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    No, that comes later, especially if you work in a place where the powers that be are trying to turn its work force into little bots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achutch View Post
    That was definitely a Universal Rundle. When my friends bought their house in 1984, they had one with the marbled glaze and the bucket tilt valve like in the pictures above. "Yours truly" got the job of cleaning it up and getting rid of all the scale that had built up under the rim; I guess you can say that this was the first toilet that I "restored". I also gave them a stern warning to keep it clean, and not allow it to get into the condition it was when they moved in.

    In the 1960's, Universal Rundle made the "Sculptura" line for Sears, which included a one piece toilet and a two piece model with side handles (actually tried out a 2-piece in 1965 at the tender age of 10 -- it was green (before avocado green), and it was in Greenwich Connecticut, my father's home town). The sink also had the Sculptura faucets, which as I recall had square handles that you pulled forward.

    "Homart" was also a Sears line made by Universal Rundle. They included the "economy model" with the trap at the front of the bowl with a jet that shot out a flat sheet of water, and the "good" model reverse trap toilet which had a large rectangular "mouth" in the bottom of the bowl that resembled a tunnel entrance and was described in their catalog as "neater in appearance than ordinary washdown toilets with trap in bulge at front".

    In the late '80s and '90, you could find the Universal Rundle Atlas that was also sold as the Sears, and featured in 1990's Consumer Reports as one of the two best 1.6 toilets of the time (I had one of those too for a while and went back to reconditioned 5 gallon toilets until finally replacing them with the 1.6 Drake and Cadet 3).

    In 1997, my next door neighbor moved and took his toilet with him (a 1957 Mansfield with the trap to the front, which he installed in his master bedroom replacing a Mansfield ADA height toilet which he hated. That bathroom had once had a Universal Rundle toilet with the marble glaze, and they had it stored in their garage because they were going to eventually install it at their camp. They also removed the remaining 2 Universal Rundle toilets (harvest yellow and washed out blue) and replaced them with early 1960's Eljer toilets that I had refurbished.

    He took the Borg-Warner 5 gallon economy model with "Whirlpool Flush" that had been removed from his office building, cleaned it up, and installed it in his condo a week or two before he moved. It's still there now, and the newest owners of the condo use it a lot, especially in the evening. It seems to flush at least 8 times an hour, possibly related to the unusual quantity of wine-in-a-box containers that I see in their recycle bin on Fridays. I would hate to be paying their water bill, which will be high. By the way, Borg-Warner sold their plumbing line which became Artesian, and then Artesian was bought out by Crane.

    So, there you have a little more toilet history and a little trivia that you can enjoy and learn from!

    acutch
    Thanks for all that info!!! now I just need to find a picture of that toilet.

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    One other thing i assume the toilet that they had was made in 1980 would you know if that model was 5.0 gpf or 3.5 gpf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gusherb94 View Post
    Thanks for all that info!!! now I just need to find a picture of that toilet.
    I'm writing you privately and sending you a few links. I've located a tank cover with the marble finish, but also found some other sites you might like, which show your model Cadet.

    I think your 1980 Sears was probably 3.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by achutch View Post
    I'm writing you privately and sending you a few links. I've located a tank cover with the marble finish, but also found some other sites you might like, which show your model Cadet.

    I think your 1980 Sears was probably 3.5
    Thanks for those links, there were much more creative options for bathrooms and kitchens back then, and there were even lots more mechanical options, my grandmas house was built in 1950 and in 1960 they put an addition on and redid the kitchen and it was top of the line back then with an in-wall oven with clock timer and the oven burner even modulates, the stove is a cooktop with a back burner that has a modulating thermostatic control something unheard of today! and the original fridge was a side by side with an icemaker, and of course i cant forget the dishwasher, all of this is still there, the dishwasher is a Kitchenaid and the stove & oven are made by Caloric all in 1960s brown color.

    My Cadet toilet was part of that room addition, one of these days when i get over there I'm going to make a video of that bathroom and kitchen and post it on my youtube page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gusherb94 View Post
    Thanks for those links, there were much more creative options for bathrooms and kitchens back then, and there were even lots more mechanical options, my grandmas house was built in 1950 and in 1960 they put an addition on and redid the kitchen and it was top of the line back then with an in-wall oven with clock timer and the oven burner even modulates, the stove is a cooktop with a back burner that has a modulating thermostatic control something unheard of today! and the original fridge was a side by side with an icemaker, and of course i cant forget the dishwasher, all of this is still there, the dishwasher is a Kitchenaid and the stove & oven are made by Caloric all in 1960s brown color.

    My Cadet toilet was part of that room addition, one of these days when i get over there I'm going to make a video of that bathroom and kitchen and post it on my youtube page.

    Jonathan
    Jonathan,

    I'll look forward to seeing that video... I have your site bookmarked.

    My grandmother had a Caloric stove that she brought from Connecticut when she moved to Vermont back around 1960 or 61. It was aqua, and she had a refrigerator with a bottom freezer that was also the same color, though I don't remember the brand. The Caloric did have the modulating burner. The bathroom had an Eljer in it, the exact model pictured in my avatar.

    You are right, the designs back then differed greatly between brands, and before the companies were all bought out, and existed in name only, while their appliances became clones of each other.

    Your Cadet is fantastic, and I may pull mine out of storage and install it at camp when I open it up in May.

    More power too you!

    Matt / achutch

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    Quote Originally Posted by achutch View Post
    Jonathan,

    I'll look forward to seeing that video... I have your site bookmarked.

    My grandmother had a Caloric stove that she brought from Connecticut when she moved to Vermont back around 1960 or 61. It was aqua, and she had a refrigerator with a bottom freezer that was also the same color, though I don't remember the brand.

    Matt / achutch
    That's what i mean about there were many more innovative designs back then, such as the fridge with the bottom freezer they came out with that design back in the 60s or 50s and wasn't very popular until just a few years ago and now everyone has them and they think the design is something new when really it's been around for 40 plus years, and there's a bunch of other things that have gone like that too, am i right?
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    You are right on!!!

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