American Beauties: 25 vintage stoves and refrigerators from readers’ kitchens

1961-Hotpoint-Fridge-&-Stove-aquaReader recently uploaded 208 pictures of antique stoves, refrigerators and other major kitchen appliances — and in this story, I had fun trying to pick out my favorites. These photos show that retro kitchens come in many design flavors. Above: April’s 1961 kitchen — with its lovely blue Hotpoint refrigerator and stove — is sleek and modern — but friendly at the same time. Droooooooool.

1963-Aqua-kitchenCool and colorful

Out of all the appliances that were uploaded, the colorful stoves, ranges, vent hoods just had me squealing with delight. Aqua, pink, brown, green — I love them all. Above: Anonymous’ 1963 kitchen, complete with turquoise and bronze starburst flecked countertops.

Betty-Crafter-Tuq-stove-knotty-pine-kitchenAbove: Reader and fellow blogger Betty Crafter’s swoon-worthy aqua stove in her knotty pine kitchen — complete with aqua laminate countertops. We’re a huge fan of Betty’s kitchen — which we have featured before.

Aqua-dual-level-stoveAbove: This reader also has an aqua stove and aqua countertops just a slightly lighter shade. I’m loving how the vintage stove meshes with the metal cabinets and funky pulls — retrolicious! [Pam interjects: I think this kitchen  is one of Bizarro Twin Pam’s six kitchens.]

Pink-fridigaire-double-oven-susie-OThen there is the pink — ohhh the pink! I think Susie O’s pink kitchen above might just be my dream kitchen — a pink Frigidaire Custom Imperial Double Oven and a dishwasher — is your fridge pink, too, Susie?

1960s-GE-wall-oven-pinkSince my kitchen doesn’t have room for a full range, I’d settle for this cute, original 1960’s GE pink wall oven, above — love the pink laminate countertops, too, we need a close up!

1970-avocado-wall-ovenMore a fan of the 1970s? This avocado green wall oven from Frigidaire might just do the trick. “I love the fonts,” says anonymous uploader.

Western Holly stoveI’ll admit — I’m not usually a fan of brown appliances — but reader Adam’s super built-in Western Holly range (complete with cute owl decor) might just change my mind. I’m really digging the circular oven window.

1960s-flair-with-70s-avocado-cabinetAnother reader whose stove (and kitchen) made me happy was Wendy’s 1960’s Frigidaire Flair with 1970’s avocado green cabinet. Wendy — your kitchen is fabulous and your stove is the crowning glory.

Wonderful whites

1949-Kenmore-StoveAbove: Reader Jeff’s 1949 Kenmore stove is pretty awesome — as is his cookware collection. He topped it all off with one heck of a cool aqua range hood complete with silver starbursts. His cabinets and pulls are tiki-tastic too.

1950s-Roper-Stove-Speaking about cool handles, check out the handles on Heather’s 1950’s Roper stove that she found on Freecycle — for free. What a score Heather!

1960s-Westinghouse-2-level retro stoveHere’s another 1960’s Westinghouse 2 level stove — just as cool in white. I didn’t realize there was an outlet on it until just now — is that safe?

O'Keefe-&-Merrit-stoveAbove: Reader JoAnn’s vintage white O’Keefe & Merrit stove looks so pretty in her house. My favorite part is the red knobs and handles and the cool work light (that is a work light, right?). JoAnn — you have quite the snazzy house.

1930s-Spark-Stove-Here’s another gem, Chutti’s 1930’s spark stove — which looks to be in perfect condition. They just don’t make ’em like they used to, do they?

Fabulous Fridges

1934-White-Seal-Ice-BoxPerhaps a perfect pair to Chutti’s Spark stove — the 1934 White Seal Ice Box above also looks to be in mint condition too.

1967-ltd-edition-Sears-Coldspot-by-Sundberg-FerarAbove: The 1967 Limited Edition Sears Coldspot Designed by Sundberg-Ferar is cool to begin with. What makes it arctic level cool? The fridge came with a nameplate inscribed for the original owner — Flora. She was a Scottish schoolteacher according to the fridge’s new owner, reader 52 PostnBeam.

60s-GE-Combo-fridgeAbove: Reader Amy F’s Mid 60’s GE Combination Fridge with turquoise and yellow interior and swing out shelves. We’d love to see pictures of that interior Am — and the exterior is lovely.

1962-GE-Fridge-inside retroReader Ann-Marie Meyers wasn’t afraid to open up her 1962 GE Fridge to show us how cool the insides are. (Though it could be because it is empty)

Philco-fridge-vintageGailsmile was also kind enough to open up her retro Philco fridge — love the aqua accents on the inside.

