Sunday, February 28, 2010

Practical as "Mom"

Another Tappan Deluxe ad submitted by reader Joe M. This one is scanned from Better Homes & Gardens, Oct 1950.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Reader Question

This afternoon, Tappan Talk received the following reader question:
"I have the Tappan AV 669 CP, just restored to the point of turning on the gas & lighting up the pilots!

In cleaning the oven, I notice a rod, the thermostat sensor, I think? is detached from the oven back wall. The holding clips are still attached to the rod, but I see no way to secure them into the holes provided - they apparently *don't* screw in .. how did these clips attach, anyone?"
 First, congratulations on restoring your stove!  I've attached photos I have of the oven burner of a non-CP (which may or may not make a difference depending on what part you are talking about) stove. This is the inside of the oven with the oven floor and baffle removed.

Readers: any help/advice to add?

Let me know if this helps. If not, we can try to solicit photos from some of Tappan Talk's CP & AV 669 readers....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Here is a fun bit of history. Tina emailed me a copy of the original 1951 sales receipt for her husband's grandmother's Tappan Deluxe stove.  We are lucky grandma was a "saver."  Very cool. I'd have that receipt framed and hanging in my kitchen.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Veronica's Tappan Stove

Veronica sent me pictures of a vintage Tappan she just bought and is planning on restoring. This one threw me for a loop. I looked through the materials I have and the closest guess I can make to a identifying it is a possible Series 70.

I have a 1950 Owners Manual for a Tappan Deluxe that also includes an early Series 70. The series 70 looks somewhat similar to Veronica's stove (except her oven has a window, there is a storage area under the left warming drawer/broiler, it has a Telechron clock and outlet). I'm also interested in the medallion that says "Deluxe."  I'm wondering if this was a higher end series 70 model or perhaps a later version. It has a  push button light, which on the series 60's mean's its a later model (with the pull chain on the earlier years).

Does anyone have a later 1050's Owners Manual that includes series 70s? Any other ideas?

She hasn't been able to find any model or series numbers (I have heard they sometimes put them under the right, front burner)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

At a Theater Near You

Another Tappan Deluxe costarring in a movie.  Disturbia, directed by D. J Caruso and starring Shia LeBeouf, is an updated version of Hitchcock's classic Rear Window. The movie was released by DreamWorks on 2007.

A troubled high school junior is sentenced to home arrest after an outburst at school and starts watching the neighbors out of boredom. This plot line gives us a pretty good look at the interior of a stunning CA bungalow (I could watch the movie just for this)....including the kitchen.

I like the exhaust they have above the stove....

Thanks to Ron & Aiden for the sighting tip.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Betty Crocker

Another Tappan Deluxe sighting in the wild.  Thanks again to Ron and Aiden for a tip that a Tappan Deluxe could be found in the introduction pages of the 1950 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Luckily my mom had that same cookbook in her kitchen, so I was able to track down the pages. Check out the "Kitchen of Tomorrow."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Adjusting the Burner Flames

I received a question on how to adjust the Tappan Deluxe top burner flames.  I think there is a two part answer for this.

First, you need to clean the burner itself. They get dirty and I suspect very few people realized over the years that they could be removed and cleaned.

Secondly, you will want to adjust the actual burner.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mid-Century Tappan Wall Ovens

Last week I posted photos of Mike's 1959 Tappan stainless steel wall oven and cook top.  Mike was hoping someone might have a copy of an Owner's Manual.

Well, no Owner's Manual has surfaced yet, but I did receive a September 1955 McCall's magazine article that introduced the "latest and greatest" of new stoves from Joe M.  And the ad includes a stainless steel wall oven and cook top.

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