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1956 Frigidaire Washer and Dryer Tech-Talk Service Manual


Published by Frigidaire in 1956-- Two part service manual for the 1956 line of Frigidaire washers and dryers.

Part 1 is for Dryers DI-56 (Filtrator), DD-56 and DS-56 (air-flow).

Part 2 is for Washers WI-56 (Unimatic), WD-56 and WS-56 (Pulsamatic).

Number of Pages: 36
File Size: 27mb
Download Fee: $4.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrical Merchandising Magazine - November 1954
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.

Particularly interesting articles in this issue:

What Can You Do With Washer Trade-ins
An Old Technique Sells Modern Dishwashers
An Automatic In Every Home
New Products announces the 1955 Frigidaire Washer and Dryer Line

Automatic Washer Ads in this issue:
Laundry Queen
Easy
Bendix
Maytag
Hotpoint with a window lid!!
ABC-o-Matic
Frigidaire's New low-priced (the Pulsamatic) Laundry Pair
Apex/Tide Detergent
Blackstone

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KitchenAid Dishwashers
Trade Publications
Published by:
Electrical Merchandising
1954 248 116mb $12.99
Introductory Price of $8.99


ends in:
3 days
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 JCPenny Penncrest Portable Dishwasher Owners Manual
Complete owner's manual and use and care guide to General Electric made Penncrest top-loading dishwashers of the late 1960s.


Dishwashers
Published by:
JCPenny
1969 28 22mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Frigidaire Dishmobile Use and Care Guide
Here is the operating instructions to the portable version of one of Frigidaire's last spray tube dishwashers. Model DW-DMH


Dishwashers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1964 4 18mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Westinghouse Roll-About Dishwashers Owners Manual
Here is a rare find, complete owners manual to the Westinghouse portable top-loading dishwashers of the late 1950s.

Models include: PDW-103 and PDW-102.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1959 20 13mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1983 Miele Laundry Appliances Catalog
This is a German language catalog highlighting the 1983 Miele line of front-loading and horizontal-access top loading automatic washers, twin-tub washers, clothes dryers, centrifugal extractors and ironers.

Models include:

Washers/Spinners: W784, W783, W780, W770, W760, W753, W751, W484, W481, W480, W475S, W473, WZ257.

Dryers: T388C, T384, T382C, T380, T377C, T370, T368C, T364, T363, T361.

Ironers: B864E, B862E.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Miele
1983 40 69mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1977 Sears Kenmore Dishwasher Brochure
Sales literature brochure which was available in Sears retail stores to highlight their 1977 line of Built in and portable dishwashers. Also included is a second brochure with 18" dishwashers!


Dishwashers
Published by:
Kenmore
1977 8 5mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Philco Electric Range Brochure
Here is a sales literature brochure to beatufiul mid-century styled ranges. Full images and specifications are included for the entire 1960 Philco line.

Models include: SS-4098, SS-4097, SS-4095, SS-4094, SS-4093, SS-3097, SS-3095, SS-3094, SS-3092, SS-2095.

Please note the originals had some minor water damage on them so there are some water spots or slightly blurry spots. However these are still very readable and super fun to look at.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Philco
1960 16 26mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Merchandiser 1975 Vol 2
Here is a fascinating magazine style publication by Maytag highlighting product features and sales literature.

This issue includes:

Introducing new limited time "Drop-In" Maytag Automatic Washers, models A106F, A107B and A407B.

Maytag Advertising Banners

New Value Brochure

Maytag News including: Agitator Shaft Improved, Color Shading Changes, etc.

Maytag Value

The Maytag Dishwasher Belt, an Industry First!

The Maytag Fabric-Matic Automatic Washers, A107 and A407

Know Your Dryer Controls

The Confusion in Care Labels

The Satisfied Customer

The Power Module, The "Helical Drive" of the Dishwasher

Sales Ideas

New Magazine Ads

Service News

Dishwasher Selling Guide

New Maytag Dishwashers with the remarkable Power Module.

Maytag Crossword Puzzle!

