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Basic Service Facts - Automatic Dryers


Published by Whirlpool in 1956-- This is a fantastic beginners manual for learning how Whirlpool/Kenmore automatic dryers work. Covers both how the machine dires clothes as well as the major mechanical aspects of the machine and how those parts work. Sections Include:

The Principals of Drying
Electrical Dryer Circuits
Gas Dryer Circuits
Keeping up to date with Automatic Dryers

I highly recommend this document for anyone interested in vintage Whirpool or Kenmore automatic dryers.

Number of Pages: 28
File Size: 28mb
Download Fee: $7.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download How to Get the Best Out of Your Top Loading Automatic
Here are two complete use and care posters packed with the following models of Hotpoint Filter-Flo automatic washers produced in the UK.

Models include: 96700, 96702, 15790 and 15792.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint UK
1985 4 45mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1974 Siemens Washers - Dryers - Ironers Brochure
Here is an English language brochure from German made Siemens appliances highlighting all the features of their top loading automatic washers, combination washer-dryers, dryers and ironers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Siemens
1974 16 57mb $7.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download UK Hotpoint Handbook Twin Tub
Here the complete use and care guide to Hotpoint Twin Tub Washers produced in the UK in the late 1970s.

This handbook covers Models:
14890, 14892, 14894, 14770, 14762, 14764, 1482, 1483 and 1464.
Twin Tub Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint UK
1979 20 7mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Classroom Textbook on Servicing Automatic Washers and Dryers and Combinations
Originally written in 1963 and updated in 1972 these were classroom textbooks for learning how to repair electrical appliances. A fascinating look at how appliance repair was taught and a great primer to learn how to repair vintage washers, dryers and combos. Underscores, notes and quiz answers were left in the document from the original student for extra information.

Scanned at 600dpi for extra crisp text and images.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
NRI
1972 68 114mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Classroom Textbook on Servicing Sewing Machines and Food Mixers and Vacuum Cleaners
Originally written in 1963 and updated in 1972 these were classroom textbooks for learning how to repair electrical appliances. A fascinating look at how appliance repair was taught and a great primer to learn how to repair vintage Sewing Machines, Food Mixers, Blenders and Vacuum Cleaners. Underscores, notes and quiz answers were left in the document from the original student for extra information.

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Automatic Washers
Published by:
NRI
1972 68 100mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Classroom Textbook on Appliance Testing-Small Appliances and Irons
Originally written in 1963 and updated in 1972 these were classroom textbooks for learning how to repair electrical appliances. A fascinating look at how appliance repair was taught and a great primer to learn how to use appliance repair tools and testing equipment, repairing small appliances and lamps and fixtures and irons. Underscores, notes and quiz answers were left in the document from the original student for extra information.

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Automatic Washers
Published by:
NRI
1972 68 113mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1947-1960 Frigidaire Dryer Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts catalog to all 1947 Thru 1960 Models of Frigidaire Dryers.

Models include:
TJ-60, TJ-60E, TJ-61, T0-60, T0-61, TR-60, TR-61, TR-60-2, TR-61-2, DV-35, DV-45, DV-65, DV-66, DS-56, DD-56, DI-56, DI-2-56, DS-57, DD-57, DI-57, DI-1-57, DD-58, DDP-58, DI-58, DCI-58, DCI-1-58, DD-59, DCD-59, DI-59, DCI-59, DS-60, DD-60, DCD-60, DI-60, DCI-60

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 Frigidaire dryer.
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1960 86 37mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Hotpoint Electric Ranges Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to all 1967 Hotpoint Ranges.

Sections include:
Introduction, Cleaning Operation, Special Components and Construction, Operation, Servicing, Service Diagnosis, Schematics and Wiring Diagrams, New Features.

Models include:
RS731, RS758, RB745, RB778, RB790, RB515, RB525, RB535, RB536, RB545, RB566, RB635, RB646, RB670, RB690, RC525, RC535, RC545, RC546, RCS49, RC635, RC646, RC669, RC690, RW65-G and RW85-G.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Hotpoint
1967 38 25mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Hotpoint Refrigerator Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to all 1959 Hotpoint Refrigerator/Freezers.

