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Workless Washdays with a Bendix Gyramatic Automatic Washer


Published by Bendix in 1951-- Full owners manual and operating instructions that was packed with every Bendix Gyramatic washer in the early 50's. The Gyramatic was the first non-bolt down washer that Bendix produced for the home.

Number of Pages: 32
File Size: 17mb
Download Fee: $3.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1980 Speed Queen Washers and Dryers Brochure
Here are the sales literature brochures for the very first Speed Queen perforated tub automatic washers and matching dryers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Speed Queen
1980 8 22mb $5.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


ends in:
6 days
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 Kenmore Washer Owners Manual - 700 Series
Here is the complete owners manual/operating instructions to the 700 series Kenmore automatic washer from approximately 1973.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1973 36 27mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Frigidaire Ultra-Clean Washers and Fabric-Master Dryers Brochure
Beautiful brochure showing off the Custom Imperial, Imperial and Deluxe models of 1958 Frigidaire Unimatic and Pulsamatic automatic washers, along with their matching Fabric Master Dryers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1958 12 14mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Appliance Manufacturer Magazine - January 1957
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.

Index of the January 1957 Issue


A Progress Report On Whirlpool
Unity of Purpose: An Introduction by Board Chairman Walter G Seeger
An Interview on Policy with President Elisha Gray II
Decentralization of the Manufacturing Operations
An Interview on Finances with Vice President of Finance Mason Smith
The 1957 Models of the Whirlpool Full Major Appliance Line
An Interview with Vice President of RCA Whirlpool Sales John Hurley
How the Whirlpool Organization Plan Works
Specialized Machines Make the Combination Washer-Dryer Perforated Wash Tub
Flexible Electrostatic System Applies Porcelain Enamel
Employee Relations In Action at the Marion Division
What Whirlpool Did to the Harvester Plant
Product Development Committees Coordinate Department Efforts
Design of the Month: RCA Whirlpool Imperial Refrigerator-Freezer
Appliance Service Is Put In A New Perspective

Trade Publications
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Appliance Manufacturer
1957 132 63mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Maytag Dependables vs the Others
Here is a fascinating look at Maytag Washers and Dryers compared to the other leading brands:

Maytag vs...
Whirlpool/Kenmore
GE/Hotpoint/JC Penny
Frigidaire/White Westinghouse
Speed Queen

Topics include:
Basic Maytag Automatic Washer Features
Comparison of Capacity & Water Usage
Washing Action Comparison
Cabinet Finish Comparison
Hinge Comparison
Service Access Comparison
Low Post Drive
Drive System Comparison
Hose Comparison
Drum Finish Comparison
Air Seal Comparison
Rear Drum Support Comparison
Front Drum Support Comparison
Idler Pulley Comparison
Belt Drive Comparison
Door Insulation Comparison
Heating Element
Air Flow Comparison

Also includes complete information on current models of the time with full specifications and control panel views.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1983 34 42mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Front Loading Washer Owners Manual model L110
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the Westinghouse Laundromat automatic washer, model L110.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1958 28 14mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Dryer Owners Manual model D110
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the Westinghouse Laundromat dryer, model L110.


Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1958 24 12mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Dishwasher Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to all Westinghouse built-in roll-out drawer dishwashers from the late 1950's.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1958 20 41mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Lady Kenmore Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions the first key-board style push-button Lady Kenmore automatic washer. Also includes 800 Series washer.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1966 34 44mb $6.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag A606 Automatic Washer Operating Instructions and Laundering Guide
Complete operating instructions to Center Dial Maytag Washer model A606. Also included is the Laundering Guide that was packed with all Maytag washers of this era.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1974 32 35mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download General Electric Dispensall Operating Instructions and Users Guide
Complete operating instructions and perfomance/use and care guide to General Electric automatic washer model WWA8508.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1975 22 31mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Cermaic Compact 30 Electric Range Service Manual
Service manual to Frigidaire Ceramic Cooktop and oven electric ranges. Models include: RBE-539C. Complete servicing instructions and wiring diagrams.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1974 39 33mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrical Merchandising Magazine - April 1958
Electrical Merchandising 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 retail sales and merchandising areas of Major Appliances, Small Appliances, Small Electrics, Radios, Televisions and other electric home products from the mid-20th century. This was the Life and Look Magazine of the appliance world, in the same large size 10x13 format.


