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Washing Machine - 'Easy', Syracuse Washing Machine Corporation, New York, USA, circa 1935 Object Reg. No: ST 026180

Electric 32 volt washing machine manufactured by Syracuse Washing Machine Corporation in New York, United States of America, in about 1935.

This twin tub model, named the 'Easy', was made throughout the 1920s and 1930s, but was originally patented in 1912. It was the basis of the later standard twin-tub washing machine, and at the time represented a major advance in washing-machine design. The machine is made from enamelled metal and stainless steel, and features two tubs set in a triangular frame. It has rinse and spin dry options, with settings marked 'blue', 'suds' and 'rinse'. The larger tub is the agitator tub and the smaller tub acted to rinse and spin the clothes. The washing machine stands 98.2 cm high, is 104.4 cm in length and 62.0 cm wide. The Syracuse 'Easy' featured vacuum-cup technology, which helped force soapy water through clothes.

The very name of this washing machine reinforced the alluring, but not entirely true, promise from advertisers that electrical appliances would be labour saving. Although it offered some advantages, unlike modern washing machines this machine was not automatic and still required much manual handling of the washing.

This domestic machine would have been operated almost exclusively by women, as washing was regarded as 'women's work' during the 19th century and most of the 20th century. While these attitudes were challenged by the women's liberation movement of the 1970s, studies in the early 21st century have found that men still do not participate equally in household chores.
Serial No. 267234. Model 'R'. Metal Is Not Enamelled. Has Vacuum Cup Agitator System.
Similar In Style And Materials To Reg Number ST 28543 'Universal' Washing Machine.
Acquisition Information:
Donation, 1967
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 720 mm (Height), 1000 mm (Width), 990 mm (Length)

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Themes this item is part of: Washing Machines Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Laundering - Washing
Tertiary Classification: appliances - electric
Inscriptions: Has Settings And Openings Marked 'Blue', 'Suds' And 'Rinse'.
Number printed on Frame: 108309
Number printed on Wringer: 10223
Model Name/Number: Easy
Manufacturer: Syracuse Washing Machine Corporation, New York, New York State, United States of America, circa 1935

In 1932 the company's name was apparently changed to the Easy Washing Machine Corporation, so may be dated prior to 1932. Further research required.


Larry Posted on 05 Feb 2010 1:30 PM
I have a EASY hit and miss gas engine from a washing machine. The block is #1059. I'm looking for any information, helpfull to restore. Any help will be welcomed.

Thank you

Larry Lipiarz
Joe Posted on 04 Mar 2010 6:09 AM
I have an EASY clothes press Model 61 in good shape. Any information is appreciated. Thanks!
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 Mar 2010 1:09 PM
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ruby Posted on 20 Apr 2010 12:04 PM
I have a MODEL H #5549 Easy Vacuum Electric washer..The date on it is March 26,1912.It was made by Syracuse Washer Corporation in Syracuse,NY..It is also copper..Can you tell me what this item is worth?
Thank You
Discovery Centre Posted on 20 Apr 2010 4:17 PM
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Hi Ruby, as indicated below, Museum Victoria does not provide valuations. You should try the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program for a list of reliable valuers.
Discovery Centre Posted on 29 Jun 2010 10:36 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Larry, Lee Maxwell, a fanatical collector of ancient washing machines, has rebuilt most to "working condition" -- over 800 machines. You can search in the Database section of the website here or you can contact Lee at
Diane Posted on 01 Jul 2010 9:31 AM
J'ai une machine à laver
Easy Syracuse Working Machnine
Model M 506735
Fabriqué 26 mars 1912 Easy Vacauum Electric Washer

Elle appartenait à ma grand-mère et était en état de fonction lors de son remisage.
Je l'ai depuis 33 ans 'remisé'.

J'aimerais m'en départir.
David Posted on 28 Oct 2011 4:13 PM
I have stumbled upon one myself recently and was wondering what they are going for these days. The model if I'm reading this right is R-165883
Harold r Wandle Posted on 18 Jun 2013 2:25 AM
I use to work for easy washing machine company in 1947. I worked at pay and wages figuring out each man pay. Overtime pay was very difficult I did not have a adding machine. Also as a boy we always bought the easy washer. I remember the machine that had a ringer . I caught my arm in the wringer and my grandmother released the handle.
Chuck Posted on 12 May 2014 12:45 AM
I have a model u easy washing machine and I am looking for the cover for the big washing tub. Also looking for the lid for the spin cycle. Any information would be helpful.
ted Posted on 13 May 2014 3:57 AM
Yea I picked up a model 47 from a leaking shed all froze up just played around getting stuff moving and I plugged it in to see for the hell of it not expecting muchand the thing works great nice and quiet to bad today's machine don't have yesterday workman ship
Patrick olski Posted on 02 Jun 2014 2:10 AM
I worked at Easy from 1951 to 1956. Does anyone remember the name of the President of the company? He died around 1955.
Bruce Comfort Posted on 03 Feb 2015 3:04 PM
Web page for the easy washing machine quote "32 volt" that is likely a typo - will be 230 volt.

Wittjung Posted on 10 Feb 2015 11:10 PM
I had several relatives who worked for Easy Washer in Syracuse. The bldg is now abandoned and several people who are homeless, including a mother and daughter, have called it home. The far right loading dock in the rear, now covered with brush, is referred to as the "Bat Cave."

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