Sections include:
Use and Care of your Refrigerator, Specifications, Servicing, Electrical Testing, Unit Operation, Controls and Wiring Diagrams.

Models include:
9EA8, 9EB8, 9EB11, 9EB12, 9EG11, 9EN12, 9ET12, 9EY12.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1959 52 36mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Who Else But RCA Whirlpool
Here is the official Whirlpool feature training book highlighting the 1966 Whirlpool washer, dryer and wringer washer 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.

The book sections take each Whirlpool feature and compare them to Maytag, General Electric, Frigidaire, Hotpoint Norge and Westinghouse machines!

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Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1966 40 120mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Star Spangled Benefits from Whirlpool Dishwashers
Here is the official Whirlpool feature training book highlighting the 1970 line of Whirlpool built-in and portable dishwashers. 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, specifications, benefits and cycle explanations.

This item is scanned at 600dpi for super crisp clear text and images.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1970 34 82mb $7.99
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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
Published by:
Whirlpool
1968 16 18mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 General Electric Wall Refrigerator Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and use/care guide to General Electric wall mount refrigerator model LW-11N.


Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
General Electric
1956 16 $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Westinghouse Combination Washer-Dryer Owners Manual
Here is the owners manual to the very first Westinghouse Combination Washer/Dryer. Model WD-1.


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1955 48 12mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Frigidaire Electric Dryer Tech-Talk Service Manual
Complete comprehensive service manual to all 1965 Frigidaire electric clothes dryers.

Sections include: Specifications, Features, Operation and Testing, Servicing and Wiring Schematics.

Models include:
DDA-65, DD-65, DCD-65, Dl-65, DCI-65, DDF-65, DCIF-65
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1965 100 58mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1948 General Electric Automatic Washer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures for the 1948 line of General Electric automatic washers. The is the 2nd line models of automatic washers produced. The AW6 from 1947-1950 line featured an 1140rpm spin!

These rare brochures have been saved at 600dpi for extra crispness.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1948 4 27mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 18 Series Portable Dishwashers Brochure
Here is a brochure that I haven't seen before, it's specifically for the portable models of KitchenAid 18 series dishwashers. Images and full specifications included.

Models include: KDS-58, KDI-58, KDC-58, KDR-67B, KDD-67B.
Dishwashers
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KitchenAid
1978 0 4mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1984 General Electric Dishwashers Brochure
Here is a brochure highlighting the 1984 GE line of undercounter dishwashers.

Models include: GSD2800D, GSD1200T, GSD900D, GDS600D and GSD500D.

Full images and specifications included.
Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1984 8 5mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1947 Launderall Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is a very rare find, the Owners Manual, Operating Instructions Wall Chart and Warranty to the Launderall automatic washer which was the first horizontal access top loading automatic washer in the USA and possibly the world.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Launderall
1947 23 9mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Big-Tub Washers and Matching Dryers Brochures
Here are some very cool Maytag sales literature brochures highlighting their 1970 line of large-capacity washers and matching dryers.

Models include: Washers: A906, A806, A606, A406. Dryers: DE906, DE806, DG906, DG806, DE606, DG606.

Please note there is some relatively minor water staining on these brochures, but they were cool/rare enough to post anyway.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1970 28 24mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1977 Frigidaire Washers, Dryers and Laundry Centers Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures highlighting the 1977 line of Frigidaire Automatic Washers, Dryers and stacked Skinny-Mini Laundry Centers.

Full images and specifications included. Models include...

Washers: WD-A, WC, WID, WIC-A
Dryers: DE, DG, DEC, DEG, DEI, DGI, DECI and DGCI.
Laundry Centers: LC-115, LC8-3 and LC-3.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1977 12 11mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1977 Frigidaire Dishwashers Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures highlighting the 1977 line of Frigidaire Automatic Dishwashers, both undercounter and mobile/portable.

Full images and specifications included. Models include: DWU-2, DWU-3, DWU-4, DWU-5, DWM-2, DWM-3, DWM-4, DWM-5.
Dishwashers
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Frigidaire
1977 8 9mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1977 Frigidaire Cooking Appliances Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures highlighting the 1977 line of all available types of Frigidaire cooking appliances.