Trade Publications
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Electrical Merchandising
1958 162 97mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Hotpoint Dishwasher Owners Manual
Let's get acquainted with your new Hotpoint dishwasher book. Full owners manual and operating instructions to the 1957 Hotpoint impeller dishwsaher.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1957 24 26mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to use your new General Electric Washer
Complete Operating Instructions and Use/Care guide to the top-of-the-line 1965 General Electric Automatic Washers.

Models: WA-954Y and WA-959Y.
19 1965 24 34mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download A Tale of a Tub
This is an absolutely adorable book produced by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for the Tale of a Tub exhibit by Maytag. Descriptions of the exhibit along with Dick and Jane style illustrations are included.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1958 20 34mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Merchandiser 1978 Vol 3
Here is a fascinating magazine style publication by Maytag highlighting product features and sales literature.

This issue includes:

What 'ol Lonely has been up to

Clean Clothes the Maytag Way, tells the story of why Maytag automatic washers clean clothes so well.

Maytag Dishwasher TV tie-in ads

Changes in Today's Fabrics

News Shorts

1975 to 1978 Maytag Literature listing

New Dryer Brochure

plus more
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1978 24 48 mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 General Electric Home Laundry Product Man
1958 General Electric Home Laundry Service Manual covering Automatic Washers, Dryers and Combination Washer/Dryers.

GE's Product Man Service Manuals were produced monthly to keep service personnel up to date with new products, appliance specifications, appliance service instructions, troubleshooting procedures, older product repair and parts changes, installation instructions, customer complaints and recommendations, testing procedures, tools for repairs, wiring diagrams, timer charts, appliance history and evolution and other important information regarding their appliances.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1958 79 48mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Frigidaire Coin-Operated Washer Service and Parts Manual
Here is the service and parts manual to the first square window Frigidaire commercial washer model WCL with the Super Duty transmission (1010rpm spin). Also covers the very first coin-operated Rollermatic washer, models WCAL, WCAL-M and WCAL-MLP.

Sections include, Cycle of Operation Chart, Specifications, Installation, Service Diagnosis, Service Operations, Complete Mechanism rebuilding instructions, Tools, etc. Full parts list included at the end for all models.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1966 110 104mb $12.48
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Vintage 1947-1960 Washer and Dryer Parts Catalog
Here is a rare parts catalog showing ALL parts with part picture diagrams to Frigidaire washers and dryers from the earliest models in 1947 through the Mutlimatic years of 1960.

Washer Sections:
Cabinets and Backguards
Control Panels
Electrical Controls and Timers
Unimatic Transmission
Pulsamatic Transmission
Multimatic Transmission
Agitator Parts
Tubs Parts
Outer Tubs and Tub Rings
Water Pump and Water Carrying Parts
Water Mixing Valves
Ready Reference Chart

Dryer Sections:
Cabinets and Backguards
Control Panels
Electrical Controls and Timers
Door Parts
Blower Parts
Filtrator and Filter Parts
Drum and Hanger Parts
Heater Assemblies
Gas Valve Assembly
Ready Reference Chart
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1960 49 38mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Service Beacon
Here are two issues of the Westinghouse Service Beacon magazine, produced for Westinghouse dealers and service personnel.

#1 March-April 1954:

Using the Westinghouse Dishwasher Properly

How to check the 1954 Westinghouse Range Electronic Surface Unit Properly

How to Replace the front motor bearing on Westinghouse 20" Fans

Adjustable Disposer Impellers

New Waste-Away Gaskets


#2 May-June 1954:

Introducing the new 1954 Westinghouse Custom Laundromat Twins and how they differ from others

Lint Wipers added to dryer baskets

Columbus Refrigeration Units

A new replacement bowl for the Westinghouse Cooker-Fryer

How to check the Westinghouse Roasters thermostat

How to get a steam iron ready for use
Miscellaneous
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Westinghouse
1954 28 46mb $5.52
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1974 General Electric Major Appliance Catalog for Builders
Complete 40 page catalog with images, descriptions and specifications to GE major home appliances.

