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The Brides Guide to Home Laundering


Published by Maytag in 1967-- Here is very fun laundry primer produced by Maytag for new homemakers on ways of doing laundry.

Number of Pages: 12
File Size: 15mb
Download Fee: $4.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Comprehensive Vacuum Cleaner Parts Catalog
Here is an extensive collection of parts diagrams with descriptions of the parts and part numbers for many years of Hoover vacuums.

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 vintage Hoover vacuum cleaners.

Models included in this catalog include:
12/14
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29
31/32/33/34/35/36
41/42/50/51/53/55
61
62/63/64
65/66/67/68/69/70
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1100/1110/1118/1120/
1130/1136/1140/1149/
1151/1157/1170/1176/
1178/U6003/U6007
1330/1340/1348
2000/2001/2010/2011/
2017
2040/2048/S302l/S3023
2100/2110/2120
2200/2201/2204/2208/
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2830/2836
2900/2901/2910/2911
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U4001/U4019/U4021/
U4003/U4005/U4007/
U4009
S3001
S3003
S3005
S2003/S2005/S2007
Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Hoover
1973 139 67mb $7.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Easy Automatic Washer Brochures
Here are beautiful brochures highlighting the 1968 line of Easy automatic washers. There are Hotpoint (Chicago factory made) solid-tub machines. Top-of-line machine has variable speed control!

Full specifications and control panel images included for each model.

Models include: WA-455, WA-444, WA-423, WA-422, WA-421, WA-411.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Easy
1968 16 17mb $5.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Easy Clothes Dryer Brochures
Here are beautiful brochures from Easy showing off their 1968 line of automatic gas and electric dryers. Full control panel images and specifications included.

Models include: DE-455, DG455, DE-444, DG-444, DE-423, DG-423, DE-422, DG-422, DE-400.
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Easy
1968 18 17mb $5.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 KitchenAid Bulit-In Top-of-the-Line Dishwasher Comparison
Now this is super interesting, here is a comparison brochure of the KDS-18 Superba Dishwashers to all other major brands of dishwashers in the mid 1970's. Topics include:

Machine Frames, Wash Chambers/Tubs, Motors, Wash Arms and Systems, Filtration, Drying methods, Fill and Drain systems, Loading/Racks, Weight.
Dishwashers
Published by:
KitchenAid
1976 20 9mb $7.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download 1987 Maytag Washers and Dryers Brochure
Here is a beautiful brochure highlighting the 1987 line of Maytag washers and dryers.

Models include:

Washers: A712, A612, A512, A412, A312, A212, A112.

Dryers: D712, D612, D512, D412, D312, D212.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1987 12 6mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 Maytag Commercial Washer Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual first printed in 1969, with update through 1978 on the 1970's line of Maytag Commercial and Coin-Operated Automatic Washers.

This is a fascinating look at the coin-op Maytag washers found throughout the 1970's in laundromats. Both the very common standard capacity washers and the very rare large capacity coin-op models are included!

Models A17 (Standard capacity) and A18 (Big-Tub large capacity).
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1969 108 50mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1985 Maytag Jetclean Dishwashers Brochure
Here is a beautiful brochure highlighting the 1985 line of Maytag dishwashers and food waste disposers.

Models include:

