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Earliest Westinghouse Top Loading Washer Service Manual


Published by Westinghouse in 1962-- Westinghouse marketed their very first top loader starting in 1962, they had the Easy Company produce their machines at first. In 1965 Westinghouse started producing their very own designed top loading automatic washers. This service manual is for the very first Easy made machines equipped with Easy's "Velva-Power" tranmission. Very comprehensive manual with specifications, cycle charts, operating instructions, wiring diagrams and detailed servicing information.

Number of Pages: 64
File Size: 47mb
Download Fee: $5.64

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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - March 1976
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 1970's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • Vacuum Cleaners

  • Full discussion and tests of 26 vacuum cleaner models, cannister, upgright and combination models are tested. Brands include Hoover, Electrolux, Eureka, Regina, Sears, Singer, Montgomery Wards, Royal, Premier.

  • Tire Pumps

  • Stainless Steel Flatware

  • Flashlights

  • Coffee Makers

  • Brands tested include Farberware, GE, Proctor-Silex, Melitta, Mr. Coffee, Sunbeam, Van Wyck, Poly Perk


Please note this issue was lent to our library in a bound volume which could not be taken apart for scanning. An overhead book scanner was used, which produces very good quality scans, albeit with some slight page curling at the margins. The documents are clear and nice to read and the pictures are very good as well, however it's quite not up to the same image quality standard as a flatbed scanner.


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Consumer Bulletin
1976 44 39mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - September 1977
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 1970's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • Portable and Convertible Dishwashers

  • Full discussion and tests of 9 dishwashers are conducted. Brands include Admiral, GM Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, KitchenAid, Kenmore, Montgomery-Wards, Waste King and Whirlpool.

  • Caulking Compounds

  • Kodak and Polaroid Instant Camers

  • Household Cements

  • Grass Seed


  • Please note this issue was lent to our library in a bound volume which could not be taken apart for scanning. An overhead book scanner was used, which produces very good quality scans, albeit with some slight page curling at the margins. The documents are clear and nice to read and the pictures are very good as well, however it's quite not up to the same image quality standard as a flatbed scanner.
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Consumer Bulletin
1977 44 29mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - January 1977
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 1970's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • Automatic Washing Machines

  • Full discussion and tests of 16 top-loaders and 1 front loader are conducted. Brands include Blackstone, GM Frigidaire, GE, Gibson, Hotpoint, Kelvinator, Maytag, Norge, Sears Kenmore, Sears Lady Kenmore, Speed Queen, Wards Signature, Westinghouse and Whirlpool.

  • Stereo Cassette Decks

  • Buying Furniture on a budget

  • Anti-Freeze Testers

  • Portable Electric Sanders

  • The real cost of automatic defrosting of combination refrigerator-freezers

  • Eight practical earn-at-home machines


Please note this issue was lent to our library in a bound volume which could not be taken apart for scanning. An overhead book scanner was used, which produces very good quality scans, albeit with some slight page curling at the margins. The documents are clear and nice to read and the pictures are very good as well, however it's quite not up to the same image quality standard as a flatbed scanner.
Trade Publications
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Consumer Bulletin
1977 43 28mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrical Merchandising Magazine - June 1953
Electrical Merchandising is a fun magazine to read for any collector or enthusiast of vintage appliances, electronics and other vintage home products. This highly entertaining magazine covered the retail sales and merchandising areas of Major Appliances, Small Appliances, Small Electrics, Radios, Televisions and other electric home products from the mid-20th century. This was the Life and Look Magazine of the appliance world, in the same large size 10x13 format.


Trade Publications
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Electrical Merchandising
1953 210 105mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Automatic Washer Brochure
Here is the complete brochure showing off the top of the line 1959 models of the GE automatic washer.

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

Models include: WA-1250A, DA-1220A, WA-750A, DA-820A, WA-650A, DA-620A, and the Hi-Speed Gas Dryer: DG-4920A
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1965 14 29mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 General Electric Home Laundry Product Man
1960 General Electric Home Laundry Service Manual covering Automatic Washers, Dryers and Combination Washer/Dryers.