Full images and specifications included. Models include...

30" Electric Ranges: R-30, RG-35, RC-30, RCG-35, RE-36, RE-38S, REG-38, REG-38C and REG-39CD.
40" Electric Ranges: RE-47, RGC-45, RE-45.
Twin 30 Electric Ranges: REG-637V and REG-639CV.
Microwave Ovens: RCM-1, RCM-3, RCM-4 and RCM-6.

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1977 14 10mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag 1966 Competitive Washer and Dryer Report
Maytag compares it's newly designed washers and dryers to: Easy, Frigidaire, General Electric, Hamilton, Hotpoint, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Montgomery-Ward, Norge, Philco, Speed Queen, Westinghouse, and Whirlpool.

The purpose of this booklet is to better inform you of the comparison between Maytag and 13 other brands of automatic washers and dryers. It has been prepared from data supplied by the Maytag Product Testing Laboratory; every item and each statement has been checked for accuracy and validity by our Product Testing engineers.

Model changes often come at varying times during the year. We have made every attempt to give you the latest information available at the time of the printing of this booklet.

Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1966 32 15mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1949 Kenmore Washer and Dryer Service Manual
Here is one of the earliest Sears Kenmore service manuals we have found. This covers both their 1949/1950 model washer (non-bolt down model) and dryer.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Kenmore
1949 47 $7.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Easy Combination Washer-Dryer Brochures
Beautiful brochures highlighting both the gas and electric Easy Combination Washer-Dryers with the exclusive Surge 'n Spin Water Extraction. Images, full control panel views and thorough specifications for each machine included.


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Easy
1964 4 4mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 General Electric Mobile Maid Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1957 Mobile-Maid dishwashers from GE. This manual covers model SP40P directly, but the construction and theory should be similar on all Mobile Maid models from 1957 thru the early 60's.

The 1957 General Electric Mobile Maid is completely new throughout . The styling is different, the mechanism is new and the operation improved. It has high - style appearance and clean, unobstructed lines with a hidden power cord and unicouple assembly.

Sections include:
Introduction to SP40P Mobile Maid dishwashers, Operation, Preparation of dishes, Loading racks, Capacity, Adding detergent, Connecting the dishwasher, Running the dishwasher, Cycle chart, Operating cycle, Description of components, Rack assemblies, Silverware basket, Detergent cup assembly, Front cover and cover cap, Unicouple and housing assemblies, Latching mechanism and pull button for cycle interruption, Air vent and baffle assemblies, Calrod® heating unit, Water inlet valve, Control dial assembly, Timer control, Pictorial and schematic diagram, Setting relay, Overload protector, Safety pan, Motor and pump mechanism assembly, Cover assembly, Cover hinge assembly, Tub and cabinet weld assembly, Tub and cabinet gasket, Operational schematics, Parts lists, Service hints and Operation complaint chart.
Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1957 48 24mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Hot Ones
Very 70's brochure for the Hoover Steam Irons!


Small Appliances
Published by:
Hoover
1975 4 8mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag 1966 Competitive Washer and Dryer Report
Maytag compares it's newly designed washers and dryers to: Easy, Frigidaire, General Electric, Hamilton, Hotpoint, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Montgomery-Ward, Norge, Philco, Speed Queen, Westinghouse, and Whirlpool.

The purpose of this booklet is to better inform you of the comparison between Maytag and 13 other brands of automatic washers and dryers. It has been prepared from data supplied by the Maytag Product Testing Laboratory; every item and each statement has been checked for accuracy and validity by our Product Testing engineers.

Model changes often come at varying times during the year. We have made every attempt to give you the latest information available at the time of the printing of this booklet.

Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Maytag
1966 32 15mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 Westinghouse Dishwasher Service Manual
Complete service manual to late 1960's Westinghouse made convertible dishwashers.

