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Speed Queen Compact Combo Service Manual


Published by Speed Queen in 1962-- Speed Queen's combination washer-dryer was called the "Compact Combo" as it was only 25 5/8" wide. Here is the complete service manual to this super rare machine. Sections include: Specifications, Timer Chart, Wiring Diagram, Pre-Installation, Installation, Service Procedures, Testing Procedures, Adjustments and Service Helps.

Number of Pages: 1962
File Size: 25mb
Download Fee: $4.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag A407 Automatic Washer Operating Instructions and Laundering Guide
Complete operating instructions to Center Dial Maytag Washer model A407. Also included is the Laundering Guide that was packed with all Maytag washers of this era.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1974 32 59mb $7.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Merchandiser 1978 Vol 4
Here is a fascinating magazine style publication by Maytag highlighting product features and sales literature.

This issue includes:

Introducing the D309 and D409 auto-dry economy dryers.

Selling Recondition appliances.

New Dryer Feature Cards

Maytag Parts Distribution System

New Washer Installation Instructions

How to Choose and Use Laundry Detergent for Best Results in a Maytag

Energy Saving Laundry Display

How Auto-Dry Works
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1978 24 60mb $5.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Philco-Bendix Duomatic Washer-Dryer Combination Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to Philco-Bendix's last 36" large style combination washer-dryer.

Models include CE786 and CE788.

Manual includes full specifications, cycle operations charts, complete troubleshooting and servicing instructions as well as all parts and part numbers.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1958 73 70mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959-1960 Philco-Bendix Duomatic Washer-Dryer Combination Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to Philco-Bendix's first 27" compact style combination washer-dryers.

Models include CE792, CE794, CE700, CE702, CE704, CE700U.

Manual includes full specifications, cycle operations charts, complete troubleshooting and servicing instructions.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1960 137 118mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Appliance Manufacturer Magazine - April Home Laundry Issue
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.

Of particular interest:

Speed Queen redesigns it's coin-op washers with 14 distinct changes.

Norge changes automatic washers cabinets to zinc clad steel.

Packaged laundry centers by Westinghouse and Hotpoint. Including a Westinghouse Laundromat and sink combo built right over the washer.

Hotpoint drying cabinet.

Hotpoint's high controls and automatic bulk bins that dispense detergent, bleach and softener automatically! I'm not sure if any of these came into full production.
Trade Publications
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Appliance Manufacturer
1960 140 60mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the 1959 line of GE Automatic Washing Machines.

Models Include:
WA-950S, WA-855S, WA-850S, WA-855S, WA-650S, WA-450S
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 33 27MB $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Clothes Dryer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the 1959 line of GE Dryers.

Models Include:
DA-920S, DA-820S, DA-620S, DA-420S
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 21 23MB $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Frigidaire Self-Cleaning Electric Range Tech-Talk Service Manual
In 1965 Frigidaire introduced their very first self-cleaning oven called the Electra-Clean. This is the comprehensive service manual for these first early ranges.

Models include:
RDE-38J and RCIE-39J

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1960 40 31mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Frigidaire Refrigerator Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to repairing and restoring all 1957 Frigidaire household refrigerators.

Models covered:

Super
SA-81-57
S-80-57
S-104-57
S-124-57

Super Cycla-matic
FS-101-57

De Luxe Cycla-matic
FD-101-57
FD-102-57
FD-120-57

Imperial Cycla-matic
FI-120-57
FI-121-57

Cold-Pantry Cycla-matic
CP-123-57
CP-141-5
Refrigerators/Freezers
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Frigidaire
1957 60 36mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Blackstone Automatic Washer 350 Owners Manual
Complete owners manual and operating instructions pack with every Blackstone model 350 washer in the mid 1950's.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Blackstone
1957 28 22mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1942-1952 Frigidaire Electric Range Parts Catalog
Complete parts listing for all 1942 to 1952 Frigidaire Ranges.

