Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Mr. Modtomic Has An Unhealthy Fascination With Vintage Modern Laundry Equipment. Status: Just Got Four...So Far.
I've been REAL good about NOT bringing home every cool looking Washer and Dryer that I've crossed paths with...so far. I have a feeling that might change soon. I might have to make some room in the garage.
I've been leaving behind some questionable units as well as some real beauties at these
estate sales lately. The pretty ones are so so hard to leave behind. If perceived sanity /
money were no object I'd have a basement (or at least part of the garage) full like this.
I...Don't...Know...Why. You might remember these two I dragged home a while back.
Man, this GE is one of the prettiest plain ol' white dryers I've come across. The nice part is
that these units are usually in working order...still being used as a matter of fact. The sad
news is that most of the older more interesting units ARE dryers. Must be something about
the washers being more complex and wearing out more quickly.
See, the washer at the same sale is quite a few years newer. Looks like the late '70s to
me. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I just get all "matchy matchy" with the
Again, you can see that the dryer at this sale looks like it's about 5 or 10 years older
than the washer. It's understandable. A dryer just has a heat coil, a drive motor / system
and a blower to wear out. Not much there TO wear out. Washers have all those pumps,
transmissions, hoses, belts, switches, valves, seals and who knows what elses to wear
out. The guys over at Automatic Washer know all about this stuff. It's a great site to
get your feet wet if vintage appliances intrigue you. Go take a peek. I do wish the site
was a little easier to navigate though.