Sections include: Specifications, Installation, Explanation of Components, Explanation of Timer Cycles, Conversion to Built-In Dishwasher, Parts Identification, Trouble Diagnosis, Parts Replacement and Adjustment, Chemistry of Water, Dishwasher Problems.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1969 68 39mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 Chambers Built-In Appliances Brochure
Here is another great brochure highlighting the '76 line of Chambers appliances. Products include Gas and Electric Built-in and Drop-In Ovens, Gas and Electric Surface Cooktops, Refrigerators-Freezers, Automatic Dishwashers, Waste Disposers and Ventilation Hoods.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Chambers
1958 6 7mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Philco Built-in Dishwasher Service Manual
Comprehensive parts and service manual for 1963 Philco built-in Dishwashers. Model 24KW36 is highlighted.

Sections include Specifications, Exploded Views, Parts Data, Wiring Diagram, Installation, Troubleshooting, Parts Remove and Adjustments.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Philco
1963 52 23mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Frigidaire Electric Range Tech-Talk Service
Very comprehensive service manual for all 1964 Frigidaire Electric Ranges. Models include:

RS-30S-64, RS-30-64, RD-35-64, RD-G38-64, RD-39-64, RCD-G39-64, RCI-G39-64, RS-10-64, RSD-15-64, RD-20-64, RDD-20-64, RCD-G55-64, RCD-71-64, RCI-G75-64

Service manual includes wiring diagrams.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1964 100 79mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Frigidaire Dryer Service Tech-Talk
Full and comprehensive service manual to all 1960 Frigidaire dryers, both Filtrator and Air-Flow. Goes into how the filtrator system works, plus full specifications and repair information for all models.

Models include: DCI-60, DI-60, DCD-60, DD-59 and DS-60.
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1960 36 22mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1970 Maytag Washers and Dryers Brochures
Here are some wonderful brochures for the full line of Maytag Washers, Dryers and their portable machines as well.

Models include: A806, A606, A407, A106, DE/DG806, DE/DG606, DE407, DG406, DE/DG306, A50, DE50.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1970 26 21mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to use your new Lewyt Model 77 on Big Wheels
Here is everything that came packed with a brand new model 77 Lewyt vacuum cleaner in 1955. Owners manual and operating instructions, Work saving accessories that make your housework easier, How to use your Lewyt accessory racks and the card that was placed around the "Power Dial".


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Lewyt
1955 23 18mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Kenmore's Very First Automatic Washer
This is one of my favorites. It is a Brochure available in Sears stores when they introduced their first automatic washer, in the late 1940's, produced of course by Whirlpool. The machine had no suspension system so it was necessary to bolt it to the floor or to a concrete block.

Also included is the complete owners manual and operating instruction to this machine.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1948 26 14mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Fabric Care from Frigidaire
Generic laundering guide that was packed with every brand new Frigidaire 1-18 automatic washer or dryer in the early 1970's.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1971 12 6mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 36th Anniversary Buyers Guide
Here is a complete newsprint catalog showing off all of GE's home appliances both major appliances and small appliances from 1963. Products include Refrigerators, Freezers, Electric Ranges, Automatic Washers and Dryers, Dishwashers, Air Conditioners, Radios, Television Sets, Stereos, Clocks, Fans, Vacuum Cleaners, Skillets, Toasters and Toaster Ovens, Blenders, Mixers, Irons, Hair Dryers, and more!


Full Catalog
Published by:
General Electric
1963 32 50mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 General Electric Dishwasher Service Manual
Complete service manual to 1957 General Electric built-in roll-out dishwashers.

Models include: SU80P and SU60P.

Sections include: Introduction, General Information, Specifications, Washing Process, Food Soils, Stain Removal, Service Quality of Dinnerware, Operations, Capacity, Detergent, Running the Dishwasher, Operating Cycle, Component Parts, Wiring Diagrams, Installation, Servicing, Troubleshooting and Parts.
Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1957 79 64mb $7.99
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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 1959 General Electric Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the 1959 line of GE Automatic Washing Machines.

Models Include:
WA-950S, WA-855S, WA-850S, WA-855S, WA-650S, WA-450S
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 33 27MB $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967-1971 Sears Kenmore Sales Circulars - Automatic Dishwashers
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 Dishwasher sections from my collection of these circulars from 1967 to 1971.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Kenmore
1971 16 42 $7.99
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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 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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