Models include: A 6-42, Al-6, B 10-42. B 15-42, B-17. B-17-LL. B-17, BI-17C, B50-42, B 60-42, Bl-60, B 70-42, BC 5-42, BC 6-42, B 50-42, B 60-42, Bl-60, B70-42, BC5-42, BC 6-42, RK-3, RK-3D, RK-3S, RK-4, RK-4D, RK-10, RK-20, RK-205, RK-40, RK-60, RK-70, R-15, R-17, RM-10, RM-17, RM-3, RM-4, RM-27, RM-30, RM-35, RM-65, RM-45, RL-45, RM-75, RO-10, RO-20, RO-20-2, RO-30, RO-35, RO-30-2, RO-35-2, RO-10-2, RO-12, RO-15-S, RO-40, RO-40-2, RO-50, RO-50-2, RO-60, RO-60-2, RO-70, RO-70-2.

Shows all parts and part numbers, including special accessories. Having the manufacturers part number for the part you need is essential for doing internet/eBay searches to locate these rare, no longer available parts. In many circumstances they can be found once you know the part number. This guide is essential for anyone who has any 1938 to 1952 Frigidaire Range.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1952 179 66mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1938-1945 Frigidaire Electric Range Service Manual
Complete Service Manual including wiring diagrams for the earliest of the GM Frigidaire Electric Ranges. 1938-1945 Models.

Models include: L-20, B-20, B-60, L-40, B-40, A-5, L-10-39, B-20-39, B-30-39, B-40-39, B-60-39, A-6, BC-5, BC-6, L-10-40, B-15-40, B-20-40, B-30-40, B-40-40, B-60-40, B-70-40, A-6, B-10-41, BC-5, B-15-41, BC-6, B-35-41, B-45-41, B-60-41, B-70-41, B-17, B-17 LL.

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1942-1952 Frigidaire Parts Catalog
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1952 107 114mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1946-1951 Frigidaire Electric Range Service Manual
Complete Service Manual including wiring diagrams for the GM Frigidaire Electric Ranges for 1946-1951 Models.

Models include: BI-17, BI-17C, BI-60, RJ-30, RJ-10, RJ-20, RJ-30, RJ-40, RJ-60, RJ-70, RK-3, RK-3D, RK-4, RK-10, RK-20, RK-40, RK-60, RK-70, R-15, RM-10, RM-35, R-17, RM-17, RM-45, RL-45, RM-3, RM-27, RM-65, RM-4, RM-30, RM-75, R0-10, R0-20, R0-30, R0-35, R0-40, R0-50, R0-60, R0-70.

If you are looking for the parts catalog to these models, please check this document:
1942-1952 Frigidaire Parts Catalog
Ranges/Stoves
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Frigidaire
1952 93 112mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Frigidaire Dishwasher Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the full Tech-Talk service manual for all 1958 Frigidaire Under-counter made by General Motors and Portable Frigidaire dishwashers made by D&M.

Models include:
DW-IUZ Under-counter Model,
DW-DUZ Under-counter Model,
DW-IFZ Free Standing Model,
DW-ISZ Sink Combination Model,
DW-SMZ Super Mobile Model

Specifications, Cycle charts and full servicing information included.
Dishwashers
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Frigidaire
1958 60 56mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961 Frigidaire Portable Dishwasher Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the full Tech-Talk service manual for all 1961 Frigidaire D&M made portable dishwashers.

Models include:
DW-STB and DW-DTB Frigidaire Automatic Dishwashers

Specifications, Cycle charts and full servicing information included.
Dishwashers
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Frigidaire
1961 60 35mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Frigidaire Dishwasher J-Line Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the full Tech-Talk service manual for all 1965 Frigidaire Under-counter made by General Motors and Portable Frigidaire dishwashers made by D&M.

Models include:
DW-DUJ, DW-IUJ, DW-SMJ, DW-DMJ,
DW-IMJ Dishwashers

Specifications, Cycle charts and full servicing information included.
Dishwashers
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Frigidaire
1964 64 59mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Frigidaire Range Parts Catalog
Complete parts diagrams with breakdowns and part numbers for all 1955 Frigidaire Ranges.

