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Post# 930266   4/3/2017 at 00:00 (445 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Mine would be a 58 Coldspot Super Mart , bottom freezer, second choice would be a late 50s Norge with the loop handles.....I do NOT want a frost free, defrosting is no big chore and food keeps so much better when air is not blowing on it.

Post# 930274 , Reply# 1   4/3/2017 at 01:11 (445 days old) by Aquarius1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Something frost free for sure. I've better things to do with the limited time on planet earth than have to de frost a freezer and all the hassle that entails i.e. Running low on foods and having to restock. Find somewhere to keep what is left frozen blah blah blah. Life is too short. Seriously.

All food should be kept well wrapped in either containers or wrapping to store it well anyway and thus a little good knowledge here about how to store certain things should be learnt.
Fan cooling is the way forward.

Something brand new and clean so that I know nothing unsavoury has been stored where I want to keep my food.

Something with very low energy usage because I really would rather not add more than I need to an already expensive electricity bill.

Post# 930276 , Reply# 2   4/3/2017 at 01:46 (445 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        

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My dream fridge is a 6-parter….I own 1/6th so far! Goal is to have one example of each Frigidaire bottom-mount freezer from models 1961-1966. I've got this '63…and Travis bagged my top prize earlier this week with that '66 :/

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Post# 930280 , Reply# 3   4/3/2017 at 02:06 (445 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I wouldn't mind a frosty GE bottom freezer model from the late '50s as long as the freezer's gasket made a good seal (I haven't defrosted my '57 top-mount GE Combination for many months, thanks to a new gasket), but the rotating shelves make it my second choice.


My dream fridge would be an early '60s GE bottom freezer with swing-out shelving and of course, a butter conditioner.  Those shelves are the epitome of Carol Merrill glam factor IMO.  I'm pretty sure that means Frost Guard, and I'm fine with that.  Since it would be a beverage fridge, a frost-free system wouldn't have a negative/drying effect on its contents.

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Post# 930306 , Reply# 4   4/3/2017 at 08:29 (445 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Mine would be an early 60s GE bottom-freezer Frost-Guard model.  But it would have to be the one with the swing-out shelves.  And in turquoise.  It would HAVE to be turquoise.... LOL 

Post# 930307 , Reply# 5   4/3/2017 at 08:43 (445 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Anyone of the above fridges would be great, my ideal fridge would have plenty of chrome, and be fitted with a modern linear compressor and be frost free. Why not have the best of both?

Post# 930311 , Reply# 6   4/3/2017 at 09:12 (445 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Scandinavians have these huge fridges or coolrooms (kylrum in swedish), that go into the corner of a kitchen. Not that I need a fridge that size, but I find them utterly cool! ;-)

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Post# 930324 , Reply# 7   4/3/2017 at 10:43 (445 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Is a small price to pay for much better food keeping results,especially vegetables and fruits and frozen foods, my experience with frost free.."Especially that contraption in my kitchen" has been very poor frozen food keeping ability, I got rid of my upright frost free freezer for the very same reason, give me a good old manual defrost chest freezer anyday, it runs about half as much and my ice cream isn't covered with ice crystals....As for a new compressor...That's the main reason I want vintage..they are MUCH quieter and run half as much...Good example, Our neighbor on the street where I grew up bought a Frigidaire in 1939 when the REA put in the electrical lines. its still running in her great nieces basement with out ever having so much as one service call....Find me ANYTHING made today that will be running in 78 years and I will buy it!!!

Post# 930340 , Reply# 8   4/3/2017 at 12:23 (445 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I'm right with you Han's about the old style refrigerators. They keep the food so much fresher. And the defrosting, while it could be a hassle is worth the better food preservation. When I used to have fridges that needed defrosting I just got on a schedule of doing it monthly and it was never that much work, usually had the whole process done in about an hr. Also, they were put together to last. Actual metal shelves and racks that won't break like this plastic crap that is put into every new fridge. When we replaced our fridge last August we opted for a BOL GE 15.5 cu ft. with wire shelves, like our previous fridge had. I love it. Food cools faster on wire shelves and you don't have to worry about glass shelves breaking. To add storage area to this fridge I ordered an extra shelf and we have just as much capacity as our previous 18 cu ft model. And I do not want any electroic controls on my fridge either.

With all that being said my dream refrigerator would be a Westinghouse, GE or Frigidaire from the early 50's. They are all beautiful, I especially like the swivel shelves on the GE's.

All these new french door fridges that I've looked at in the stores seem to have so much wasted space with all the gimmicks that they put into them. I just want to keep my food cold or frozen. And I can easily make my own ice. An Ice maker is just one more thing to break down.

Post# 930343 , Reply# 9   4/3/2017 at 12:30 (445 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Rememberance about defrosting!

