Unbalanced Load

The cantilevered control panel on this 1960 laundry pair is positively wacky. Called the 'Free Span' design, it purports to conveniently center the controls for easy operation, but such a claim seems to be, if anything, out of line. Maybe the electronics [Did those even exist in 1960?] that stored all the fabric-care formulae in use during the Age of Acrilan were too big for a single housing, and had to expand. In any case, the angular design is a far cry from the bloodless digital displays found on machines today.