Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Antique appliances






I was shopping with my daughter-in-law yesterday for a new dishwasher when I saw these antique appliances near the entrance of a locally owned store. Who knew that Frigidaire was made by General Motors and how about that old Maytag washing machine? My grandmother had one of those wringers on her washing machine when I was a kid. My grandmother also always called any refrigerator a "Frigidaire" no matter what the brand was. I tried to get a look inside both but I couldn't get them open.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

28 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

I grew up with a washing machine like this! My mother was always giving me dire warnings about getting too close to the rollers. Meaning my hair, clothes, or anything else on me would be eaten alive. Yes, we called our fridge the Frigidaire. They still make this brand!

BeachGypsy said...

Those are fun to see! My Grandma would say "go put this in the "Kelvinator"--that was her fridge! LOL It had big heavy horizontal handles on the front, one on top (freezer) and one on the bottom (fridge). I think I remember you had to pull them out towards yourself to get them to open. It was a wonderful luxury for people of their era to have a refrigerator, especially one that made ice cubes! LOL (well, it didn't MAKE the ice cubes---it was silver metal trays that you put water in)

Lowell said...

It appears that many of your readers will have experienced both of these machines. I remember the early refrigerators because they meant we could get rid of our ice box, which was always a problem as you couldn't be sure it kept the food cold enough. And you also had to worry if the ice man cometh on time!

Those old roller washing machines were pretty standard in my youth and the rollers were in truth quite dangerous, especially for women with longer hair.

Great finds, Lois, even if you reminded me again how cotton-pickin' old I is! :)

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Máquinas que são peças de museu.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Victor S E Moubarak said...

My parents had a fridge like that.

God bless.

biebkriebels said...

That is fun to see, how times have changed! We never had a washing machine in my youth. My mother washed all by hand and had the big sheets picked up from home by a washing firm that washed it professional and brought it back again.
What a life for a housewife....

Sandra said...

i am now feeling antique because i remember both of these and i did not know GM was the creator.. i just had to buy maytag washer/dryer yesterday....

Christine said...

Now those were well used! White goods have come a long way!

RedPat said...

I remember ringer washers and all of the warnings you got about them!

Lois Evensen said...

How very cool! I remember Mom using the wringer washer, too. :)

Sharon Anck said...

That brought back some memories for me. My grandmother had a similar refrigerator with that same kind of handle and of course she had a wringer washing machine similar to this one. I have some memories of her doing the laundry and me watching her run the clothes through those wringers.

Iris Flavia said...

GM made fridges?! Never thought that!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's amazing to think that they would have been prized possessions at one time Lois, so cool to see .

Lea said...

I remember a very similar washing machine on our back porch when I was a kid. It had a drain hose hooked over the side. To drain the water out, my mother rolled it over to the edge of the porch, and let down the hose to drain the water onto the ground!

Karl Demetz said...

Oh, these are antique ! Fascinating !

Kay L. Davies said...

These are, I think, a little older than I am, but not much. I remember wringer washers very well, and my grandmother also said "Frigidaire" when she mentioned our refrigerator. Shades of my childhood! Thanks for the memories.
Kay
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

William Kendall said...

The fridge I recognized as such right off, but I had to scroll down to see what on earth its neighbour was!

Tom said...

...you can tell how old I am, I knew that General Motors made Frigidaire! Appliances of today will likely not last along. Thanks Lois for sharing, enjoy your week.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I remember how scary those wringers were. They were designed to crush little boys' fingers.

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating series of photo of vintage appliance ~ such history!

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bill burke said...

My mother used to have one of those washing machines. She used to roll it over to the kitchen sink to drain it. I remember the clothes coming out the ringer very flat. Machines have come a long way but they don't last as long.

A Colorful World said...

I love these! Wish I could find one of those washing machines that was in pretty good shape and wasn't fragile!

Hootin' Anni said...

I knew about GM...only 'cause my dad worked for General Motors. lol. And to this day I STILL buy frigidaire.

Neat, nostalgic images.

Adam said...

I didn't know it started as a GM brand

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I heard either icebox or frigidare. Sometimes I still say icebox. I don't think I'm that old. lol

Kay said...

We have neighbors who are world class antique collectors (they were dealers for many years). They have an old model refrigerator like this one from the 1920s. After they bought it they polished it up a bit and it's been working fine ever since.

Jack said...

You are right. I heard my grandmother call refrigerators Frigidaires, too. It must have been generational.

Klara S said...

I like these stuff!