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Westinghouse Porta-Vac Service Manual


Published by Westinghouse in 1954-- Here is the service manual for the Westinghouse model T-12 vacuum cleaner. Sections include Description and Specifications, Replacing and Adjusting Parts, Possible Troubles, Replacing Flexible Hose.

Number of Pages: 8
File Size: 7mb
Download Fee: $4.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1952 Westinghouse Electric Range Owners Manuals
Here are the owners manuals to the 1952 line of Westinghouse Electric Ranges and Ovens. This manual shows Lucy Ricardo's first Westinghouse Commander Range from the TV Show I Love Lucy. Manuals include main owners manual along with the special manual dedicated to the deep-well cooker burner.

Models include:
Commander AC-774, AC-74, BC-74
Champion DC-74
Commodore ECA-74
Challenger EC-74

Now cooking will really be fun at your house!
Your new Westinghouse Speed-Electric Range will make cooking
so much pleasanter and easier. Foods will taste better, look better and
be better for you... and you'll have a cleaner, cooler kitchen, too.

Your new range has timesavers, moneysavers and flavorsavers.
Read the "How to Use" section for your particular model and learn
to use each feature for all it's worth!

Of course, you can still use all your favorite recipes . . . with greater
convenience and sureness than ever before. There are lots of new
things you can do, however, with accurately controlled electric heat.
Don't overlook the important cooking tips in the Recipe Section...
they are given special emphasis in the Index on page 80.

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Westinghouse
1952 112 122mb $9.99
Introductory Price of $3.99


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Thumbnail Image of Download Appliance Manufacturer Magazine - February 1960
Appliance Manufacturer 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 design and manufacturing areas of Major Appliances, Small Appliances, Small Electrics, Radios, Televisions and other electric home products from the mid-20th century.

Of particular interest:

Very cool article on Maytag's new all-pushbutton Automatic Washer.

How Westinghouse's Roast Guard feature works on their electric ranges.

New packaging design for GE Appliances.
Trade Publications
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Appliance Manufacturer
1960 98 40mb $12.99
Introductory Price of $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
Published by:
Westinghouse
1947 40 19mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Hotpoint Electric Range Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1965 Hotpoint Freestanding Ranges, Built-In Ovens and Cooktops.

Models include:
30" Freestanding Electric Range Models:
RB305 RB315 RB316 RB325 RB335 RB360 RB370 RB390

40" Freestanding Electric Range Models:
RC415 RC416 RC425 RC431 RC434 RC439 RC445 RC460 RC490

Built-In Cooktops Models:
RF17 RF19 RF20 RF28 RFX37 RF38 RF50 RU15 RUX37 RU38 RU48

Built-In Oven Models:
RJ16 RJ38 RJ40 RJ66 RJ70 RJ84 RJ88 RJ90 RL36 RL40 RL80

Major Sections Include:
FEATURE CHARTS
GENERAL INFORMATION
INSTALLATION
SERVICING
SWITCHES
INFINITE HEAT CONTROLS
THERMOSTATS
ELECTRIC SUPERMATIC UNIT CONTROL
AUTOMATIC ROAST
TIMERS
APPLIANCE RECEPTACLES AND
CIRCUIT BREAKERS
COOKING TOPS
CALROD® SURFACE AND OVEN UNITS
RANGE BODIES
STORAGE COMPARTMENT AND DRAWER
OVEN DOORS AND HINGING
OVEN LINERS
ROTA-GRILL MOTORS
RANGE SERVICE CHART
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Hotpoint
1965 64 44mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Westinghouse Center-Drawer Refrigerator Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual pack with every Westinghouse Center-Drawer Refrigerator model RBD41.


Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1959 28 32mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Westinghouse Laundromat Owners Manual
Here is the owner's manual to the 1965 Westinghouse Laundromat with the newly designed mid 60's control panel style.

Models: LTF570 and LTF578.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1965 24 15mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Westinghouse Electric Range Owners Manuals
Here are the owners manuals to most of the 1959 line of Westinghouse Electric Ranges and Ovens all packaged together in one complete hi-resolution pdf file.

Models include:
Custom Imperial AMR-40 and AMR-30,
Ambassador BM-40, BM-30 and BMS-30,
Aristocrat CM-40 and CM-30,
Embassy DM-40 and DM-30


No matter how much you've enjoyed cooking in the past,
there's even greater pleasure awaiting you now that you have
a new Westinghouse Speed Electric Range. It's easier to use
and gives you better results than any range you ever used.
And it's easy to clean, too.