My Grandmother would scrape off the frost, pack it in a glass and pour iced tea over it for me on a hot day...LOL

Post# 930347 , Reply# 10   4/3/2017 at 13:01 (445 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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My mom used to say (or maybe it was my dad, since he worked for Dole Refrigeration in Chicago before the war) that the water collected from defrosting was distilled.  I'm not a science geek so I wouldn't have the slightest idea about the process.  I guess anybody who went through The Great Depression would capture that distilled water and use it to fill their steam iron.

Post# 930367 , Reply# 11   4/3/2017 at 15:20 (445 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Food Life Preserver, or a Gemini side by side.

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Post# 930379 , Reply# 12   4/3/2017 at 15:52 (445 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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would not be my choice for fridges......but good to know, their still out there and available....and some for FREE!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO Yogitunes's LINK on New York Craigslist

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Post# 930380 , Reply# 13   4/3/2017 at 15:55 (445 days old) by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        
Side by Side

A modern Side by Side 25 cubic feet adjustable shelves, ice and water through the door. Love the new LED lighting in some of the Fridges. My 1996 Whirlpool is so well insulated that it blows very little air through. Plenty of freezer room and no need for an additional freezer.

Post# 930381 , Reply# 14   4/3/2017 at 16:07 (445 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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now THIS is a fridge.......just like what JohnL has in the museum.....

CLICK HERE TO GO TO Yogitunes's LINK on Frederick Craigslist

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Post# 930422 , Reply# 15   4/3/2017 at 17:58 (445 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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about $2000.00 too much IMHO....

Post# 930440 , Reply# 16   4/3/2017 at 19:10 (445 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
If vintage-

A '66 or '67 GE bottom-freezer model with the chrome handle.

Post# 930491 , Reply# 17   4/3/2017 at 22:45 (444 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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The Americana fridges are perfect for a bar area like where Justin put his.  If I had an accommodating floorplan, I'd consider one of those models.

Post# 930493 , Reply# 18   4/3/2017 at 23:14 (444 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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Amana side by side all white or all black with chrome with Touchmatic control and through door ice and water


GE Profile side by side in all white or all black with chrome with Electronic Monitor and Diagnastic System, through door ice and water and reach in beverage door.

Either in clean fully working condition with updated LED lighting in some way.

Post# 930501 , Reply# 19   4/4/2017 at 01:42 (444 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Servel has always interested me, ever since I saw a 1940s Servel ad.


In general, I like the round top style refrigerators, and have since at least when I was a teenager.




Post# 930522 , Reply# 20   4/4/2017 at 08:07 (444 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
OMG Martin!

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That is EXACTLY what I would have wanted. And right swing too!



Post# 930541 , Reply# 21   4/4/2017 at 11:07 (444 days old) by superocd (PNW)        

A McCall or Koch.

Post# 930582 , Reply# 22   4/4/2017 at 14:25 (444 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Mine is............

A '56 Philco Automatic. 2 doors.

Post# 930776 , Reply# 23   4/5/2017 at 19:01 (443 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I HAVE My Dream Fridge: Whirlpool Conquest!!!!



-- Dave

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Post# 930805 , Reply# 24   4/6/2017 at 01:32 (442 days old) by TheSpiritOf76 (wichita kansas, Historic Midtowne.)        
I have mine....

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It is a 1985 Kenmore Kitchen Mate. I absolutely love it! It's big, but not to big, has the porcelain interior, plenty of shelf space, easy to clean, and very repairable! I also love its smart look, with the barn wood decorator covers, and the unusual set in door handles!

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Post# 930811 , Reply# 25   4/6/2017 at 05:51 (442 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

well, I like the antique wooden ice box look. So a custom built in unit with that kind of styling, but that would require a larger residence. That's not happening at our ages. We've simplified life. Had we owned that large of a place, it would be time to downsize.

Post# 930813 , Reply# 26   4/6/2017 at 06:53 (442 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
A 1987 Pair Of Kitchenaid All Refrigerator and Freezer

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Neither of these has ever needed any service or repair or even been moved away from the wall. [ there was a light bulb failure in the ref around year 17, I fixed that by installing a new LED bulb ]


These are WP built appliances with porclean over steel interiors and thick solid foam insulated walls. The ref runs for around $20 a year and the freezer around $50. I keep the ref at around 34F and yet it has never frozen even a leaf of lettuce and yet keeps leftovers fresh for a month or more.


The freezer is kept at 2-3 F and also keeps frozen food for years, even the Ice Maker has never had any problem. I remove the grills every few years and Vacuum the front of the condensers and wash the water evaporation pans.


