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Maytag Dishwashers and Food Waste Dispsosers


Published by Maytag in 1976-- Full sales brochure for 1976 for Maytag's Dishwashers and Disposers, includes full descriptions of each model and specifications.

Number of Pages: 8
File Size: 7mb
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1978 GM-Frigidaire Microwave Oven Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual to all Frigidaire Microwave Ovens.

Models Included: RCM-5, RCM-7, RWM-7, RCM-9
Microwave Ovens
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Frigidaire
0 86 110mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1975 Frigidaire Wall Ovens and 30 Inch Electric Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to all 1975 Frigidaire home 30" wide electric cooking ranges along with all 1975 Frigidaire Wall Ovens. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.

Models include:
Wall Ovens: RBG-94, RBG-97, RBE-94, RBE-97
30" Ranges: RB-530, RBG-533, RBE-533, RBEG-539C.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1975 80 123mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 Frigidaire Touch-N-Cook Range Service Manual
Complete service manual to 1976 Frigidaire Touch-N-Cook Electric Range and Oven, model REG-39CD.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1976 40 60mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1977 Frigidaire Built-In Touch-N-Cook Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to 1977 Frigidaire Touch-N-Cook Built in cooking appliances.

Models include: REG-539CD, RE-94D, RB139D.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1977 68 106mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 Frigidaire Ceramic Ceramatop Range Service Manual
Complete service manual to Frigidaire ceramic top range model number RCDE3-37CU. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1973 39 62mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 Frigidaire Built-In Electric Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to all 1976 Frigidaire built-in electric ranges and wall ovens. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.

Models include:
R-530, RG-533, RE-537, REG-539C, RB-131, RB-133, RB-137C, RG-94, RE-94, RG-97, RE-97
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1976 95 130mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1979 Frigidaire 30 Inch Electric Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to all 1979 Frigidaire home 30" wide electric cooking ranges. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.

Models include:
RE-636VG, REG-638VG, REG-639CVG, REM-638VG, REM639CVG
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1979 86 113mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Frigidaire Free-Standing Electric Range Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1968 Frigidaire 30" and 40" free standing electric ranges.

Models include:
30" Ranges: RSA-30N, RS-30N, RS-35N, RD-35N, RDG-38N, RCDG-39N, RE-30N, RSAE-30N, RSE-36N, RDE-38N, RCDE-39N, RCIE-39N, RXE-39N

40" Ranges: RS-10N, RD-20N, RDDG-20N, RCDG-71N, RSE-15N, RDE-20N, RCIE-75N

24" Ranges: RAN-4, RAH-4
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1968 74 106mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Frigidaire Refrigerator-Freezer N Line Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual for all 1968 Frigidaire home refrigerator-freezer models.

Models include:
D-100N, D-116N, FD123TN, FD-141TN, FCDM-148N, FPD-121TN, FPD-146TN, FPD-146TAN, FPD-166TN, FPD-166TAN, FPD-144BN
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1968 95 71mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Basic Refrigeration Home Study Course
Here is a great primer to learning how to service 20th century refrigerator-freezers. It is a home study course from Frigidaire although this is valid for most brands of refrigerators.

Topics include:
Basic Food Preservation,
Fundamentals of Refrigeration,
Systems and Components
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1978 64 71mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953-1958 Frigidaire Refrigerator Parts Catalog
Here is a complete catalog with illustrations of parts, part names and part numbers for all Frigidaire Home Refrigerator-Freezers.

Models Include...
1953 Models:
AS-44, AS-44F, AS-61, AS-83, AS-76, SS-77, DS-90, OS-106, IS-106, IS-106P, IS-108, IS-108P, MS-86, MS-90, SS-72, SS-74, SS-86, SS-86P, SS-97, SS-114

1954 Models:
AT-44, AT-61, CT-70, CT-701, CT-702,CTD-84, CTD-84P, CTD-841, CTD-841P, CTD-842, CTD-842P, CTD-103, CTD-1031, CTD-1032, CTD-103S, CTI-103, CTI-103P, CTI-1031, CTI-1031P, CTI-1032, CTI-1032P, CTI-130, CTI-130P, CTI-1301, CTI-1301P, CTI-1302, CTI-1302P, CTI-150, CTI-150P, CTI-1501, CTI-1501P, CTI-1502, CTI-1502P, ST-76, ST-761, ST-762, STD-76, STD-761, STD-762, STD-91, STD-91P, STD-911, STD-911P, STD-912, STD-912P, STD-110, STD-1101, STD-1102