No longer need you stand at your range and stir foods as
they cook. No longer will you have to guess or peek, to see
whether foods are done. Nor will you ever need to worry
about baking-you'll get perfect results every time in your
Westinghouse Oven.

There's a new accuracy in surface cooking, too. Of course,
there are marked heats on the control of each surface unit.
But you have your choice of a~y heat you want between those
settings-literally, 1001 heats, so that your favorite dishes
come out exactly as you want them.

The purpose of this book is to tell you how to use your
Westinghouse Range to get the perfect results it can give you.
So, please read these instructions carefully, and follow them
faithfully. Then you'll be assured of years of wonderful service
and more pleasure in cooking than you've ever known
before.

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Westinghouse
1959 56 32mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958-1959 Westinghouse Built-in Cooktop and Oven Owners Manual
Here are the owners manuals to the 1958 and 1959 line of Westinghouse Built-in Ranges (Cooktops and Ovens).

Models include:
Cooktops: PJ-66, PJ-68,
Built-in Ovens: OL-17, OL24, OLR-17, OLR-24

With your Westinghouse Built-in Range you'll
enjoy a new degree of cooking convenience.
You'll be delighted at the way your favorite
recipes turn out-and you'll be equally pleased
with the wonderful way your new oven and
surface units take the work out of cooking.

There are two styles of Westinghouse built-in
ovens, as well as three different surface cooking
units. This booklet illustrates all styles
and gives detailed instructions on how to use
and care for them.

So, we suggest that you read this book carefully
and familiarize yourself with the features
of your oven and your surface unit. Then
you'll know how to make the best use of them.

As you may notice in the illustrations, the
main difference in Westinghouse built-in ovens
is the size. Westinghouse surface cooking platforms
were designed for versatility-one platform
has four Corox surface units, while each
of the others has two surface units and separate
remote control panel.

But, regardless of which oven or which style
surface units you are using, you'll get best
results every time, if you follow the directions
given for their use. And you can be certain
they'll serve you a long, long time, if you care
for them as suggested in this booklet.

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Westinghouse
1959 32 32mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1962 Westinghouse Continental and Medallion Range Owners Manual
Here is the complete Owner's Manual and Use/Care guide to Westinghouse Continental and Medallion Ranges.

Models include: KGB30 and KHB30.

Full operating instructions, cleaning, care and tested recipes included.

This pdf is a two pack as it contains both manuals in one file.

Dear Mrs. Homemaker:

With your new Continental Range, you're sure to find
new pleasure and convenience in your meal preparation.
The Continental has been designed to make cooking
simple and clean-up fast and easy.

Among the Continental features you’re sure to enjoy are
the location of the oven, at eye and arm level; the position
of the Control Panel, at the side and out of the heat
zone; the Pantry shelf, the retractable platform
and the fact that you can select the exact
cooking heat you want on the surface units.

This booklet has been prepared to tell you in detail
about those features and many more that make the
Continental such a fine electric range. So, to make
sure that you know all about these features,
and use them to the very best advantage,
please read this book carefully before you use your
Continental Range the first time and refer to it often,
until you’re entirely familiar with every phase
of its operation. Then you'll be sure
of perfect results every time.

Ranges/Stoves
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Westinghouse
1962 72 40mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Westinghouse Electric Range Owners Manuals
Here are the owners manuals to most of the 1958 line of Westinghouse Electric Ranges and Ovens all packaged together in one complete hi-resolution pdf file.

Models include:
Imperial 40 AL-40
Ambassador 40 BL-40
Imperial 30 AL-30
Ambassador 30 BL-30
Aristocrat 40 CL-40
Aristocrat 30 CL-30
BLS-40,
BLK-30,
BLS-30,
CLS-40,
CLS-30

Congratulations on the addition of the new Westinghouse Electric
Range to your kitchen. You will find it one of the most responsive
and efficient electric servants you have ever owned ... You will
love the speed, accuracy and ease of use.

