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Post# 993034   5/4/2018 at 05:50 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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General Electric range

General Electric fridge

Thor wringer washer

Who could ask for anything more?

Post# 993049 , Reply# 1   5/4/2018 at 08:33 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Wow, both the stove and fridge look like they've never been used. Thinking the GE fridge is either a '47 or '48 model.

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Post# 993058 , Reply# 2   5/4/2018 at 09:52 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Who could ask for anything more?

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An Electric Sink!  (Ducks and runs...)

Post# 993092 , Reply# 3   5/4/2018 at 16:23 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The range looks like it's the 36" version that my dad's aunt & uncle had.

Post# 993097 , Reply# 4   5/4/2018 at 17:39 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

That 8 inch element has fatter rings than you would normally see in a Calrod-equipped range.

The washer is confusing because it mentions "Meadows Division." Meadows was an Iowa brand. They had one of the most beautiful agitators I have ever seen. Did Thor buy them out?

Post# 993100 , Reply# 5   5/4/2018 at 17:50 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Does this answer your question?



Post# 993101 , Reply# 6   5/4/2018 at 17:54 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Long story short as with so many other appliance makers Meadows Inc. was swallowed up by Hurley Machine Company, makers of Thor appliances. Company would later become known by that name until they also vanished.

Years ago some venture capitalist firm or something purchased/resurrected the brand name "Thor" as was slapping it on front loading washing machines and maybe other appliances.

The original washers were Merloni clones IIRC, similar to Malber, Splendide, Equator and other such brand names.

Post# 993102 , Reply# 7   5/4/2018 at 17:58 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Range: Advert copy states the thing was recently "lovingly restored"; so that explains the like new condition.

Thor wringer washers didn't receive high marks from Consumer Reports IIRC. They seemed to find many minor niggles; things like washing being abraded by being dragged over the drain opening, and the unfortunate tendency for users to receive electrical shocks.

Post# 993104 , Reply# 8   5/4/2018 at 18:48 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I lived in a rental in 1973 that had a GE refrigerator just like this one. It was not in as good a condition as this beautiful fridge. And at the time, it seemed like a PITA to have to defrost it, but now I would gladly defrost one if I had one. They really do keep your food fresher, especially leftovers. Things don’t dry out like in a frost free fridge. But if you buy ice cream, you better plan on eating it soon, they didn’t keep ice cream very well as I recall. And virtually no plastic to break!

Post# 993128 , Reply# 9   5/5/2018 at 00:19 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Everything appears to be 1947 or 48.


Those GE refrigerators will run forever without asking for much.  It's the ones that got kicked to the garage or some unprotected spot that developed problems. 


Eddie, the only way I could get ice cream to remain firm in one of those "freezers" was to place the carton on the bottom surface of the evaporator.  It worked best when ice cream came in rectangular half gallon cartons.

Post# 993141 , Reply# 10   5/5/2018 at 07:24 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
One thing has always bothered me about these ranges

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Why are the electric burners shoved to the left leaving all that space on right. Just seems odd to my eyes. Wouldn't it have been better to have the standard for burners evenly spaced like other ranges?

Post# 993153 , Reply# 11   5/5/2018 at 09:51 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I think the reason for placing the burners to the left, leaving half the stove top clear was because many kitchens then had limited counter space. This arrangement gave some extra work space. And they had an extra electrical outlet too, so you could plug in and use a toaster, coffeepot, electric frypan, ect. and place the appiiance on the extra space.


Post# 993211 , Reply# 12   5/5/2018 at 18:46 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Thanks Eddie!

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Now can see how things would go, and yes with the electric outlet that extra "counter space" likely came in handy. One could plug a toaster, coffeemaker or whatever and get breakfast going fast.

Post# 993212 , Reply# 13   5/5/2018 at 18:55 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I have seen pictures in shelter mags from the 40s with an electric mixer plugged and being used on that work surface over the oven in old kitchens with limited work space.

Post# 993215 , Reply# 14   5/5/2018 at 19:01 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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You’re Welcome!🙂
I found out first hand just how handy these beautiful 40’ electric stoves were when we lived in a duplex in Petaluma, Calif. in the early 80’s, The previous tenant left her 1939 Westinghouse 40’ electric stove behind. It was absolutely the best stove I have ever used. I used that extra space on the right hand side all the time, as the counter space was limited. It broke my heart when the oven stopped working and our great landlord immediately replaced it with a brand new 30’ Magic Chef electric stove. He thought he was doing us a solid, and I really appreciated how he took care of us, but that Magic Chef couldn’t hold a candle to the beautiful 39’ Westinghouse! I still have the recipe book that the former tenant left behind.


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Post# 993222 , Reply# 15   5/5/2018 at 19:54 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Isn't that illegal now?

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To have an electric outlet as part of range?

Recall that feature being rather common on vintage electric ranges, but don't think have seen it recently.

Post# 993241 , Reply# 16   5/5/2018 at 22:39 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Yes, Idiots rule

Good range design is no more, nice fused outlets, fluorescent lights etc

Post# 993886 , Reply# 17   5/11/2018 at 15:08 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
That range is from 1955-56

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The oven knobs are a dead giveaway. The video in the link below shows what the 1948 GE ranges look like. PAT COFFEY


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