If there was ever a better built or more reliable Refrigerator and Freezer [ or better performing ] I would love to see it.

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Post# 930872 , Reply# 27   4/6/2017 at 15:00 (442 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Love the Kitchen Mate! I've had a few over the years.

Post# 930874 , Reply# 28   4/6/2017 at 15:03 (442 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I've never had a problem with a Frost-Free. There were a lot of refrigerators in the sixties and seventies I really liked. Coldspot, Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool.
My issue is glass shelves. I don't like aluminum shelving----then or now!

Post# 930903 , Reply# 29   4/6/2017 at 17:17 (442 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I'd love to have a set of new All fridge and All freezer sitting side by about a lot of room inside.  I'm not sure what brands are available like that though.

Post# 930918 , Reply# 30   4/6/2017 at 19:09 (442 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I have a set of those ALL fridge/freezer......

would love to have them in the kitchen like John's.....

I have the Kenmore versions, but I believe their made by Frigidaire/Electrolux

Post# 930925 , Reply# 31   4/6/2017 at 19:43 (442 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        
All Fridge/All Freezer units

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Askolover--out here I frequently see units built as all-fridge or all-freezer. Typically what I find in the "under 20 years old" category are SubZero 501f and 501r units…also see several Whirlpool and Frigidaires made in the last 15-20 years. As far as brand new, I'd think most of the U.S. based big players offer these individual units still.

Post# 930931 , Reply# 32   4/6/2017 at 20:05 (442 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I just saw an Electrolux stainless all-fridge/all-freezer pair at the ReStore today.  I didn't look at the price.  Too big for my kitchen, and the door on one was out of kilter.

Post# 931001 , Reply# 33   4/7/2017 at 05:07 (441 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
still kick myself

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for not picking this up.

Years ago, picking up a load of trade in appliances, there was a Sears Coldspot  in Avocado. Looked to be late 60's, early 70's. It was a SxS, but a full size refrigerator on one side, a full size freezer on the other. I've never seen another one like it.

Post# 931012 , Reply# 34   4/7/2017 at 06:59 (441 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

offered separate fridge and freezer units through out the 70's. I've seen them in avocado. While not built in's, they looked built in when installed with opposing handles next to each other. They had bottom grilles just like all Whirlpool refrigerators.

Post# 931028 , Reply# 35   4/7/2017 at 09:52 (441 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
WP Built All Ref And Freezers

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WP quit building these for Sears and their own brand by 1970.

Post# 931029 , Reply# 36   4/7/2017 at 10:04 (441 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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My mother's best friend had an all fridge and all freezer set from Bosch. Last time I was there, she still had them. They must be around 40 years old now.

Because I have problems with bending I would love two fridge freezers with bottom freezers side by side.

Post# 931079 , Reply# 37   4/7/2017 at 15:22 (441 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Many years ago (1967) I was in the home of a classmate (6th grade), and their kitchen had a matching Frigidaire refrigerator and freezer set in Turquoise. They also had the matching Frigidaire double wall oven and dishwasher. His father was a builder, and the home was completed in '64.

I was to another classmates home in high school, and her family had a set in Tahitian Green (like Avocado) that was installed when they renovated the kitchen in '66.

The high school I attended was built opened in '67, and the home-ec room had one Frigidaire set in White. The other refrigerators were either top or bottom freezer units in various colors.

Post# 931100 , Reply# 38   4/7/2017 at 19:13 (441 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        
John-combo52--KA question...

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1st…I LOVE those '87 units of yours. LOVE.

Now, the question…I know at one early point with KA units there was a compressor issue--seems like you've mentioned that in another post somewhere?

Today, I came across a VERY nice Superba 36 Side by Side built in. IMMACULATE. Didn't think to take a photo, but it is the model with ice/water on door, steel (not aluminum) vertical handles which are like yours. Door shelves/bins have thin blue horizontal banding on them.

I'm thinking it was probably made circa 1990. Not much newer than that--possibly mid-late 80s. Do you know the date range the problems existed? Did not spend any time looking for mfg. label/date labeling, etc…is there a clue up in the compressor compartment as to whether this has any dicey/problematic original componentry still in place so I can be prepared? Visually, I already know I want it…but need to be rational!

I Had no opportunity to test it today, but planning on going back to do so soon.

Post# 931170 , Reply# 39   4/8/2017 at 00:41 (440 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

For me--the needs of the fridge are simple-just keep my cold food cold,frozen food frozen-don't need a fridge with pretty lights,gadgets,TV sets,or doodads!I want it to self defrost-though--manual defrost is a PIA!

Post# 931222 , Reply# 40   4/8/2017 at 09:07 (440 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I would love a Norge fridge like my Mom's cousin Marvel had.  It was white, and had triangle shaped handles with a big black pushbutton in each handle.  I'm thinking it was from the late 50's or early 60's.