GE's Product Man Service Manuals were produced monthly to keep service personnel up to date with new products, appliance specifications, appliance service instructions, troubleshooting procedures, older product repair and parts changes, installation instructions, customer complaints and recommendations, testing procedures, tools for repairs, wiring diagrams, timer charts, appliance history and evolution and other important information regarding their appliances.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1960 48 27mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Washer Service Instruction Film Narrative and Service Manual
Here are two complete Kelvinator automatic washer manuals into one .pdf file. The first is the narrative to the "Service Instruction Film-Strip" on Installation and Disassembly. The second part is the complete Service Manual and Parts Guide to all 1956 Kelvinator automatic washers.


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

Models include: DWU-2, DWU-3, DWU-4, DWU-5
DWM-2, DWM-3, DWM-4, DWM-5.
Dishwashers
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Frigidaire
1976 68 40mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1974 Frigidaire Touch-and-Cook Electric Range Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to Frigidaire's first digital touch-pad electric Range!

Full specifications, service and troubleshooting sections included.

Models include: RCIE3-39CDW and RCIE-39CDW.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1974 42 32mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Philco Duomatic Washer-Dryer Brochures
Here are brochures for the entire 1965 line of Philco Duomatic Combination Washer-Dryers. Full images and specifications and machine price-list included. Special bonus, 1965 Philco gas dryers brochures are also included at the end of the document.

Duomatic Combo Models include: CE-7F8, CG-7F8, CE-7F6, CG-730, CE-730.

Dryers: DG-6F8, DG-6F4, DG-6F3, DG-6F2.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1965 19 37mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Philco Duomatic Washer-Dryer Brochures
Here are brochures for the entire 1966 line of Philco Duomatic Combination Washer-Dryers. Full images and specifications and machine price list included.

Models include: CE-7G8, CG-7G8, CE-7G6.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1966 12 17mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Philco-Bendix Duomatic Washer-Dryer Owners Manuals
Here is the complete owner's manual and operating/use and care guide to all top-of-the-line 1957 Philco-Bendix combination washer-dryers. Model: CGR-C.


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Bendix
1957 40 45mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Easy Holiday Automatic Washer Model AEG Service Manual
This is the service manual supplement created specifically for the bottom of the line washer model AEG.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Easy
1961 26 18mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Easy Velva-Power Automatic Washer Model Transmission Service Manual
This is the comprehensive service manual created specifically for servicing Easy's new Velva-Power transmission when it first introduced. The Velva-Power transmission was Easy's own design when they moved away from using a Beam style tranmission that was so common in Speed Queen and other brands of solid-tub automatic washers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Easy
1961 20 13mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Maytag Lets Talk Service
Here every Maytag service bulletin from 1966. These fact-packed bulletins are showing off the new line of Maytag automatic washers produced starting in 1966.

These fact-packed bulletins report model changes, wash and dry cycle changes, service tips, new products being introduced, new parts, reports from the field, etc. Washers and dryers are both covered.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1966 63 44mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 General Electric Washer and Dryer Brochures
Here are beautiful brochures highlighting the 1964 line of GE Washers and Dryers. Images and full specifications for each model included.

Models include: WA-1250Y, DA-1220Y, WA-950Y, DA-920Y, WA-805Y, DA-820Y, WA-650Y, DA-620Y, WA-550Y, DA-520Y.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1964 18 36mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961 General Electric Combination Washer-Dryer Brochures
Here is the complete brochure showing off the 1961 models of the GE combination washer/dryer.

Models: WD-860V, WD-560D.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1961 4 9mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1984 Maytag Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all Maytag Jet-Clean Dishwashers from the early and mid 1980s.

Models Include:
"00 Series": WU-100, WU-WC300, WU-500, WU-WC-700, WU-900
"01 Series": WU-101, WU-WC301, WU-501, WU-WC-701, WU-901
"02 Series": WU-102, WU-WC302, WU-502, WU-WC-702, WU-902
Microprocessor Model: WU1000

Full troubleshooting, cycle-charts, schematics and servicing information is included.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Maytag
1984 213 103mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Automatic Washer model A212 Operating Instructions
Here is the complete Operating Instructions manual included with all Maytag A212 washers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1983 8 7mn $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1962-1987 KitchenAid General and Service Bulletins
Here is a collection of the majority of KitchenAid appliances General Bulletins and Service Bulletins. The majority of information concerns dishwasher with a bit of disposer and trash compactor information included as well.


Dishwashers
Published by:
KitchenAid
1987 266 147mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Terrace-Top Range Owners Manuals
Here is a set of owners manuals for several Westinghouse Terrace-Top Range in the 1960's.