Models included: RV-3, RV-4, RV-10, RV-15, RV-20, RV-25, RV-26, RV-30, RV-35, RV-38, RV-45, RV-60, RV-70. RV-25G, RV-251G, RV-252G, RV-38G, RV-381G, RV-382G, RV-45G, RV-70G, RV-701G AND RV-702G.

Shows all parts and part numbers, including special accessories. Having the manufacturers part number for the part you need is essential for doing internet/eBay searches to locate these rare, no longer available parts. In many circumstances they can be found once you know the part number. This guide is essential for anyone who has any vintage Frigidaire Range.
Ranges/Stoves
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Frigidaire
1955 66 40mb $7.99
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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 Maytag Wringer Washer Service Manual
This is a comprehensive service manual for many of the electric Maytag Wringer washers made from 1933 thru 1957 and beyond. Serial number identification chart is included to help determine the approximate date of your machine. Full repair and rebuild instructions are included.

Models included: 80, 90, F, 15, 10, 110, 18, 25, N10, A, 30, 32, E, J, N, E2, J2, N2.

If you are looking for the gas Maytag wringer washer service manual please see this manual...

Maytag Gas and Electric Washer Service Manual
Wringer Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1957 56 51mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Cylinder Vacuum Salesman Flip-Chart Book
Here is the advertising flip-chart book that Hoover salesmen took into prospective buyers homes to show the housewife the great new Hoover Cylinder vacuum cleaner!!


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Hoover
1950 19 18mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1972 Blackstone Automatic Washer Service Manual
Complete service manual to Blackstone washers models BA-415, BA-525, BA-625 and BA-825.


Automatic Washers
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Blackstone
1972 36 27mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1972 Blackstone Washers and Dryer Brochure
Here are some beautiful brochures for Blackstone Automatic Washers models BA-825, BA-525, BA-415 and Dryers BE/BG-525. Images and Specifications included.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Blackstone
1972 12 30mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Whirlpool Automatic Washer Operating Instructions
Complete Use & Care Guide and Operating Instructions packed with Whirlpool washer models: LWA7700 and Suds-Miser Model LWA-7705.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1970 24 32mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 Maytag Top Loading Portable Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the service manual to Maytag's very first portable dishwasher model WP600.

Sections include:
Loading and Operating Instructions,
How it Works,
Wiring Diagrams and Circuits,
Complete servicing procedures.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Maytag
1969 49 53mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1971 Maytag Dishwasher Service and Parts Manual
Here is the service manual to Maytag's very first built-in and front loading portable dishwashers. These were the early direct drive pump models.

Models include WU600, WU400, WU200, WC400, WC200.

Sections include:
Loading and Operating Instructions,
How it Works,
Cycle Sequence Charts,
Wiring Diagrams and Circuits,
Complete troubleshooting and servicing procedures,
Parts listing section.

Parts section shows all parts and part numbers. Having the manufacturers part number for the part you need is essential for doing internet/eBay searches to locate these rare, no longer available parts. In many circumstances they can be found once you know the part number.

Dishwashers
Published by:
Maytag
1970 157 135mb $7.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1952 General Electric Cooking Range/Oven Product Man
1952 General Electric Service Manual covering Electric Ranges and Water Heaters.

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.
Ranges/Stoves
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General Electric
1952 67 22mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 General Electric Dishwasher/Disposall Product Man
1956 General Electric Service Manual covering Automatic Dishwashers and Food Waste Disposers.

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.
Dishwashers
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General Electric
1956 55 31mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Gibson Washer Brochures
Full brochures with images, features and specifications for Gibson washers made by Franklin.


