Maytag Ephemera

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4300 S. Briarwood Ave. Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103.

We are taking the liberty of forwarding the enclosed information
and pictures in the hopes that you would enjoy them.

The larger picture shows, starting from the left, Dr. and Mrs.
LeRoy (Janet) Krause holding the meat grinder attachment, and Mr.
and Mrs. Patrick (Ruth) Lynn behind the churn attachment. The
smaller picture shows the Maytag ephemera that we have collected.
The gallon Maytag oil can, the pint mixing can, the hand oil can,
two Maytag wrenches, and a small aluminum one ounce oil measuring
cup with ‘Maytag’ on the bottom.

Our possession of this bit of rare Americana dates from Mrs.
Lynn returning from a sojourn in a local hospital to find this
basic Maytag machine in front of our garage door filled with some
real and artificial flowers and a sign saying ‘Welcome Home
Ruth!!’ A gift from friends.

I had a little welding done on the machine, and during the past
few years Jim Johansen of Huron, South Dakota (a subscriber) and
Loy Tillotson of Mitchell, South Dakota gave us the churn motor and
grinder. We had to get it running which it now does
beautifully.

Ruth Lynn remembers, during her childhood on the farm, watching
her mother place the exhaust out the porch door, and then
step-start the gasoline engine. Washday was from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. in those days.

Dick Hamp, 1772 Conrad Ave., San Jose, California 95124, sends
these old advertisements, saying, ‘I found some more old
magazines at the local flea market today. I copied some ads from
them that I think my fellow GEM readers might find interesting. The
ads for the Whitney and Do-It-All tractors are the first that I
have come across.’

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