1955 Models:
AY-44, AY-61, CDV-84, CDV-103, CDV-103P, CDV-1031, CDV-1031P, CDV-1032, CDV-1032P, CDV-103S, CDV-112S, CIV-84, CIV-84P, CIV-841, CIV-842, CIV-841P, CIV-842P, CIV-1121P, CIY-1122P, CIV-112, CIV-112P, CIV-1121, CIV-1122, CIV-115, CIV-115P, CIV-1151, CIV-1152, CIV-1151P, CIV-1152P, CIV-1501P, CIV-1502P, CIV-143, CIV-143P, CIV-1431, CIV-1431P, CIV-1432, CIV-1432P, CIV-150, CIV-150P, CIV-1501, CIV-1502, SV-76, SDV-76, SV-76S, SDV-91, SDV-91P, SDV-911, SDV-912, SDV-110, SDV-91S, SDV-911P, SDV-912P, SDV-91PS

1956 Models:
A-44-56, A-61-56, CP-120-56, PCP-120-56, CP-143-56, PCP-143-56, FD-95-56, PFD-120-56, FD-120-56F0-95-56, FD-120-56, FDS-120-56, FDS-121-56, FI-121, PFI-121-56, FIW-150, S-80-56, S-80-56, SA-80-56, SS-80-56, SS-80-56, SAW-81, SSW-81, SA-80-56, SS-80-56, SAW-81, SSW-81, S-101-56, PS-101-56, S-121-56, SS-101-56

1957 & 1958 Models:
CP-123-57, CP-141-57, CP-125-58, CP-144-58, CP-123-57, CP-141-57, CP-125-58, CP-144-58, PGP-141-57, PCP-144-58, D-11S-58, FD-101-57, FD-102-57, FD-120-57, FD-120-57, PFD-120, FD-122-58, FD-122-58, FI-120-57, FI-123-58, FI-120-57, FI-123-58, PFI-120-57, PFI-123-58, FI-121-57, FI-122-58, FI-121-57, FI-122-58, PFI-122-58, FP-142-58, FP-142-58, FS-101-57, FD-104-58, FD-104-58, PFS-101-57, PFD-104-58, S-80-57, SA-81-57, S-8-58, SA-8-58, S-80-57, SA-81-57, SS-81-57, S-8-58, SA-8-58, SS-8-58, SS-81-57, SS-8-58, S-104-57, S-124-57, D-11-58, D-13-58, S-104-57, S-124-57, D-11-58, D-13-58, PD-11-58

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 appliance.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1958 634 145mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Frigidaire Refrigerator-Freezer J Line Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual for all 1965 Frigidaire home refrigerator-freezer models. Also included is the supplement for servicing their brand new automatic ice maker.

Models include:
S-10J, D-10J, D-12J, D-14J, FD-12TJ, FDA-13TJ, FD-13TJ, FD-14BJ, FCDM-14J, FPD-12TJ, FPDA-14TJ, FPD-14TJ, FPDA-14BJ, FPD-14BJ, FPD-16BJ, FPD-19BJ, FPI-12TJ, FPI-14TJ, FPI-14BJ, FPI-16BJ, FPI-19BJ, FPI-16BAJ.
Refrigerators/Freezers
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Frigidaire
1965 120 103mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Frigidaire Refrigerator-Freezer K Line Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual for all 1966 Frigidaire home refrigerator-freezer models.

Models include:
S-10K,D-10K, D-12K, D-14L, FDA-12TK, FDA-13TK, FD-13TK, FDA-14BK, FCDM-14K, FPDA-14-12TK, FPDA-14TK
Refrigerators/Freezers
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Frigidaire
1965 96 72mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 ABC-O-Matic Automatic Washer Service Manual
Full and comprehensive service manual to the 1955 line of ABC-O-Matic automatic and semi-automatic washers. Service bulletins also included at the end of the document.

Models include: 61, 71, 81 and 91.
Automatic Washers
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ABC-O-Matic
1955 56 77mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965-1966 Frigidaire Coin-Operated Washers Service Manual
Here are the service manuals to the first Super-Duty transmission commercial/coin-op automatic washers from Frigidaire. These are the 1010rpm spin/18 minute cycle washers.

Models include: WCOJ, WCOJ-M, WCOJ-LP, WCOJ-MLP, WCK, WCK-LP, WCK-M, WCK-MLP.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1965 132 171mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Montgomery Ward Portable Dishwasher Owners Manual
Here are the complete use/care and operating instructions to Montgomery Ward's Signature portable dishwasher model FFT-977 and FFT-937.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Montgomery Ward
1964 12 22mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953-1960 Westinghouse Service Beacons
Here is a random sampling of Westinghouse Service Beacons from '53-'60. These are service bulletins that were released every few months on Westinghouse appliances. They include tips on servicing, new procedures and product changes.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Westinghouse
1960 230 222mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961-1962 Westinghouse Service Beacons
Here is a random sampling of Westinghouse Service Beacons from '61 thru '62 These are service bulletins that were released every few months on Westinghouse appliances. They include tips on servicing, new procedures and product changes.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1962 268 176mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963-1965 Westinghouse Service Beacons
Here is a random sampling of Westinghouse Service Beacons from '63 thru '65 These are service bulletins that were released every few months on Westinghouse appliances. They include tips on servicing, new procedures and product changes.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Westinghouse
1965 274 218mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1972 Kenmore Washer Owners Manual
Here is the owners manual, wash guide, parts list and installation instructions packed with every 600 series Kenmore automatic washer from 1972. Models include: 110.7204610, 110.7204660, 110.7205610, 110.7205660.