Automatic Washers
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Gibson
1974 10 14mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - April 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:
  • How to take care of the finish on your car

  • 1959 Automobiles

  • Information on Safety, Full Price Lists, Depreciation, Air suspension, Brakes, Choice of transmission and gear ratio, Decreased braking, and starting problems, with automatic transmissions, Present and future design trends, Durability of car bodies

    Special In Depth Reports
    1959 Plymouth, 1959 Rambler Rebel V-8, 1959 Rambler American
    CR's recommendations in six price groups

    Table showing important specifications and test results for the following 1959 cars:
    Buick LeSabreV-8
    Buick Invicta V-8
    Buick Electra V-8
    Cadillac 62 V-8
    Cadillac 60 V-8
    Cadillac 75 V-8
    Chevrolet Biscayne 6
    Chevrolet Impala V-8
    Chevrolet Impala Opt. V-8
    Chrysler Windsor V-8
    Chrysler Saratoga V-8
    Chrysler New Yorker V-8
    DeSoto FireSweep V-8
    DeSoto Firedome V-8
    DeSoto FireFlite V-8
    Dodge Coronet 6
    Dodge Coronet V-8
    Dodge Royal V-8
    Dodge Custom Royal V-8
    Edsel Ranger 6
    Edsel Ranger V-8
    Edsel Corsair V-8
    Ford Custom 300 6
    Ford Custom 300 V-8
    Ford Fairlane V-8
    Ford Fairlane 500 V-8
    Imperial V-8
    Lincoln V-8
    Mercury Monterey V-8
    Mercury Montclair V-8
    Mercury Park Lane V-8
    Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 V-8
    Oldsmobile Super 88 V-8
    Oldsmobile 98 V-8
    Plymouth Savoy 6
    Plymouth Fury V-8
    Plymouth Fury Opt. V-8
    Pontiac Catalina Opt. V-8
    Pontiac Catalina V-8
    Pontiac Star Chief V-8
    Pontiac Bonneville V-8
    Rambler American 6
    Rambler DeLuxe 6
    Rambler Rebel V-8 Custom
    Rambler Ambassador V-8 Super
    Studebaker Lark Regal 6
    Studebaker Lark Regal V-8


  • Pickup cartridges for use with stereophonic records
    A report on tests of nine of the new stereo cartridges including: Astatic 11T7B, Electro-Voice 21S, Electro-Voice 66, General Electric GC-5, General Electric CL-7, Ronette BF-40, Stanton 371, Sonotone 8T4-S, Weathers C-501

  • Care of city trees

  • "Charcoal-flavored” steaks and chops without charcoal

  • Modern imitations of an old-fashioned method of cookery, aimed to copy a prized taste appeal, present a real menace to consumer health

  • Use of stored paint

  • Anti-slip products for rugs

  • A skidding rug is a serious hazard.

  • Can “rug coasting" be prevented?

  • "No-iron" sheets and pillowcases

  • Dangers in metal work surfaces in the kitchen

  • Back to the days of Caveat Emptor. You pay your money and take your chances these days!

  • Wright Super Rebel power saw for felling and pruning trees


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 30mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1962 Automatic Washer Facts Manual
Speed Queen produced their Facts Manuals to give to dealers and customers information regarding their products throughout the 60's. These documents are filled with beautiful images, illustrations and full specifications. Great fun document, this particular original has a few pages that do have some minor stains, but text and images are perfectly legible and clear.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Speed Queen
1962 16 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Washpower Automatic Operating Instructions for model A106
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 1978 GM Frigidaire Cooking Appliances
Full brochure showing off all of Frigidaire's cooking appliances in 1978. Models include the Touch-n-Cook Range and 30" ranges, Twin 30 Ranges, 40" Ranges, Wall Ovens, Cooktops including the Corning model and Microwave Ovens.


Ranges/Stoves
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Frigidaire
1978 26 22mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download General Electric Range/Oven Technical Data Manual Self-Cleaning Oven (P7) Sections
This technical data manual produced by GE concerns all of their electric ranges from the early and mid 1960's. These have tips to help you service your range. This section relates to the self cleaning ranges of 1964-1965. It should be used in conjunction with Main GE Range Technical Data Manual

Sections include: Introduction, Components, Diagnosis, Wiring, Service Notes.
Ranges/Stoves
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General Electric
1964 120 59mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 Westinghouse Front Load Washers and Dryers
Brochures and spec sheets for the 1966 line of front loaders and their matching dryers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Westinghouse
1969 8 12mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download New Easy Spindrier
Three beautiful brochures highlighting the 1957 Easy Spin-Drier line.