Dishwashers: WU1000, WU902, WU702, WU502, WU302, WC702-302, WU202.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Maytag
1987 8 5mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Speed Queen Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual for all home models of Speed Queen's automatic washers. Models included: A18, A19, A20 and A20F.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Speed Queen
1957 34 16mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Frigidaire Tech-Tips Bulletins
Here is the completed collection of all 1959 Frigidaire Tech-Tips bulletins alerting of product, parts and service changes mid-model year. Also included is one 1957 and one 1958 year bulletin.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1959 88 57mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Kenmore Laundry and Dishwasher Products
Here is a wonderful brochure highlighing the 1967 Line of Sears Kenmore automatic washers, dryers, wringer washers, dishwashers and disposers. Also includes some standard repair parts and utility sinks.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Kenmore
1967 13 10mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1988 Whirlpool Automatic Washer Use and Care Guide
Full owner's manual to Whirlpool automatic washer model LA8800XT.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1988 16 5mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Montgomery Wards Washers Dryers and Dishwashers
Here is the 1968 line of Montgomery Wards Washers, Dryers and Dishwashers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Montgomery Wards
1968 6 17mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1985 Maytag Stacked Washer and Dryer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to the Maytag Stacked Washer/Dryer, Model SE1000 and SG1000.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1985 116 42mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag AMP Washer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures of early Maytag Automatic Washers. Models include: AMP, A3MP, A4MP, 121P.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1954 8 5mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1951 Apex Major Appliances Catalog
Here is a full catalog of all Apex Major Appliances. Dishwashers, Sink-Dishwasher combinations, Apex Wash-a-Matic, Apex Gas and Electric Dryers, Apex Fold-a-Matic Ironer.


Full Catalog
Published by:
Apex
1951 8 8mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Refrigerator-Freezer Owners Manual
Complete Use and Care guide to 1959 GE Refrigerators.

Models include: BH-15P, BH-13P, BH-12P.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 16 7mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1970 Blackstone Automatic Washer Service Manual
Complete service manual to the 1970 line of Blackstone washers.

Models include: BA-502, BA-702, BA-902.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Blackstone
1970 37 18mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Frigidaire Imperial and Deluxe Automatic Washer Brochures
Here are beautiful brochures from 1956 for Frigidaire's Imperial Unimatic and Deluxe Pulsamatic automatic washers. Full images and specifications are included.

Unimatic Imperial Model WI-56
Pulsamatic Deluxe Model WD-56
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1956 4 4mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 General Electric Laundry Brochures
1955 was a big year for General Electric laundry appliances. Both the Filter-Flo system was introduced on their top-loading automatic washers as well as their first washer/dryer combo was introduced. These are beautifully illustrated brochures with full specifications included.

Models: Washer: WA-750M, Dryer: DA-623M and Washer/Dryer Combo: WD-660M.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1955 12 11mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrical Merchandising Magazine - June 1953
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
1953 210 105mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Automatic Washer Brochure
Here is the complete brochure showing off the top of the line 1959 models of the GE automatic washer.

Models: WA-9505 and WA-9505S (suds-saver model)
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 4 9mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 General Electric Washer and Dryer Brochures
Here are beautiful brochures highlighting the 1965 line of GE Washers and Dryers. Images and full specifications for each model included.

Models include: WA-1250A, DA-1220A, WA-750A, DA-820A, WA-650A, DA-620A, and the Hi-Speed Gas Dryer: DG-4920A
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1965 14 29mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 General Electric Home Laundry Product Man
1960 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
1960 48 27mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Washer Service Instruction Film Narrative and Service Manual
Here are two complete Kelvinator automatic washer manuals into one .pdf file. The first is the narrative to the "Service Instruction Film-Strip" on Installation and Disassembly. The second part is the complete Service Manual and Parts Guide to all 1956 Kelvinator automatic washers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kelvinator
1956 91 68mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 Frigidaire Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1976 Frigidaire automatic dishwashers, both built-in and portable models.

Models include: DWU-2, DWU-3, DWU-4, DWU-5
DWM-2, DWM-3, DWM-4, DWM-5.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1976 68 40mb $5.99

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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 1952-1955 Hotpoint Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is a comprehensive service manual for all Hotpoint dishwashers from '52 to '55.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1955 44 34mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Apex Wash-A-Matic 6010-6011 Series Service Manual
Service manual for servicing 1956 Apex Wash-a-Matic automatic washers. Sections include:

Complete details of Wash-A-Matic, Specifications, Quick Reference Data, Timer Cycle Chart, Tools, Drive Mechanism, Drive Yoke and Counter Weight-Main Bearing Assembly, Water Value and Spin Pilot Valve, Safety Valve, Pump, Timer, Service instructions, Complaints-causes-remedies.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Apex
1956 37 15mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Greatest Drying Discovery Since the Sun
When Bendix introduced their very first dryer in 1947 this was the brochure they created to show it off to the world.


