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Post# 1175324   3/20/2023 at 16:15 (398 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Westinghouse 1954

 

Welcome to The Vintage Laundry Room thread! Here, we'll be posting vintage magazine articles on smart and step saving designs for the laundry room. Vintage articles of tips and techniques for obtaining those dazzling laundry results that will make you the envy of The Wednesday Afternoon  Fine Arts League.

 

Please, do not post any advertisements for laundry equipment or cleaning products. Laundry equipment advertisements can be accessed in the Vintage Appliance Advertisements thread series and for cleaning products please refer to the Modern Living thread series.  Thank you and enjoy!

 

Equipping the Labor-Saving Laundry 1932 Part 00

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Post# 1175326 , Reply# 1   3/20/2023 at 16:24 (398 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens October 1958

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Post# 1175327 , Reply# 2   3/20/2023 at 16:35 (398 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens March 1928

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Post# 1175528 , Reply# 3   3/21/2023 at 23:46 (397 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens February 1953

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Post# 1175691 , Reply# 4   3/22/2023 at 23:53 (396 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
House and Garden January, 1921

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Post# 1176503 , Reply# 5   3/29/2023 at 22:48 (389 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens September 1946

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Better Homes and Gardens 9-46


Post# 1176513 , Reply# 6   3/30/2023 at 00:15 (389 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My dad's cousin Mary's house had a built-in ironing board in the kitchen. It was original to the house, which was built in the early 1920's.

Post# 1176515 , Reply# 7   3/30/2023 at 00:38 (389 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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The house that David and I lived in when we we first married was a Craftsman Bungalow that was built in the early 1920’s and it had a built in ironing board in the kitchen. I never used it because I like to watch TV when I’m ironing and the only TV we had then was in the living room. But the built in ironing board was a nice feature. There was also an old fashioned “cooler” built into the kitchen cabinets too. It was great for keeping potatoes, onions and anything else you wanted to stay cool but that didn’t need refrigeration.

Eddie


Post# 1176520 , Reply# 8   3/30/2023 at 01:01 (389 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Laundry chutes along with dumb waiters were deemed fire hazards (both can act like chimneys in event of fire). Some local fire codes forbid or have restrictions on one or both.

Other worry was for potential harm to small children who might be tempted.


www.bobvila.com/articles/...

www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-x...


www.inspectionnews.net/home_insp...

When one was involved with nursing nearly all those big old barns of hospitals had laundry chutes in utility room or somewhere on floors. They were a boon in dealing with large number of bags filled with laundry. Old hotels, dorms and other building had them as well. Again now most have gone by wayside. Bags are placed on carts and transported on elevators.

All this being said anyone considering buying an older home may very well find a laundry chute or dumb waiter is still there, just sealed over.

In basements just look up towards ceiling. Besides seeing remains of pulleys and other contraptions that controlled coal fueled boilers or furnaces you may see opening for laundry chute.


Post# 1176534 , Reply# 9   3/30/2023 at 05:20 (389 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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The part of Vanderbilt hospital i work in was built in the 70's and has a few laundry chutes. Some are still used.

Post# 1176536 , Reply# 10   3/30/2023 at 06:09 (389 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Hospital laundries and linen supply have always fascinated me.

Can remember being deputized to be sent to accompany a supervisor (who held a huge set of keys) to unlock rooms were stored fresh linen from laundries were kept when floor or unit was assigned ran out. You'd think that RN was counting out heirloom pure Irish or French linens being so miserly.

Interesting read about laundry chutes:

www.theatlantic.com/techn...


Post# 1176540 , Reply# 11   3/30/2023 at 08:37 (389 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Granny's house, 1950, had a built-in ironing board in the smaller bedroom.

Mom's house, 1970-72 has one also in one of the smaller bedrooms.


Post# 1176547 , Reply# 12   3/30/2023 at 10:59 (388 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

This house had a laundry chute that went from the hall linen closet to a closet in the basement. It was just a hinged plywood door about 14" square located between the floor joists. A string was tied around its handle for convenience. The floor of the basement section was raised about a foot so that items wouldn't lay on the damp concrete. When my sister and I were kids, we would sometimes climb down it. While having this was easier than carrying laundry down the stairs, the chute came out in the opposite end of the basement from the laundry room. The space is now occupied by the return air ductwork for the HVAC system.