New Maytag Indoor Clock
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1975 24 36mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download James and Universal Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is a rare find, it's the complete service manual to all James and Universal (gas range slide-in) dishwashers. Information includes how to properly use the dishwasher, explanation of each component, troubleshooting and complete servicing including wiring diagrams.

Models include: APJ-1, BDL, 9900, 9921, 9902, 9904, 9905, 9906.
Dishwashers
Published by:
James
1956 67 93mb $5.99
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Owners manual and operating instructions for the 1952 GE Food Waste Disposer.


Food Waste Disposers
Published by:
General Electric
1950 12 7mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Philco Automagic Washer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures for the 1960 line of Philco Automagic Washers. Illustrations and Specifications included.

Models shown: W-208, W-206, W-204, W-202 and W-200.

Please note the originals had some minor water damage on them so there are some water spots or slightly blurry spots. However these are still very readable and super fun to look at.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Philco
1960 14 22mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Philco Duomatic Combination Washer-Dryer Brochure
Here is a wonderful brochure for the Philco's first 27" combination washer/dryer. Illustrations and Specs included for model: CE-794.


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1959 4 39mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Philco Automagic Dryer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures for the 1960 line of Philco Automagic Dryers. Illustrations and Specifications included.

Models shown: DE-608, DE-606, DE-604, DE-602 and DE-600.

Please note the originals had some minor water damage on them so there are some water spots or slightly blurry spots. However these are still very readable and super fun to look at.
Clothes Dryers
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Philco
1960 10 15mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Early Frigidaire Refrigerator Service Manual Vol-1 1925 to 1936
This is a three volume comprehensive service manual for Frigidaire Refrigerators from the 1920's thru 1951. The set is a fascinating historical look at early Frigidaire home refrigeration.

Volume 1 Covers:
Refrigerators prior to 1933 (Low Side Float System),

1933 to 1936 Reciprocating Models (High Side Float System),

1933 to 1936 Rotary Models (Restrictor System)

Manual contains mechanical and refrigeration theory and primer, model images and specifications, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting and full servicing information.

VOLUME 2 is located here for the 1937-1942.
VOLUME 3 is located here for the post-war models.

Models mentioned in Volume 1:
P-4, AP-5, AP-6, AP-7-1, AP-7-2, AP-9, AP-12, AP-18, B-5, B-5-2, B-9, B-15, D-4, D-5, D-6, D-7-2, D-9, D-12, L-5, LP-5, M-5, M-5-2, M-7, M-9, M-12, M-15, MP-5, MP-7, MP-9, MP-12, MP-15, P-9, P-15, PT-5, T-5, TP-5, V-5, EE-5, VP-5, I, G-3, G-4, GR-4, G-5, G-6, MC-9, MC-12, W-3, W-4, W-5, W-6, W-8, W-10, W-12, W-18, WP-7, WP-8, WP-10, WP-13, WA-3, WPA-3, AHM-3330, AHM-4830, AHM-4840, AHM-5340, AHM-5750, ML-37, ML-48, ML-64, ML-4837, ML-4848, ML-5764, ML-4, ML-5, ML-6, ML-4840, ML-4850, ML-5760, S-4, S-5, S-6, WP-4, WP-5, WP-6, WP-18, SD-4, SD-6, S-4840, S-4850, S-5760, SL-43, SL-63, SL-73.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1951 184 177mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Early Frigidaire Refrigerator Service Manual Vol-2 1937 to 1942
This is a three volume comprehensive service manual for Frigidaire Refrigerators from the 1920's thru 1951. The set is a fascinating historical look at early Frigidaire home refrigeration.

Volume 2 Covers:
Rotary Compressor Analysis
Miscellanous and Supplimentary Information
Full descriptions of 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942 model refrigerators.

Manual contains mechanical and refrigeration theory and primer, model images and specifications, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting and full servicing information.

VOLUME 1 is located here for the earliest models.
VOLUME 3 is located here for the post-war models.

