208 pictures of vintage stoves, refrigerators and large appliances

vintage stoveVintage stoves will always have a very special place in my heart, because the first story I ever wrote about homes was about vintage stoves, for the (now defunct) Ann Arbor News in 1995. My neighbor Dave had salvaged a 1940s Magic Chef from his grandmother’s barn and sent it to Macy’s Texas Stove Works for restoration. My story was about why folks were starting to treasure vintage stoves — and where you could buy them. Hey, even then, 17 years ago (gulp) I was all about the where-to-get-the-stuff and where-to-get-it-restored. Do you think that after all this time I ended up right where I should be — writing this blog? I think so! Last uploader, when readers shared 234 pictures of their vintage small appliances, readers also asked to share their vintage large appliances. Above: A photo that came in early from reader JoAnn. Pretty!

This uploader is now closed — check out the 208 photos that readers submitted — they’re pretty darn amazing!

Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

Want to buy a vintage stove? See this story – 26 places to buy restored vintage stoves. Or, do you want help finding parts, service or advice to fix old stoves and appliances? See this popular story (click photo to get there):

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  1. nina462 says

    I’m in love with them all. My sister wants my black appliances (flat top range & fridge) – I’d be so glad to give them to her, if I could only get replacements like those pictures. I always wonder what my kitchen would look like with white appliances – as the black ones came with the house. Brand new – but ugh! Thanks for brightening my day everyone :)
    Meanwhile – I talked with an old tv guy today – and he does indeed put new tvs into old cabinets!

  2. DonnR says

    philq, same problem here…didn’t get my act together fast enough to upload my 1947 GE. But it’s still great to see so many other folks saving and appreciating the old appliances. I had to let go of my beloved 1947 O’Keefe & Merritt but am now on the lookout for a late 50s/60s wall oven/cooktop combo.

  3. Ann-Marie Meyers says

    I really think if we all are patient, and keep our eyes and ears open, eventually we all luck out and get the appliances of our dreams. At least, I hope so.
    It has worked out for me in the furniture department. It’s gotta work for appliances sooner or later.
    Now, I just have to sell my poor little (former) dream home in Wisconsin, my mid century split level, in The Town Where Mid Century Went to DIE. In other words, where no one appreciates it.

  4. Pat says

    I didn’t even know you were collecting pics, darn, I have a gorgeous stove that I use every day. Sure was fun looking at all the pics.

  5. Celeste says

    I am renovating my first home, and as a student/artist/counter of pennies I am on a serious budget. But I have an old house and I refuse to get new appliances and ruin it. So, I have some questions about mid-century refrigerators. I love them, and a quick search found several working models that I love on craigslist. (One is $60!) My question is about functionality and utilities costs. I know they cost more to run – but how much more? If its a matter of a few bucks, the charm is worth it, but obviously I can’t break the bank for aesthetics. It seems like lots of tight-budget people on this site have old fridges… how can I make it happen in mine?

    • pam kueber says

      Big discussion on another post about energy costs. If there is no auto-defrost, energy to run the fridge may be less than you think. It’s auto defrost that was the big energy suck in the vintage fridges that, earlier on, featured it. The only way to know for sure: Get an electricity meter and put it on the fridge. Also, read this, from my favorite writer on home & energy issues: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/choosing-energy-efficient-refrigerator

    • PAtrick Coffey says

      I wish people would stop perpetuating the myth that all vintage fridges cost more to run the the modern pieces of junk that manufacturers and our government foist on us, the buying public, today. As I stated in a previous post, the only time vintage fridges are less efficient than modern ones is when you have a vintage fridge that has a fan to push the cold air around the food (Westinghouse introduced that in 1958 as the Cold Injector) and/or frost free models that use electric heaters to keep themselves frost free. The fan and defrost heaters in the early units are what make them less energy efficient and the fan also makes the fridges noisier and make the condenser coils get dusty quicker as well which also makes the unit run longer. Basically if you stick to a model with condenser coils on the back of the fridge the and that have the cooling coils in the ceiling of the fresh food compartment (models prior to 1958-60) you will have a very quiet and economical fridge. Oh and btw I speak from the experience of having had a pink 1957 GE Fridge in my kitchen for over a year now and my electric bill has gone down noticeably even with the addition of a small manual defrost chest freezer to my kitchen.

