The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 29, 1953 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 29, 1953
Page 10
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PAGE BIGHT BLYTHEVTLLB (ARK.)' COURIER NEW! FRIDAY, MAT W, 195S Research, Secrecy Behind Washer-Dryer Development Bendix First Got the Idea For Combination Unit in '36 This is the story behind the de velopment of an automatic washe *nd dryer—a story combining fore eight, constant research, secrecy akin to a military project and 16 years of hard work. Back in 1937. an amazed housewife watching the first Bendix automatic washer take the work out of wash day, couldn't help remarking, "It would be perfect if it could dry the clothes, too." She was more prophetic than she knew, because Bendix inventors, engineers and Judson S. Sayre, top sales executive and later president, already had the, same idea. Sayre had written a note about It in 1836 to Wallace P. Oliver, long-time director of engineering for Bendix and the man who took crude inventors' blueprints and worked ceaselessly until he came up with the liret automatic washer. Sayre's note said, "We cannot stop with a machine that merely washes automatically. We must design and build a complete laundry unit that will heat the water, soak, wash, rinse and dry the clothes. That is our ultimate objective." Prom then on, a complete home laundry in one unit was the Bendix goal. Every washer and dryer model produced was designed and\ constructed with-the ultimate thought of putting each new feature In the single unit. Bendix was in a partlculnrly strong position to develop such a •washer-dryer. It owned the basic automatic washer patent—the tum- ble-action principle. And all aul matic dryers also used this pri ciple. To be successful, a combir lion unit had to use it, too. On May 1,1946, Sayre sent a no to Oliver: "The Engineering Depar mcnt should start work immediat ly on a combination washer-dry The unit must be practical, et cient and economical. In perforr ance It must equal or surpass o present models both in wash!: and drying." Those first models had no cab nets and few refinements. Opera ing parts were exposed for stud The dryer's air circulating, heatir and condensing systems were sep rated from the washing tub al cylinder with scrutiny. It was not until late January 10' that the first hand-made model en closed in a cabinet was ready f testing. It soaked, washed, rinsi and clryed a six-pound load clothes automatically In about tv, hours. It used a completely now di ing principle in which heated i was forced thru the clothes into condensing system for cooling that the lint and moisture could washed out of the unit. The eye was repeated constantly with th same air being used again ar again. The engineers were pleased wl their first working model, but con ferences among engineering ar sales executives and home ccon mists brought out new ideas for in- provements. By 1948 these had lice included in a new washer-dryer m n FHIGIDAIRE ELECTRIC'IRONER — The Prlgidalre Electric Ironer offers many important work and time-saving advantages to homemakers. The new Prestoe-Matic foot control not only starts and stops the iron roll, but provides a new toe control for pressing. The "press control" panel is a part 'of the full-width foot control. This ironer also features the Sag-Proof Ironer roll; Open-Roll drive; Pressure-Matic Iron with button-saver edge; adjustable heat control and two-speed Ironing; and adjustable casters. Plenty of table-top work space is provided by drop-leal end panel and a lap tray. Felt is the most ancient of carpet materials and was made from bark about 30,000 years ago, nc- c--"-•» to the Encyclopedia Britannica. • So named because of its unusually large ears, the mule deer roams the wildest, roughest and mos mountainous regions of the wesl and southwest. Bulky Blankets Are No Problem ECONOMIZE on the spring- cleaning bill by washing your woolen blankets before you put them away for the summer. That's the advice of Eleanor Lee Jones, Kelyinator's home laundry specialist. Using this automatic washer, she cites the following method: Plac« blanket in washer, spreading it evenly around the three rubber fins of the agitator. Next, add correct Amount of mild soap flakes and water conditioner or mild synthetic detergent. Set temperature control at "warm," operating control at "rinsing cycle. Allow tub to fill, and let blanket «oak 15 minutes. Start overflow rinse. Aid more water conditioner after rinse has taken most of «uds away. Turn control to final spin cycle. Bemove blanket and carefully stretch as nearly as nonlble to original dimensions; after drying, brush with stiff nylon brush. Result, says Miss Jones, is a fluffier blanket without chemical odor*, with ahrink&te held to a minimum. del. Test models were built secretly and installed by night in South Bend, Ind., homes. Home-makers using them signed pledges to keep the secret and to maintain detailed records which were studied intently week by week. Sales executives interviewed the women, learning their reactions, likes and dislikes. Home economists made their own tests and compared them with what they learned from the homemakers. Bendix officials were pleased with these reports, but decided il was more important to Improve the unit before first models reached American homes than afterwards. They noted that many of the testing wives reported they would like a larger capacity. Early in 1943, a new combination was built. Completely restylcd in appearance, It soaked, washed, rinsed and dried an eight-pound load of laundry automatically. It seemed like the answer. For the first time, the unit was given a name, "Bendix Duomatlc Washer-Dryer." By mid 1950, the revised Duo- matic was ready for field testing. It was a sleek, smooth-working appliance that eleminated' tiresome home laundry chores that had plag- ued home-makers since the beginning of time. Only 39 inches tall, It fit into practically any room in the home—kitchen, utility room, special laundry or bath. It was practical, labor-saving and efficient. Once more test models were built and placed secretly in homes. Again detailed renprts were studied. These were so favorable that tooling and production costs were prepared. By 1951 Bendix was ready to market the Duomatlo. Then came the device that filled 'completely Sayre's original objective 15 years before—the magic heater. This 110-volt rod immersion unit was Installed in tumble-action washers to raise water temperatures during washing or to compensate for heat lost as water moved from the heating tank to the washer. Since the Duomatic already was using 220 volts for drying, Its heater could have the added power and greater efficiency. When Bendix began tooling and calling la suppliers In 1952, the Sayre to Oliver note of 1936 was finally * reality. The ultimate objective of a unit that could heat the water, soak, wash, rinse and dry the, clothes had been reached in the first new completely automatic home appliance since the first Bendix washer. Nubbard Hardware Makes This Special OLD WASHBOARD Yes, it's true! Hubbard Hardware will give you $10 for that old washboard on the purchase of an A-B-C Washer as illustrated. The regular low price is $139.95 and you get $10 off this price for your old washboard. Don't wait, come in NOW! ONLY HURRY IN, NOW! This Special Offer Good for a Limited Time Only! , \ \ HARDWARE CO. "Your A-B-C Washer Dealer" 213 WEST MAIN PHONE 2015 ,1,

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