JD-Log-Crosely-Shelvador-10And here’s a really brave reader — who let us peek inside their fridge with food inside! JD Log’s Crosley Shelvador “10” is not your typical Crosley — this is the Australian version — complete with Vegemite in the yellow jar!

Restored-Fridge-and drier retroT&J from This Atomic Life has two restored retro cool appliances in their London apartment. A vintage Frigidaire with the most awesome handle ever and this super neat Tumblair clothes drier.

Alli's-1938-HotpointAll of these cool refrigerators are making me sad that they just don’t design new appliances with all these fun details anymore. Reader Ali’s 1938 Hotpoint oozes cool — look at all that chrome!

Crazy Chrome


There were loads of Chrome-tastic details sprinkled throughout your vintage large appliances. In particular, I loved Peggy W’s 1956 Caloric stovetop — check out those knobs. They look like little radios built right into the cabinet.


Here’s another fabulous Ultramatic Caloric stovetop with knobs in front — this looks great with the steel trimmed retro laminate counters!

Tappan-Fabulous-400 vintage stove

Michelle in Iowa’s Tappan Fabulous 400 is a shiny space-saver indeed. I can imagine baking something in that fabulous oven, just sitting back and admiring this cool retro stove while I wait for my cake to rise.

Readers — you’ve really blown me away with this one! I’m so glad to see so many of you are loving, using and maintaining your vintage large appliances. In today’s world full of streamlined, energy efficient stoves and refrigerators it is easy to believe that “upgrading” to a shiny new appliance is the thing to do, but honestly — what the cool old appliances might lack in technology they more than make up for with their charming and quirky design.


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  1. Ashleigh says

    Ok, so I am currently on a mission for a range for my 1941 Michigan Bungalow. The previous owner said the wall where my current range stands was empty with no cabinets when she moved in. I assume because it had a big ol oven on it at one point. So I am looking for either a late 30’s early 40’s Chambers type oven, or a 50’s rounded chromed out beauty. I have gas currently, and have had (newer) electric in the past. I just found an electric kelvinator that is absolutely beautiful. I love to bake, and use my oven for roasts. My question is, how are these older electric stoves with day to day use?

  2. Victoria says

    What is the model number for the pink stove, i just bought a house and it has the same exact one, but the oven is not working, someone please help!

  3. Ev Campbell says

    I have a TAPPAN – 1958/59 just like this. It is used every day and I would not think of ever getting a replacement.

  4. Robert says

    I have a 1950’s tappan double wall oven i need to sell. Mint condition. Everything works great if anyone knows of anyone wanting one. Its turquoise in color.

  5. Abby says

    Here in the SF bay area I’ve walked through numerous, well preserved original homes up for sale; either an elderly spouse dies and the other moves to a nursing home or both spouses have passed and these modest, many well preserved vintage ranch homes hit the market for less than a few days selling for over 2 million dollars! It’s kind of sad to see well preserved mid century kitchens that still function well only to be met with a demolition crew. I see it all the time: modest ranchers torn down and mini mansions taking up entire lots. I guess if you’re one of those young techies making half a million a year you’ll only want the latest and greatest, and have no appreciation in the past:(

  6. Debi says

    I have a Frigidaire Flair that I love but I am desperately looking for an owners manual. I am having trouble with the oven. Can anyone help?

  7. KatieB says

    My grandparents put the Tappan Fabulous 400 into 2 houses which are still in the family. I’m concerned about the age of the wiring. Does anyone have advice how to get these units rewired?

  8. SixtiesChic says

    The Frigidaire Flair and Tappan Fabulous 400 type ovens were great because you could see your food baking/roasting at eye level. And you could push the element panel in when not it use. I remember watching old episodes of “Bewitched”–Samantha Stevens had a Flair in her MorningGlory Circle kitchen. I doubt any current manufacturers will ever resurect this type of cooking unit. They definitely were sooo 1960’s! : > )

    • Janella Booth says

      Still cook on the Tappan, Fabulous 400 gas range everyday! Great stove. Unfortunatly, never got a chance to use the oven or rotisserie. It belongs to my 86 year old father in law and needing repair for quite some time now. As a professional cook, I can only dream of what it was like while in working order.

  9. Sandy True says

    My son just bought a house and this stove was in it. How much is it worth? It’s a Tappen Roastmaster looks like in the 50s.

  10. Darren says

    What year and model number is the philco refrigerator? I bought one today that looks like it and don’t know much about it.

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