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Old 19th Nov 2017, 4:55 pm   #1
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Default Exeter couple finally ditch 1950s appliances

This has just been published at the BBC News website and I thought it might be of interest here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-42043754
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Old 19th Nov 2017, 5:23 pm   #2
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Default Elderly couple looking to rehome 1950s' appliances

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-42043754
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HWMBO showed me this on his iphone this morning. I wonder if the Black Country Museum would be interested as the Servis was just made around the corner from them. Hopefully Phil will be along in a minute.
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This is where I show my ignorance: I didn't think that tumble dryers were around in the early 1960s.

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Advert from 1963.
https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/File:Im196311HG-Burco.jpg
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Old 19th Nov 2017, 8:35 pm   #6
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Two threads on the same subject merged.
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Old 19th Nov 2017, 10:09 pm   #7
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Oh yes....the electricity board showroom.....There was one not far from us when I lived in Streatham S.W London. I seem to remember that their own brand was Electra?
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...I wonder if the Black Country Museum would be interested as the Servis was just made around the corner from them. Hopefully Phil will be along in a minute.
Yes, hello, I'm never far away! The Black Country Living Museum is actually planning a major expansion in the next ten years, to cover the 1940s-1960s era, and presumably they'll be looking to acquire artefacts to represent those time periods. I've already found them a late 1940's telly and a third round Ekco...

However, as a mere volunteer in the radio repair workshop, I have no control over what they are willing to collect. I do know that storage space is extremely limited and, like most museums, they are unable to display more than a fraction of their complete collection.

I'll alert the Curator to this news article. Who knows?
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We do have that version of Burco Tumblair resting in the utility room, I think it's a D3. We retired it from active service about 20 years ago in favour of an older model, the D2 from around 1960-61. If there was ever a D1 I've yet to meet it.

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We serviced for Burco up till the early 2000s.
Many of these dryers were rebuilt by us, we had all the spares. And yes, there was a D1 I think but the memory is fading.
I remember being in the Rosegrove Burnley factory in the early 70s, we used to supply them with waste disposers, when they were building D3s I think. Sadly all gone.
These were very well designed and built, we could of repaired them indefinitely.
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Driers were quite popular back then, the Flatley used to be a popular type.

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We retired it from active service about 20 years ago in favour of an older model...
Only on this forum would you read something like that!
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We had a Bendix automatic washing machine in the '60s, I think it was given to us, you had to bolt it to the floor though. It was brilliant, so simple, very little to go wrong and it worked well. We brought it down to Dorset with us in 1970 and passed it on to someone in the village who was delighted with it. As we got it free it must have been pretty old then.

Quite a few of my rural customers down here had ancient appliances, probably couldn't afford to replace them, they also still had round pin plugs, probably for the same reason.

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