  6. karen says

    I have an old frigidaire side by side double oven that I have had for years. I really do not want to part with it. I am told that I need a thermostate for the oven on the right side and can not locate one. The model # is RCD71L and the Serial # is 62C022090 or an alternate that can be used. Please help!!!!!!!! Thank you

  7. Tyler says

    I believe the appliances in my 1957 knotty pine kitchen were replaced in the 1970s. The current appliances are a 27″ gas wall oven and a matching 4 burner stove both in bisque and produced by Caloric. The original stove had separate knobs that mounted to the front of the lower cabinets just below the countertop. When the cooktop was replaced, they slapped a false drawer over the holes. It drives me crazy because the false drawer is off center and is a completely different color than the rest of the cabinetry. Are there any companies that manufacture cooktops with front of cabinet knobs like this? Also most of the wall ovens that I find that are small enough to fit my space are electric. Any suggestions?

      • Sandy says

        They DO make gas wall ovens but they are larger than the comparable electric ovens because they have to make room for the separate broiler at the bottom. I was having my cabinets refinished at the time so carpenter took off the cabinet door, cut it down and turned it into a drawer instead. Is it worth it to your brother to pay for custom cabinet work?

  8. Jacob Hecksel says

    Hi there! A friend of mine gave me this link to see if anyone could help me find information on a Roper “Charm” stove and oven. My wife and I recently bought a house that was a Parade of Home house in the 1960’s. The house still have a lot of antiques to it like lights, stonewall fireplace, real hardwood floors and a Roper “Charm” stove. I have looked pretty much anywhere and everywhere that I could google and I have come up short on infomation and and any pictures that come close to it. Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

  9. Debra K says

    We own a Tappan 400 as in image 18 above that is (I believe) in working condition but not in perfect (or clean) condition. We recently bought a house with a fairly ‘vintage’ kitchen and had the tappan replaced with a range closer to our needs. Any ideas where we could sell this?

  10. Kimber says

    I have one like the range in 146 but its a brown picked it up for free from Craigslist don’t know if it works or not yet it does not have the plug and I have not been able to find any info about it on the Internet was told it works

    • lulamae says

      is it still available? THis wall oven you saw. I am looking for one. But I am so concerned that the compresser is so old (from the 50-60s) that it may go anytime and where oh where and how oh how could it get replace and make the repairs necessary. I dream a lot about owning a wall oven. How so cool !!! why don’t they design things spectacular as this one thought up refrigerator design?

  11. Kimberly says

    I have a wall mounted, olive green Modern Maid oven and a stove that is original to my 1969 constructed home that I still use today to cook with.

  12. Susan says

    We are closing on a 1930 brick colonial in NYC. It has a summer kitchen with a beautiful 1950s era Caloric pink wall oven and pink range. Not a scratch on it. It is built into an exposed brick chimney. I asked how did a brand new oven set get in there.

    It seems it was not the original but a replacement. The women’s father, the original home owner, built the wall for the oven. Eventually it stopped working and they found a replacement oven on eBay because that was the only oven that would fit. The reason it looked brand new was the oven and range were bought for a housewife in the 1950s who died 2 weeks after they were installed, her husband never used them. Pretty excited since the summer kitchen has 1950 laminate countertops. The yellow bathrooms from the 70s – not so much.

  13. Ivan says

    My wife came home the other day with a General Chef stove-refrigerator model #2E-1004 does anyone know of any information on this? It has 2 electric burners.

  14. JoAnne says

    My family has an older Magic Chef stove that we love! It is 36″ with a large pancake griddle in the middle. Our one problem is that my kids’ father scoured the numbers off the knobs, even the oven! Even though we know the model number- 41ea-2kw- and the part number- PS133538- we can’t find the thermostat anywhere. Does anyone have any ideas?

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