Twin Tub Washers
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Easy
1957 6 7mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Suggestions for Wartime Care of your Bendix Home Laundy
Sent to registered owners of the Bendix Home Laundry automatic washer during World War II, this book reminds owners how to be particularly careful in using your Bendix washer to keep it running during wartime when parts became nearly impossible to produce.


Automatic Washers
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Bendix
1943 12 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Work-Free Washdays with your Whirlpool Automatic Washer
Full owners manual and operating instructions for all Whirlpool Automatic Washers from 1950 to 1953.


Automatic Washers
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Whirlpool
1950 20 10mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hotpoint Clothes Dryer Line
Sales lit brochures for the 1973 Hotpoint dryer line.


Clothes Dryers
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Hotpoint
1973 18 24mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Room Air Conditioner Brochure
Full brochure for the Gambles room air conditioner.


Air Conditioners
Published by:
Marquette (Gambles Stores)
1953 2 4mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Frigidaire Dryer Service Tech-Talk
Full and comprehensive service manual to all 1959 Frigidaire dryers, both Filtrator and Air-Flow. Goes into how the filtrator system works, plus full specifications and repair information for all models.

Models include: DCI-59, DI-59, DCD-59, DD-59
Clothes Dryers
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Frigidaire
1959 32 22mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download No Matter What You Wash and Wear You’ll Feel Like A Queen
Complete Owners manual and operating instructions to Frigidaire's Top-of-the-Line automatic washers for 1960. Custom Imperial and Imperial models, including suds-saver models.


Automatic Washers
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Frigidaire
1960 32 21mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Speed Queen Electric Dryer Facts Manual
Speed Queen produced their Facts Manuals to give to dealers and customers information regarding their products throughout the 60's. These documents are filled with beautiful images, illustrations and full specifications.


Clothes Dryers
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Speed Queen
1966 8 7mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The GE Review
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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Full brochure showing off the '61 line of GE Custom Automatic Box Fans, Window Fans, Floor Circulators, All-Purpose Fans, Vento-Glide Filter Fan and Oscillating Fans.


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Here is a sales brochure highlighting the entire line of 1980 GE Electric Refrigerators. Images and Full detailed specifications included for each model.

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Side-by-Side No-Frost Refrigerator/Freezers
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1980 10 12mb $4.99
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Service supplement showing all of the 1961 Kenmore washer and dryer models along with a description of features for each machine. Also mentions the '61 cabinet redesign which stayed with the belt drive washer design to the end.


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1961 4 3mb $4.99
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Brochure highlighting the 1966 Hotpoint line of washers and dryers. Images and specifications included. "First with the features women want most".


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1966 5 9mb $4.99
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Here is the complete owners manual, operating instructions, cleaning/care information and cooking guides to all 1962 Frigidaire Flair Ranges. Models include: RCIB-645-2, RCIB-635-2, RCDB-640-2 and RCDB-630-2.

Looking for a Service Manual for Frigidaire Flair Ranges? Please see this manual: Frigidaire Flair Service Manual
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Operating and loading instructions for Maytag dishwasher WU400.


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1971 12 8mb $4.99
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Service manual for servicing the early Apex Wash-a-Matic automatic washers. Sections include:

Details of Wash-A-Matic, Tools, Diaphragm and Drive Mechanism, Bearing Housing Drive Yoke and Counter Weight Assembly, Timer, Mixing Valve and Temperature Control, Pilot Valve, Balancing Valve and Diaphragm, Light Socket and Switch Box Assembly, Complaints-Causes and Remedy, Wiring Diagram, Changing Motor and Belt, Dismantling and Re-Assembling.
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