Sections Include:
Oven Cleaning Systems
Microwave Ovens
30" Americana H-Lo Ranges
Mark 27 Drop-in Ranges
30" and 21" Free Standing Ranges
Built-In Ovens
Built-In Cooktops & Range Hoods
Range and Oven Dimensions
Home Laundry - Washers
Home Laundry - Dryers
Compact Washer and Dryer
Central Air Conditioning and Heating
Built-In Air Conditioners
Refrigerator Freezers
Built-In Dishwashers
Food Waste Disposers
Trash Compactors
Wiring Devices
Major Appliance Distributors

Full Catalog
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General Electric
1974 40 115mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Frigidaire Flair Range Tech-Talk Service Manual
Very comprehensive service manual for all 1963 and 1964 Frigidaire Flair Models: RDH-630, RCDH-630; RCIH-635, RCDH-640, RCIH-645

Also included are Twin 30 Ranges:
RCDH-637, RCDH-637V, RCIH-639, RCIH-639V

Apartment Range:
RAH-4


Looking for a Use and Care Guide for Frigidaire Flair Ranges? Please see this manual: Frigidaire Flair Owners Manual

Looking for parts information for Frigidaire ranges? Please see Please see this manual: Vintage Frigidaire Appliance Parts Reference Catalog
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1963 160 128mb $9.49
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - June 1959
Consumer Bulletin was a highly respected consumer product information magazine from the 1930's onward. It was the main competitor to Consumer Reports from the 1930's through the 1960's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • The New Look in Vacuum Cleaners

  • Full discussion and ratings of 17 1959 Vacuum Cleaners

  • Electric Coffee Makers

  • 14 Percolators and the Sunbeam Coffeemaster Vacuum coffee maker, 6 failed electrical tests!

  • Automobile Instrumentation

  • Buying a Man's Washable Suit

  • Viewers for Color Slides

  • Sunglasses

  • Wonder Drugs

  • Sad end to men's dreams of a self-tilling garden

  • Bargains from Europe

  • How to clean a lens



Regular Features Include:
  • The Consumers’ Observation Post

  • Brief cumulative index

  • Listings of Current Phonograph Records

  • Ratings of Current Motion Pictures

Trade Publications
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Consumer Bulletin
1959 40 34mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Automatic Washer Parts Catalog
Here is an essential guide to all collectors of vintage Maytag washers. This parts catalog list all parts and related part numbers for all AMP models as well as all of the early Helical Drive Maytag washers. A Complete view of every model through 1961 is shown, including the first all push button Maytag Washer.

Accessories and service tools are also listed, including their part numbers.

This is an invaluable 270 page resource for all Maytag collectors. Having the part numbers is essential in doing internet and eBay searches for rare parts which many times can be found by searching by the part number.

Models include: AM, AMP, A2MP, A3MP, A4MP, 101, 121, 102, 140, 140S, 123, 123S, 130, 131, 131S, 141, 141S, 132, 132S, 142, 142S, 124, 124S, 126, 126S, 160, 160S,125, 125S.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1961 270 82mb $9.84

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Thumbnail Image of Download The Hoover Swingette
Brochure for Hoover compact Swingette vacuum, model 409


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Hoover
1972 2 5mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Automatic Washer Service Manual
This is a service manual supplement covering all of the 1959 models for GE Automatic Washers. Models include: WA955, WA950, WA850, WA650 and WA450.

Sections include: Model Feature Chart, Product Descriptions, Specifications, Operation, Electrical Circuits Wiring Diagrams, Timer Control Service, Disassembly and Service.

This manual was meant to be used with the comprehensive Automatic Washer Service Manual.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 18 9mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Philco-Bendix Home Laundry Catalog
Great reference guide to Bendix and Philco washers.