Models include: NTE3B, NTE3C, NTE3D, KTE3C, KLD30, KTB30A.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Westinghouse
1966 48 34mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 General Electric Automatic Washer Technical Manual
Here is the complete technical manual for all 1973 General Electric automatic washers.

Sections include: Timer, Schematics, Select Switches, Water System, Drive System, Other Components, Cabinet Construction, Suspension system, Installation, Service Practices, Use & Care, Washability, Portable models.

Models covered:
18lb Washers: WWA9508P, WWA9500P, WWA9400P, WWA9300P, WWA8508P, WWA8500P, WWA8428P, WWA8420P, WWA8408P, WWA8400P, WWA8375P, WWA8364P, WWA8360P, WWA8305P, WWA8330P, WWA8314P, WWA8310P, WWA8300P, WWA8000P

14lb Washers: WWA7400P, WWA7350P, WWA7300P, WWA7050P, WWA7060P, WWA7030P, WWA7000P, WWA5500P, WWA5400P, WWA5000P

Portable Washers: WWP1020P, WWP1023P, WWP1150P, WWP5300P
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1973 206 111mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963 Philco Automatic Washer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures showing off the 1963 line of Philco automatic washers.

Pages contain full description of features, images of each model, full control panel views of each model and complete specifications.

Models include: W-236, W-234, W-232, W-231, W-233V, W-231V.
Automatic Washers
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Philco
1963 17 43mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963 Philco Duomatic Combination Washer-Dryer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures showing off the 1963 line of Philco Duomatics, their combination washer-dryer line. Both electric and gas models are shown.

Pages contain full description of features, images of each model, full control panel views of each model and complete specifications.

Models include: CE-736, CG-736, CE-734, CE-730, CG-730, CE-730U.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1963 17 41mb $7.99

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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 $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1952 General Electric Cooking Range/Oven Product Man
1952 General Electric Service Manual covering Electric Ranges and Water Heaters.

GE's Product Man Service Manuals were produced monthly to keep service personnel up to date with new products, appliance specifications, appliance service instructions, troubleshooting procedures, older product repair and parts changes, installation instructions, customer complaints and recommendations, testing procedures, tools for repairs, wiring diagrams, timer charts, appliance history and evolution and other important information regarding their appliances.
Ranges/Stoves
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General Electric
1952 67 22mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Automatic Washers and Dryers - The Mid 80s
Here is a wonderful brochure highlighting Maytag washers and dryers of the mid 1980's. Full specifications and control panel views of each model included. Models highlighted: A712, A612, A512, A412, A312, A212, A112, D712, D612, D512, D412, D312, D212.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Maytag
1984 16 19mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Spray-Tube Dishwasher Brochures and Owners Manual
Here are some absolutely beautiful brochures for the 1956 line of Frigidaire dishwashers, including the Built-in, Stand Alone and Sink-DW combo. Also included is the entire owners manual to the 1956 machines!


Dishwashers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1956 26 20mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Owners Manual To The Very First Automatic Washer
How To Do Your Week's Wash Automatically

Here is true automatic washer history. This owners manual is what was packed with every Bendix Home Laundry in 1937, they year Bendix introduced the automatic washer to the world!

"Gone are the days when everything had to be washed, rinsed, wrung and ironed by hand. Gone is the back-breaking toil that made clean towels and sheets a luxury-that made an abundance of daily changes of body linen an extravagance almost unheard of. The housewife of today can be lavish with cleanliness. She can give her family plenty of fresh white linens-plenty of bright, clean clothes; for modern appliances have remade washday. Swift, scientific methods have replaced the long hours of drudgery that were once associated with the washing and ironing of clothes."
Automatic Washers
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Bendix
1937 40 22mb $4.99
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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
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Philco
1959 4 39mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 800 Series Kenmore Washer Owners Manual and Part List
Complete Use and Care/Operating Instructions and Parts list to Kenmore Automatic Washer models: 110.7304811 and 110.7305811


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1973 20 16mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Service Manual to the Very First Maytag Automatic Clothes Dryer
Complete service manual to Maytag's very first dryer, model 60-W.

