1.23.2013

1960 Maytag Washer and Dryer Ad

1960 Maytag Washer and Dryer ad
What a great vintage ad. I love this washer and dryer ad from Maytag. It has a number of great touches that were so 1960.

The front door of dryers back then was always very small. I'm not sure why it was that way. My mother's dryer, which she had but never used because it would cost too much in electricity, had a glass door about the size of my laptop. I have no idea why we had it since we didn't use it EVER, but I suppose that is just another of life's mysteries.

I love that everyone in the ad is dressed in white, and that they were kind enough to put the mother in flats. What a relief that must have been. I also like that she is wearing white gloves and pearls. That always makes me think of doing laundry as well. Especially nice is that she is carrying a hat box, which is also white, and probably contains a white hat. I wonder what her motivation was for that?

Also charming is the boy in the white suit on the floor, playing with a red and blue truck that is hauling a yellow banana, or perhaps it is a yellow crane. It's hard to say, but its wonderfully phallic shape and proximity to the boy's crotch must surely mean that he is excited about doing laundry as well.

All this reminds me that I need to do some laundry today as well. Now if I can only remember where I put my gloves and pearls.

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