You'll find that many cooking operations that once took a lot of
time can now be done automatically. No longer will you have to
stand at the range and stir foods while they cook ... or lift lids
to see whether water has boiled away. No longer will you have to
guess when food is done. The accurate, automatic controls of
your Westinghouse Electric Range will give you the same fine
results, day in and day out, with a minimum of effort on your part.
Probably you have a fine reputation for your skill in baking. The
Miracle-Sealed Oven of your Westinghouse Range will delight
you ... it will give you perfect results every time ... without worry
on your part.

Perhaps, too, you have several pet recipes for foods cooked on
the Range surface . . . foods done exactly to the degree of doneness
that you prefer. Because your Westinghouse Range surface
units will deliver any degree of heat you select, you can cook
these dishes to perfection every time.

To get the results your Westinghouse is capable of giving, it is
important that you read this book carefully. In it you will find
detailed instructions on the care and use of your range. If you
follow these instructions carefully, your range will' give you many
years of trouble free service and you and your range will become
wonderful cooking partners.

Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Westinghouse
1958 84 84mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1947-1960 Frigidaire Automatic Washer Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts listings of every part for Frigidaire automatic washers from 1947 through the 1960. 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:
WJ-60, WJ-64, WK-60, WK-64, WL-60, WL-64, W0-65, W0-65-2, WV-35, WV-45, WV-65, WS-56, WD-56, WDS-56, WI-56, WS-57, WSA-57, WD-57, WDU-57, WI-57, WS-58, WD-58, WDP-58, WI-58, WCI-58, WCIR-58, WS-59, WD-59, WDR-59, WCD-59 , WI-59, WCI-59, WCIR-59, WS-60, WD-60, WCD-60, WCDR-60, WI-60, WCI-60, WCIR-60, WDA-60.
Automatic Washers
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Frigidaire
1960 127 65mb $7.99
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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
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Frigidaire
1965 178 84mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965-1967 Frigidaire Automatic Washer Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts listings of every part for Frigidaire automatic washers from 1965 through the 1967. 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-65, WD-65, WDP-65 , WDR-65, WCDA-65, WCDAP-65, WCDAR-65, WCD-65, WIA-65, WI-65, WCI-65, WCIR-65, WAK, WDK, WCDAK, WCDAPK, WCDARK, WCDAK-PF, WCDK, WCDPK, WCDRK, WIAK, WIK, WCIAK, WCIK, WCIRK, WCDASK, WA-2K, WA-7K, WAL, WA2L, WCDAL, WCDAPL, WCDARL, WCDATL, WCDL, WIAL, WCIAL, WCIL, WCDK-1, WCDAK-1, WXL, WCDAGL, WCDATGL, WDK-1.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1967 133 71mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Chambers Range Brochure
Beautiful brochure showing off the 1957 Chambers Range. Model: AC-61C


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Chambers
1957 4 8mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download General Electric Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is a comprehensive service manual for all belt-drive GE Washers, starting from the first Filter-Flo models all the way up to end in 1995. Great information on both troubleshooting issues as well as disassembly and replacement of parts. Full section on complete transmission rebuilding as well.

Also includes a section on how to test and fix the Versatronic clutch system! The end of the file has a section dedicated to the Japanese made portable GE Impeller washers from the 1970's.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1980 100 68mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 General Electric Automatic Washer Use and Care Guide
Here is the complete use and care guide for General Electric Washer model # WWA8360V. Includes full cycle step charts for the Regular, Permanent Press, Knits, Mini-Quick and Soak cycles.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1976 24 42mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1918 Walker Dishwasher Brochure
The Walker Brothers company produced one of the very first mass-marketed dishwashers in the early 20th century. This company was purchased by General Electric in the early 1930's and was the predecessor of the General Electric automatic dishwasher.

Please note these scans are done a slightly lower resolution due to the availability of this brochure, but is still very readable and enjoyable.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Walker Brothers
1918 4 $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Comprehensive Easy Washer-Dryer Combination Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual to most Easy Combination Washer-Units, from their first model in 1956 through the 1963 models.

Complete specs, troubleshooting and service information inside.

Models include:
CDF, CDH, CDH-A, CDH-AP, CDU, CDK, CDK-G, CDK-200V.
Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Easy
1963 161 92mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 KitchenAid Appliances Brochure
Here is a sales literature brochure for KitchenAid appliances from 1973. Products include: 17 Series Dishwashers, Food Waste Disposers, Hot Water Dispensers and Trash-Compactors.


