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The GE Review


Published by The Review in 1952-- The GE Review was an engineering magazine created to report on the advances of technology of the time, including advances in Home Appliances.

Articles in July 1952 issue...


Editorial: The Fourth of July

New Switchgear Laboratory Goes into Operation
Late last month on the flatlands of southwest Philadelphia, GE’s new high-capacity switchgear development laboratory was officially dedicated. With Company spokesmen looking ahead to an annual U.S. power consumption of possibly a trillion kw-hrs by 1965—more than triple the amount now being used—the new laboratory will aid in the development of switch- gear of higher ratings to keep pace with this phenomenal growth. continued…

Engineering the Automatic Washer
The automatic clothes washer is a simple device—to the housewife. She throws in the laundry, sets a control dial, and goes about her telephoning. A short time later she removes the laundry—washed and damp-dried.

Simply stated, the function of a domestic washing machine is to get the laundry clean, rinse out the detergent, and extract most of the water. For a third of the century these operations were performed with a machine in which the laundry was manually lifted from the tub and fed through a water- extraction device. Most of these devices were wringers, powered by the washing- machine motor. A limited number were the centrifugal-extraction type using the same or a separate tub. continued…

Stopping Ships
Even with modern navigating and communication aids there are times when things get out of hand and a collision ol ships appears imminent. The need for meeting this situation—rare though it may he—has an influence on the design of ships’ power plants.

Most large and fast ships are powered bv a steam turbine that drives the propeller through suitable gearing and shafting. The astern power that is used for stopping a ship is provided by a comparatively small separate section of the main turbine. The question immediately arises as to why the astern element can’t be given the same power as the ahead element. Well, it can. The simplest arrangement would he another turbine of the same size geared to drive the propeller backwards. continued…

Ferromagnetography
Contrary to general belief printing did not originate with Gutenberg; to the ancient Chinese belongs the credit. They made engravings—used mainly for printing on silk cloth—by carving figures out of wooden blocks. Later, around 1120 BC. they introduced wooden blocks of movable type.

Modern printing, on the other hand, began in the middle ages—about the year 1423. It was during this period that Johann Gutenberg, a German stonemason, had the idea of printing with movable type. So he set about his skill, cutting alphabets out of small wooden blocks to be used for typesetting. A friend advised him to use metal instead of wood, since it wouldn’t wear out so easily. This he did. As you can imagine, this task required many years and a large expenditure of money. He financed his operations by borrowing money on the type he’d already completed. Then, to prove to his creditors and the many cynics the worth of his efforts, he completely reproduced the Bible in print. continued…

Cool Breezes — Story of the Electric Fan
Fans preceded written history by many centuries. Some of the most ancient known fans were those of the Chinese dating back to 3000 BC. And ceremonial fans were used in 1700 BC by the reigning monarchs of Egypt and Assyria. Some thousand years later the "punkah" —a hand-swung lightweight ceiling-suspended fan—was introduced in India, and even today is still in use there.

From exquisitely made folding tans of the Japanese, followed by 17th century Paris creations of surpassing beauty, we come to the practical palm-leaf type and simpler folding fans of grandmother’s day.

It’s not possible to give the exact age of the electric fan—the youngest member of the ancient family of fans. But the earliest record of a U.S. patent awarded for an electric fan was in 1854. This was a ceiling-suspended assembly of several large fan blades, each hinged along one edge to a horizontal rotating arm driven by a battery-operated motor. Arms on the blades struck projections causing the blades to vibrate and thus agitate the air. continued…

Longer Life for Dry-type Transformers
Improvements in dry-type power transformers and their insulations is a good example of how electrical engineers are continually making progress in lengthening the life span of electric equipment and increasing its endurance to higher temperatures.

For many years insulations known as Class A were about the only ones available to the transformer designer. These insulations consisted of materials such as cotton, silk, or paper—impregnated with organic varnishes to give them additional mechanical and electrical strength. They were used in a medium of mineral oil or air. Such insulations were relatively inexpensive but a maximum allowable temperature limit of 105 C was necessary for reasonable life. continued…

The G10 Germanium Rectifier
In 1886 a German chemist by the name of Alexander Winkler found an unknown metal sulfide and isolated the element which he called germanium. It has a shiny metallic appearance, is extremely hard and brittle, and is recovered as a by-product in the smelting and refining of zinc ores.