Sections include:
Agitator Washers—Major Parts
Air Conditioner Filters
Appliance Polish
Ballpoint Washers—Major Parts
Bearings
Belts
Bendix-Philco Cross Reference
Combination Washer/Dryer—Major Parts
Cords, Range & Dryer
Covers—Air Conditioner
Dexter-Philco Cross Reference
Diaphragms
Dryer—Major Parts
Dryer Cords
Dryer Venting Equipment
Fast Moving Parts
Filters—Air Conditioners
Gaskets
Gears
Hardware—Special
Heaters and Heater Kits
Hose—Inlet
Identification Material
Kits—Repair
Lubricants
Major Parts List
Agitator Washers
Ballpoint Washers
Combination Washer/Dryer
Dryers
Tumble Action Washers
Wringer Washers
Paints & Refinishing Materials
Philco Bendix/Dexter Cross Reference Data
Polish—Appliance
Range Cords
Seals
Service Manuals
Signs
Solenoids
Surface Units—Electric Range
Switches
Timers
Tumble-Action Washers—Major Parts
Valves
Venting Equipment
Wringer Washers—Major Parts
Full Catalog
Published by:
Philco
1962 52 57mb $6.84
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966-1968 Automatic Washer Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual for Whirlpool automatic washers from 1966 thru 1968. Includes supplements for the later models.

Sections include:
Model Specifications
Component Description and Functional Data
Service Procedures

Automatic Washers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1968 81 42mb $5.04
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Thumbnail Image of Download Tappan Dishwasher and Disposer Brochures
Brochures for the Tappan line of dishwashers and garbage disposer line.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Tappan
1972 6 11mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Beautiful Catalog of Small Electrics
Here is a generic wholesale catalog showing off wonderful small appliances from brands such as Presto, Dormeyer, Camfield, Waring, Knapp-Monarch, Nesco, Cory, Hollywood, Duralux, etc.


Small Appliances
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Generic Catalog
1955 33 55mb $6.60
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Thumbnail Image of Download Catalog of Replacement Parts for KitchenAid 2 Series Top Loading Portable Dishwashers
Full parts catalog showing illustrations of all parts along with part numbers.

Models include KD-2P and KDC-2P.

This document makes doing internet searches for vintage parts much easier as you will have the official KitchenAid part numbers.
Dishwashers
Published by:
KitchenAid
1972 24 11mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961 Hotpoint 40" Electric Range Brochures
Beautiful brochures for the entire 1961 line of 40" electric Ranges.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Hotpoint
1961 20 31mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download NuTone Product Catalog
Here is a beautiful catalog highlighting the entire NuTone Built-In product line for 1962. Products include: Hood-Fans, Ventilation Accessories, Exhaust Fans, Bathroom Heaters, Heater Ventalators, Door Bells and Chimes, built-in Stereo systems, built-in Intercom systems, Intercom Radio, Built-in Barbeques and the famous NuTone Built-in Kitchen Counter Food Center!


Small Appliances
Published by:
NuTone
1961 16 $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Quick Reference Part Number Index
Here is a wonderful reference for any fan of vintage Maytag appliances. It lists common parts and their related part numbers for all Maytag Appliances. Automatic washers indexes go from the 1949 model AMP (Maytag's first automatic) all the way up to 1986 models.

Sections include:
Automatic Washers - Commercial
Automatic Washers - Domestic
Conversion Kit - WC to WU Dishwasher
Cooktop - Electric
Cooktop - Gas_
Dishwashers
Dishwasher Panel Charts
Disposers
Dryers - Commercial
Dryers - Domestic
Dryer Gas Control Information
Laundry Center- Washer and Dryer - 81000
Microwaves
Motor and External Start Switches
Porta-Dryer
Porta-Washer
Ranges - Electric
Ranges - Gas
Timers - Microwaves
INDEX
Timers and Timer Motors - Commercial Dryers
Timers and Timer Motors - Commercial Washers
Timers and Timer Motors - Dishwashers
Timers and Timer Motors - Domestic Dryers
Timers and Timer Motors- Domestic Washers
Wall Ovens - Electric
Wall Ovens - Gas
Wringer Washers
Full Catalog
Published by:
Maytag
1986 95 72mb $8.64
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Thumbnail Image of Download Kelvinator Gas Ranges Brochure
This brochure highlights Kelvinator's gas ranges from the mid 60's. Full images and specifications included.

