For Those Of You With Blindfolded 10-Year-Olds: A Dishwasher

This advertisement, from 1966, makes us uncomfortable.

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  1. Cant_stop_the_rock says:

    Now it’s making me uncomfortable. Thanks!

  2. dwohio says:

    Odd for more than that.

    Tho it appears she is wearing a bathing suit, supported by that pool in the background, there is nothing connecting the washer to anything in the room and it’s right in front of the window. Not my choice for where to put one.

    Perhaps it is a strange party game for kids, like “pin the tail on the donkey” but with dishes?

    • Quake 'n' Shake says:

      It is a portable. I’m guessing they had no room in the kitchen for a built-in dishwasher. Instead they kept a portable model in the den, in front of the patio sliders, and just rolled it into the kitchen to hook it up to the sink when it was time to run it.

    • StatusfriedCrustomer says:

      //there is nothing connecting the washer to anything in the room//
      That’s no different than today’s commercials. Nothing electric in today’s commercials has a visible cord or plug either, be it the Ionic Breeze, the Amish space heater, or anything else. Roomba(TM)’s sweep the empty floors unhindered, and aerosol fresheners are sprayed by happy moms who are free to close their eyes and sniff contentedly without worrying about stepping on a single wire.

  3. Yoko Broke Up The Beatles says:

    So, wait…what’s the dishwasher hooked up to? The pool?!

  4. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    In 1966 dishwashers were placed near large windows and not inside kitchens, apparently. Good thing they weren’t advertising a garbage disposal.

  5. Keep talking...I'm listening says:

    A swing door for a swinger? Pedobear approves?


  6. Mobius says:

    Chores at Roman Polanski’s house.

  7. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    We lived in an age of innocence.

    Here are 10 toys that made us gay..and we didn’t see it.

  8. PsiCop says:

    A dishwasher with no plumbing hookups? What good is that?

    • summeroflove says:

      It’s only for loading… not for washing.

    • Anathema777 says:

      We used to have one of those rolling dishwashers back in the day. It had a hose hookup in back that you attached to the kitchen faucet. We’d store it in one corner of the kitchen and then roll it over to the sink twice a week.

      • PsiCop says:

        Actually I have seen them, but the ones I’ve seen still had hook-ups or a hose (like yours) or something. This one has nothing. I don’t even see evidence of a power cord. There isn’t one snaking across the floor around it, and behind it is only a patio door … and most patio doors I’ve seen don’t have power outlets.

        • ktetch says:

          House I rented until 2 years ago had one. The hoses and pwoer cord were in a section at the back, you flipped over the top back edge, and the hose pulled out, and the cord unwrapped. See how the cutting board does’t cover the entire top? I’m betting that an access panel at the end.

          I’m actually looking for a portable dishwasher right now, my current place has absolutely no room for a dishwasher.

  9. FilthyHarry says:

    “The dishes are done, Mr. Polanski, can I play in the pool now?”

  10. kewlfocus says:

    100 internet points for the first person to submit a Pedobear photoshop.

  11. RandomHookup says:

    I thought for a second I had wandered onto your estranged former brother-in-law, Fleshbot.

  12. ColoradoShark says:

    In case you are wondering, dishwashers used to be an add-on, not built in.

    You would roll it up to the sink, hook up to the faucet, stuff the drain hose into the sink, plug it in and let ‘er rip. When done, roll it back to wherever you kept it.

    Still, that is one creepy picture.

  13. t-spoon says:

    Hi, I’m Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC…

  14. Alter_ego says:

    I think what surprises me the most is that we apparently haven’t come up with a better dishwasher design in 43 years. That is the exact tray system we have in our brand new dishwasher. Not that I can think of a better design, just…in 40 years, there have to have been some improvements, right?

    • haoshufu says:

      Unfortunately, the general shapes of bowls, cups, dishes, knifes, forks, spoons, etc. have not changed. Therefore, no need to change the tray system. There is nothing new to accomodate.

      • magstheaxe says:

        [DISCLAIMER: I am an employee of a manufacturer of home kitchen and laundry appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.]

        The shapes have changed some. Mostly we’re seeing larger dishes, cups, pots, and pans. A lot of the materials we use to make dishes and silverware have changed, too–plastics being the big innovator. What’s also changed are peoples’s expectations of what items should be dishwasher-safe–there’s a less tolerance for handwashing than there used to be.

        The biggest change for dishwashers in the last twenty years has been in home design. Used to be, a kitchen was a separate room in a house. Then in the late ’80s/early ’90s, architects started doing a lot of open floor designs, removing walls so that rooms flowed one into the other. Suddenly we started getting complaints about how loud the dishwashers are. Eventually we figured out that, no, the problem wasn’t the dishwashers, the problem was that the kitchen walls which used to keep the sound of the dishwasher from traveling to the rest of the house were no longer there, so people who were sitting in their living rooms trying to have a conversation after supper were suddenly acutely aware of the sound of their dishwashers. The whole industry had to rethink dishwasher motor design, tub design, and water distribution in order to accomodate the new home floor plans.

    • henrygates3 says:

      Actually the top tray there has a bowed shape, which seems much more useful than the flat top tray that my washer has. So I guess we’ve regressed.

    • magstheaxe says:

      [DISCLAIMER: I am an employee of a manufacturer of home kitchen and laundry appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.]

      Good heavens, yes they’ve changed!

