Thread Number: 36997  /  Tag: Small Appliances
Political Correctness, maybe not. Style, yes.
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Post# 395457   7/22/2018 at 16:55 by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All,
Not sure this belongs in this category or where. My dad installed this in 1961. I guess it glamorized the space under the sink LOL. Not at all like what is sold today. I remember when all our washing machines and dryers back then where "Lady Kenmore". I believe Sears might have dropped or stopped using "Lady Kenmore" in the 70's? That machine is long gone now but it definitely reflected the style of the time.
There are a few things I do not want and this is one of them. If someone wants it please let me know.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 395466 , Reply# 1   7/22/2018 at 23:00 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
The Lady Kenmore brand was alive and well into the 1990s.

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I have a Lady Kenmore glass top range in my kitchen that my parents bought new in 1993 or maybe '94, back when that was a new and novel thing. They liked it so well that they took it with them when they moved in 1997 and brought the GE range from the new house back to the old one. They got 20+ years of use out of it and then replaced it when the oven controls started malfunctioning. I took it to replace the 30-year-old GE that was at my house and got it fixed under my home warranty. I got the main circuit board rebuilt and now It works like new again.

The thing I've never understood is what's the difference between a regular Kenmore and a Lady Kenmore. Was one more of an upscale model? Did it have design features intended to appeal to women? Or was it all just a marketing gimmick?

Post# 395471 , Reply# 2   7/23/2018 at 08:24 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Had a couple washers, I think it was the big daddy top of the line

Post# 395478 , Reply# 3   7/23/2018 at 14:49 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I HATE Poltical correctness

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Why can't we say:actor/actress...waiter/waitress...?
My late brother was a SEARS nut!! Craftsman tools, Kenmore appliances, etc.
My (cough, sister-in-law) had matching cocoa "Lady Kenmore" laundry units, as well, as lots of other appliances.
I noticed the "Lady" came off everything.

Post# 395480 , Reply# 4   7/23/2018 at 15:29 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I dont see

Anything incorrect about Lady Kenmore, no more than I see anything wrong with a woman being an actress, etc, To call a lady a actor borderlines on the silly I think, This "correctness" is just that, silly.I was brought up to say yes sir and yes maam etc.

Post# 395502 , Reply# 5   7/23/2018 at 22:40 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I had the cocoa set too! Wonderful! Fancy.I think it was called toast? Could be wrong.

Post# 395504 , Reply# 6   7/24/2018 at 00:36 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I think you're right.. toast!

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I never paid attention to it that much. I WAS a bit fascinated by my late brother's house. Not terribly overwhelmed by my sister-in-law. Just say, her true colors came through in later years.

Post# 395672 , Reply# 7   7/27/2018 at 18:59 by Vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Personally, I do believe in Political Correctness and Inclusive Language.

However, I do believe times were different when Lady Kenmore was a product name. I enjoy reading old manuals of machines but as I have aged and now realize the importance of Equality the hair on my neck raises when I hear male exclusive language being used.

I find some of the old Hoover Vacuum manuals very offensive as they refer to have the servant (or slave is what is was referring to) to empty the dust bag often. Something that in this day and age is not acceptable on any level.

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Post# 395679 , Reply# 8   7/27/2018 at 20:23 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I agree with that, Morgan

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References to slaves, etc, is awful. A lot of ads did those kinds of things. Domestic help, maids, housekeepers, etc, is very different from that (Hoover ad) "... gots the Hoovah".
But, I don't use male exclusive language. But, if you are a woman, I see nothing bad about saying waitress.....

Post# 395780 , Reply# 9   7/29/2018 at 11:44 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I remember my aunt having a Lady Kenmore washer.

Lady Kenmore was top of the line, it went away in the 90s as mentioned and today's Kenmore Elite is what replaced it. It was kind of like the large appliance equivalent of Sears Best they used on vacuums.

Post# 396326 , Reply# 10   8/6/2018 at 14:31 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I have several Lady Kenmore machines.
1957 LK Dryer
1959 LK combination washer and dryer
1963 LK washer and dryer
1965 LK combination washer and dryer
1990 LK washer

Post# 396673 , Reply# 11   8/12/2018 at 18:59 by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Oh great, we have Elitist now

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Hello All,
So now we have gone from Lady to Elitist, oh I mean Elite. Where is all this bad PC going to take us?
Thank you for looking,
Drat, I think my last name start with a C.

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