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3-in-1 Old-Time Washing Machine
Back in the good old days it was possible to do a lot of household jobs with certain machines, says Steve McDonough, Spring Valley, Wis., who displayed a rare old-time washing machine last summer at the Minnesota State Fair.
    The belt-driven Maytag Gyratator washing machine could also be used as a butter churn and an ice cream maker. The owner simply removed the agitator and slipped the butter churn-ice cream maker on in its place. Or, he could remove the wringer and fit a standard meat grinder onto the wringer post. The meat grinder was shaft-driven the same way as the wringer.
    “Maytag Gyratator Washers were made in the 1920’s and 30’s. I believe this one was made in 1933,” says McDonough. “I bought the machine from a local man and paid $1,500 for it. I’ve never seen another one like it.”
    The Maytag Washing Machine Co. was founded in 1893 by businessman Frederick Maytag. In 1925, the company became Maytag, Inc. During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the company was one of the few to actually make a profit in successive years. They’re located in Newton, Iowa.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve McDonough, N7160 410th St., Spring Valley, Wis. 54767 (ph 715 778-5590; tractornut1@hotmail.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1