I can see how a laundry chute would be a fire hazard if not constructed properly. If I were building a new one, I would do so with concrete block or structural tile for the walls, and fire rated doors. Automatic fire sprinklers would also be installed.

Eddie, did the vegetable cooler bin have special ventilation? I was in an older house one time that had a cabinet with a grille in the toe space, and another near the top, for air circulation. Instead of opening like a regular door, it was hinged at the bottom and tilted out.


Post# 1176550 , Reply# 13   3/30/2023 at 11:26 (388 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Tom, the cooler in this bungalow had a regular door on it that matched the rest of the cabinets. The bottom and top of the cooler had wooden in slats so the cool air from underneath the house could circulate thru the cooler. The house that we lived in from 1954-58 which was built in 1927 also had a cooler like this, as well as a built in ironing board and yes, a laundry chute too!

The laundry chute was in a closet at the end of the hall that the upstairs bathroom and the 3 bedrooms were off of. The laundry went into a closed cabinet downstairs between the two downstairs bedrooms near the basement. This cabinet had doors on it that were similar to the kind on old fashioned wooden Ice Boxes and they were painted white.

I think that my Mom really liked the laundry chute. She had her hands full with 3 little kids under the age of 5. She was a tiny women only 4’9” tall. The Bendix Economat was in the basement, adjacent to the area where the laundry chute terminated. It made it much easier for her to haul the families dirty clothes into the basement to wash them. We didn’t have a dryer until after my sister was born in Aug ‘55. Before we got the dryer the laundry was hung on several clothes lines that were suspended from the basement ceiling. The first dryer we had was a ‘55 Norge Timeline. Shortly after we got the dryer the Bendix Economat was replaced with a Hamilton Automatic, also with the Timeline control on the back panel.

Eddie




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Post# 1176563 , Reply# 14   3/30/2023 at 15:20 (388 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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The house across the street has a laundry chute which might be still used.
The house was built in the 50's.
The chute was located under the sink in the bathroom. Had a little door you opened.
I was at a friend's house, a big old Edwardian monster with three floors.
The chute was in the hall behind a little door.
Clothes dropped down into the laundry tub.
My friend said at Christmas when she was little and all the cousins were there it was great fun dropping the cat down the chute.


Post# 1176567 , Reply# 15   3/30/2023 at 15:44 (388 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens August 1949

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BHG August 1949

 

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Post# 1176569 , Reply# 16   3/30/2023 at 15:57 (388 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens September 1964

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BHG 9-1964 1

 

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BHG 9-1964 3


Post# 1176577 , Reply# 17   3/30/2023 at 16:48 (388 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Reply #16:  Upper right photo = Norge.  Lower right photo = Westinghouse.


Post# 1176592 , Reply# 18   3/30/2023 at 18:01 (388 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Eddie, that's interesting how it was vented to the area below the house. I would be afraid mice or other pests would come up from a crawlspace or basement. I wonder if there was a screen to keep them out. The one I mentioned didn't open to any other area, and I think there was a screen behind the metal grille.

Post# 1176596 , Reply# 19   3/30/2023 at 18:30 (388 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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#16 that was our Norge DispensoMat pair.


Post# 1176598 , Reply# 20   3/30/2023 at 18:41 (388 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Yes Tom, there was a screen under the slats of the cooler, and I never had any problems with rodents, but I also had a 15 pound male Orange Tabby cat then too, a real rodent deterrent.

Eddie


Post# 1176612 , Reply# 21   3/30/2023 at 21:42 (388 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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1964 was one glorious Norge. Be fun to see one of those in the flesh. Great work, Louie! Appreciate you.

Post# 1176616 , Reply# 22   3/30/2023 at 22:56 (388 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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My pleasure Michael. Glad you liked it!


Post# 1176953 , Reply# 23   4/2/2023 at 21:45 (385 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens September 1963

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OK. What washer is THAT?

 

BHG September 1963


Post# 1176954 , Reply# 24   4/2/2023 at 22:08 (385 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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GE combination sink/washing machine and matching undercounter dryer.  John Lefever has one, assuming that's still the case.


Post# 1176986 , Reply# 25   4/3/2023 at 09:46 (385 days old) by kd12 (Arkansas)        

That GE combination sink/washing machine must be a rare bird. I know GE did a lot of electric sink/kitchenette designs but this is a new one for me.