Full Catalog
Published by:
KitchenAid
1973 8 16mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Hotpoint Kitchen Range Brochures
Here are beautiful brochures highlighting the 1956 line of Hotpoint Electric Ranges. Full features and specs and images included. Also includes brochure of optional accessories for the '56 line of ranges.

Models include:
RD25, RC24, RG3, RB69, RB70, RF3, RB68, RB67, RB60, RB61
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Hotpoint
1956 35 91mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Hotpoint Automatic Washer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures for the 1956 Hotpoint Automatic Washer line. Images, features and specifications included.

Models: LK11, LJ11, LH11, LH12
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1956 18 49mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Hotpoint Clothes Dryer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures for the 1956 Hotpoint Automatic Dryer line. Images, features and specifications included.

Models: LG11, LB11, LB12
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1956 12 30mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Hotpoint Dishwasher Brochures
Here is a beautiful brochure for the 1956 Hotpoint Automatic Dishwasher line. Images, features and specifications included.

Models: MC24, ME2, MCP24, MEP2, MCP23, MC25, MCP25.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1956 6 14mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 Frigidaire Dishwasher Tech-Talk Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual for all 1969 Frigidaire dishwashers.

Models include:

TOP LOADING MOBILES FRONT LOADING DISHMOBILES
DW-STP, DW-DTP, DW-CDTP, DW-ITP, DW-CITP, DW-DMP, DW-CDMP, DW-IMP, DW-CIMP

FRONT LOADING UNDERCOUNTER
DW-DUP, DW-COUP, DW-IUP, DW-CIUP

FRONT LOADING DISHMOBILES
DW-STP, DW-DTP, DW-CDTP, DW-ITP, DW-CITP, DW-DMP, DW-CDMP, DW-IMP, DW-CIMP
Dishwashers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1969 67 45mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1972 Waste King Dishwashers Brochure
Sales literature brochure higlighting features and specifications for Waste King Dishwashers in the early 1970's.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Waste King
1972 6 12mb $5.99

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Very 70's brochure for the Hoover Steam Irons!


Small Appliances
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Hoover
1975 4 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Easy Combination Washer-Dryer Service Manual
Here is the service manual Easy produced to instruct users on how the Easy Combo operates, its features and specifications and how to service the entire machine.

1876-1956--Now, more than ever, know what four generations' of American housewives have always known. The EASY way to launder clothes is the best way. The latest proof of this traditional fact is EASY's sensationally new Combination Washer-Dryer. In the following pages we tell you how to install it, how to operate it and how to service it.
Combination Washer/Dryers
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Easy
1956 66 46mb $5.52
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1974 General Electric Major Appliance Catalog for Builders
Complete 40 page catalog with images, descriptions and specifications to GE major home appliances.

Sections Include:
Oven Cleaning Systems
Microwave Ovens
30" Americana H-Lo Ranges
Mark 27 Drop-in Ranges
30" and 21" Free Standing Ranges
Built-In Ovens
Built-In Cooktops & Range Hoods
Range and Oven Dimensions
Home Laundry - Washers
Home Laundry - Dryers
Compact Washer and Dryer
Central Air Conditioning and Heating
Built-In Air Conditioners
Refrigerator Freezers
Built-In Dishwashers
Food Waste Disposers
Trash Compactors
Wiring Devices
Major Appliance Distributors

Full Catalog
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General Electric
1974 40 115mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Appliance Manufacturer Magazine - June 1959
Appliance Manufacturer 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 design and manufacturing areas of Major Appliances, Small Appliances, Small Electrics, Radios, Televisions and other electric home products from the mid-20th century.


Trade Publications
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Appliance Manufacturer
1959 124 47mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963 Speed Queen Automatic Washer Service Manual
Complete service manual to Speed Queen washer models A44F and A44WF.

Sections include: Specifications, Cycle Chart, Installation, Service Procedures, Adjustments, Test Procedures and Service Helps.
Automatic Washers
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Speed Queen
1963 50 28mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Kelvinator Automatic and Semi-Automatic Washer Service Manual
The complete service manuals to Kelvinator automatic washers models AWS, SW and 50.

