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Westinghouse Porta-Vac Service Manual


Published by Westinghouse in 1954-- Here is the service manual for the Westinghouse model T-12 vacuum cleaner. Sections include Description and Specifications, Replacing and Adjusting Parts, Possible Troubles, Replacing Flexible Hose.

Number of Pages: 8
File Size: 7mb
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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.


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Speed Queen
1980 8 22mb $5.99
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Automatic Washer Timer Service Manual
This service manual is absolutely indispensable for any collector of vintage automatic washers, dryers or dishwashers. It's focus is on servicing Malloy timers. Getting timers rebuilt properly is getting harder and harder and in time we will have to completely rely on our own skills to repair these delicate timing devices. Sections include:

TIMER TEST AND MOTOR REPLACEMENT
TESTING COMPLETE TIMER
TIMER MOTOR REPLACEMENT, Mallory Timers
ESCAPEMENTS
CHECKING CONTACT PRESSURE
REPLACING TIMER THERMOSTAT

The checking contact pressure section shows how to fix the 2nd most common time issue next to timer motor failure. Mallory timers were used in most automatic washers from the 1950s thru 1970s and this service manual is valid for any brand that used Mallory timers.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1967 17 12mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Laundry Guide For Your New Automatic Washer
Owners manual and operating instructions for the 1968 Lady Kenmore automatic washer as well as Kenmore's Match-All series washers. Contains complete cycle descriptions for each and every button on the Lady Kenmore push button washer as well as complete cycle information for the match-all machines!


Automatic Washers
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Kenmore
1968 36 27mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 Hotpoint Washer Operating Instructions Card
Operating instruction card for solid-tub Hotpoint middle-of-the line- Automatic Washers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1973 4 2mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Norge Wringer Washer Operating Instructions
Full operating instructions for Norge wringer washers from the early 70's.


Wringer Washers
Published by:
Norge
1970 4 2mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Easy Spindrier Washer Service Manual
Here is the complete and in-depth service manual to all Easy Spindrier washers from the early 1960's. This manual specifically covers models SCL, SBL, SSL and SPL but will be applicable to older post-war models as many of the mechanicals were similar throughout the years.

Sections Include:
Full Specifications
Installation Requirements
Removing Machine From Shipping Container
Locating and Installing Machine
Controls and Operation
Recommended Tools
Dismantling
Reassembly
Operating Mechanism
Preparing Transmission and Components for Inspection
Reassembly of Components of Transmission Assembly
Replacement of Parts
Adjustments
Trouble Shooting


"This Service Manual has been prepared to acquaint you with the latest service information on trouble shooting and repairing of Easy Spindriers, ranging from the replacement of an individual component to a complete overhaul.

Spindrier Washers are equipped with a transmission that permits washing and spin-drying at the same time or individual operation of either washing or spin-drying.

This Service Manual contains information for servicing present model Spindriers, as well as other Spindriers of this type. When this information is correctly applied, it is possible to locate and correct any service problem that may be encountered.

Read the manual carefully and then use the technical instructions to guide you on all complex service problems."

Twin Tub Washers
Published by:
Easy
1962 68 33mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Complete Laundry Guide and Operating Instructions for your Kenmore
Sears produced some of the nicest looking owners manuals in the 50s and 60s and this one is no exception. This owners manual covers four automatic washers from 1964, three of them are "Alphabet" style machines! Series included are the 6471, 31470, 70 and 11480 models.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1964 36 25mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire VIP-Bulletin on 12-lb Washer Tubs
Frigidaire VIP Bulletins were sent to retail stores to educate their sales people on the great features of Frigidaire appliances. This bulletin compares the new Frigidaire 12lb washer tub to the GE, Speed Queen and Whirlpool/Kenmore washer tubs.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1963 4 4mb $3.99
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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…
Trade Publications
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The Review
1952 58 61mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1974 Frigidaire Dishwasher - Disposal and Trash Compactor Brochure
Here is the complete brochure to all Frigidaire Dishwashers, both built in and portable from the mid 1970's. Contains images, details and full specifications for each model.

Models include: DW-DU, DW-CDU, DW-IU, DW-CIU, DW-COM, DW-IM, DW-CIM.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1974 12 26mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Rebuilding Thor Washer-Dishwasher Transmissions
Here is an excellent service manual to be had by anyone who either has or would like to have a Thor Automagic washer/dishwasher or Thor automatic washer. It is a comprehensive service manual covering the steps to completely repair and/or rebuild the transmission that runs the Thor machines from 1949 thru the mid 1950's.


Automatic Washers
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Thor
1955 34 15mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Whirlpool Wringer Washer Service Manual - 1961 to 1971
Comprehensive service manual for Whirlpool wringer washers from 1961 thru 1971. Includes supplements for the later models.