Sections Include:
HOW IT WORKS
CUT-AWAY VIEW OF DRYER
SPECIFICATIONS
SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM OF ELECTRIC CIRCUIT
SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM OF OPERATION
UNCRATING
INSTALLATION
CONSTRUCTION FEATURES
DISASSEMBLY
TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1949 23 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hotpoint Air Conditioner Brochures
Styling, Feature and specification brochures for the 1958 Hotpoint AC line.


Air Conditioners
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Hotpoint
1958 6 10mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Apex Wash-a-Matic Service Manual Parts List
Here is a manual concentrating on the parts breakdown and disassembly/reassembly of the Apex Wash-a-Matic 3000 series drive mechanism.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Apex
1952 6 2mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Sears Midsummer 1968 Spectacular of Great Catalog Values
"Featuring Sears National Home Appliance Event".

Large format (8" x 13") summer sales catalog showing off Sears appliances including Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Freezers, Ranges, Vacuum Cleaners, Televison Sets, etc. Catalog prices good through August 27, 1968.
Store Catalog Pages
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Sears
1969 17 40mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Ronson Ron-matic Foodmatic Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual to the Ronson Foodmatic system. Sections include:

Your Foodmatic
Foodmatic Attachments
Power Module
Mixers, Beaters and Bowls
Food Processor
Blender
Knife and Scissors Sharpener
Meat Grinder
Ice Crusher
Coffee Mill
Stirring Cooker
Deep Fry Basket
Ice Cream Maker
Custom Molded Trays and Slides
Service
Small Appliances
Published by:
Ronson
1974 40 17mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Mobile Dishwashers for 1962
The VIP-Vital Information Program packs were sent to Frigidaire dealers every year in the 60s to help educate them on all of the fancy features of GM Frigidaire appliances. Each pack contains information on a different Frigidaire appliance, this pack is for top and front loading Mobile Dishwashers, both GM and D&M manufactured machines. They contain specs, data and beautiful graphics and images as well as plenty of information instructing dealers on what to say to help sell Frigidaire dishwashers to their customers.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1962 28 22mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 15 Series Dishwasher Brochure
Beautiful brochure from Hobart highlighting the 15 series dishwashers, built-ins, front and top loading portables and sink-combos. This brochure shows off the introduction of KitchenAid's new "4-Way Sweep" wash system. "Beautiful New Styling, Big, Versatile Capacity, New 4-Way Wash, New Drying Action, New Sanitizing Protection, New Filtering, Complete New Line".


Dishwashers
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KitchenAid
1966 6 5mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Sears Kenmore Automatic Roto-Rack Dishwasher Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual to all 1967 Front Loading Portable Kenmore Roto-rack dishwashers.

Models included: 587.71091, 587.71111 and 587.71131
Dishwashers
Published by:
Kenmore
1967 21 19mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Highlander Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to Maytag's very first Helical-Drive Highlander Washer, models 123 and 123S.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1958 26 15mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Built-In and Convertible Dishwasher Brochures
Brochures highlighting the entire 1976 GE Dishwasher line.


Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1976 18 17mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Spin-Drying Washers
Brochures for the entire line of Hoover Spin-Dryer Twin Tub washers.


Twin Tub Washers
Published by:
Hoover
1978 6 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Sunbeam Waffle Baker and Grill Owners Manual
Full owners manual and operating instructions for Sunbeam's wonderful waffle and sandwich maker from the 1950's. Includes operating instructions, how to care for the unit and delicious recipes.


Small Appliances
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Sunbeam
1954 12 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Fine Gourmet Recipes for Everyday Use
Full owners manual, use and care as well as recommended recipes for using your glass dome Sunbeam Carousel Rotisserie Broiler. We love this appliance and use it all the time for making wonderful meals.


Small Appliances
Published by:
Sunbeam
1965 24 11mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Speed Queen Supertwin Twin Tub Washer Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to Speed Queen's Supertwin Twin-Tub portable washer model DH1150.


Twin Tub Washers
Published by:
Speed Queen
1972 21 10mb $4.99
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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
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Frigidaire
1950 12 13mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961-1965 Frigidaire Automatic Washer Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts listings of every part for Frigidaire automatic washers from 1961 through the 1964. Each washer is listed with an image of the machine, machine parts diagrams and list of actual 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 a vintage Frigidaire washer.

