A few weeks ago I wrote a post about an American Express television ad that appeared to feature a Tappan Deluxe storage door. The other day, I received an email from Ron and Aiden that mentioned a few more places that they had seen a vintage Tappan Deluxe stove "out in the wild."
I got to thinking that it might be fun to start a thread of vintage Tappan "sightings." If you have a "sighting," I'd love to get a note from you and I'll try to feature it in a blog post.
So, our second official "sightings" post is brought to us courtesy of a tip from Ron and Aiden.
Born to Be Bad is described as a melodrama starring Joan Fontaine as a conniving woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants (which evidently is a rich husband and an artsy boyfriend). The movie was directed by Nicholas Ray (of Rebel Without a Cause fame) and released by RKO Radio Pictures (headed by Howard Hughes). It was in production the summer of 1949 and released the summer of 1950 (obviously dating the stove).
A few Tappan fanatic notes: There is a point in the movie where the actor asks the main character to hand him the salt. I watched that shot a bunch of times trying to see if the salt shaker was one of the Tappan shakers we know (I don't think so). There is a shot of that scene below. I was also curious about the cabinet above the stove. It looks like it might have a vent. I also stopped the scene a few times to try to figure out if the clock was a Timer or Telechron (I couldn't tell). The last two photos are of another kitchen in the movie & I included them just because I love vintage kitchen cabinetry.
Without further ado...