Models mentioned in Volume 2:
1937 Refrigerators:
Dulux Finished Cabinets
D 3-37 Master 4-37
DRS 5-37 Master 5-37
DRS 6-37 Master 6-37
DRS 7-37 Master 7-37
Master 8-37
Porcelain Finished Cabinets
DeLuxe 5-37 DeLuxe 8-37
DeLuxe 6-37 Imperial '37
DeLuxe 7-37

1938 Refrigerators:
Dulux Finished Refrigerators
D3
TD3
Special S-38
Special 6-38
Special 7-38
Master 4-38
Master S-38
Master 6-38
Master 7-38
Master 8-38
Porcelain Finished Refrigerators
DeLuxe S-38 Imperial
DeLuxe 6-38
DeLuxe 7-38 WP-19
DeLuxe 8-38

1939 Refrigerators:
DA Model Refrigerators:
TDA-3
DA-3
DA-4
Super Value 6-39.
Special Model Refrigerators:
Special 5-39
Special 6-39
Master Model Refrigerators :
Master 4-39
Master 5-39
Master 6-39
Master 8-39
Cold-Wall Model Refrigerators:
Cold-Wall 6-39
(Dulux Exterior)
Cold-Wall8-39
(Dulux Exterior)
Cold-Wall5-39
(Porcelain Exterior}
Cold-Wall 6-39
(Porcelain Exterior)
Cold-Wall8-39
(Porcelain Exterior)
Cold-Wall Imperial and WP-19.

1940 Refrigerators:
Table Top Model:
TDB-3
Super Value Refrigerators:
sv 3
SV4
sv 6-40
sv 8-40
Master Refrigerators:
M 5-40
M 6-40
DeLuxe Refrigerators:
D 5-40
D 6-40
Cold-Wall Master Refrigerators:
CWM 5-40
CWM 6-40
Cold-Wall DeLuxe Refrigerators:
CWD 6-40
CWD 8-40
Cold-Wall Imperial Refrigerators:
CWI 6-40
CWI 8-40
CWI 13
WP-19

1941 Refrigerators:
1941 "S" and "R" Model Refrigerators:
(See Table I-VI.)
S 3 (Flat top only) See 1940 TDB-3
S 4
S 6-41
R 6-41
1941 "M" and "L" Model Refrigerators:
(See Table 2-VI)
M 6-41
MP 6-41
L 6-41
L 8-41
1941 Cold-Wall Model Refrigerators:
(See Table 3-VI)
C 6-41
CP 6-41 c 9-41
CD 6-41
CPD 6-41
CPD 9-41
CPD 13-41
WP 19

1942 Refrigerators
AH 6
S 7-42
M7-42
M P7-42
D 7-42
DP 7-42
D 9-42
CD 7-42
CPD 7-42
CPD 9-42
CPD 13
WP 19

Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1951 177 182mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Early Frigidaire Refrigerator Service Manual Vol-3 1945 to 1951
This is a three volume comprehensive service manual for Frigidaire Refrigerators from the 1920's thru 1951. The set is a fascinating historical look at early Frigidaire home refrigeration.

Volume 3 Covers:
Full descriptions of 1945-47 I-Line Refrigerators, 1947-1948 J-Line Refrigerators, 1949 K-Line Refrigerators, 1950 M-Line Refrigerators and 1951 O-Line Refrigerators.

This volume is meant to be used with VOLUME 2 which covers more in-depth theory and servicing of rotary compressor models.

VOLUME 1 is located here for the earliest models.

Manual model images and specifications, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting and full servicing information.

Models mentioned:
1945-1946-1947 Refrigerators:
AHI-4
DI-7
CDI-9
AHI-6
DPI-7
CPDI-7
SI-7
DI-9
CPDI-9
MI-7
CDI-7

1948 Refrigerators:
AJ-6
SJ-6
MJ-6
MJ-7
MJ-9
MJ-11
DJ-7
DJ-9
DJ-11
CIJ-10

1949 Refrigerators:
ML-77
ML-93
DL-70
AL-60
ML-60
ML-77P
ML-93P
ML-115
DL-7
DL-86
DL-86P
DL-105
IL-80
IL-100


1950 Refrigerators:
AM-43,
AM-43F
DM-90
DM-90P
DM-107
DM-107P
MM-92
MM-110
AM-60
MM-74
MM-74P
MM-76
MM-76P
SM-60
SM-76
SM-76P
IM-80
IM-100
1M-lOOP