Because germanium falls into group four of the periodic table, it has some of the chemical characteristics of the elements on either side of it. Germanium is both an electrical conductor and an electrical insulator, depending on its temperature, and is classed as a semiconductor. continued…

Nylon for Bearings and Gears
Although nylon is generally associated with such decorative items as stockings and sweaters, we have found that its versatility extends well into the fields of bearings, gears, and other workaday applications.
Nylon is tough at low7 temperatures, is resistant to abrasion, has strength in thin sections, is light in weight, has certain self-lubricating qualities, and is resistant to many chemicals. Properties are given in the table on the opposite page. Exact characteristics and specifications can be found in the literature put out by the manufacturers of nylon molding powders.

Bearing Tests - Of interest to design engineers is published data that shows the effect of wear on nylon when used as a bearing material. Results of tests using nylon against nylon, steel, and brass under various loads and speeds, and with various lubricants, are given on page 35. As you may suspect, the lowest rates of wear are found when nylon is run against nylon in a dry condition, as well as when nylon is run against steel lubricated with SAE 10 oil. When nylon is rubbed against brass, the metal flakes off and contaminates the hearing surface. continued…

The Unit Cost of Light
There’s more to figuring the cost of a lighting system than adding up the prices of fixtures, installation, and electricity. A tabulation of over-all annual costs that the customer may expect to pay appeals to the businessman, because it is expressed in his own language. Rut further analytical cost studies of operating and maintenance methods and lamp efficiencies may show you the way to worth-while savings or better lighting for the same expenditure.

To help you along this economic pathway a relatively simple formula has been devised. It is referred to as the "unit cost of light” method. In its most flexible form it deals with the raw light as generated by the lamps in just one fixture. Then, once the unit cost of light in dollars per million lumen hours is known, you can easily apply it to a specific installation if over-all costs are also desired. continued…

Added Kick for Turbojet Engines
Getting an 80-ton airplane into the air in a matter of seconds is no easy job. The problem is one of providing more than normal maximum thrust or "kick” at take-off. In the case of B-45 and B-47 jet bombers, their power plants (J-47 turbojet engines—one is shown on the adjacent page) were equipped with combustion-chamber water-alcohol injection systems for augmenting thrust.

Variations of these systems boost the take-off thrust from 15 to 25 percent or higher. As a result, heavy jet-powered aircraft can take off from minimum- length runways with maximum safety. continued…

Are We Ready for Railroad Electrification in the U. S.? .
Admittedly, widespread electrification in I lie United States is not just around the corner. Rut there is an element in the cost of railroad electrification and in the success of operation through the ensuing years that can not be settled too soon. This all-important factor is standardization. And standardization is so important primarily because it permits repetitive manufacture. Standardization, of course, offers other advantages that may be more familiar, but every day brings new evidence that a custom-designed article built in a job shop cannot compete with a highly engineered item produced under conditions of repetitive manufacture.

It is time for all who may have a hand in railroad electrification in the United States to start sifting out the alternatives and to find agreement on what may be the standard system of electrification in this country. Let us speak briefly about the prospects of electrification and [hen expand the theme of standardization. continued…

A Brightening Outlook - When will we see railroad electrification resumed in the United States? The answer depends largely on costs, with the cost of fuel or energy being a big part of the expense of locomotive operation.

When we compare the cost of diesel fuel with the cost of purchased electric power at the figures current today, we find them roughly equivalent. We are speaking, of course, of gallons of fuel oil or kilowatt-hours of electricity at the locomotive. As long as power costs in these two forms are even approximately equal, it is obvious that the diesel- electric locomotive with its lower investment is the correct answer for new installations. At the same time this approximate equality tells us that extensive electrified systems already installed should continue to be operated. continued…

New Safeguard for Protective Coatings
You can best define a plastics material as a synthetic organic substance. At some stage of production it’s plastic— capable of being shaped; or liquid— capable of being cast. Furthermore, it’s either thermoplastic or thermosetting. If thermoplastic, it softens under heat and can he remolded. If thermosetting, it sets under heat and can’t be remolded.

