   2/7/2021 at 21:00 (1,035 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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It's an Americana, with the fluorescent lamp.  About 1972.



Post# 1107185 , Reply# 2   2/7/2021 at 21:30 (1,035 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Wow, I had the TOL of this back in the early 80s in avocado when I was just starting out collecting. I think it was a "sensatronic" ? It also came with the matching 3 speed washer that needed motor repair.

It was gas and had a red pilot light below the timer, 5 temperature push buttons, and push start button in the middle. It also had a wide plastic, chrome covered door handle with a wood grain strip in the center. GEs gas dryers always had these stabilizer legs on the front, which I didn't like, and that access panel for the ignitor.

I didn't want to use it as gas so I put a heater from a Kitchen aid dishwasher, that's used for drying the dishes, in place of the gas ignitor. Yes, it took longer to dry (about 2 hours) but it worked. lol.
I was 12.

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Post# 1107226 , Reply# 3   2/8/2021 at 05:49 (1,035 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Is that dryer forecast to strike Alabama? Sorry, I got sidetracked by the sharpie markings. This dryer looks like a time/temp auto dry. Maybe only TOL was electronic control, the Versatronic model?

Post# 1107228 , Reply# 4   2/8/2021 at 07:05 (1,035 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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A nicely featured dryer.  Looks more MOL than the TOL Americana big-door version but tarted up with a light and panel trim, an option if one didn't have room for the larger cabinet model but wanted that TOL look.  



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Post# 1107244 , Reply# 5   2/8/2021 at 09:34 (1,034 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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This one is NOT an Americana; however, GE did offer a 27-inch dryer with the Americana badge, at least through the 1972 models.


Also, this is NOT a 1972 (gasp - two errors in the same post!) .  The 1972 laundry equipment had a black background at the timer.  Could be a 1971, but I do not have any literature from that year.


Lastly, the dryer described (with Sharpie) in Reply #2 would be a DDG7900L (1970)  A very odd bird in the GE lineup.





Post# 1107246 , Reply# 6   2/8/2021 at 10:11 (1,034 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Nice and reminded me of an old thread ...

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..that I posted:

The one for sale above...does look MOL, but it looks well-cared for.

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Post# 1107264 , Reply# 7   2/8/2021 at 12:54 (1,034 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
MOL but a nice dryer

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This is the standard capacity. I have a similar 1970 version of this with the lighted dial. The “big door” models were 29” wide if I’m not mistaken.

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Post# 1107270 , Reply# 8   2/8/2021 at 13:57 (1,034 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        
oh Wow

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So many great posts. Where to start.

first, Thank-you OvrPHil for all the shopping you do for everyone.

I found yet another of your posts from 2017 with a much closer match to my first dryer.

check- the wide woodgrain trimmed chrome plastic door handle
check- avocado
check- Versatronic
err42- pilot light under timer (reason code) unable to see
err58- panel trim finish (reason code) polished alum./polished alum. vs gold/black

So I'm surmising that my dryer was older than than the one shown below.

It seems like the pilot light was connected to a sanitizing cycle. Kind of like a dishwasher where it would raise the temperature to 155 deg. If I remember right, one of the option buttons when pushed would turn the light on.

I also don't remember if it had the "Americana" name on the lighted panel.

Has anyone had the matching GE 3 speed versatronic washer with the 4 toggle switches?

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Post# 1107276 , Reply# 9   2/8/2021 at 14:33 (1,034 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Jon, thanks for posting pics of the lighted dial dryer.

I had 2 matching washers (one in white, one in avocado) to that but never found that dryer.
The washers were sudsaver models but I liked the subdued incandescent light that cleverly lit the plexiglas dial from above. Also, the 4 toggles that individually controlled speeds and temps.

Is see you are/were lucky enough to have a matched set and have the extra rinse feature. Awesome.

The GE large cap dryers were larger than the Kenmore/Whirlpool dryers that are 29".
The GEs were beasts at 31" wide. IF I remember right they were also deep (projecting out the back) like the newer 27" large cap. GE dryers became after the beasts were cancelled.

I had 3 of these beasts. None had a lighted panel.

one was about 1978 with a similar panel, also in harvest, to the one shown above but no lights just the typical brushed aluminum top with the logo. It had been in a damp basement and had A LOT of rust on the bottom. One of the worst id seen.

Then a nice avocado JCPenny all rotary controls

Then an early white GE MOL model

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Post# 1107427 , Reply# 10   2/9/2021 at 23:30 (1,033 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
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You're welcome bradfordwhite. I'm honestly thrilled to find ANYthing old these days,since it seems...the pickings are thinning out. But life is still full of surprises, fortunately! I'll look more at the links - need to keep a better sleep schedule..or try to. Your above link was one I missed and will read more thoroughly.

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