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Seabird

'Flatley' driers

Does anyone remember these?

They were a top opening cabinet with a rack that you hung your washing on, with a heater inside.

My friend's mum had one, in the early 60s - the days when we wore stiffened petticoats, which were stiffened with a sugar solution. I can still remember the smell of burnt sugar coming from the drier on washday!

I wonder whether they were more or less energy efficient than modern tumble driers.
horace

We use to have one about 1974-75 we mainly used it for drying terry nappies , it cost too much to do much more.
mogs

yep i had one when my kids were small...early 70's, and i also had a burco boiler.........boiled nappies in the burco, spun them in a sperate spinner, then into the flately.......i then progressed to a twin tub washer....oooohhh i thought i was in heaven....lol....
agapanthus

mogs wrote:
yep i had one when my kids were small...early 70's, and i also had a burco boiler.........boiled nappies in the burco, spun them in a sperate spinner, then into the flately.......i then progressed to a twin tub washer....oooohhh i thought i was in heaven....lol....

     

It could have been me saying that!!!!  
mogs

fofl......i think in th 70's thats what most people had......aswell as the wooden tongs to transfer from tub to spinner....and if it was just nappies i had to boil i would use and old saucepan on the gas ring  
we also had an airing cupboard, not too sure many have or use them now.
Bazzer

I thought a Flatley Drier was what was needed if you fell in doing River Dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W22gpBv00gg
supersweep

Yes, I remember these !
In the 1970's our domestic science teacher gave us marks out of ten for ironing and using the cabinet  
What a waste of time !
I hated that teacher !  and she hated me  
Bazzer

The Burco Boiler that was used all year for Nappies, White Y Fronts and Snotty Olives also came into it's own for Xmas Pud's.
debbie

My mum used to boil my brother and sisters terry nappies in a metal bucket on top of the wood fired arga then into the twin tub - didn't have one of those drier things - they used to go on a dutch airer that was suspended from the ceiling on a pully contraption above the arga - would have been 1971
NZPOME

Yes! We had a Flatley And a twin tub, god did I hate that thing!
sheffy

We had a flately and I had a washing machine with a hand mangle. It would boil your clothes as well but took almost all day to heat up so was too expensive to do that. The nappies used to go really stiff in the drier!
lizzie44

Sheffy Have visions of your kids walking like John Wayne in their cardborad nappies! Love Lizzie
avvy

I remember having a automatic washing machine in the 70s that operated by means of a key plaste
When my son was a toddler he used to delight in pulling out the key and all I could do was stand and watch all the hot water go down the drain
Happy days!!
horace

We had one that had a red plastic  square with notches for different settings
lizzie44

Yeah a Hoover Keymatic. I had one for my first machine - it was the early 80's and this contraption was very secondhand. I remember it had a brilliant function that you could open the door and add things you'd forgotten mid cycle. Love Lizzie
sheffy

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Sheffy  Have visions of your kids walking like John Wayne in their cardborad nappies! Love Lizzie


I remember my mum, though.  She used to wear her wellies when it was washday.  She had a glass fronted rubbing board and a mangle which led to the kitchen floor being flooded!  Then the washing had to spend ages on a clothes horse in the living room.No wonder we had "play clothes" to wear and keep ordinary clothes clean!
Gwenoakes

Just had to add to this thread, all be it rather belated.

I remember the Flatley drier, used in our house on very rare occassions because of the cost.  Progressed to a Burco, but no mangle and got what the doctor called 'nappy wrist' with wringing the nappies out by hand.  LOL

Then the BIG day arrived many years later and I bought a secondhand automatic Bendix washing machine..........great, except it was supposed to be attached to the floor by means of huge bolts.  OH didnt bother with that, so each time it went to spin I had to sit on it to stop it walzing across the kitchen floor.  

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