What was a vintage washing machine like in the ’50s? Check out the features on the ’57 Kelvinator washer and its fancy “Magic Minute”

Lady loves her laundry - 1950s

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See these spots disappear in 60 seconds with the “Magic Minute”!

60 seconds of automatic pre-scrubbing with double-rich suds to cut grease better, wash everything cleaner

Vintage washing machine in the '50s

Spill grease on a pretty apron. Splash it with coffee. Smear it with meat sauce. Then watch the new 1957 Kelvinator go to work.

Kelvinator starts with the “Magic Minute” — 60 seconds of automatic pre-scrubbing with the full amount of soap and only a small amount of water. This cuts grease and grime before the regular washing action starts.

Following the “Magic Minute,” the tub fills completely and the “3-Way Agitator” washes out every last speck of dirt. No other washing action gets clothes so white, so bright! Kelvinator has 2 separate automatic cycles — one for regular fabrics, one for fine fabrics. “Suds Back” for suds and wash economy. New push-button control gives a choice of water temperatures. There are no gears to get out of order and cause service problems.

Ask your Kelvinator dealer to demonstrate the “Magic Minute.”

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Announcing the new 1957 Kelvinator Washer with the Magic Minute

Only Kelvinator has it! 60 seconds of automatic pre-treating before the regular washing begins. It uses the full amount of soap or detergent in a minimum amount of water. Only Kelvinator’s washing action is so easy on clothes that it makes possible the “Magic Minute.” In other washers, the agitator cannot be started safely until the tub is full of water.

THERE’S NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT — the “Magic Minute” of concentrated pre-washing, impossible in any other washer.

This double-rich sudsing cuts grease and grime, loosens dirt and stains before the regular washing cycle is even started.

After the “Magic Minute” — with a full tub of water — the “3-way Agitator” washes out every last speck of dirt. No other washing action gets clothes so white, so bright, so clean!

And Kelvinator gives you these great features, too: Two separate cycles-one for regular fabrics, one for fine fabrics. New push-button control gives you 3 different water temperatures needed for different fabrics. The new 1957 two cycle Washer and matching low- heat, high-speed Dryer are available in your choice of three decorator colors or white.

Take a minute to see the “Magic Minute.” Ask your Kelvinator dealer to demonstrate its amazing grease-cutting action.

Kelvinator Magic Minute vintage washing machine and dryer ad 1956 1957


A closer look at that “magic minute” on this vintage washing machine

What was a vintage washing machine like in the '50s

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