Sections include: Information and Specification pertaining to each model, Control Dial and Agitator images for each model, Lubrication, Service Diagnosis, etc.
Automatic Washers
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Kelvinator
1954 29 18mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Coin-Operated Washer Service and Parts Manual
Here is the service and parts manual to the very first commercial/coin-operated Frigidaire washer for Laundromats and Coin-Laundry Facilities. Sections include, Specifications, Cycle Chart, Service Instructions, Parts Diagrams and Parts List with original part numbers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1959 74 33mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Electric Dishwasher Service Manual
Full service manual for Westinghouse Roll-Out Dishwashers. Valid for many machines from the late 40's thru the mid 1950's. Models highlighted are DWB-480, DWB-4850, DWB-24, DWB-13.

Sections include: Parts of the Dishwasher, Dishwasher Facts, What to do When, Parts Replacement, Lubricants and Detergents.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1953 32 24mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Owner's Manual for your new Wringer Washer
Full owners manual and operating instruction book that was packed with every Lady Kenmore wringer washer in 1964.


Wringer Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1964 20 16mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Service Manual to the Very First Automatic Washer
Bendix introduced the very first automatic washer to the world in 1937. Here is the service manual they produced for servicers to learn about the machine. Sections include installation, operation, service and part information.

Please note there are two breaks in the page numbering, 25 to 29 and 31 to 34. we are not sure if this was meant as chapter changes/break points or there are pages missing from the original manual as the manual seems complete.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Bendix
1937 47 24mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download James Dishwasher Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to all James Sweep-Flow Dishwashers from the early and mid 1950's. A fascinating look at the clear top see through dishwasher.


Dishwashers
Published by:
James
1952 20 11mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The GE Review
The GE Review was an engineering magazine created to report on the advances of technology of the time, including advances in Home Appliances.

Articles in July 1952 issue...


Editorial: The Fourth of July

New Switchgear Laboratory Goes into Operation
Late last month on the flatlands of southwest Philadelphia, GE’s new high-capacity switchgear development laboratory was officially dedicated. With Company spokesmen looking ahead to an annual U.S. power consumption of possibly a trillion kw-hrs by 1965—more than triple the amount now being used—the new laboratory will aid in the development of switch- gear of higher ratings to keep pace with this phenomenal growth. continued…

Engineering the Automatic Washer
The automatic clothes washer is a simple device—to the housewife. She throws in the laundry, sets a control dial, and goes about her telephoning. A short time later she removes the laundry—washed and damp-dried.

Simply stated, the function of a domestic washing machine is to get the laundry clean, rinse out the detergent, and extract most of the water. For a third of the century these operations were performed with a machine in which the laundry was manually lifted from the tub and fed through a water- extraction device. Most of these devices were wringers, powered by the washing- machine motor. A limited number were the centrifugal-extraction type using the same or a separate tub. continued…

Stopping Ships
Even with modern navigating and communication aids there are times when things get out of hand and a collision ol ships appears imminent. The need for meeting this situation—rare though it may he—has an influence on the design of ships’ power plants.

Most large and fast ships are powered bv a steam turbine that drives the propeller through suitable gearing and shafting. The astern power that is used for stopping a ship is provided by a comparatively small separate section of the main turbine. The question immediately arises as to why the astern element can’t be given the same power as the ahead element. Well, it can. The simplest arrangement would he another turbine of the same size geared to drive the propeller backwards. continued…

Ferromagnetography
Contrary to general belief printing did not originate with Gutenberg; to the ancient Chinese belongs the credit. They made engravings—used mainly for printing on silk cloth—by carving figures out of wooden blocks. Later, around 1120 BC. they introduced wooden blocks of movable type.

Modern printing, on the other hand, began in the middle ages—about the year 1423. It was during this period that Johann Gutenberg, a German stonemason, had the idea of printing with movable type. So he set about his skill, cutting alphabets out of small wooden blocks to be used for typesetting. A friend advised him to use metal instead of wood, since it wouldn’t wear out so easily. This he did. As you can imagine, this task required many years and a large expenditure of money. He financed his operations by borrowing money on the type he’d already completed. Then, to prove to his creditors and the many cynics the worth of his efforts, he completely reproduced the Bible in print. continued…

Cool Breezes — Story of the Electric Fan
Fans preceded written history by many centuries. Some of the most ancient known fans were those of the Chinese dating back to 3000 BC. And ceremonial fans were used in 1700 BC by the reigning monarchs of Egypt and Assyria. Some thousand years later the "punkah" —a hand-swung lightweight ceiling-suspended fan—was introduced in India, and even today is still in use there.