1951 Refrigerators:
AO-43 Apartment House, 4.3 cu. ft.
AO-43F Apartment House, 4.3 cu. ft., Flat Top
AO-60 Apartment House, 6 cu. ft.
SO-60 Standard, 6 cu. ft.
SO-73 Standard, 7.3 cu. ft.
SO-82 Standard, 8.2 cu. ft.
SO-92 Standard, 9.2 cu. ft.
SO-110 Standard, 11 cu. ft.
MO-71 Master, 7.1 cu. ft.
MO-81 Master, 8.1 cu. ft.
MO-81P Master, 8.1 cu. ft. Porcelain
DO-90 Deluxe, 9 cu. ft.
DO-90P Deluxe, 9 cu. ft. Porcelain
DO-107 Deluxe, 10.7 cu. ft.
IO-80 Imperial, 8 cu. ft.
IO-100 Imperial, 10 cu. ft.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1951 177 182mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1948 Westinghouse Laundromat Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and use and care guide to the 1948 Westinghouse Laundromat. I believe this was the first Westinghouse front-loading washer model to incorporate a single door design.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1948 40 21mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Frigidaire Imperial Washer Owners Manual
Here is a special edition of the 1956 Frigidaire washer owners manual. It was made specifically for the Imperial Unimatic model, WI-56.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1956 24 14mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953 General Electric Washer and Dryer owners manual
Carefree Washdays the GE Way! Complete owners manual and use/care guide to both the 1953 General Electric automatic washer and clothes dryer.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1953 68 30mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Tech-Talk Introducing the WO-65 Automatic Washer
Here is one of the earliest issues of Tech-Talk (#7). It's main focus is the introduction of the WO-65 Frigidaire Automatic Washer.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1950 12 13mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Frigidaire Dryer Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to the 1955 models of Frigidaire clothes dryers. Models DV-35 and DV-65.

Complete servicing, troubleshooting and wiring diagrams.
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1955 16 14mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Control-Tower Frigidaire Dryer Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to the 1957 models of Frigidaire clothes dryers. Models DI-57, DD-57 and DS-57, Di-1-57.

Complete servicing, troubleshooting and wiring diagrams.
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1957 24 22mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Service Bulletin
Here are some very notable Westinghouse Service Bulletins displaying new Agitator information, model features charts, cycle charts and specifications for Westinghouse Automatic Washers.

Also included is a 1967 Dishwasher Utility bulletin entitled "You and Your New Dishwasher" - Helpful hints to get the best results.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1969 23 20mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960s Hotpoint Washer-Dryer-Dishwasher Identifier
Here are models and images of the following Hotpoint Washers, Dryers and Dishwashers:

Automatic Washers: 1960 to 1963
Dryers: 1960 to 1963
Dishwashers: various 1958 to 1965 models
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1960 31 16mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1962 Dexter Quick-Twin and Standard Wringer Washers Brochures
Whimsical brochures by Dexter highlight features and specifications of their Philco-made wringer washers.

Models include:
3-D9, 3-D9P, 3-D7, 3-D7P, 3-D5, 3-D5P, 3-D3, 3-D3P, 3-D2, 3-D2P, 3-D1, 3-D1P, 1-DO, 1-DOP, 3-D4
Wringer Washers
Published by:
Dexter
1962 16 39mb $5.99

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Washdays Made Easier by Hotpoint is the complete owners manual to Hotpoint wringer washers from the late 1940's.


Wringer Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1949 16 11mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Motor Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Motor service manual.