Clothes Dryers
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Bendix
1947 4 3mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Frigidairian - Summer 1950
Here is a wonderful piece of Frigidaire history. It is the employee magazine of Frigidaire right at the start of their golden years. 48 pages full of interesting articles and photographs about the going's on in Dayton and around the country with Frigidaire.

THE FRIGIDAIRIAN is issued periodically for the forty-odd thousand dealers and salesmen who handle and sell Frigidaire products throughout the United States. We are mailing this issue also to all Frigidaire employes. It contains so much timely information about Frigidaire and our sales organization who sell the products we build in Dayton, that we thought employes and members of their families would find it interesting. FRIGIDAIRE DIVISION
Miscellaneous
Published by:
Frigidaire
1950 49 61mb $7.32
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Thumbnail Image of Download Kenmore Dryer Mechanical Systems
Here is a good primer on how post 1966 Kenmore and Whirlpool dryers operate and how to take the machine apart and service. Covers the very basics in KM/WP dryer servicing, a good primer manual.


Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Kenmore
1979 18 17mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Easy Combination Washer-Dryer Service Manual
Here is the service manual Easy produced to instruct users on how the Easy Combo operates, its features and specifications and how to service the entire machine.

1876-1956--Now, more than ever, know what four generations' of American housewives have always known. The EASY way to launder clothes is the best way. The latest proof of this traditional fact is EASY's sensationally new Combination Washer-Dryer. In the following pages we tell you how to install it, how to operate it and how to service it.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Easy
1956 66 46mb $5.52
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Thumbnail Image of Download Accent Stainless Steel Waterless Cookware Brochure
Here is a brochure highlighting Accent's cookware from the early 1970's


Home Products
Published by:
Accent
1972 4 4mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Use and Care of your new Wizard Automatic Washer
The Wizard brand was Western-Auto's brand of major appliances. This manual was a very rare find we are thrilled to get it into the Ephemera Library.

Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions for 1955-1956 Wizard Automatic Washers. Models include both their Deluxe and Standard machines, as well as their semi-automatic model. The machines were built with mostly Beam components.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Wizard
1955 28 15mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Eureka Canister Vacuum Brochures
Here are some beautiful Eureka vacuum cleaner sales literature brochures highlighting their 1975 line, both power head and straight suction models.

Models include: 1288, 1266, 1261, 1255, 1248, 1246, 1245, 3560, 3460, 3440, 3360, 3240 and 3220.
Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Eureka
1975 26 35mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Frigidaire Range Service and Parts Manual
Comprehensive service manual for all 1955 Frigidaire Electric Ranges including troubleshooting, service and wiring diagrams.

Also includes 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
Published by:
Frigidaire
1955 100 68mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Filter Queen National Magazine Nov-Dec 1959
Here is a complete issue of Filter Queen's magazine for retailers and distributors of Filter Queen Vacuum Cleaners in the late 1950's.


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Filter Queen
1959 16 28mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Filter Queen Home Sanitation System
Beautiful late 1950's four page Filter Queen Vacuum sales literature brochure.