From exquisitely made folding tans of the Japanese, followed by 17th century Paris creations of surpassing beauty, we come to the practical palm-leaf type and simpler folding fans of grandmother’s day.

It’s not possible to give the exact age of the electric fan—the youngest member of the ancient family of fans. But the earliest record of a U.S. patent awarded for an electric fan was in 1854. This was a ceiling-suspended assembly of several large fan blades, each hinged along one edge to a horizontal rotating arm driven by a battery-operated motor. Arms on the blades struck projections causing the blades to vibrate and thus agitate the air. continued…

Longer Life for Dry-type Transformers
Improvements in dry-type power transformers and their insulations is a good example of how electrical engineers are continually making progress in lengthening the life span of electric equipment and increasing its endurance to higher temperatures.

For many years insulations known as Class A were about the only ones available to the transformer designer. These insulations consisted of materials such as cotton, silk, or paper—impregnated with organic varnishes to give them additional mechanical and electrical strength. They were used in a medium of mineral oil or air. Such insulations were relatively inexpensive but a maximum allowable temperature limit of 105 C was necessary for reasonable life. continued…

The G10 Germanium Rectifier
In 1886 a German chemist by the name of Alexander Winkler found an unknown metal sulfide and isolated the element which he called germanium. It has a shiny metallic appearance, is extremely hard and brittle, and is recovered as a by-product in the smelting and refining of zinc ores.

Because germanium falls into group four of the periodic table, it has some of the chemical characteristics of the elements on either side of it. Germanium is both an electrical conductor and an electrical insulator, depending on its temperature, and is classed as a semiconductor. continued…

Nylon for Bearings and Gears
Although nylon is generally associated with such decorative items as stockings and sweaters, we have found that its versatility extends well into the fields of bearings, gears, and other workaday applications.
Nylon is tough at low7 temperatures, is resistant to abrasion, has strength in thin sections, is light in weight, has certain self-lubricating qualities, and is resistant to many chemicals. Properties are given in the table on the opposite page. Exact characteristics and specifications can be found in the literature put out by the manufacturers of nylon molding powders.

Bearing Tests - Of interest to design engineers is published data that shows the effect of wear on nylon when used as a bearing material. Results of tests using nylon against nylon, steel, and brass under various loads and speeds, and with various lubricants, are given on page 35. As you may suspect, the lowest rates of wear are found when nylon is run against nylon in a dry condition, as well as when nylon is run against steel lubricated with SAE 10 oil. When nylon is rubbed against brass, the metal flakes off and contaminates the hearing surface. continued…

The Unit Cost of Light
There’s more to figuring the cost of a lighting system than adding up the prices of fixtures, installation, and electricity. A tabulation of over-all annual costs that the customer may expect to pay appeals to the businessman, because it is expressed in his own language. Rut further analytical cost studies of operating and maintenance methods and lamp efficiencies may show you the way to worth-while savings or better lighting for the same expenditure.

To help you along this economic pathway a relatively simple formula has been devised. It is referred to as the "unit cost of light” method. In its most flexible form it deals with the raw light as generated by the lamps in just one fixture. Then, once the unit cost of light in dollars per million lumen hours is known, you can easily apply it to a specific installation if over-all costs are also desired. continued…

Added Kick for Turbojet Engines
Getting an 80-ton airplane into the air in a matter of seconds is no easy job. The problem is one of providing more than normal maximum thrust or "kick” at take-off. In the case of B-45 and B-47 jet bombers, their power plants (J-47 turbojet engines—one is shown on the adjacent page) were equipped with combustion-chamber water-alcohol injection systems for augmenting thrust.

Variations of these systems boost the take-off thrust from 15 to 25 percent or higher. As a result, heavy jet-powered aircraft can take off from minimum- length runways with maximum safety. continued…

Are We Ready for Railroad Electrification in the U. S.? .
Admittedly, widespread electrification in I lie United States is not just around the corner. Rut there is an element in the cost of railroad electrification and in the success of operation through the ensuing years that can not be settled too soon. This all-important factor is standardization. And standardization is so important primarily because it permits repetitive manufacture. Standardization, of course, offers other advantages that may be more familiar, but every day brings new evidence that a custom-designed article built in a job shop cannot compete with a highly engineered item produced under conditions of repetitive manufacture.