Sections include:
Index

Illustrated parts list

Checking motor unit

Headlight (Models 505 through 515)

Foot switch test and replacement (Models 505 through 512)

Foot switch test and replacement (Models 513 through 515)

Safety switch (Models 505 through 515)

Motor brush inspection and replacement (Models 505 through 515)

Motor unit major overhaul (Models 505 through 515)

Disassembly (Models 505 through 515)

Inspection and repair

Reassembly (Models 505 through 515)

Handle spring replacement (Models 505 through 515)

Handle lock replacement (Models 505 through 515)

Foot switch (Models 516 through current models)

Safety switch (Models 516 through current models)

Headlight (Models 516 through current models)

Motor brush inspection and replacement

(Models 516 through current models)

Motor unit major overhaul (Models 516 through current models)

Disassembly (Models 516 through current models)

Inspection and repair

Reassembly (Models 516 through current models)

Handle spring replacement (Models 516 through current models)

Handle lock replacement (Models 516 through current models)

Field Coil Installation - Model 519 and newer
Vacuum Cleaners
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Kirby
1972 39 26mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1962 Kitchen Ideas Book
Here is a general circulation brochure from 1962 that shows many different sample kitchens and their related appliances from General Electric, Hotpoint, Westinghouse, Youngstown Kitchens and a few others.


Miscellaneous
Published by:
NSP
1962 12 42mb $5.04
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Owners manual and operating instructions for the 1952 GE Food Waste Disposer.


Food Waste Disposers
Published by:
General Electric
1950 12 7mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Brochure and Service Manual for the Original Hotpoint Combo
This is not the typical Hotpoint badged GE Combo, this machine was Hotpoint's very own design from the Chicago Plant. We are not sure if any were ever sold, we believe their might have been patent issues which stopped the production of this machine early on. Beautiful brochure along with the complete service manual for this rare and mysterious machine.


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1957 40 41mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Ronson Foodmatic and Foodmatic Attachments Brochure.
Here is a wonderful brochure for the Ronson Foodmatic. This is a kitchen center that was built right into your counter and came with 16 standard attachments such as blender, mixer, meat grinder, shredder, coffee mill, ice crusher, juicer, etc etc.

This brochure covers both the Foodmatic Power Module and related attachments.
Small Appliances
Published by:
Ronson
1974 8 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download General Electric Vintage Dishwasher, Disposall and Compactor Parts Catalog
Here is the complete condensed parts listings of all major serviceable parts for GE automatic dishwashers, food waste disposers and compactors from 1962 through the 1976. Each product is listed with part numbers for items such as timers, dials, pumps, detergent cups, impellers, spray arms, racks and silverware baskets, etc.

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 a vintage laundry product.
Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1978 49 25mb $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…
Trade Publications
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The Review
1952 58 61mb $5.99
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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
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Kenmore
1964 20 16mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to Use and Enjoy Your New Philco Automatic Washer and Automatic Dryer
Here is the owners manual to Philco's very first automatic washer and dryer. This machine is an agitator model before high frequency agitator design came out. This design was produced from 1955 thru 1958. The manual covers both the washers (models W-264, W-266, W-268) and the dryers (models DE-364, DE-366, DN-366 and DL-366).


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Philco
1956 36 24mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Guide to Workless Washdays with your Whirlpool Automatic Washer
Owners manual and operting instruction book for the 1954/1955 line of Whirlpool Automatic washers.


Automatic Washers
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Whirlpool
1954 20 14mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download It's as Easy as 1-2-3 to Dry Your Clothes in a Hamilton Clothes Dryer
Full owners manual and operating instructions to an early Hamilton gas dryer. "Your dryer makes some of the most difficult tasks fun to do!".


Clothes Dryers
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Hamilton
1948 12 6mb $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 Crescent Dishwashers and Glasswashers
This is a super rare catalog. You can clearly see the very pre-historic history of KitchenAid spray arm dishwashers in this catalog. While the machines in the catalog are meant for commercial use such as in restaurants and other institutions the resemblance to early home dishwashing is amazing. Check out the material that the dish racks are made out of, simply amazing!!! I highly recommend this catalog for anyone who is interested in the history of mechanical dishwashing.


Dishwashers
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Hobart
1926 27 26mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Kenmore Dryer 700 Series Operating Instructions
Here are the operating instructions packed with every 700 Series Kenmore Dryer in 1964.