Models include: RG-900G, RG-571B, RG-371B, RG-551B, RG-351B, RG-531B, RG-331B and RG-131B.
Gas Stoves
Published by:
Kelvinator
1964 4 5mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Behind the Sparkle There's A GE Mobile Maid Automatic Dishwasher
Beautiful brochures for the GE Mobile Mail model SP-40S and undercounder roll-out model SU-60S.


Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 8 16mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download General Electric Mobile Maid Dishwasher Brochure
Super cute brochure highlighting all the wonderful features of a mid 1950's GE portable dishwasher.


Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1955 4 7mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download A Complete Automatic Home Laundry Anywhere in your New Home
A wonderful brochure produced by Blackstone from Jamestown, NY highlighting their model 150 washer, dryer and ironer line.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Blackstone
1951 4 5mb $3.99
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Operating Instructions for Whirlpool washers Models LWA5540; LWA5545 (with SUDS-MISER® system). Includes images of controls for each cycle and also includes chart of steps for stages in each cycle.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1970 2 3mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Easy Spiralator Automatic Washer Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual for all mid 1950s Easy Automatic Washers. Major components of this machine were produced by Beam.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Easy
1954 37 26mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Concept One and Concept Two Vacuum Cleaner Service Instructions
These service instructions take you through complete disassembly of the cleaner, including the motor for both power drive and non-power drive models. If you are looking to keep your Concept in top-shape, or specifically fix something that's broken, these are a must! While not as easy to service as a basic Convertible; the Concept really isn't too bad to work on, these instructions will surely help the novice.

Aligning with its 70th anniversary, in 1978 Hoover introduced the Concept One into their product-line, replacing the 15-year old Dial-A-Matic as the new 'A-Line' of cleaners. Hoover went back to the dirty-air design, and built, arguably, one of the best carpet-cleaning vacuum cleaners ever made. The Concept one came in both self-propelled and non-self propelled models. The Quadraflex Agitator was introduced with the Concept, and the cord-winder came back to an upright after a brief appearance on a Convertible in the early 70s. A few years later, Hoover added a 'Dustbuster' type vacuum to the front of Concept, and the Concept Two was born; also in self-propelled and non-self propelled models. The Concept had a run of about 16 years, give or take - ending as the 'PowerMax' (PowerMax service instructions are not specifically included within these particular service instructions, but the PowerMax is very similar to the Concept in most ways).
Vacuum Cleaners
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Hoover
1983 49 25mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - July 1960
Consumer Bulletin was a highly respected consumer product information magazine from the 1930's onward. It was the main competitor to Consumer Reports from the 1930's through the 1960's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • Grape-Nuts improves its product — by leaving out a few very modern ingredients

  • Refrigerator-freezer combinations
    Nine frost-free and conventional models are included in this report. Brands tested: Amana Free-O-Frost, Frigidaire, General Electric, Kelvinator Foodarama, Leonard, Norge, Philco, Sears Coldspot.

    Both refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers have full-width freezer compartments, and on this account most people do not realize there is a vitally important difference between the two types of appliance. If you contemplate buying, be sure you have a clear idea of the difference between the refrigerator and the refrigerator-freezer, for if you buy a refrigerator when what you really need is a refrigerator-freezer, the results can be very disappointing.

    Some manufacturers have done little to eliminate this confusion or adopt clear standards of nomenclature. Indeed, some refer to both types of appliance as refrigerators; others designate some of their combination appliances as having “zero degree” freezers or “true freezers.” The following definitions should help to dispel some of the confusion which exists in consumers’ minds. continued...

  • The new Comet automobile
    Someone has suggested that the Comet may be the car for those who cannot decide between a full-size car and the compact models, as represented by Corvair, Falcon, Valiant, Rambler American, and Studebaker Lark. Actually the interior of the Comet is larger than the Falcon only in the trunk space, for both cars have the same passenger space dimensions and the same engines. Exteriorly, however, the Comet is bigger; it has a 4½-inch longer wheelbase, is 14 inches longer overall, and is about 115 pounds heavier than the Falcon. The Comet has dual headlamps while those on the Falcon are the older style single headlamps, which in CR’s opinion are preferable. continued...