Phenolic materials are thermosetting plastics. And from practically the outset of the industry they’ve enjoyed an ever- expanding market. They take many and various forms. Probably the most familiar to you are radio cabinets, telephone handsets, buttons, tube bases, mechanical parts, and so on. continued…

Dollar-sign Engineering
The photo sequence beginning on the next page will show you how a value analyst operates—step by step—on a typical project. Here, it’s the timer for the automatic clothes washer. Because space doesn't permit us to show the results of the analysis on every part of the timer, we have selected one part as being typical. (In the actual project more than 30 individual parts of the timer were analyzed for value.)

It should be emphasized that nothing was wrong with the timer when we approached the Value Analysis Unit and requested a survey. The timer operated satisfactorily and costs were in line with similar products. But. as is the case with far-sighted management, they wanted to see if it wasn’t possible to further eliminate any unnecessary costs. continued…

Moisture vs Rubber Insulation
Although rubber compounds are used to waterproof such everyday items as overshoes, raincoats, and garden hoses, rubber compounds in general can’t be considered waterproof when used as an insulation for wire and cable.

What works on raincoats may not work on cables—the basic differences are: length of exposure; effect of moisture on the electrical properties. Cables insulated with rubber compounds must withstand years of continual exposure with a consequent absorption of moisture. And moisture absorption has proved to be a contributing factor in cable failures. continued…

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Here is a wonderful item, it is a cardboard advertising flier given out when Maytag first introduced their new Lint Filter Agitator. Colorful and whimsical with great hand drawn illustrations of the agitator and filtering process.


Automatic Washers
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Maytag
1958 4 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Appliance Manufacturer Magazine - January 1959 - Westinghouse Program Computer Washer
Appliance Manufacturer is a fun magazine to read for any collector or enthusiast of vintage appliances, electronics and other vintage home products. This highly entertaining magazine covered the design and manufacturing areas of Major Appliances, Small Appliances, Small Electrics, Radios, Televisions and other electric home products from the mid-20th century.

This issue covers the introduction of Westinghouse's Program Computer Laundromat
Trade Publications
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Appliance Manufacturer
1959 77 102mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Washpower Automatic Operating Instructions for model A806
8.5" x 11" operating instruction card that came with newly designed Center-Dial Maytag Washers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1966 2 2mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Sunbeam Coffeemaster C30 Operating Instructions and Hang-tag
Rarely do I find the Coffeemaster instructions in good enough shape for scanning, but we recently did so here it is. If you have one of these wonderful coffeemakers, you will be interested to read how Sunbeam recommends you make coffee properly in this pot as well as how to take care of the unit. Not to mention...

One of the biggest thrills you'll get out of your Sunbeam Coffeemaster is the comments of your friends. They'll want to know how you make such delicious coffee every time. When you tell them the secret of your Sunbeam Coffeemaster they, too, will want one.

As silly as that we sounds, we've actually found it to be true. Also included is the rare hang-tag that came with the coffeemaker.
Small Appliances
Published by:
Sunbeam
1951 6 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Jan-Feb 1955 Westinghouse Service Beacon
Here is the bi-monthly service bulletin produced by Westinghouse for their dealers and servicers. Articles include:

Handle Differently - Columbus and Springfield Refrigerator Units
Good Service .. . 7 Years Later
140 ° Water Necessary for Proper Dishwashing
Timer Operation Guarantees 140° Water in All DWC & DWD Dishwashers
To Install a D-8 Dryer In An Old Dryer Installation, Use This Adaptor
What You Learn at the Factory Service School
Check the Refrigerator Defrost Control Plunger
Make This Gauge
Repairing Latch Handle Assemblies
Out of the Tool Kit
Win Any of These Awards
A New Dishwasher Fill Valve-facing
New Food Waste Disposer Sink
Flange and Safe Top
How to Replace Iron Elements
Changes In To-542 Toaster Manual Parts List
Westinghouse Appliance Dealer Uniforms Catalog

Miscellaneous
Published by:
Westinghouse
1955 24 22mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Modern Home Laundry Planning Guide by Hamilton
Here is a beautiful guide filled with wonderful water-color images of different areas of the home where a laundry can be installed.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Hamilton
1961 16 40mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Norge Double-Capacity Front Loading Washer Brochure
Gorgeous brochure for Norge's very first automatic washers, it's bolt-down front loader!