Image result for vintage norge refrigerator

Post# 931385 , Reply# 41   4/9/2017 at 09:05 (439 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Bad Compressors in WP built refs

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Kitchenaids first built-in refs in 1990-about 1992 and some 18 & 20 Cf top freezer refs used a rotary Matsuhito compressor that was a very short lived compressor, these compressors had the same design defect as GEs rotary compressor that GE used from 1985-about 1990 in almost all of GEs refs that caused he compressor to wear out very quickly and clog the sealed system with very fine metal dust.


The Matsuhito compressors were easy to spot, they were horizontal units about the size of a quart jar. These compressors never lasted very long in the bigger refs but sometimes survived 10 years or more in lightly used refs in cool environments.


Matsuhito, I am not sure this name is spelled correctly.

Post# 931479 , Reply# 42   4/9/2017 at 19:48 (439 days old) by kennyt123 (New London, CT)        
Love the GE Wall hung fridge

I always liked GE's wall mount fridge--probably was a bear to repair but I liked that the fridge freed up the floorspace. You could probably install a pair of wall ovens right below it since the counter space was lower under those fridges.

Post# 932623 , Reply# 43   4/15/2017 at 21:23 (433 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        
re: John-combo52--KA question...

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I went back today to see the KA Superba 36 Built-in. Got there too late to run any tests, but did get some crappy pix (my camera phone is not great…but photos will give you a general idea). I located the model tag, and as I suspected it's nearly a 1990--April '89. Model is KSRF36DTX03, Couldn't photograph the label on the compressor, but it is labeled as Embraco. Fairly sure it's a later replacement based on what you said about these being made with Matsushita. So, will have to make another trip on Monday and see if I can spend the day testing the unit. BTW--I'm not at all sure this shop has the top grille…do you know if later 36" grilles will fit this early production Fridge?


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Post# 932953 , Reply# 44   4/17/2017 at 15:54 (431 days old) by newvista58 (Northern NJ)        

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A 1st Generation Kelvinator Foodarama.
I had a '63 which a friend took, when
a crazy landlord told my brother and
I he wanted the barn we rented back
in 15 days, so he could start a
Millwork company at 77 years old.

I'm just glad it went to a great

Post# 933706 , Reply# 45   4/21/2017 at 12:38 (427 days old) by mikael3 (Atlanta)        

I love the Frigidaires from the mid-’50s.  I have a 1954 CTI-130 in Stratford Yellow.  It is the fabled ‘large’ model, definitely larger than the more common CTI-103, but still awfully small.  If I could find a left-hand partner for this one, I would be happy, but I’m not holding my breath.


I suppose my favorite look, though, is from the next year, the cold pantry with a single door, CP-115—in Sherwood Green!!  A pair of these side-by-side (a right- and a left-hand door) would look fantastic. 


Unfortunately, all the units from the ’50s are really small, and even two CP-115s wouldn’t add up to much.  The CP-143 is larger, but I’m not as fond of the 2-door models; I’m too much in love with the wall of porcelain on those single-door models.


But... if I could have anything at all, I would have one (or two!!) of the commercial reach-in models from 1954.  The number gives the approximate cubic feet.


   RIT-17 is the home-size 2-door.

   RIT-27 is the large 2-door.

   RIT-44 is the 3-door.

   RIT-62 is the 4-door.


The 3-door also came with a glass-door option, RIT-44G.  This is the only one of which I have an actual picture—a  bad-quality picture of a unit in pitiful condition.


If I could find any of these, I’d snatch them right up.  We can all dream, right?

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Post# 933712 , Reply# 46   4/21/2017 at 13:14 (427 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
My dream refrigerator?

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One that keeps cold items cold, frozen items frozen and continues operating at least 25 years W/O any problems!



Post# 933713 , Reply# 47   4/21/2017 at 13:15 (427 days old) by fridgenut (Cape Girardeau, MO)        
Love this Thread!

Seeing all of these old beauties brings a tear to my eye. I have many favorite models, mostly from the 20s-40s but my ultimate "dream fridge" is the unobtainable. The very first monitor top that almost nobody has heard of, the OC-2. Apparently they actually sold these things to the general public in limited quantities. Then almost overnight, GE decided to completely redesign it and made the DR model that most people who know anything about monitor tops are familiar with. What I wouldn't give to find an OC-2 though.

As a side note, the picture of the Norge up above posted by Polkanut is exactly the same model that I have and use as my main fridge. It works great! I love the triangular shaped handles with the big black push buttons in the center. It is over the top styling for sure. Kind of a representation of the repressed sexuality of the 50s like all of the cars that we know and love.

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