Sections include:
Model Specifications
Pre-Delivery and Installation
Component Description and Functional Data
Service Procedures

Wringer Washers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1971 42 26mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download New Easy Golden Regent Automatic Dryer Use and Care
Here is the owners manual and operating instructions for the Easy's Top-of-the-Line dryer in the early 60s. Models included: DDK-E and the gas version DDK-G.


Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Easy
1960 8 5mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to use your new Lewyt Model 77 on Big Wheels
Here is everything that came packed with a brand new model 77 Lewyt vacuum cleaner in 1955. Owners manual and operating instructions, Work saving accessories that make your housework easier, How to use your Lewyt accessory racks and the card that was placed around the "Power Dial".


Vacuum Cleaners
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Lewyt
1955 23 18mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Celebrity Canisters
Here is the brochure for the very first models of all Hoover Celebrity Canisters. Models highlighted:

Celebrity Custom S3001
Celebrity Deluxe S3003
Celebrity Air-Ride S3005
Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Hoover
1974 6 4mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Gas Range Instruction and Cook Book
Here is the owners manual that was packed with every 1949 Maytag Gas Range. Models include M6140GM, M6131GA, M6140GA, M6131CPA.

Since cooking is a creative art that requires good equipment, the Maytag Dutch Oven is an invaluable aid in preparing the best of everything for the family. It provides more speed, greater cleanliness, further convenience, added economy and finer all-around performance.

The Top Platform, the Dual Performance Oven, the Sizzle-Serve Broiler and the Dutch Cooker Well all save you work and effort, and each brings you more leisure time for other things. In every way, your Maytag is more than a purchase; it’s an investment in better living for years to come.

As the pages of this book are turned, study the ideas, procedures, cooking techniques, methods and suggested recipes. They will bring out the full advantage of your range. They will help you save time and money. And they will provide new taste thrills for your family, as well as new homemaking pleasures for you.

Gas Stoves
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Maytag
1949 126 75mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Owner's Manual for your new Wringer Washer
Full owners manual and operating instruction book that was packed with every Lady Kenmore wringer washer in 1964.


Wringer Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1964 20 16mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Easy Spiralator Automatic Washer Brochures
Brochures for Easy Automatic washers models ADE and ACE.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Easy
1957 4 7mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1970 Whirlpool Top Loading Dishwasher Use and Care Guide
Here are the complete operating instructions for Whirlpool's top loading dishwasher model SVP80. Includes loading instructions as well as complete cycle descriptions.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1970 6 $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Constellation Model 84 Owners Manual
Full owners manual and operating instructions for the Hoover Constellation Model 84.


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Hoover
1956 16 7mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1980 Frigidaire Washers and Dryers Brochure
Here is a sales brochure highlighting the entire line of 1980 Frigidaire Electric Washers, Dryers and Compact Laundry Appliances. Full control panel display images, machines photos and full detailed specifications included for each model.

Appliances highlighted:

Westinghouse Design Automatic Washers,
Franklin Design Automatic Washer,
Westinghouse Design Electric and Gas Dryers,
Franklin Design Electric and Gas Dryers,
Franklin Design Compact Washer and Dryer Stacked Laundry Center
Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Frigidaire
1980 7 6mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin - October 1962
For October of '62 Consumer Bulletin tests "Flair" style High-Oven electric ranges. In this issue they provide a full story and full ratings on their test results of the following models: Frigidaire Custom Imperial Flair, General Electric Americana, Kenmore Classic, Tappen Fabulous 400 and the Westinghouse Continential.

Other interesting reports in this issue include: A further look at popular breakfast cereals, What goes into modern chewing gums?, Should you "dry clean" your car- or wash it with water, in the time-honored way?, Stereo FM (multiplex) adapters, Selecting a Shotgun, Tire gauges and "Runless" nylons. Also "The sun tan may be unfashionable one of these days. The danger of skin cancer will soon eliminate today's sun tan as a status symbol".
Ranges/Stoves
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Consumer Bulletin
1962 44 49mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Thermador Built-In Cooking Appliances Brochure
Here is a wonderful brochure showing off all of Thermador's built-in cooking appliances for 1957. Products include Masterpiece "Bilt-In" Electric Cooktops, Automatic Surface Elements, Masterpiece Double Oven, Built-In Ovens and the stunning new Thermador "Bilt-In" Refrigerator-Freezer in gleaming-easy to clean stainless steel.


Ranges/Stoves
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Thermador
1957 8 13mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1989 Maytag Washers and Dryers
Dated January 1989 this brochure highlights the entire line of Maytag Automatic Washers and Dryers, full descriptions, specifications and images with full control panel views.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1989 12 9mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to use and care for your Youngstown Kitchens Automatic Dishwasher
"Completely Modernizes Dishwashing". Full owners manual and use/care guide packed with every Youngstown top-loading, Jet-Tower dishwasher in the late 40's and early 50's.


Dishwashers
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Youngstown Kitchens
1950 12 8mb $3.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Dishwasher Front Panel Installation Instructions
Instructions for installing custom panels on mid 1960s Whirlpool dishwashers.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1965 1 1mb $3.99

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