One of the most important developments in home sanitation in 50 years
Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Filter Queen
1958 4 6mb $4.99
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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 $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Service Manual for Kenmore Automatic Washer Service Manual Produced Since 1956 - Part 1 of 3
This is a wonderful service manual. It is extremely comprehensive and provides images, charts, textual descriptions and pictures for all the models of the 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960 model years! It is so large that it is broken down into three parts. Manuals covers complete servicing for entire machine. Model numbers mentioned include: 110.563500, 110.563510, 110.563520, 110.563545, 110.563555, 110.563560, 110.563570, 110.563580, 110.563584, 110.563589, 110.563590, 110.563594, 110.563599, 110.5703000, 110.5703300, 110.5704100, 110.5704110, 110.5704120, 110.5704200, 110.5704300, 110.5704400, 110.5704500, 110.5704600, 110.5704610, 110.5704630, 110.5704650, 110.5704700, 110.5704710, 110.5704740, 110.5704750, 110.5704760, 110.5704790, 110.5704800, 110.5704900, 110.5705100, 110.5705110, 110.5705120, 110.5705200, 110.5705300, 110.5705400, 110.5705500, 110.5705600, 110.5705610, 110.5705650, 110.5705700, 110.5705710, 110.5705740, 110.5705750, 110.5705760, 110.5705790, 110.5705800, 110.5705900, 110.5803000, 110.5804100, 110.5804200, 110.5804300, 110.5804500, 110.5804700, 110.5804800, 110.5804950, 110.5903010, 110.5904110, 110.5904200, 110.5905300, 110.5915000, 110.5915400, 110.5915500, 110.5914550, 110.5915600, 110.5915700, 110.5915800, 110.5915950, 110.6004100, 110.6003000, 110.6004200, 110.6004400, 110.6005400, 110.6004500, 110.6005500, 110.6004600, 110.6005600, 110.6004700, 110.6005700, 110.6004800, 110.6005800, 110.6009500.

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Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1959 92 66mb $7.92
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Thumbnail Image of Download Automatic Washer Operating Instructions
Full operating instructions to GE washer model WA850A. Minor staining on this original document, but it is still clear and very ledgable.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1966 4 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1970-1971 Sears Kenmore Sales Circulars - Washers and Dryers
In the late 1960's and early 1970's Sears would mail large format (12.5" x 11") advertising circulars. Here is a collection of the Washer and Dryer sections from my collection of these circulars from 1970 and 1971.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Kenmore
1971 22 57mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to use and Enjoy Your New Philco Automatic Washer
Full operating instruction booklet packed with each Philco "Miss America" model W-226 automatic washer.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Philco
1961 8 3mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Commercial Laundromat Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to the coin-operated bolt down Westinghouse Laundromat front loading washers.

Sections include:
Installation,
Wiring and Cycle Charts,
What to Do When,
Parts Replacement,
Complete Servicing.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1968 54 38mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1952 Blackstone Washer and Dryer Brochures
Here are some great brochures for Blackstone's first generation of automatic washer and dryer. The washer has a mechanical based timer built right into the transmission! Very unique design. Models 250/191.

The Blackstone Model 250 automatic washer is a distinct improvement over previous types. It washes, rinses, and damp-dries automatically - yet it's flexible control permits the operator to take charge at any time. It washes by the accepted agitator principle, is vibration-free, and is designed to match other standard appliances and cabinets.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Blackstone
1952 4 6mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Parts List for Kenmore Automatic Dryer Model 110.5708710
Here is the complete service parts list, installation and venting instructions for the 700 series of the 1957 line of Kenmore clothes dryers.


Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Kenmore
1957 8 4mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963 Frigidaire Automatic Washer Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1963 Frigidaire Roller-Matic automatic washing machines.

Models include WDA-63, WD-63, WDP-63, WDR-63, WCDA-63, WCDAP-63, WCDAR-63, WCD-63, WIA-63, WIAR-63, WCI-63, WCIR-63.

Includes complete in-depth control panel views and specifications, cycle charts, service instructions and complete Mulit-matic transmission rebuilding instructions, recommended service tools and Home-Ec Talk.

Please note this manual is 81mb/124 pages in size. It is quite large and will take a few minutes to download with a broadband connection.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1963 124 81mb $9.72
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Co-Op Automatic Washers and Dryers Brochure
Here is the line of Co-Op automatic washers and dryers for 1968. These were Franklin made machines. A rare find for sure now.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Co-Op
1968 6 7mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Dryer Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts catalog which includes detailed illustrations of the order of assembled parts, their descriptions and original Frigidaire part numbers.

Models include all Hamilton made Frigidaire Dryers (TJ-60, TJ-60E, TJ-61, TO-60, T0-61) and the first Frigidaire Filtrator Dryer (TR-60).
Clothes Dryers
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Frigidaire
1952 30 12mb $4.99
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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

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