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For Features and Value Look at McClary


Published by GSW-McClary in 1973-- 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.

Number of Pages: 20
File Size: 27mb
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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
Published by:
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
Published by:
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
Published by:
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
Published by:
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
Published by:
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
Published by:
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
Published by:
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 Consumer Bulletin Magazine - April 1959
Consumer Bulletin was a highly respected consumer product information magazine from the 1930's onward. It was the main competitor to Consumer Reports from the 1930's through the 1960's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • How to take care of the finish on your car

  • 1959 Automobiles

  • Information on Safety, Full Price Lists, Depreciation, Air suspension, Brakes, Choice of transmission and gear ratio, Decreased braking, and starting problems, with automatic transmissions, Present and future design trends, Durability of car bodies

    Special In Depth Reports
    1959 Plymouth, 1959 Rambler Rebel V-8, 1959 Rambler American
    CR's recommendations in six price groups

    Table showing important specifications and test results for the following 1959 cars:
    Buick LeSabreV-8
    Buick Invicta V-8
    Buick Electra V-8
    Cadillac 62 V-8
    Cadillac 60 V-8
    Cadillac 75 V-8
    Chevrolet Biscayne 6
    Chevrolet Impala V-8
    Chevrolet Impala Opt. V-8
    Chrysler Windsor V-8
    Chrysler Saratoga V-8
    Chrysler New Yorker V-8
    DeSoto FireSweep V-8
    DeSoto Firedome V-8
    DeSoto FireFlite V-8
    Dodge Coronet 6
    Dodge Coronet V-8
    Dodge Royal V-8
    Dodge Custom Royal V-8
    Edsel Ranger 6
    Edsel Ranger V-8
    Edsel Corsair V-8
    Ford Custom 300 6
    Ford Custom 300 V-8
    Ford Fairlane V-8
    Ford Fairlane 500 V-8
    Imperial V-8
    Lincoln V-8
    Mercury Monterey V-8
    Mercury Montclair V-8
    Mercury Park Lane V-8
    Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 V-8
    Oldsmobile Super 88 V-8
    Oldsmobile 98 V-8
    Plymouth Savoy 6
    Plymouth Fury V-8
    Plymouth Fury Opt. V-8
    Pontiac Catalina Opt. V-8
    Pontiac Catalina V-8
    Pontiac Star Chief V-8
    Pontiac Bonneville V-8
    Rambler American 6
    Rambler DeLuxe 6
    Rambler Rebel V-8 Custom
    Rambler Ambassador V-8 Super
    Studebaker Lark Regal 6
    Studebaker Lark Regal V-8


  • Pickup cartridges for use with stereophonic records
    A report on tests of nine of the new stereo cartridges including: Astatic 11T7B, Electro-Voice 21S, Electro-Voice 66, General Electric GC-5, General Electric CL-7, Ronette BF-40, Stanton 371, Sonotone 8T4-S, Weathers C-501

  • Care of city trees

  • "Charcoal-flavored” steaks and chops without charcoal

  • Modern imitations of an old-fashioned method of cookery, aimed to copy a prized taste appeal, present a real menace to consumer health

  • Use of stored paint

  • Anti-slip products for rugs

  • A skidding rug is a serious hazard.

  • Can “rug coasting" be prevented?

  • "No-iron" sheets and pillowcases

  • Dangers in metal work surfaces in the kitchen

  • Back to the days of Caveat Emptor. You pay your money and take your chances these days!

  • Wright Super Rebel power saw for felling and pruning trees


Regular Features Include:
  • The Consumers’ Observation Post

  • Brief cumulative index

  • Listings of Current Phonograph Records

  • Ratings of Current Motion Pictures

Trade Publications
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Consumer Bulletin
1959 40 30mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Slide Show Presentation for the New 1968 Washer Dryer and Wringer Line
A fascinating presentation showing slides and suggested reading to to go with each slide on updates to the 1968 line of Whirlpool washers, dryers and wringer washers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1968 32 28mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrical Merchandising Magazine - October 1957
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.

Index of the October 1957 Issue



Trade Publications
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Electrical Merchandising
1957 230 178mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Wringer Washer Facts Manual
Speed Queen produced their Facts Manuals to give to dealers and customers information regarding their products throughout the 60's. These documents are filled with beatiful images, illustrations and full specifications.


Wringer Washers
Published by:
Speed Queen
1964 8 9mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Know Your Sensi-Temp
Here is a cute and whimsically drawn guide about using the automatic element feature of top of the line General Electric ranges. Sensi-temp was a thermostatically controlled burner sensor used from the 1950's through the 1970s. It consisted of a button sensor on the element that came in contact with the pot or pan being used and measured the temperature of the pan itself.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
General Electric
1968 16 3mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Operating Instructions and Laundry Guide
Full owners manual and operating instructions to 22611 series of Kenmore Automatic Washers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1972 30 20mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Service Tech-Talk 1/18 Washer Service Manual
The most comprehensive service manual ever produced for Frigidaire 1/18 automatic washers. Includes full control panel displays, cycle charts and full specifications for each model, complete descriptions of how the machine works and complete service information for entire machine. This is a must have manual for anyone with a 1/18 washer or anyone interested in how the machine functions. Models include WAS, WCDAS, WCDS, WCDRS, WIAS, WIS. Mechanically this manual is valid for much of the 1-18 line through the 1970s.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1970 92 66mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Washer and Dryer Brochure
Brochure for GE Washer WWA5400P, Electric Dryer DDE5200P and Gas Dryer DDG5283P.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1972 4 4mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Refrigerator Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual to all Westinghouse Refrigerator/Freezers from 1949.