  • Hedge trimmers
    Reports and ratings of 9 popular brands of hedge trimmers and 2 hedge trimming attachments. Brands tested: Black & Decker, Craftsman, Disston Dragon, Hedgemaster, Hedgshear, Little Wonder, Skil, Sunbeam, Trimmer Boy

    Trimming hedges and shrubbery with a pair of hand-operated hedge shears is a tiresome and time-consuming task. Electric-motor-operated trimmers make light work of the hedge-trimming chore. Even a novice, with a little practice, can turn out a well-trimmed hedge in a fraction of the time—and likewise a fraction of the muscle-weariness—required for hand trimming. There is a certain amount of hazard in using a hedge trimmer, as there is with nearly all power tools, but there is a greater hazard with hedge trimmers than some other tools, because there is no way in which the cutting blades can be guarded. continued...

  • Bargains from abroad
    It is not necessary to take a trip abroad in order to buy foreign bargains. This article tells how you can buy by mail. One of the joys of taking a trip is buying unusual items, or bargains, which can be brought back and displayed as souvenirs or mementos of the happy journey. Many people are not aware that it is also possible to get items from abroad by mail order, not quite so easily as they could buy something from Sears, perhaps, but with no great difficulty either. continued...

  • What pool owners should know
    Safety rules for homeowners with back yard pools

  • Portable electronic flash units
    A report on six of the new models - Brands tested: FR-150, Futuramic Strobonar, Metz Mecablitz, Multiblitz Color SL, Strobomite, Ultrablitz Monojet

    The development of the transistor and the new miniaturization techniques of the electronic industry have been put to good use in the design of the new portable electronic flash guns. Not too many years ago, the electronic flash or “strobe” unit was a bulky and heavy accessory and therefore unwieldy for the amateur photographer to carry and use. The “strobe” units were expensive to buy, and battery costs were high. By contrast, the six flash units discussed in the present article were all reasonably light, relatively inexpensive, and compact, and batteries were relatively low in price. continued...

  • The problem of fallout from nuclear tests
    Consumers’ Research presents the informed opinion of a distinguished physicist in the field of nuclear energy on the vital question of fallout and its dangers. On the topic of nuclear fallout and its dangers, there is a welter of conflicting opinions, and it is most unfortunate that the views expressed often represent publicity-seeking attempts by zealots who have an ax to grind. When scientists seem to disagree on questions of such a fundamental nature, the lay public is not to be blamed for finding itself puzzled and confused, and ready to question, perhaps, the honesty and competence of the scientists concerned. continued...

  • Tight watch bands can impair function of nerves of the hand
    A recent item in The New England Journal of Medicine reports damage to the nerves of a part of one hand which caused numbness of the thumb and the area at its base. Increase in the area of numbness finally caused the patient to resort to medical advice. No cause for the trouble was found, and during the next two months the normal lack of sensation extended to involve the index finger. continued...

  • What’s in a name?
    The product may change and change and change again, but the old name goes on and on - The makers of Cafotan tablets, one of the patent medicines mentioned in our article on “ Painkillers and ‘cold remedies’ ” in the October 1959 Bulletin, have written to Consumers’ Research to say that the Cafotan made today differs in composition from the product which we discussed. As a matter of fact, says Premo Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc., the maker, there have been two changes in formulation since the tablets we examined were made.

    Originally Cafotan contained aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine, and quinine sulfate. Although the maker claims that this formulation was discontinued well over 10 years ago, during World War II, this 4-ingredient Cafotan is the kind that Consumers’ Research obtained when we recently acquired samples of various drugs from the current stock of a busy retail drug store. During World War II, according to the maker, quinine sulfate was eliminated from the formula, leaving Cafotan for the time being as a straight “APC” tablet—aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine—not essentially different from dozens of other APC preparations. Then in 1958, Premo made yet another change, substituting sali-cylamide for aspirin. continued...

  • Garden hose—plastic or rubber composition?
    Plastic garden hose is much lighter in weight and more convenient to handle than rubber hose, use of which is now limited mainly to industrial purposes. Consumers’ Research has had several different brands and types of plastic hose in use and allowed them to be exposed to the elements all the year round for some years. Our observation has been that plastic hose is on the whole very satisfactory and has great advantages, particularly for a woman, in its lightness. As there are many brands on the market that are guaranteed for periods up to 12 years, there seems to be no point in attempting to differentiate between the specific brands of makes that carry a guarantee. continued...

