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Steve Douglas and Laura Petrie's Appliances
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Post# 1198604   2/5/2024 at 14:59 by reactor (Oak Ridge, Tennessee-- )        

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I watched the pilot/1st episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show the other day. Laura had a Westinghouse kitchen then (which made sense as Desilu had Westinghouse's sponsorship).

The kitchen you saw in the pilot was slightly different than for the remainder of the series run. The Westinghouse built-in oven was on the left of the kitchen-pass thru. To the right of her kitchen sink cabinet, the cabinet made an "L" shape and Laura had a Westinghouse built-in dishwasher.

Can someone access this and post a picture?

In watching the first year season of "My Three Sons," I saw that "Bub" had an all Frigidaire Kitchen, and the laundry room had a Frigidaire washer and dryer. This also made sense, as the first year was sponsored by Chevrolet, which of course was a GM brand and GM made Frigidaire.

In one episode, Steve is working on the washer which he didn't know was inadvertently unplugged by Robbie, he reaches in a pulls out some things such as a paper clip, etc. Unfortunately, we don't get to see inside the tub, nor see it in operation.

The washer and dryer seemed pretty sleek for 1961.

Post# 1198620 , Reply# 1   2/5/2024 at 16:41 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The Petrie's kitchen was changed to Caloric cooking appliances after that first kitchen.

Post# 1198627 , Reply# 2   2/5/2024 at 18:18 by appnut (TX)        

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Other than the Westinghouse dishwasher that was in the pilot (and the same model as neighbor across the street), I don't remember seeing a dishwasher with the Caloric kitchen.

Post# 1198649 , Reply# 3   2/6/2024 at 00:17 by reactor (Oak Ridge, Tennessee-- )        
Laura list her dishwasher.

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Bob, when the Westinghouse appliances left, so did Laura's dishwasher. That's why you don't recall seeing one. In fact the entire cabinet that housed the dishwasher was removed. That way Laura could walk from the sink to her built-in oven and her fridge, which were on the other wall.

The Westinghouse/Desilu Playhouse, which Westinghouse sponsored, ended production in 1960 as did the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. Maybe Westinghouse ended it's ties with Desilu shortly after that. The Dick Van Dyke show didn't enter regular production until 1961. Westinghouse probably wanted all of their appliances, used for props back. Lol

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