Refrigerators/Freezers
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Westinghouse
1949 44 34mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Hotpoint Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1958 Hotpoint automatic washers. 1958 was the first year Hotpoint introduced their new Co-Axial transmission.

Models include:
10LW40, 10LW43, 10LW44, 10LWS44, 10LW45, 10LWW45
Automatic Washers
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Hotpoint
1958 40 91mb $12.99
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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

Trade Publications
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Consumer Bulletin
1960 40 32mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Hot Ones
Very 70's brochure for the Hoover Steam Irons!


Small Appliances
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Hoover
1975 4 8mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Very First Post-War Westinghouse Laundromat Owners Manual
Here is an amazing find, the owners manual to the very first post-war Westinghouse Laundromat model C-3 from 1947!


Automatic Washers
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Westinghouse
1947 40 19mb $11.99
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Full brochures with images, features and specifications for full size GE Filter-Flo automatic washers, automatic dryers and portable washers and dryers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1985 8 8mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1950 Westinghouse Clothes Dryer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and use/care guide to the 1950 Westinghouse Clothes Dryer model D-5.


Clothes Dryers
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Westinghouse
1950 20 10mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1952-1955 Hotpoint Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is a comprehensive service manual for all Hotpoint dishwashers from '52 to '55.


Dishwashers
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Hotpoint
1955 44 34mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1938-1945 Frigidaire Electric Range Service Manual
Complete Service Manual including wiring diagrams for the earliest of the GM Frigidaire Electric Ranges. 1938-1945 Models.

Models include: L-20, B-20, B-60, L-40, B-40, A-5, L-10-39, B-20-39, B-30-39, B-40-39, B-60-39, A-6, BC-5, BC-6, L-10-40, B-15-40, B-20-40, B-30-40, B-40-40, B-60-40, B-70-40, A-6, B-10-41, BC-5, B-15-41, BC-6, B-35-41, B-45-41, B-60-41, B-70-41, B-17, B-17 LL.

If you are looking for the parts catalog to these models, please check this document:
1942-1952 Frigidaire Parts Catalog
Ranges/Stoves
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Frigidaire
1952 107 114mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid KD-11 Automatic Dishwasher Owners Manual
Full owners manual that was packed with every 1956 KitchenAid Dishwasher, models KD-11, KD-21, KD-31 and KD-41.


Dishwashers
Published by:
KitchenAid
1956 24 10mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to Use your Caloric Ultramatic Gas Range
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions for both the Plain and U Backguard models.


Gas Stoves
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Caloric
1962 28 11mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download No Matter What You Wash and Wear You’ll Feel Like A Queen
Complete Owners manual and operating instructions to Frigidaire's Top-of-the-Line automatic washers for 1960. Custom Imperial and Imperial models, including suds-saver models.


Automatic Washers
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Frigidaire
1960 32 21mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Imperial Model Washer and Dryer Brochures
Beautiful brochures for the Imperial Line which is a step down from Top of the Line. Washer models EA-80/85 and Gas Dryer model ED-85.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1958 8 14mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Brochure and Service Manual for the Original Hotpoint Combo
This is not the typical Hotpoint badged GE Combo, this machine was Hotpoint's very own design from the Chicago Plant. We are not sure if any were ever sold, we believe their might have been patent issues which stopped the production of this machine early on. Beautiful brochure along with the complete service manual for this rare and mysterious machine.


Combination Washer/Dryers
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Hotpoint
1957 40 41mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Whirlpool Dishwasher Brochures
Here are some sales literature brochures highlighting the 1967 line of Whirlpool dishwashers. Models include:

Built-in:
SRU-90, SRU-80, SRU-70, SRU-60

Portable:
SRP-90, SRP-80, SRP-70, SRP-60, SRC-70
Dishwashers
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Whirlpool
1967 12 34mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to Use and Care For Your General Electric Dishwasher
Full owners manual and operating instructions to top loading GE Mobile Maid dishwashers from approximately 1968.


Dishwashers
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General Electric
1968 16 9mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire 1-18 Washer Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts catalog which includes detailed illustrations of the order of assembled parts, their descriptions and original Frigidaire part numbers.

Frigidaire Washer Models include:
WT4, WT2, WT22, WT1, WCIT, WIT, WIAT, WCDT, WCDAT, WAT.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1972 33 17mb $12.99

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