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Frigidaire Stove and Fridge - Ohio
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Post# 671085   4/7/2013 at 12:55 (1,840 days old) by Bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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Spotted this on eBay; the stove needs a little help; definitely has seen some use, but still pretty cool. I also thought 30" stoves were harder to come by. That's a Cyclamatic fridge, right? Anyhow, the price seems decent for both.

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Post# 671087 , Reply# 1   4/7/2013 at 12:56 (1,840 days old) by Bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        
Stove detail

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A detail of the stove

Post# 671088 , Reply# 2   4/7/2013 at 12:56 (1,840 days old) by Bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        
Detail of Fridge Interior

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Fridge Interior

Post# 671092 , Reply# 3   4/7/2013 at 13:04 (1,840 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

WOW! I have never seen that model range outside of a publication.

Post# 671098 , Reply# 4   4/7/2013 at 13:15 (1,840 days old) by Bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        
I read somewhere

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that early 30" models were marketed as 'apartment-sized' stoves. I just noticed this has what appear to be 3 6" burners. Out of curioisty, is this from '53 or is it later? I thought the Cyclamatics didn't come out until '54.

Post# 671105 , Reply# 5   4/7/2013 at 13:48 (1,840 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
These are

55s I think, The script changed then.

Post# 671117 , Reply# 6   4/7/2013 at 14:54 (1,840 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I think it has to be from 1955. It's a TOL 30" and by 56, the surface unit controls were on the backsplash. Actually 20" ranges and then 24" ranges that were the apartment sized ranges.

Post# 671167 , Reply# 7   4/7/2013 at 17:26 (1,840 days old) by wireman (Lansing, MI)        
It is a 1954

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TOO COOL! We have the same 30" range in our basement, in the same color! I is a prettier shade in person, sort of a jade almost. Had never seen another. Still have the booklet filed away, so know it is a '54, unless both years were identical. The one for sale is not quite TOL, as our's has a window and a switch for the oven light on the door.

I think it was the orig. stove in our 1953 brick ranch( later remodeled to a cape cod). When they remodeled the kitchen, the 30" was relegated to the basement laundry room and replaced with a 1969 TOL white 40" Frigidaire Custom Imperial (non-Flair). It was hooked up and probably used to either can or warm appetizers; the house came with a bridge table and folding chairs that had their own compartments hidden under the stairs.

EVERYTHING works on the green 30". Greg loved the 1969 40" stove and even reworked the new kitchen cabs around it. Shortly after I moved in, things started to go wrong with the 40". If ONLY the green one in the basement were a 40" instead! Had I known better then, I would've reached out to the folks here to see if they knew of any sources for parts. So, we ended up buying a 40" Frigidaire that prob. weighs 1/2 what the old one did. Generic, blah, not nearly as well built as the older stoves. And not even a light to illuminate the cooktop! Hindsight is 20/20!

Post# 671261 , Reply# 8   4/8/2013 at 01:22 (1,839 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
You can be sure the stove is 1955

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Duane the 1954 Frigidaire Thrifty 30 looked like the 1953 model according to a 1954 Frigidaire Brochure I have and according to this 1954 ad. PAT COFFEY

Post# 671278 , Reply# 9   4/8/2013 at 04:32 (1,839 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Bluejay thanks for posting these. So the refrigerator is a cyclamatic. My grandmother had the same frigidaire with that distinctive handle. @ Norgeway was the toe kick/bottom panel on the fridge the same dark color on the white refrigerator? I believe it was. But I am recalling a memory from 43 years ago. LOL of course i would need a really big "Superlectric" fan to sit on top of it, to recreate a happy memory. Frigidaires of this vintage started with a whirrrrrr that was unmistakeable. alr

Post# 671307 , Reply# 10   4/8/2013 at 08:42 (1,839 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
dating appliances...

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usually the manual publication date will be the year before, in this case 1954 for a '55 range, I believe like cars, they were introduced in the fall preceding the model year. I love these, what I call, "transition years" for ranges and fridges, around '55-56, when the curves were being straightened out a bit, but not so much as the "Sheer Look" that Frigidaire introduced in '57. The 55-6's were more modern looking than what came before...not as much as was yet to come, but they still had the quality feel and heaviness of the previous early '50s models, which had a bit of carryover Deco appearance and a real quality build that began to go away as the newer late '50s models were introduced. Our '58 GE, for example has nowhere near the of the quality feel of earlier '55-56 units, but it sure does look cool!

Post# 671336 , Reply# 11   4/8/2013 at 10:45 (1,839 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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That is definitively a 1955 model RV-38-2 (2 standing for Green)
By 1955 the 30" models were not all that rare in new construction or kitchen remodels, in fact things were just beginning to trend in that direction. What is particularly RARE about this set is the fact that they are a set and that they are in SHERWOOD GREEN. That color (along with charcoal) was one of of the shortest lived colors in appliance history. Frigidaire first introduced it at some point in 1954 on the RT series and by 1958 it has been replaced with Turquoise.

Post# 671349 , Reply# 12   4/8/2013 at 12:04 (1,839 days old) by Bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I thought that was Sherwood Green. I have the link to the Frigidaire colors saved in my favorites. If we didn't already have a stove we loved, I would so snatch this up. Our friends and family think we nuts for using old applianceas as our daily drivers, but honestly, they're much better built and I can do the repair work on them. And, our power bill actually went down when we swapped out our '92 dryer and stove with our '63 models. :D

Interestingly, Sherwood Green looks almost identical to our 'Surf Green' American Standard bathroom fixtures.

I had come across some vintage advertising materials that seemed to indicate that the 20, 24, and 30 inch models were 'apartment sized', although they may have been from the late 40s/early 50s.


Post# 671355 , Reply# 13   4/8/2013 at 12:37 (1,839 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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I think the concept of "Apartment sized" was pretty subjective. With the exception of the 20-21" models (which were ALWAYS referred to as apartment sized) manufacturers were responding to shifts in the housing market in the post war period. Until 1940, almost all decent sized kitchens had a 36-42" wood, coal or gas range. It only made sense that the early electrics were designed to fit into that space, even though in most of them half of the cabinet was storage!

With construction in the new suburbs in the immediate post-ward period tending, on the whole, to be more modest in scope (for many reasons) the downsizing of the kitchen range also made sense. Most of the 40" ranges that were sold did not have the double oven which, to my mind, is the only reason to install such a behemoth. The 30" range offered a huge oven and ample cooktop space and quickly became popular for those who chose not to go the "built-in" route.

Post# 989090 , Reply# 14   4/1/2018 at 14:34 by Leta (Wabasha, MN, USA)        
Great advertisement for this refrigerator

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Our '57 wall french door oven is in Sherwood Green also. It's a lovely shade that changes tone in different lights.


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