Automatic Washers
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Kenmore
1972 48 56mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1954 Kenmore Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete use and care guide to the 1954 Kenmore Automatic Washer.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1954 20 26mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Kenmore Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the middle of the line Kenmore Alphabet Automatic Washer from 1959.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1959 20 28mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrolux XII Vacuum Cleaner Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and use/care guide to Electrolux Vacuum model XII.


Vacuum Cleaners
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Electrolux Vacuum (now Aerus)
1933 36 43mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Easy Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to Easy automatic washers from 1967. Models include: WA-355, WA-344, WA-323, WA-322, WA-3226, WA-321.

Sections include: Specifications, Features, Installation, Servicing and Troubleshooting.
Automatic Washers
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Easy
1967 60 72mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Construction and Operation of the Bendix Home Laundry
Here is an early service manual for Bendix bolt-down front-loading automatic washers. It covers the pre-war models. Parts catalog at the end also covers post war models up to the early 1950's.

Sections include:
Construction and Operation
Installing
Servicing
The Business of Service
Washing Practice
Parts Catalog

Models: S-101, B-201, S-110, B-210, B-215, B-211, B-212
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Bendix
1941 181 182mb $14.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download Bendix Electric Duomatic Washer-Dryer Poster
Beautiful large-format poster showing off the first Bendix Duomatic combination washer-dryer. Lots of information given about this machine including the results from "Atomic Evidence and Scientific Tests" from the Nuclear Instrument and Chemical Corporation of Chicago.


Combination Washer/Dryers
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Bendix
1955 2 4mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Meet Your New GE Washer
Operating instruction guide to GE Washer Model WA754W and WA756W.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1962 2 1mb $11.99
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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
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Frigidaire
1963 124 81mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Ronson Small Appliance Brochures
Here is a wonderful set of brochures highlighting some of their appliance line from the mid 1970's.

Products include: Ronson Can-Do, Quintisserie Rotisserie, Hair Dryers, Electric Toothbrushes.
Small Appliances
Published by:
Ronson
1974 8 12mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1954-1955 Norge Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the '54 and '55 line of Norge automatic washers.

Models include: AW-450, AW-452, AW-420, AW-410, AW-405 and AW-423.
Automatic Washers
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Norge
1954 33 23mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Marquette Automatic Washer and Dryer
Brochures for the Gambles Automatic Washer and Dryer, made by Apex!


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Marquette (Gambles Stores)
1953 4 4mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Work-Free Washdays with your Whirlpool Automatic Washer
Full owners manual and operating instructions for all Whirlpool Automatic Washers from 1950 to 1953.


Automatic Washers
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Whirlpool
1950 20 10mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Whirlpool Laundry Appliances Fax-Pac
Here is the official Whirlpool feature training book highlighting the 1968 Whirlpool washer, dryer, wringer washer and portable model lines. Whirlpool fans this beautiful book is definitely for you. This training series was similar to Frigidaire's VIP series which was given to appliance dealers to educate them of all the wonderful new features on Whirlpool appliances. Book contains beautiful images, cycle charts, graphics and comparisons for all aspects of the belt-drive washer and matching dryers and wringer washers.

Introduces new "Decorator Front Panel" option with woodtone fronts!

This item is scanned at 600dpi for super crisp clear text and images.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Whirlpool
1966 43 121mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Concept One and Concept Two Vacuum Cleaner Service Instructions
These service instructions take you through complete disassembly of the cleaner, including the motor for both power drive and non-power drive models. If you are looking to keep your Concept in top-shape, or specifically fix something that's broken, these are a must! While not as easy to service as a basic Convertible; the Concept really isn't too bad to work on, these instructions will surely help the novice.

Aligning with its 70th anniversary, in 1978 Hoover introduced the Concept One into their product-line, replacing the 15-year old Dial-A-Matic as the new 'A-Line' of cleaners. Hoover went back to the dirty-air design, and built, arguably, one of the best carpet-cleaning vacuum cleaners ever made. The Concept one came in both self-propelled and non-self propelled models. The Quadraflex Agitator was introduced with the Concept, and the cord-winder came back to an upright after a brief appearance on a Convertible in the early 70s. A few years later, Hoover added a 'Dustbuster' type vacuum to the front of Concept, and the Concept Two was born; also in self-propelled and non-self propelled models. The Concept had a run of about 16 years, give or take - ending as the 'PowerMax' (PowerMax service instructions are not specifically included within these particular service instructions, but the PowerMax is very similar to the Concept in most ways).
Vacuum Cleaners
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Hoover
1983 49 25mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Thor Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to the automatic versions of the Thor washer. Models include 452, 451, 453 and 454. Completer service, installation and operating instructions are included.