Models include:
WDA-61, WD-61 , WCD-61, WIA-61, WIAR-61, WI-61, WCI-61, WCIR-61, WS-61, WDR-61, WDAP-61, WDA-62, WD-62, WCD-62, WDR-62, WIA-62, WIAR-62, WI-62, WCI-62, WCIR-62, WDP-62, WDL-62, WCDA-62, WDS-62, WCDAS-62, WCDASP-62, WIAS-62, WDA-63, WCDA-63, WCDAP-63, WCDAR-63, WD-63, WDP-63, WDR-63, WCD-63, WIA-63, WIAR-63, WCI-63, WCIR-63, WIAS-1, WDS-1, WCDAS1, WCDASP-1, WDA-63, WDA-64, WD-64, WDP-64 , WDR-64, WCDA-64, WCDAP-64, WCDAR-64, WCD-64, WIA-64, WIAR-64, WCI-64, WCIR-64, WDS-2, WDSR-2, WCDAS-2, WCDASP-2, WCDASR-2, WIAS-2, WIASR-2.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1965 178 84mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hotpoint Push-Button Automatic Washer and Dryer Brochures
Beautful brochures for the 1955 Hotpoint automatic washing machine and dryer lines. Illustrations and specifications for each model included.


Automatic Washers
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Hotpoint
1955 12 18mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - July 1960
Consumer Bulletin was a highly respected consumer product information magazine from the 1930's onward. It was the main competitor to Consumer Reports from the 1930's through the 1960's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • Grape-Nuts improves its product — by leaving out a few very modern ingredients

  • Refrigerator-freezer combinations
    Nine frost-free and conventional models are included in this report. Brands tested: Amana Free-O-Frost, Frigidaire, General Electric, Kelvinator Foodarama, Leonard, Norge, Philco, Sears Coldspot.

    Both refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers have full-width freezer compartments, and on this account most people do not realize there is a vitally important difference between the two types of appliance. If you contemplate buying, be sure you have a clear idea of the difference between the refrigerator and the refrigerator-freezer, for if you buy a refrigerator when what you really need is a refrigerator-freezer, the results can be very disappointing.

    Some manufacturers have done little to eliminate this confusion or adopt clear standards of nomenclature. Indeed, some refer to both types of appliance as refrigerators; others designate some of their combination appliances as having “zero degree” freezers or “true freezers.” The following definitions should help to dispel some of the confusion which exists in consumers’ minds. continued...

  • The new Comet automobile
    Someone has suggested that the Comet may be the car for those who cannot decide between a full-size car and the compact models, as represented by Corvair, Falcon, Valiant, Rambler American, and Studebaker Lark. Actually the interior of the Comet is larger than the Falcon only in the trunk space, for both cars have the same passenger space dimensions and the same engines. Exteriorly, however, the Comet is bigger; it has a 4½-inch longer wheelbase, is 14 inches longer overall, and is about 115 pounds heavier than the Falcon. The Comet has dual headlamps while those on the Falcon are the older style single headlamps, which in CR’s opinion are preferable. continued...

  • Hedge trimmers
    Reports and ratings of 9 popular brands of hedge trimmers and 2 hedge trimming attachments. Brands tested: Black & Decker, Craftsman, Disston Dragon, Hedgemaster, Hedgshear, Little Wonder, Skil, Sunbeam, Trimmer Boy

    Trimming hedges and shrubbery with a pair of hand-operated hedge shears is a tiresome and time-consuming task. Electric-motor-operated trimmers make light work of the hedge-trimming chore. Even a novice, with a little practice, can turn out a well-trimmed hedge in a fraction of the time—and likewise a fraction of the muscle-weariness—required for hand trimming. There is a certain amount of hazard in using a hedge trimmer, as there is with nearly all power tools, but there is a greater hazard with hedge trimmers than some other tools, because there is no way in which the cutting blades can be guarded. continued...

  • Bargains from abroad
    It is not necessary to take a trip abroad in order to buy foreign bargains. This article tells how you can buy by mail. One of the joys of taking a trip is buying unusual items, or bargains, which can be brought back and displayed as souvenirs or mementos of the happy journey. Many people are not aware that it is also possible to get items from abroad by mail order, not quite so easily as they could buy something from Sears, perhaps, but with no great difficulty either. continued...

