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1963 Electro-Sink Center: The most wonderful kitchen faucet ever?!

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From our followup story on New Old Stock Electro Sink Centers that turned up at Hippo Hardware.

Woah. This is the most AMAZING kitchen faucet slash appliance: EVER! A 1963 Electro-Sink Center, spotted by reader oldgun31 on ebay and posted to our Forum (now closed). As oldgun31 points out:

For history’s sake, I will archive what the listing said:

To start off with, here is a link to see what a new one looked like when the door to door salesman came a knocking on your door in 1963. PHOTOS (of discussion on another Forum of same piece found at an estate sale by another person-Pam). This electronically controlled faucet that I have was installed in 1963 in a house in Portland Oregon. Looks like they paid 399.00 for it, but made payments of $13.08 a month for 36 months, ($470.88). I was at an auction at that house and found it in the basement in one of its many junk rooms.

It took me a while to find the items that went with it, but I wasn’t able to find everything. It did surprise me that I found the book and original receipt. I’m sure that the rest of it was there, but lost in the clutter, (These folks never threw anything away. It just went on a shelf in the basement, then later years, things were stored in one of the bedrooms or in the huge attic). Needless to say it is untested, and sold for parts or repair. The heavy glass bowl is in good condition, (No nips, chips, or cracks found). The ice cream maker also looks very good and appears complete.

AND, here is another link, which oldgun31 added, and which is referenced in the Photos link. It is for a 1964 Electro-Sink Center brochure!

Finally, someone mentions that perhaps Laura Petrie had this in her kitchen in one of the early episodes of the Dick Van Dyke Show — ????? If anyone can spot this watching the show online — grab a screen shot, and I’ll post it.

Wonders!!!

  1. John DVDfan says:

    Update -a search of your excellent site turned up the Magic Queen faucet. This must be the metal tank on kitchen sink in the first season of Dick Van Dyke. The Magic Queen has the same logo as found in the Electro-Way documents for the Electro Sink Center – the genie with magic wand. The Electro Queen on Laura Petrie’s kitchen sink was obviously the child of the Magic Queen – same name, style of swing-arm faucet and same dish wand, just updated with electric lights, switches, and solenoid valves. The Queen was augmented by the motorized side units to become the Sink Center. I am not sure if Electro Way Corp. designed the original (non-electric) Magic Queen or if they acquired it from someone.
    Does anyone have manuals for the Magic Queen Faucet ?

  2. Janell says:

    Yes my mother bought this very same sink when they came out. I still remember the salesman opening that big black box that displayed the sink encased in red velvet. Believe it or not she is 93 and still uses this sink in her home. Only thing missing and not working is the sprayer. Amazing. And it had a lot of use. My mother raised 7 children.

  3. Gloria says:

    My dad owned one of the franchises in Omaha, NE. It was a hot item back in the day. Mom loved hers!

  4. Jim Shields says:

    My wife grew up with one in her house @ the Mt Tabor area of Portland. then when her family built a house in Gladstone (in the early 70’s) they brought the Electro-Sink-Center with them and had it installed. She has wanted one for the last 10 years or so and found out that Hippo Hardware might have some. Too late we arrived to find only parts. We did buy the sink center, power supply, ice cream maker and a few other parts but we don’t have the mixing bowl, beaters or the blender, juicer. If anyone has any parts or even a whole one of these,we would love to get the chance to buy them.

  5. Pam Kueber says:

    Yes, I wrote about Hippo Hardware’s stash in 2017, and I think that after that, everything started selling out…

    I suggest: Watch ebay like a hawk. I have purchased NOS accessories for one of my two Electro-Sink Centers there in the past.

    Please note: No buying/selling here on the blog or it becomes chaos…

  6. Jake says:

    I know a gentlemen that has a couple of these! He had at one point a case of the ice cream makers.

  7. Jake says:

    I just spoke with him he has three units. Two are in box one was a display and is out of box. The case he said is various attachments not just ice cream makers. So nice to see people still appreciate that classic look!

  8. Joseph Griffin says:

    My Father use to sell and services these and we had one in our home in Denver, CO. – it was a awesome unit.

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