  • Devices sold for draining flooded basements
    Two electric-powered pumps and a gadget which uses water power to move waterWant to pump water up to a height of 6 feet at the rate of 300 gallons per hour—without an electric motor or gas engine? Advertisements for the Speedy Drainer seemed to promise such results, but actual performance in tests at Consumers’ Research was much less impressive. continued...

  • Concluding test findings on the new outboard motors



Regular Features Include:
  • The Consumers’ Observation Post

  • Editorial: Are home furnishings advertisers missing the boat?
    Dependability in a household appliance is what women want most. At least that is the view of B. A. Chapman, executive vice president of American Motors Corp., and general manager of the Kelvinator Division. If Mr. Chapman is correct in his analysis, there are a lot of home furnishings advertisers who are throwing away large sums on full pages in what are called the “home shelter” magazines. As a matter of fact, that is just what the foremost trade paper in the field thinks is happening. Reporting an analysis of the full-page advertisements in the April issues of House & Garden, Better Homes & Gardens, and Living, Louis Goodenough noted that something like one third of the ads showed people in formal or semi-formal evening clothes, and commented that in this country we don’t dress for dinner as the British often do. “It’s about time,” he said, that we “have a return to home furnishings that do something for today’s consumer.” continued...

  • Brief cumulative index

  • Listings of Current Phonograph Records

  • Ratings of Current Motion Pictures

Trade Publications
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Consumer Bulletin
1960 40 32mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Frigidaire Flair Range Tech-Talk Service Manual
Very comprehensive service manual for all 1960 Frigidaire Flair Ranges. Models include: RCIB-645, RCDB-640, RCIB-635 and RCDB-630.

Looking for a Use and Care Guide for Frigidaire Flair Ranges? Please see this manual: Frigidaire Flair Owners Manual
Ranges/Stoves
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Frigidaire
1960 60 58mb $9.49
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1974 Frigidaire Laundry Center Brochure
Here is the complete brochure to all Frigidaire Skinny-Mini Laundry Centers from the mid 1970's. Contains images, details and full specifications for each model.

Models include: LCA-120, LCT-120 and LC-2.
Automatic Washers
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Frigidaire
1974 4 9mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download GE Appliances and Equipment
Full catalog showing all of GE's major appliance line, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, electric ranges, water heaters, dishwashers, disposalls, electric sinks, washers, dryers, ironers. Catalog also includes the other electrical items available for the home.


Full Catalog
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General Electric
1964 36 40mb $4.80
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Kelvinator Dryers Service Manual
Complete service manual to all 1960 Kelvinator gas and electric dryers.

Model include: DE-90M, DE-50M, DE-20M, DG-90M, DG-50M, DG-20M.

Sections include: General Information, Electrical Components, Gas Components, Parts and their replacement, Service Diagnosis and Specifications..
Clothes Dryers
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Kelvinator
1960 30 21mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Proudly Presents the Remarkable New Frigidaire Automatic Washer with Live Water Action
This is GM Frigidaire history at its finest. Here is the full brochure handed out in stores in 1947 to show off General Motors entry into the automatic washer field. Large format 8.5 x 11" and has beautiful illustrations as well as full details on every aspect of their new automatic washer. This machine, like GE's first automatic washer spun at 1140rpm, so fast in fact that no top loading automatic washer has yet to beat this spin speed. While many changes happened over the years, the up and down pulsator style agitation of this machines is considered by some to be the best ever produced. Today we only know of one actual surviving 1947 model with all of it's original parts.


Automatic Washers
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Frigidaire
1947 16 18mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Now You Do Better Washings at a Simple Turn of a Dial with ABC-O-Matic
Full owners manual and operating instructions to ABC's very first automatic washer, model 50.


Automatic Washers
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ABC-O-Matic
1950 16 9mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Norge Washer Line Brochures
Beautiful Brochures for the line of Norge washers. Includes brochures for the very first "Plus-Capacity" perforated tub Norge washers!


Automatic Washers
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Norge
1964 12 20mb $3.99

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