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Old 08-30-2015, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Drooling over a stove

I'm in love. This goes on the "When We Win the Lottery List".

Someone on DH's FB page posted this pic of an old gas range. He didn't believe it was vintage and asked me to check it out. It's definitely real and was made, probably in the 1930's, by the O'Keefe and Merritt Co. The company was based in Los Angeles and was eventually bought out by Tappan.

It's not often that you find such a wonderful combination of beauty and functionality. I hope that someone, some where has put one of these in a museum. They also made some models in gorgeous colors - cobalt blue and fire engine red.

O'Keefe & Merritt Town and Country

HUGE 57" wide
Six burners
Two full size ovens wih windows
Two full size broilers
Two storage drawers
Two warming compartments










As a bonus, while I was looking into this, I came across an interesting website. See how many of these that you recognize or remember having.

10 Vintage Appliances That Stood the Test of Time
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:26 PM   #2
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Stove porn! I've looked at these before....delicious!
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How much do they want for it?
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Catbird I believe there is a stove like that at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. I hope one day to be able to do a late 40's early 50's kitchen. I used to have a late 40's Tappan Deluxe. That thing was so beautiful.
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:10 PM   #6
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How much do they want for it?
I don't know. The only ones that I've seen that are fully restored have already been sold or the website says "Call for price". So I figure that means Lottery level money.

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Catbird I believe there is a stove like that at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. I hope one day to be able to do a late 40's early 50's kitchen. I used to have a late 40's Tappan Deluxe. That thing was so beautiful.
Thanks! I'm so glad to hear that. One of these days, DH and I are going to take a trip so that I can visit home. There's no family left to see or anything, but I want DH to go to some of the neat places like Greenfield Village aka the Ford Museum. So seeing this stove will be one more little piece of motivation to make the trip.
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I'd love to see it in cobalt blue! And if you had a big family back then, 6 burners and 2 ovens would be useful.
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What a stove!

I'd have to have the kitchen extended to make it fit, but I'd go for it in an instant.
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As a bonus, while I was looking into this, I came across an interesting website. See how many of these that you recognize or remember having.

10 Vintage Appliances That Stood the Test of Time
We have an old Toastmaster Belgian Waffler - no clue what year it is, but I'm guessing '70's? It's starting to be a little inconsistent on the temp, so we got a new waffle iron that sucks. That old sucker still makes the best waffles. I use a waffle recipe that I found online that was in the instruction booklet that came with a Toastmaster waffle maker way back when, and my wife says they taste just like her grandma's.
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When I was a little kid, my mom had an Electrolux vacuum. I was fascninated by it because it was so different than the Hoover that my grandma had.

And I remember that we had a Sunbeam MixMaster that I think my mom was still using when I left home.

It's funny how you can remember such mundane things so clearly.
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Growing up we had the Mix Master mixer, the can opener they showed on that web site and a 1950's toaster. For a vacuum we had a 1952 Kirby that Mom and Dad got as a wedding gift from my great-grandma. When I lived in AZ we had an old Dixie gas stove that was a pretty butter yellow.
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Inherited an original Japanese made Cuisinart from the early 70's. Weighs 4 times what our new one does and would shake the giant quartz slab counter tops before I broke the bowl beyond repair. Worked vastly better than our new one too but I couldn't find a replacement bowl for less than $90 and dw wanted a new one.

I was supposed to throw the old one away but I stashed it and will get a new bowl when the new one dies in a year or two. Or use the motor for a gate opener, winch, or something.
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