Saturday, January 31, 2009

My (Former) Vintage Kitchen

Transferring more website photos to my blog.  Here is the kitchen in my former 1928 condo. Vintage kitchens & bathrooms are my thing.  I love them.

I will admit to missing this kitchen.  I loved that the cabinet knobs and the doorknobs matched.  I miss the storage.  If you look closely on the photo of the full cabinets...next to the knife stand on theright side of the maple countertop, there is a mini-flour bin. The stove was a 1950's Hardwick.

 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love your blog (and kitchen....and bungalow....and your Tappan!). I read in one of your prior Tappan posts about your wish for a service manual. I located a guy who has reproductions available here if you need one:

http://www.oldstoveman.com/index1.html

I just bought a Tappan Deluxe today and will be venturing into the grime removal territory soon, so you will have good company. Mine is all original, including the simmer glass plate for the burner, owner's manual, burner covers etc. It even still has the "moisture crystal cartridge" that is at the very back of the Crisper Bin on the left storage side.

How is your restoration coming along?

Tami

StuccoHouse said...

Tami - Glad you enjoy the blog. That's always nice to hear :-) Funny I also receive an email from a new Tappan owner that referred to that guy (need to respond). I did email that guy about that service manual the day I bought my Tappan. Never heard back. I have since seen some unflattering reviews of him online. Since then, however I've discovered that manual doesn't cover the series 60....but it does have a parts diagram for a similar stove. That said, if I see one for sale for a reasonable price....I'll most likely buy it.

Your Tappan sounds like a newer version than mine. Mine does not have a simmer plate (they sound very cool)...and mine does not have the crisper drawers or the towel rack. I'm guessing your's also has a safety? It sounds in excellent condition!

I will post more on my Tappan one of these days. I've started to put it back together. Have one area that needs some decisions made. Also have a lead on a couple of local guys that *may* rewire old stoves that I hope pan out.

Anonymous said...

SH,

I guess whichever one of us finds the correct service manual first can send the other a copy of it :) Actually if you keep documenting your restoration on you blog, *you* will become my service manual, lol.

Here is a picture of a Tappan just like the one I bought:

http://www.antiquevintageappliances.com/stove51.html

It's hard to tell in the picture, but the entire oven cavity is lined in stainless steel.

As for the simmer plate...if you look at your burner grates, two of them should have burner "arms" that come further into the center when compared to the other two burner grates. The ones that are more wide open in the center will take the glass simmer plate. I probably would have never even noticed this except the guy I bought my stove from went and retrieved this little glass plate that sits perfectly in the grate! It is even marked Tappan.

Good to visit with you, and thanks for your response!

Tami

StuccoHouse said...

Ooooh....super cute stove!! I love the little red bevels for the knobs. Interesting that they have that as a 1948 - makes me think mine is even earlier. Mine does not have the "gold package".....all of my burner grates are identical....mine has white knob bevels....no crisper drawer/towel rods (and not evidence that there ever where any)....and my oven is not chrome/stainless. Oh, and your oven has a working light in it!

I plan to scan in some of the handouts that came with my owner's manuals for adjusting burners & thermostats. I'm happy to email them to anyone interested. I'm also happy to take a photo of any particular part of the stove, if it would help anyone working on their Tappan. I'm also interested in hearing about any tricks others have discovered working on their Tappans :-)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm....is yours a Series 60? I've seen the ones like the picture I posted being called a Series 62.

I know the people's house that I bought mine from was built in 1949, but they weren't the original owners. They acquired the house 5 or 6 years ago and the stove came with it. So, I'd have to guess my stove is a '49 or '50. Isn't it fun trying to find more info!!

I went back and checked all of your pictures when your stove was still together. I wonder if yours is in fact earlier than 1948, or maybe it was the "base" model of years 48-50?

Here is a picture of one that is tagged as a 1943, definitely different, especially the cabinet top and clock bezel:

http://www.constructionjunction.org/files/image/products/1212866183-1943%20tappan%20gas%20range%20with%20timer%20literature%20bakelite%20and%20SP%20shakers%20$360.JPG

As far as my oven having a "working light" in it, well, that remains to be seen! The picture I posted isn't the actual stove I bought...just a good example of the same model I am bringing home. I'm not sure I'll be brave enough to plug in the old cord to see if the clock/timers/lights work. You may never hear from me again if I do :)

Tami

StuccoHouse said...

The overall term for the Deluxe is Series 60. Then there are models of 62 or 62, etc. There are model 65 & ^7 too.

You can tell which model you have by looking at the little metal plate above your on/off switch.

Mine is actually a model 63. I think you are right that mine was a base model. The interesting thing is the body must have been the same no matter which model....and then upgrades were added.

Mine does not have a safety, so this leads me to believe it is an earlier model.

There is also such a thing as a Tappan griddle that fit over one of the front burners. What would life be if we didn't have something impossible to search for?

Ah, I couldn't figure out if you bought your stove from that place...why you still had to clean it :-) And I hear ya on the scary wiring. The PO of mine said my clock, etc works....I'm taking him at his word until I can get it rewired.

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