This service manual is to be used in conjunction with the Thor washer/dishwasher transmission Service Manual.
Automatic Washers
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Thor
1951 84 60mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Waste King Dishwashers
Full brochure of the entire 1961 Waste King Universal dishwasher line. Images and complete specifications for each model included.


Dishwashers
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Waste King
1961 6 8mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The New Waste King Pulverator Brochure
"Most advanced, most efficient Garbage Disposer in the world!"

Here is a brochure highlighting the Waste King Disposer from the early 1950s. Complete images and specifications included.
Food Waste Disposers
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Waste King
1951 4 5mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Facts of Quality
Since their automatic washer introduction in 1949, Whirlpool has always made high-quality automatic washers. In the USA, Whirlpool has produced and sold more automatic washers than any other American manufacturer. Here is the official Whirlpool Fax-Pac book highlighting the 1978 Whirlpool washer, dryer and compact laundry lines. Whirlpool fans this beautiful book is definitely for you. The Fax-Pac series was similiar to Frigidaire's VIP series which was given to appliance dealers to educate them of all the wonderful new features on Whirlpool appliances. Book contains beautiful images, cycle charts, graphics and specifications for all aspects of the belt-drive washer and matching dryers. Complete description and graphics of the Magic Clean filtering system, dispensers, permanent press cool down, construction and dependability and much more. There are also detailed pages on Whirlpool's history and service/education centers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Whirlpool
1978 40 44mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to use your Hamilton Automatic Washer
Full owners manual and operating instructions packed with every 1959 Hamilton automatic washer.


Automatic Washers
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Hamilton
1959 33 15mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Sunbeam Mixmaster Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual for Mixmasters models 10, 11 and 12. Includes general information, operating principles, wiring diagram, complete service information and complete parts list including 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 manual is essential for anyone who has a vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster.
Small Appliances
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Sunbeam
1958 24 14mb $14.99
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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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1960 40 32mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download An Introduction to Cleaning
An absolutely adorable handout for junior high school level home economics classes created by the Hoover Company.

Why wait 'til your room's a wreck and Mom's on the verge of a breakdown? A clean, attractive room is nice in every way- to study in, dress in, sleep in, dream in-TRY IT!
Vacuum Cleaners
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Hoover
1960 4 3mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 67 Series Front Loading Portable Dishwasher Owners Manual
Complete owners manuals and operating instructions to all 67 series KitchenAid Front Loading automatic dishwashers from the late 1960s. Models include the Regency KDR-67 and the Deluxe KDD-67.


Dishwashers
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KitchenAid
1967 20 13mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Beautiful 1969 Whirlpool Automatic Dryers Brochures
Here is the entire line of Whirlpool Automatic Dryers from '69.


Clothes Dryers
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Whirlpool
1969 24 31mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Whirlpool Home Appliances Builder Catalog
Here is a complete builders catalog highlighting the 1968 line of Whirlpool appliances.

Products include: Gas and Electric ranges, refrigerators, commercial and domestic washers and dryers, dishwashers, disposers, air conditioners, ice makers and central vacuum cleaners.
Full Catalog
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Whirlpool
1968 16 18mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Philco Automatic Washer Brochures
Here are some wonderful brochures for the entire 1965 line of Philco automatic washers. 1965 was the introduction of Philco's color-key push button controls. All models are "Blades-of-Water" action.

Models include: W-2F1, W-2F2, W-2F3, W-2F4 (Custom), W-2F6 (Imperial) and W-2F8 (Custom Imperial)
Automatic Washers
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Philco
1965 16 54mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Beautiful 1961 Norge Washer Brochures
Here is the entire '61 line of solid-tub automatic washers from Norge. The top of the line models include the "Dispensomat" system.


Automatic Washers
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Norge
1961 14 23mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1950-1951 Frigidaire Range Sales Literature Brochure
Here is an absolutely beautifully illustrated Frigidaire range book highlighting the 1950/1951 O-Line models of Frigidaire ranges. Full feature descriptions and images of all ranges Frigidaire ranges available in the early 1950's.

58 pages scanned at high resolution for a beautiful document.

Models include: RO-70, RO-60, RO-50, RO-40, RO-20, RO-10, RO-35, RO-30, RM-3 and RM-4.
Ranges/Stoves
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Frigidaire
1951 58 164mb $14.99
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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
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Maytag
1961 270 82mb $12.99
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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 $8.99

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