1967 GE range user manual – Elizabeth’s entry


Elizabeth’s first entry in the Found Objects Found Art contest.

Elizabeth writes:

Hi Pam,

This is … the user manual for my 1967 GE 40″  range. I picked this object because the idea of “how people lived in your house” resonated with me and this certainly relates to that notion as I FOUND it in a manila envelope full of instruction materials left by the people I bought the house from. And, it is invaluable to me as I live in this house.

As you will see, it had been lovingly tended by the previous owners. By my estimation that would be the people I bought from as well as the original owners  of this house. The house was built in 1946 and my research into
the age of the  range — called GE and finally found a nice young man who knew to go into the  microfiche files. First he determined it was not from 1946 and then found it was  a 1967 product. Since the house passed to the second owners in 1986, this would seem to be the second stove purchased by the original owners and if so it has now lived twice as long as the first one did, as has its  User Manual.

elizabeths-1967-ge-range-user-manual-1(This) picture … is the outside of this manual as I found it — covered in aluminum foil. The foil is what is holding it together and I have  never dared to remove it for fear I would not be able to get it, or new, back  on. So, I have yet to see the actual cover. Picture 2 (top photo) is the inside cover. On the left is the table of contents (hidden by foil) and the list of features for the ranges. Right side shows the 40″ inch,  which I have, and the smaller 30″ version.(Another) picture … shows the two pages devoted to the Sensi-Temp burner, located on the front left. Similar detailed instructions are included for every feature as well as many pages devoted to cleaning.

This booklet is 30 pages long and has so much information. Before buying this range and house, I had never used an electric stove. If this book had not been available I don’t know what I would have done — probably not the quality of cooking and baking I was used to, and which I can manage to produce  most of the time with this stove, although not all the time, I have to admit.

Anyway, I remember that your range is similar and if you did not get a good user manual when you bought it from the fellow in Troy, and would like me to copy this one, just let me know. BTW, the fellow in Troy seems to be gone. I tried to call to see if he would be someone who could keep mine going and could  not find him. And, the website given in the Berkshire Living article also is no  long a way to find him. Makes me very sad as I want to keep this one going  forever, if I can.



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  1. Jeanne says

    That’s great. I have the manual to my 1963 Philco “galaxie” electric range. I’ve used it quite a bit, just to figure out how all the parts come apart for cleaning.

  2. Alison Hover says

    Hi there. We just bought our first home, it was a 1950 house they built themselves, and we bought it from the daughters. It came equipped with an old GE stove, that looks like it might be the 1967 40″ version, but I can’t seem to figure out which year it actually is. I can’t find anything on it, to learn how to use the controls, and I’m thinking maybe this would sure help. I would LOVE a copy of the book. There’s nothing wrong with our stove, and we would hate to get rid of it, since it’s been in the house forever, not to mention it looks so good. Please contact me at hubbnal@verizon.net if you are interested. Thank you so much. Alison, California

  3. Branik says

    I have the same 40 inch stove as pictured, though not sure of its exact year of manufacture. It has the sensi-temp burner which just tonight burned out (hence why I am googling it) and a thermometer in the large oven with the readout on the backsplash. Very fancy stove really.

    I grew up with an older white GE 40 inch with fewer features (my grandmother’s). I searched for one like it because I just loved the small oven and the workspace and finally I got this one from my other grandmother’s estate when she passed away (they were desperate for someone to haul it away). I remember the first time the buzzer sounded it was just like going back home.

    I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I sure wish they’d had the owner’s manual with it!

  4. George says

    I have this GE 40″ Range with the double oven and the “Sensi-Temp” front burner. Everything works great except the “Sensi-Temp” burner, any suggestions anyone?

  5. catherine says

    I am currently problem solving the Sensi-Ttemp issue with the front burner, already replaced the transformer, now am looking for parts. I would love to have a copy of the owners manual, as this is one cool stove!
    I will post my findings as I go along.

  6. says

    Dear Elizabeth, I just happened upon this site while looking for the manual for my 1967 GE 40″ Range. This is simply terrific, as this is the exact stove that I have owned for over 5 years now. I bought it at an auction. Everything is in perfect condition, and I use the stove daily. I have contacted GE…but they have said by my discription that the stove is 1963. now that I see the picture on your manual I believe that it is in fact the 1967 model. My original guess was that it was pre-1966. Is there by chance a way for me to recieve a copy of your manual as well? Desperate in Ohio.

  7. Lisa Hope says

    I would love a copy too. I have this stove and love it. The sensi-temp burner doesn’t work and I am having an extremely difficult time getting it fixed. Maybe this will help some clever repairman.


  8. Danyelle says

    I have a 1962 GE 40″ range with pristine manual – the ovens don’t seem to be heating properly and our “trick” for making sensi-temp work is to start with the 8″ burner on high and lower it once the burner is on. Starting with the burner on low and gradually turning up doesn’t work, nor does removing the pan from the burner. Finicky.

    I’ve just been poking around trying to find out what part needs to be replaced to fix the ovens — maybe not the elements as I originally guessed.

    I’m happy to scan my manual to PDF and post on an FTP site if you like.
    Let me know.

  9. Liz says

    Is the GE Sensi-Temp stove manual published anywhere? My Sensi-Temp element works wonderfully at times, but most often does not come on at all. The control which is supposed to regulate the temp just spins ’round and ’round. The correct sized pan with a very flat bottom seems to help, usually. I want to keep this stove! Thanks for any help.

    • pam kueber says

      See Kitchens / Appliances category for our list of nine online resources. This also is in FAQs / Appliances

  10. AnneMarie Shepard says

    I have a 1967 GE 40″ stove that has been in the family house since it was purchased new. I’m back in the house and want to get missing parts for the stove. Parts being the plastic in front of the buttons. I cannot find this anywhere! Can you help me?

  11. AnneMarie Shepard says

    I have moved back into the family home and our yellow GE 40″ electric stove is still here and works! I really need a copy of the owners manual. I cannot find a model number so I’m at a standstill. Could you please help?

  12. John DeVeau says

    My oven looks just like this but am told it is a 1963. My model number is J487C1WH. Could you please email me a copy of the manual.

    • pam kueber says

      John, no none can see your email address. Also, this story is very very old, I doubt if she’s monitoring this thread. For help with vintage appliance see our FAQs [ in the navigation bar at the top of the blog ].

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