  • What pool owners should know
    Safety rules for homeowners with back yard pools

  • Portable electronic flash units
    A report on six of the new models - Brands tested: FR-150, Futuramic Strobonar, Metz Mecablitz, Multiblitz Color SL, Strobomite, Ultrablitz Monojet

    The development of the transistor and the new miniaturization techniques of the electronic industry have been put to good use in the design of the new portable electronic flash guns. Not too many years ago, the electronic flash or “strobe” unit was a bulky and heavy accessory and therefore unwieldy for the amateur photographer to carry and use. The “strobe” units were expensive to buy, and battery costs were high. By contrast, the six flash units discussed in the present article were all reasonably light, relatively inexpensive, and compact, and batteries were relatively low in price. continued...

  • The problem of fallout from nuclear tests
    Consumers’ Research presents the informed opinion of a distinguished physicist in the field of nuclear energy on the vital question of fallout and its dangers. On the topic of nuclear fallout and its dangers, there is a welter of conflicting opinions, and it is most unfortunate that the views expressed often represent publicity-seeking attempts by zealots who have an ax to grind. When scientists seem to disagree on questions of such a fundamental nature, the lay public is not to be blamed for finding itself puzzled and confused, and ready to question, perhaps, the honesty and competence of the scientists concerned. continued...

  • Tight watch bands can impair function of nerves of the hand
    A recent item in The New England Journal of Medicine reports damage to the nerves of a part of one hand which caused numbness of the thumb and the area at its base. Increase in the area of numbness finally caused the patient to resort to medical advice. No cause for the trouble was found, and during the next two months the normal lack of sensation extended to involve the index finger. continued...

  • What’s in a name?
    The product may change and change and change again, but the old name goes on and on - The makers of Cafotan tablets, one of the patent medicines mentioned in our article on “ Painkillers and ‘cold remedies’ ” in the October 1959 Bulletin, have written to Consumers’ Research to say that the Cafotan made today differs in composition from the product which we discussed. As a matter of fact, says Premo Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc., the maker, there have been two changes in formulation since the tablets we examined were made.

    Originally Cafotan contained aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine, and quinine sulfate. Although the maker claims that this formulation was discontinued well over 10 years ago, during World War II, this 4-ingredient Cafotan is the kind that Consumers’ Research obtained when we recently acquired samples of various drugs from the current stock of a busy retail drug store. During World War II, according to the maker, quinine sulfate was eliminated from the formula, leaving Cafotan for the time being as a straight “APC” tablet—aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine—not essentially different from dozens of other APC preparations. Then in 1958, Premo made yet another change, substituting sali-cylamide for aspirin. continued...

  • Garden hose—plastic or rubber composition?
    Plastic garden hose is much lighter in weight and more convenient to handle than rubber hose, use of which is now limited mainly to industrial purposes. Consumers’ Research has had several different brands and types of plastic hose in use and allowed them to be exposed to the elements all the year round for some years. Our observation has been that plastic hose is on the whole very satisfactory and has great advantages, particularly for a woman, in its lightness. As there are many brands on the market that are guaranteed for periods up to 12 years, there seems to be no point in attempting to differentiate between the specific brands of makes that carry a guarantee. continued...

  • Devices sold for draining flooded basements
    Two electric-powered pumps and a gadget which uses water power to move waterWant to pump water up to a height of 6 feet at the rate of 300 gallons per hour—without an electric motor or gas engine? Advertisements for the Speedy Drainer seemed to promise such results, but actual performance in tests at Consumers’ Research was much less impressive. continued...

  • Concluding test findings on the new outboard motors



Regular Features Include:
  • The Consumers’ Observation Post

  • Editorial: Are home furnishings advertisers missing the boat?
    Dependability in a household appliance is what women want most. At least that is the view of B. A. Chapman, executive vice president of American Motors Corp., and general manager of the Kelvinator Division. If Mr. Chapman is correct in his analysis, there are a lot of home furnishings advertisers who are throwing away large sums on full pages in what are called the “home shelter” magazines. As a matter of fact, that is just what the foremost trade paper in the field thinks is happening. Reporting an analysis of the full-page advertisements in the April issues of House & Garden, Better Homes & Gardens, and Living, Louis Goodenough noted that something like one third of the ads showed people in formal or semi-formal evening clothes, and commented that in this country we don’t dress for dinner as the British often do. “It’s about time,” he said, that we “have a return to home furnishings that do something for today’s consumer.” continued...

  • Brief cumulative index

  • Listings of Current Phonograph Records

  • Ratings of Current Motion Pictures

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