Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Out In The Wild

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...


  1. I don't think the cabinet above the stove is a vent. It has the same louvres as the sink has. The part under the stove is just rounded metal for easier cleaning. I looked at the stove too, and it looks like it has a timer on the left side to me.

  2. My parent's house actually has a stove vent somewhat like that over the stove. It runs through the cabinets above it. Check out the round piece under the cabinets...that's what makes me think it may be a vent. Or not. My comment about the timer is directed at the clock - the Deluxe has one of two types of clocks...a "timer" (turns the oven on & off as scheduled) or a "Telechron." To the left would probably be the Visiminder. Yup, the stove itself vents out the back through a block vent - that vents into the room or into an exterior vent.


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