Clothes Dryers
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Kenmore
1964 4 5mb $4.99
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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

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General Electric
1974 40 115mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download For Features and Value Look at McClary
Wonderful catalog highlighting all of GSW and McClary appliances. Products include refrigerators, electric ranges, dishwashers, automatic washers, dryers, wringer washers, twin-tub washer, chest freezers and air conditioners.


Full Catalog
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GSW-McClary
1973 20 27mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Shape of Tomorrow in Built-In Electric Ranges by Westinghouse
Here is a wonderful brochure highlighting all of Westinghouse's built-in ovens and cooktops from the early 1960's. Models include: OLA-24, OLR-24, OLC-17, OLB-17, OLA-17, PL, PLS, PLC, PMD, PJ-66, PJ-68, OMA, OMB, OMAS, OMBS, etc.

Images and full specifications included in these brochures.
Ranges/Stoves
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Westinghouse
1960 10 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - October 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:
  • Anti-freeze

  • Floor waxes (brands tested: Aerowax, Beacon, Beautiflor, Butcher, Continental, Ful-Gleam, Fullustre, Johnson's Glo-Coat, Johnson's Paste, Kengrip, Klear, Preen, Sears Maid of Honor, Simoniz, Stanley, Stride, Wilbert)

  • Should you wax your floors?

  • Pop-up toasters (brands tested: Fostoria, General Electric, Hamilton Beach, Nelson, Toastmaster, Westinghouse)

  • Painting of galvanized steel

  • Painkillers and "cold remedies"

  • Patent medicines bought over the druggist’s counter without prescription may often be dangerous

  • Home is where the hazard is...
    You can’t be too careful around moving machinery— many household appliances have their perils. One unsafe condition or one unsafe act may be the cause of an accident. If both occur, as may happen, you, or a child in the home, are likely to be in real trouble

  • Low-priced stereo amplifier

  • Three stereo pickup cartridges (brands tested: General Electric, Shure Custom, Shure Professional).

  • Removing tree stumps

  • Paint at a bargain?

  • "National Titanium" is with us again

  • Misleading labels on electric appliances

  • Single-solution processing of photographic film

  • First, send for the fire department—unskilled attempts to put out fires are often futile, may be fatal

  • Clippings on matters of consumer interest are welcome

  • Eliminating bats


Regular Features Include:
  • The Consumers’ Observation Post

  • Brief cumulative index

  • Editorial What is a good television program, and who says so?

  • Listings of Current Phonograph Records

  • Ratings of Current Motion Pictures


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1959 40 33mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953 General Electric Automatic Washer Service Manual
Complete service manual to General Electric automatic washer WA650L1.

Sections include: Installation, Description, Flow Chart, Disassembly, Explanation of Operation, Cam Chart, Wiring Diagram, Troubleshooting, Parts.
Automatic Washers
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General Electric
1953 49 39mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961-1963 Frigidaire Flair Wall Oven Tech-Talk Service and Parts Manual
Very comprehensive service and parts manual for all 1961-1963 Frigidaire Flair Wall Ovens. Models include:

Frigidaire Flair Wall Ovens: RBGB-330, RBGB-335, RBGF-345
Standard Wall Ovens: RBE-1 and RBF

Service manual includes wiring diagrams. 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. This guide is essential for anyone who has any vintage Frigidaire Range.
Ranges/Stoves
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Frigidaire
1963 144 114mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download New Easy Riviera Automatic Washer Use and Care
Here is a rare owners manual and operating instructions for the Easy's middle-of-the-Line washer in the early 60s. Models ABK.


Automatic Washers
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Easy
1960 12 9mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Look of Quality
Beautiful brochure highlighting the 1984 line of GE washers and dryers.


Automatic Washers
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General Electric
1984 6 15mb $4.99
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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
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Hotpoint
1955 44 34mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961 Hotpoint Electric Dryer Brochures
Beautiful brochures for the entire 1961 line of clothes dryers, both Air-Flow and Condenser.


Clothes Dryers
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Hotpoint
1961 22 44mb $5.28

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