Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Design

This post will interest the Tappan history buffs out there.  Tappan Talk reader, Maureen, sent me me an email containing some research she did (and agreed to share with us).  Attached to her email were scores of original patent applications submitted by the Tappan Stove Company to the US Patent Office.

I'm going to start us off with a 1949 patent application for the ornamental design of an early Deluxe model. Over the next few months, I'll post more...some dating back to the early 1930's.

A huge thanks to Maureen for all of her research!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tappan Deluxe on the Small Screen

I received an email from Jeff with a Tappan Deluxe sighting in the wild....

"A new show on HGTV called Cash & Cari has a Tappan Deluxe in the first episode. Sounds like it gets damaged however.

When: Saturday January 01 at 2pm eastern on HGTV

Also in this episode... Cari agrees to pay thousands for the contents of an entire home. But will she uncover enough treasures to justify the monumental cleanup? A rare vintage stove gets banged up on the way to the warehouse. And, back at the shop, a hopeful collector comes in with an Impressionist painting. But is it a real Degas?

There is also a photo gallery for the episode and there is a picture of the Tappan Deluxe."
I don't have cable, but if anyone watches this episode I hope they post a comment!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Vintage Replacement

Maureen sent me a couple of emails about her new Tappan Deluxe. Along with the email info, she included photos of vintage Magic Chef she previously owned. Both stoves seem to be a good fit for her 1920's Tudor style house.
"I found Tappan Talk today as I was waiting for the delivery of the Tappan I purchased.

[...]The Tappan I have is model TV63X16 serial number 203049. It has red rings around the knobs, I wonder if these are supposed to light up. The clock doesn't work, but it looks cool. It is not a CP model so the oven has to be lit each time.

It was built in Mansfield, OH.  I bought it yesterday from a used appliance dealer in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. I think he got it from an estate sale.

The stove is a replacement for a 1948 Magic Chef which I had since 1976. It finally needed a new thermostat and I am hoping that my money was better spent in getting this Tappan. It now is in the kitchen of our 1929 house - not a bungalow. There are plenty of beautiful bungalows in our neighborhood.  Our is more of an English shingle covered tudor (I guess). We've been here since 1986 but are still not finished.

The Tappan has a pull chain for the top light, which works. The oven light works, too. The oven is enamel.  There is on wire shelf in the left storage space, and no shelves or racks in the right storage space. It has red glass rings behind the control knobs, but they do no light up.  I don't think they were ever intended to light up - I took off the manifold covers and there is no sign of wiring, a switch or a light. I guess it is a 60 series - so it must be late 40s or early 50s.

I think my Grandmother had one like this - I kind of remember it. I need to look through old family photos to verify.(That would have been in the early 1950s.)"
Maureen also sent me a follow-up email with some VERY interesting info. that she discovered (and agreed to let me post).  Watch for this in an upcoming post :)

Thanks Maureen for sharing your photos.....and the upcoming surprise!

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