Maytag Man

Maytag collector amasses an impressive kit of washers, engines and ephemera.

| April 2018

  • Patrick Everett’s rarest washer: the Fredrick washing machine.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • A hand-powered Maytag Model 40.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Patrick’s daughter Jaclyn feeds a rag through a wringer.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Maytag upright engines from Patrick’s collection.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Patrick with his Maytag Model 42 belt pulley-powered washing machine.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • This Maytag Model 82 washer was the first in Patricks’ collection to be powered by Lazarus, a Maytag Model 92 engine.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Patrick likes this Maytag Model 42, which is powered by a belt pulley, because, “I imagine its story as a farmer with no money trying to spiff up the washer for his wife because he can’t afford a new one.”
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Patrick’s washer collection also includes machines from other manufacturers. This gas engine-powered model was produced by Easy Washing Machine Co.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • A Maytag Model 26 round aluminum tub.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • This Maytag Model A is better known as a cabinet washer.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • A Maytag Model 82 with advertisements from Patrick’s collection.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • A Maytag Model N11.
    Photo by Richard Backus

Every piece of antique farm equipment has a story. But we’re in 2018, so unless you’re lucky enough to have a family heirloom, it’s likely those stories are lost. That doesn’t stop Maytag engine collector Patrick Everett from thinking about where they’ve been while he tinkers.

“I find them intriguing,” Patrick says. “The mechanical is neat, but I also think of the history of where the engine has been, what it’s seen. It’s like a person. Every Maytag looks the same, but each one has a history.”

Patrick got into old equipment when his dad acquired a Model 92 Maytag, lovingly named Lazarus, when Patrick was 14 years old. (Read more about Lazarus in Gas Engine Magazine, August/September 1996.) Patrick’s dad, Gary, was looking for a hobby to keep his 14-year-old out of trouble. Working on old engines did the trick. “We fixed Lazarus up and it’s been a downhill slide since then,” Patrick says.

Twenty-four years later, Patrick still takes Lazarus to every show he attends, but his collection of Maytag engines has swelled into the 300s. And he’s expanded into other Maytag products, including an impressive collection of 100 washing machines.

Named for company founder

One of those is a rare Frederick washing machine produced from 1929-33. Patrick explains that during the Great Depression, Maytag Co., Newton, Iowa, was looking to make a quick buck and bought up many smaller companies, including the original producer of this machine. But the machines weren’t quite up to Maytag’s quality standards, so Maytag rebranded the machine as the Frederick (after Frederick L. Maytag, one of the company’s four founders).

Why Maytag continued producing the washers is unknown, but Patrick believes Maytag wanted to use up all the raw materials before changing the assembly line to Maytag’s standards. The Frederick washer doesn’t look like a Maytag, and it was cheaply made. Most people didn’t hold onto them, so there aren’t many left. Patrick got his Frederick from collector Don Henry last year. “I was really happy to get it,” Patrick says. “It’s the ultimate, rare piece.”


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