      Dishwasher rack designs now come in several options, including racks with fold-down tines, adjustible-position upper racks, stemware holders, cup holders, and more. The racks are also available in deeper sizes as well, thanks to re-designs that allow the entire tub of a dishwasher to be larger and thus accomodate more dishes.

      These improved racks are usually found in the upper-middle-line and top-of-the-line model dishwashers. To be blunt, if you’ve got a dishwasher of recent vintage that has the same rack design as what’s shown in this ad, you’ve probably purchased a bottom-of-the-line model.

      There’s other improvements, too. Dishwashers on the whole are much more energy- and water-efficient than they were forty-years ago, for example. They’re also much quieter. Other features available include anti-bacterial wash cycles, automatic detergent dispensers, cycles for fine china, crystal, or plasticware, and stainless steel tubs.

      • Garbanzo says:

        Second that. I just moved into a new place, and the dishwasher here has all kinds of fancy doodads in the racks–hinged bits and retaining clips and retracting pieces. We no longer have to carefully position heavier items on top of the lighter plastic things just to keep them from flying around inside the dishwasher. There’s a whole very shallow third top rack that’s very handy. It runs fairly quietly, too. Quite a difference both from what I grew up with and from the more bare-boned models I’ve seen in most houses.

    • Trick says:

      They have changed over the years. In the sixties our dishwasher was my older sister and brother. In the 70’s it was me. Come to think of it, nothing really changed in the 80’s. I was the dishwasher. The 90’s too. Nothing really changed until about 2006 when my better half took over the dish-washing chores.

      So clearly we have seen at least three different dish-washing styles over the past 40 years.

  15. Stoli says:

    Think you’ve had just a little bit too much of the PC catnip. ^_^ Of course, that time does seem a bit more innocent.

  16. igj says:

    “dishwashers used to be an add-on”

    What is this used to be? My dishwasher still needs to be rolled to the sink, have a hose connected and then run. When it is done, back into its home it goes. Which I now realize is supposed to be in front of glass patio doors – silly me. What have I been thinking all this time???

  17. parrotuya says:

    Everyone knows that pedos and homos and liberals didn’t exist until Nixon took office. Then they all just came out of the woodwork!

    DOWn, baby, DOWn!

  18. metsarethe... says:

    sung to the beat of “super freaky”

    “Super creep, super creepy!”


  19. 2 replies says:

    I wanna know how a dishwasher from the ’60s cleans a full load without proper drainage, water hookups or electricity. (Note that the thing is on casters!)

  20. akuma_619 says:

    This is a great piece of advertisement…for pedophiles.

  21. rte148 says:

    project much, Consumerist?

  22. zentex says:

    My grandma had that model….actually she was still using it until she died a handful of years ago, and then it was given away to a new home.

  23. justsomeotherguy says:

    This picture, along with the idea there is something wrong with it, has been making rounds. There is nothing wrong with this picture. If you find something wrong with it please stick your head in an oven. My head explodes whenever some is upset at a kid in shorts/swim suit/underware. Everything in life seems to get ruined by you in the name of protecting children from pedophiles. It’s like some crazy plot point in how society fell into totalitarianism… I can see it now… children narcing out their parents for showing them affection and the parents are chased down and tossed into carousel.

    I also notice the same types and styles of replies, telling me we all seem to read the same aggregates. As someone else pointed out, this is reminiscent of the feel of Forbidden Planet.

    • Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

      You have to be naive to think there’s nothing wrong with this picture. There is absolutely no justifiable reason to have a scantily clad (remember, this was “sexy” in 1966) child posing in a picture to sell a product.

      • justsomeotherguy says:

        I’m that guy who’s links arent opened by some people because things cannot be unseen. I laugh at /b. I see goatse in everything and everywhere.

        This is not some sexualized child. We all used to wear short-shorts and think nothing of it. Seriously, it’s a 10 yer old, blind folded, putting dishes away. If you find this sexy you have some problems. It’s that thought process that RUINS EVERYTHING IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING CHILDREN. How far off are we from making children cover their bodies in burkas because some ppl are f–ktards?

  24. DanFromDetroit says:

    7 out of 10 Austrian fathers agree – “Hotpoints Swinging Door works”

    /now available with optional chain mounting points!

  25. SharpsKC says:

    Here is an alternative G rated narrative. Father got a big raise in the spring. At the end of the school year he moved his family to a big new house in the suburbs with an hourglass pool and an enclosed flagstone patio. he has also filled it with modern conveniences for the benefit of his family. Conveniences like HotPoints new swing door dishwasher. His daughter has taken to the pool and spends every hour of every day playing in the pool with her little brother. This is why she wore her bathing suit to the dinner table and why the family is eating on the patio. As the oldest child it is her job to do the dishes after dinner but since the HotPoint is portable it’s no problem to bring the dishwasher out to the patio. The blindfold is what she and her brother use when they play Marco Polo. She is just showing off how much she can do with it on. Like many kids she is a little fuzzy on when a game has been taken too far. Should her parents be stricter with her and make her take off her suit and eat in the dining room with regular clothes? Maybe, but they know she has just had to leave her friends behind and want her to be happy in the new house and don’t want to discourage her from playing outside and exercising in the sun.

  26. korybing says:

    Oooooh it’s a bathing suit. I thought she was wearing a tank top and hot pants for some reason. That makes it a smidge less uncomfortable. So instead of “Don’t want to look at this during work in fear of coworkers wondering what I’m doing” uncomfortable it’s just plain ol’ “What the hell is going on here” uncomfortable.

  27. Blueskylaw says:

    What is that “circle” on top of the dishwasher?