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General Electric 1950s? Refrigerator
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Post# 979220   1/20/2018 at 19:10 (208 days old) by maytagguy (Minneapolis, Minnesota)        

Hello everyone on haven't posted in a while - I just bought a General Electric 1950s? fridge at a local store called Empty The Nest in Golden Valley, MN. Anyway - I'm wondering when it was made and what the model number is? I have a few photos of the plates / stickers I will attach them below.

thank you for the help!

Cooper Kallevig
Mpls, MN

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Post# 979233 , Reply# 1   1/20/2018 at 19:53 (208 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I'd say it's an early '50s model since it has the pull-down freezer door all the way across the top.  Too bad the crisper drawers are missing, but it appears not to be a problem for your particular application.

Post# 979241 , Reply# 2   1/20/2018 at 20:41 (208 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Didn't the Crosley Shelvador patent expire in 1951? After which the rest of the industry immediately put shelves on the doors of every model they made? That would put this GE at 1951 or a little earlier.

Post# 979245 , Reply# 3   1/20/2018 at 21:01 (208 days old) by maytagguy (Minneapolis, Minnesota)        

wow! cool! also looking if someone knows where I can find a manual - just to download. I haven't been able to figure out which number is the model number.. I'm new to this website, and don't know what sites are the best for finding out this stuff!

If you need more pictures - or need some more infomation on it. respond to me on this thread or you can also email me!

Post# 979254 , Reply# 4   1/20/2018 at 22:19 (207 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
Appears to be a 1951

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I'm not sure what the plate is that you've photographed, but I don't think it's the nameplate for the refrigerator - maybe for the compressor?  The refrigerator should have a two-letter followed by a number/letter combination model identification (LF-10H, LF-8H, etc.).  The Serial Number should begin with two letters, they can be de-coded with the GE link here.



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Post# 979255 , Reply# 5   1/20/2018 at 22:22 (207 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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This 1951 advertisement features the LF-10 model.  It appears to have room for a third shelf whereas yours looks to have room for two.  If that's the case, yours would be a LF-8.



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Post# 979276 , Reply# 6   1/21/2018 at 05:53 (207 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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The place that restores appliances in GA. had one crisper drawer for a 1940 Gibson that I needed.

Post# 979283 , Reply# 7   1/21/2018 at 07:50 (207 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        
Nice memories!

My nana had that exact same refrigerator in her Bronx apartment for many years. I was so happy to see it again after all these years! Best of luck to you! I was always fascinated by that little butter tray in the door! I still remember the sound that door handle made when the fridge closed! Nana loved GE! She had this fridge and her mid 1960ís GE FF Washer next to the kitchen sink!

Post# 979355 , Reply# 8   1/21/2018 at 16:36 (207 days old) by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I agree about the GE door latch.  It didn't take much effort to make it catch or pop open.  Very well designed.


The '49 Westinghouse I grew up with took a good push or it would bounce back, and also required a combined wrenching and pulling action to get it open.  The handle eventually pulled out of its housing. 


I don't think I've ever seen a GE with this system that had a broken door handle, and if you think about the number of years they spent as daily drivers, particularly for large families, by this time many of them have been opened and closed nearly half a million times.

Post# 981374 , Reply# 9   2/5/2018 at 12:23 (192 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
It appears to be a 1951 model

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I am not so sure about that Lawerence mainly because in the 1951 ad the word chiller on the chiller tray says is written in cursive letters while on the one in the photo of the fridge in question it is written on a medallion in block letters. If the owner of the fridge can get me a complete model number. which should be on the side wall in the fresh food compartment, I can tell you exactly what year it is.....PATRICK COFFEY

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