It is time for all who may have a hand in railroad electrification in the United States to start sifting out the alternatives and to find agreement on what may be the standard system of electrification in this country. Let us speak briefly about the prospects of electrification and [hen expand the theme of standardization. continued…

A Brightening Outlook - When will we see railroad electrification resumed in the United States? The answer depends largely on costs, with the cost of fuel or energy being a big part of the expense of locomotive operation.

When we compare the cost of diesel fuel with the cost of purchased electric power at the figures current today, we find them roughly equivalent. We are speaking, of course, of gallons of fuel oil or kilowatt-hours of electricity at the locomotive. As long as power costs in these two forms are even approximately equal, it is obvious that the diesel- electric locomotive with its lower investment is the correct answer for new installations. At the same time this approximate equality tells us that extensive electrified systems already installed should continue to be operated. continued…

New Safeguard for Protective Coatings
You can best define a plastics material as a synthetic organic substance. At some stage of production it’s plastic— capable of being shaped; or liquid— capable of being cast. Furthermore, it’s either thermoplastic or thermosetting. If thermoplastic, it softens under heat and can he remolded. If thermosetting, it sets under heat and can’t be remolded.

Phenolic materials are thermosetting plastics. And from practically the outset of the industry they’ve enjoyed an ever- expanding market. They take many and various forms. Probably the most familiar to you are radio cabinets, telephone handsets, buttons, tube bases, mechanical parts, and so on. continued…

Dollar-sign Engineering
The photo sequence beginning on the next page will show you how a value analyst operates—step by step—on a typical project. Here, it’s the timer for the automatic clothes washer. Because space doesn't permit us to show the results of the analysis on every part of the timer, we have selected one part as being typical. (In the actual project more than 30 individual parts of the timer were analyzed for value.)

It should be emphasized that nothing was wrong with the timer when we approached the Value Analysis Unit and requested a survey. The timer operated satisfactorily and costs were in line with similar products. But. as is the case with far-sighted management, they wanted to see if it wasn’t possible to further eliminate any unnecessary costs. continued…

Moisture vs Rubber Insulation
Although rubber compounds are used to waterproof such everyday items as overshoes, raincoats, and garden hoses, rubber compounds in general can’t be considered waterproof when used as an insulation for wire and cable.

What works on raincoats may not work on cables—the basic differences are: length of exposure; effect of moisture on the electrical properties. Cables insulated with rubber compounds must withstand years of continual exposure with a consequent absorption of moisture. And moisture absorption has proved to be a contributing factor in cable failures. continued…
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Here is the owners manual and operating instructions for the Easy's Top-of-the-Line dryer in the early 60s. Models included: DDK-E and the gas version DDK-G.


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Full owners manual and operating instructions packed with every 1957 model of Norge automatic washers.


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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.


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Please see description in part 1 of this manual. This is part 2 of 3, pages 93-197.


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Complete service manual to Blackstone washers models BA-415, BA-525, BA-625 and BA-825.


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Owners Manual, Operating Instructions, Installation Instructions and detergent information for top of the line Imperial Mark XII Whirlpool washers Models LPA 992-0; LPA 992-5 (with SUDS-MISER® system ).


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Operating Instructions and drying guide for all 1961 Kenmore Dryers.


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Brochures for Hotpoint's three most top of the line automatic dryers from '59 including the water condenser dryers models. Models shows are LC970, LC950 and LB31.


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Here is the entire line of Whirlpool Automatic Dryers from '69.


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Thumbnail Image of Download 1952 Blackstone Washer and Dryer Brochures
Here are some great brochures for Blackstone's first generation of automatic washer and dryer. The washer has a mechanical based timer built right into the transmission! Very unique design. Models 250/191.

The Blackstone Model 250 automatic washer is a distinct improvement over previous types. It washes, rinses, and damp-dries automatically - yet it's flexible control permits the operator to take charge at any time. It washes by the accepted agitator principle, is vibration-free, and is designed to match other standard appliances and cabinets.
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Here is a beautiful catalog highlighting Kelvinator Metal Kitchen and Laundry Room cabinetry.

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Here is a fabric and washing guide given with new Norge automatic washers in the late 50's.


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Brochures showing off the very last domestic washer and dryer models produced by Blackstone before the Laundry Division was closed.


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