Looking back... Washing machines could be rented for five shillings a week

Washing machines could be rented for five shillings a week from an electrical retailer in Ballyclare in June 1965.

According to a report in the East Antrim Times, the kitchen appliance could be rented from Samuel Horner’s shop at Ballynure Road.

The report stated that many housewives had discovered that a washing machine “gave them more time for their family and much cleaner clothes”.

“But what can the housewife and her family do with all that increased leisure time that having a washing machine can provide?,” the report pondered.

Mr Horner suggested that in the shop’s new record department, there was a “wonderful selection” of all the latest pop, opera, jazz and classical music with high quality production and stereophonic sound.

He claimed that an ‘Achoic’ box stereo player made a classical piece sound as if an orchestra was in the room.

There was also a selection of stereophonic records for sale from all the hit shows including “My Fair Lady”, “South Pacific”, “The King and I”, “Oklahoma” and “West Side Story”.