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 NEWTON, Iowa, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Because Bill and Barbara Larzelere of Burbank, Calif., own an automotive detailing business, they know all about classic cars. But this week they reaped the benefits of another "oldie, but goodie" in their garage -- a Maytag aluminum-tub wringer washer discovered as the oldest still operating in a contest sponsored by the company in celebration of its centennial year.
 As winners, the Larzeleres agreed to sell their vintage Maytag to its manufacturer for $1,000 and a new Maytag automatic washer. "The prize is great," said Barbara, "and we're even flying to Iowa to take part in Maytag's centennial celebration. We're calling it Bill and Barb's Great Adventure!"
 The adventure began 15 years ago when the Larzeleres brought home a new Maytag washer and dryer. But when Bill put his first load of grimy towels from the auto shop into the shiny, new washer, Barb put her foot down. "I said, 'No way, honey, not in this machine.' I didn't want the towels to leave a greasy film in it," she said.
 Fortunately, a solution presented itself. While wandering the aisles of a swap meet at the Rose Bowl, Barbara spotted a little, old man with bright blue eyes. He had for sale an old wringer washer, and he assured her it worked perfectly.
 "I had to believe him, because he looked just like my grandpa," she said. "So I paid him the $25 he insisted on, went an found Bill, and told him I had bought him a surprise. When he saw it, he said, 'You've got to be kidding.' We had to push it about a mile to get it to the car, but when we got it home and plugged it in, it ran like a top -- and it's been working ever since."
 But it wasn't until this week that the Larzeleres found out exactly how long the Maytag had been washing clothes. When Maytag officials notified them of their winning entry, the couple was surprised to find out that the washer rolled off the production line in 1921 -- 72 years ago!
 "It's a Model 70, which is even older than the company expected to find," said Barbara. "But then, they didn't expect 19,000 entries, either!"
 THe washer, produced just two years after Maytag became the first in the industry to cast an aluminum tub, operates using a lid-mounted, suction-cup dolly, which agitates the water and pulls clothes through it. The washer has a wide tub with a cone-shaped bottom designed to encourage particles of dirt to fall to the center without being washed back into the clothing.
 "We're kind of reluctant to give it up," said Barbara, "but I guess we agreed to that when we sent in the serial number. And now that we'll have a new Maytag, the '78 model can take the wringer's place. For all those years of service, it deserves to be in a museum where people can admire it!"
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 /CONTACT: Linda Eggerss of Maytag Company, 515-791-8518/

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