Post# 1177003 , Reply# 26   4/3/2023 at 12:33 (384 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I saw one of these about 20-25 years ago while touring a local historic homes in nearby town whereby the mansinon had been converted to numerous apartments and one of these was in one of those kitchens.

Post# 1177131 , Reply# 27   4/4/2023 at 12:43 (383 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Synchronicity

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In the fall, my niece and her new family bought a big old house in the once Tony section of North Buffalo with servants quarters and the whole 9 yards. I’ve been there a bunch of times but on the weekend Meegan had a party and called me into the old pantry to show me this relic and I said, “But this is not a washing machine ha ha ha.” For you Louie: next time I’ll examine that little control panel there was a lot going on and I forgot.

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Post# 1177132 , Reply# 28   4/4/2023 at 12:51 (383 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
panel; there ;'D No run-ons allowed.

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The punctuation police will be after me, LOL

Post# 1177166 , Reply# 29   4/4/2023 at 17:43 (383 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Mike, I think that is one of the NuTone built-in ironing boards, with the light, timer and electric receptacle. We sold these when I worked at a plumbing supply company that was a NuTone distributor. That was in the early 90's.

Post# 1177226 , Reply# 30   4/5/2023 at 10:49 (382 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Oh, I gotcha,Tom, Thanks. The timer would be nice lest one forget and leave the iron running. Ouch! It looked way too new to have been the original, pretty cool and handy nevertheless.

Post# 1178989 , Reply# 31   4/24/2023 at 16:35 (363 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens October 1930

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Better Homes and Gardens October 1930


Post# 1199646 , Reply# 32   2/18/2024 at 18:26 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1950

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Post# 1199687 , Reply# 33   2/19/2024 at 12:10 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
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I'd love to have  a whole room for Laundry with a huge ironing table for sheets.

Some of my favorite vintage machines:

  •       GE 1250 A pair (has anyone EVER done that kind of flush installation with the bath-tub valves?)
  •       Whirlpool MarkIII pair for turquoisedude
  •       Hotpoint DuoLoad pair with gogo chick

 

properly ensconced:


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Post# 1199690 , Reply# 34   2/19/2024 at 13:09 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Flush installation

When my cousins built their new house in Austin, TX in 1984 it had the valves recessed in the wall. The washer and dryer were Kenmore rather than GE. I've also been in many model homes (Homearama) where the plumbing was installed that way.

Post# 1199778 , Reply# 35   2/20/2024 at 15:57 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1967

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Post# 1199781 , Reply# 36   2/20/2024 at 16:25 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1971

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Better Homes and Gardens 1971 1

 

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Post# 1199786 , Reply# 37   2/20/2024 at 17:07 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1966

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Post# 1200663 , Reply# 38   3/3/2024 at 07:17 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1939

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Post# 1200956 , Reply# 39   3/6/2024 at 11:00 by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Amazing stuff, Louie~

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The material starting at Reply #32 is so illuminating. We have known that timers arrived on Wringer Washers simultaneously with automatics' mass production, circa 1950, but what is HOLY COW HOMER, is the two-speed option on a '50 machine whose control configuration is Blackstone-like, but whose tub ribbing is early Apex. What a find!.

Also fun for Launderess who often calls wringers mangles, here are wringer washers with real mangles--IRONERS--that attach to the wringer column; that large one looks to be very serious business and beautiful.

Mike and the UK lads will like their country's style of wringers that come off and store in the washer. Who knew we once had them here?!

But the best thing of all is the rinsing wringer. We've seen them on the Visimatic and the Apex, but this one has a double wringer system where the laundry is wrung once, then rinsed, then wrung again, Maddddooonne.

Great stuff, Louis, a real eye-opener and gasp;'D Much appreciated.


Post# 1201060 , Reply# 40   3/7/2024 at 16:00 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hey, always a pleasure Mikey...enjoy!


Post# 1201061 , Reply# 41   3/7/2024 at 16:01 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1956

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Post# 1201062 , Reply# 42   3/7/2024 at 16:25 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1972

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Better Homes and Gardens 1972 1


Post# 1201063 , Reply# 43   3/7/2024 at 16:28 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Better Homes and Gardens 1972

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Better Homes and Gardens 1972


Post# 1202127 , Reply# 44   3/22/2024 at 22:31 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Good Housekeeping 1921

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