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Norge
1950 4 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 17 Series Dishwasher Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts list to all 17 series KitchenAid dishwashers. This includes illustrations of all parts and their part numbers necessary for doing a parts search on old, hard to find replacement parts. Also include is the listing of available kits and accessories at the time these dishwashers were made.

Models include:

KDS-17 KDI-17
KDC-17
KDP-17
KDS-37
KDC-37
KDS-57
KDI-57
KDC-57
Dishwashers
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KitchenAid
1972 68 26mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Philco Wringer Washer Brochure for 1965
Wonderful advertising brochure for Philco wringer style washers. Includes both single tub modes as well as the dual tub Philco Twinamatic, "does the whole job at one time".


Wringer Washers
Published by:
Philco
1965 2 4mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Beautiful 1957 Philco-Bendix Combination Washer-Dryer Brochures
Bendix laundry equipment became Philco-Bendix for the 1957 line after the laundry division was sold to Philco. Here is the very first Philco-Bendix branded combination washer-dryer line. These are big bold brochures for both gas and electric models. Models include CGR-C, CGV-C, CGR, CGV.


Combination Washer/Dryers
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Philco
1957 12 14mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1975 Frigidaire Coin-Operated Washers and Dryer Brochure
Brochures highlighting the commercial line of Frigidaire Laundry products during the mid 1970's. Models WCD-M and WCD-MLP are solid tub rollermatic machines, the last full size solid tub Frigidiare ever produced. Model WC-M and DCT-M are the 1-18 style Frigidaire coin-op washer and matching dryer.


Automatic Washers
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Frigidaire
1975 6 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Coin Operated Washer Brochures
Brochures and spec sheet for the 1976 line of Westinghouse commercial washers, both top and front loading machines.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1976 6 6mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Speed Queen Dry Cleaner
Here is a mid 1970s brochure highlighting Speed Queens coin-operated dry cleaner for self-service laundromats. Full images and specifications included.


Dry Cleaning
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Speed Queen
1975 4 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1951 General Electric Ranges and Cooktop Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual, operating instructions and recommended recipes for all 1953 GE Electric Ranges.

Sections include:
Introduction
Your New “Liberator” Range
Your New “Stratoliner” Range
Surface Cooking with Calrod
How the Calrod unit Operates
Introducing “Push-button” Cooking
Your “Push-button” Controls The “When” in “Cooking by Color”
The Stratoliner “Tripl-Unit”
Your Liberator Ovens
The Stratoliner “Tripl-Oven”
Features Master Oven, Companion Oven, Speed Oven, Super Broiler
Calrod units in the Oven, too
How to Set the Oven Controls Automatic Oven Timer
Care and Cleaning
A Suggestion on Pots and Pans
Helpful Hints on Cooking Surface Cooking
Deep-fat Frying
Time and Temperature Chart Recipes
How to Use Thrift Cooker
Oven cooking—Electrically
How to Roast
How to Bake
How to Broil
Complete Oven Meals
Recipes

There’s a new star in your kitchen... a modern General Electric Automatic Electric Range. New joys, new experiences in meal getting pleasures will swiftly unfold, whether you’ve been cooking for years or are a new bride preparing your first meal for your adoring husband.

Perhaps you’ve used other types of fuel for cooking. If so, then you will know new thrills and experiences after you’ve learned to cook the modern way—with electricity. Or perhaps you’ve been using electricity for cooking, but have an older model electric range. Then, a new horizon in electric cooking is yours...it’s “Push-button Magic” for added convenience, added speed, and added pleasure. Whatever method you’ve been using before, your pride and pleasure in your new “Push-button” General Electric Range will grow year-in and year-out.

But...to enjoy its fullest pleasures, you must know and understand the many, many advantages of modern electric cooking. With proper care and proper use, your new range will give years of pleasant, dependable, economical service.

Come, let’s meet your new range, and become acquainted with its many features, its many advantages. For ... in knowing your G-E Range intimately, you will have more freedom from your kitchen. Your General Electric Range will be your silent servant ... to free you of many time-consuming cooking tasks.

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
General Electric
1951 72 60mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Hotpoint Automatic Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to the newly redesigned Hotpoint dishwasher, both built in and portable models. This was the Hotpoint Chicago plant design most commonly seen in Hotpoint dishwashers from the 1960's and well into the 1970s.

Models included: DA35, DA45, DA65, D825, D835, D843 and D865


Sections Include:
FEATURE CHART
INSTALLATION PROCEDURE
OPERATION
Time Cycle Chart
LOADING THE DISHWASHER
WATER FLOW CYCLE
CHEMISTRY OF DISHWASHING
SERVICE
Two Bearing Power Pack
Testing for In-Operative Motor
Removal of Power Pack
Power Pack Components
Recirculating Pump Assembly
Rotor A-ssembly - Single Rotor Models
Rotor and Spray Tower Assembly
Rotor Assembly
Supply Tube
Tower Assembly
Water Inlet Valve
Testing for In,Operative Water Inlet Valve
To check Water Level in Tub
Side Inlet Water System
Removal of Water Inlet Assembly
Racks and Tracks
Upper Rack Assembly
Dish Rack and Track
Dishwasher Tubs
Corner Gaskets
Pedestal Legs
Door Trim Assemblies
Door Vent and Baffle
Four Cycle Switch
Switch Removal
Switch Button Removal
Electrical Test of Switch
Door Gasket
Door Latch and Strike
To Test Door Switch
Door Vent and Baffle Assembly
Dual Detergent Dispenser
Operation of the Bi-Metal Detergent Dispenser
Testing the Detergent Assembly
Wetting Agent Dispenser
Adjustment of Dispenser
Timers
Timer Knob Assembly
To Tes t for In-Operative Timer
Pressure Switch
Heating Unit
To Test for In-Operative Calrod ® Unit
Junction Box Assembly
Terminal Block
Starting Relay
Service Panel

MOBILE DISHWASHERS
Installation Data for Mobile Dishwashers
Faucet Connection
Faucet
Electrical Adaption
Connection and Operation
Permanent Installation of Mobile Dishwasher
Unicouple
Servicing the Unicouple
Unicouple and Cord Storage
Inlet Valve
Use and Care of Dishwasher Tops
Top Removal
Casters

ACCESSORY PACKAGES
DX17 Maple Top
DX20 Wetting Agent Dispenser
DX23 Frame far Wood and Service Panel
DX24 & DX25 Side Panel
DX26 Cabinet Front Trims
DISHWASHER OPERATION CHART
PICTORIAL WIRING DIAGRAM
SCHEMATIC WIRING DIAGRAM

CYCLE SCHEMATIC
Fill Cycle
Wash/ Rinse Cycle
Drain Cycle
Dry Cycle
Rinse Only/ Pots and Pans
Wash Only/Wash and Dry



Dishwashers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1965 69 38mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1949 Westinghouse Electric Range Owners Manual
Here is the full owners manual and operating instruction guide to all 1949 Westinghouse Electric Ranges.

Sections Include:
Getting to know your range,
How to use your range,
Care and cleaning your range,
High Altitude Cooking,
Recipes and Cooking Charts for Westinghouse Ranges.

It’s all yours now! Your treasure of a brand-new Electric Range. You’ll love it...because it’s so superbly automatic ...saves energy and leaves you more time for a dozen and one other things. And because it’s so very easy to use. you’ll have praiseworthy results every time. But wondrous as this Range is, it can’t perform miracles without your co-operation. That’s why it’s so essential that you become thoroughly acquainted with its every part and function...learn how to use it properly...how to care for it so that it does more and lasts longer. Remember, you’ll use your Range more than any other appliance you own!

So take a minute right now to carefully study this book—especially the section that refers to your particular Range. We've done our best to “tell all” and give you the complete story.

What’s more, we've included a couple hundred tried and tested recipes with which you can please the family. In no sense do we claim this to be a complete cookbook, so don’t hesitate to continue using your favorite recipes, too, and watch how beautifully they’ll turn out on your new Range!

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Westinghouse
1949 84 48mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963 Kenmore Dryer Owners Manual
Full owners manual and operating instructions to series 800, 70 and 31780 Kenmore Clothes Dryers.


Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Kenmore
1963 28 17mb $4.99

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