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Out with the NEW in with the OLD! FRIGIDAIRE!
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Post# 626421   9/20/2012 at 19:49 (2,219 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Well, one year with a new stove, and i have been ready to change...Then I inherited this 75 Frigidaire from my Neighbor in my hometown who was like a grandmother to me, I ate lots of good food off this stove as a kid, she bought it when I was 10!

Post# 626423 , Reply# 1   9/20/2012 at 19:51 (2,219 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Donald !

Hates the color, but being the good sport he is, didnt fuss! It weighs about twice what the new Hotpoint did!

Post# 626424 , Reply# 2   9/20/2012 at 19:52 (2,219 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
As you can tell!

She took good care of her stuff! She died a couple of months month shy of 102!

Post# 626426 , Reply# 3   9/20/2012 at 19:53 (2,219 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I hope!

It will be as good as it has been...the clock still keeps time!

Post# 626427 , Reply# 4   9/20/2012 at 19:56 (2,219 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Bought in March 1975..

By Raymond and Bertha Reavis, two people I loved very much growing up,they were just like family to me.So this has sentimental value ,it was bought at W.E.Shaw furniture in Lenoir NC,She had a 52 Thrifty Thirty before this .

Post# 626447 , Reply# 5   9/20/2012 at 21:59 (2,219 days old) by A440 ()        

It looks showroom new!
I love the color. It looks great in your kitchen!
I love the story about your neighbor! I am sure she is smiling down on you!

Post# 626448 , Reply# 6   9/20/2012 at 22:03 (2,219 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        

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Hans I just love that stove and I know how special it is to you.  I so wish I could find one like it in Poppy Red, it would work perfectly with my kitchen.

Post# 626454 , Reply# 7   9/20/2012 at 22:16 (2,219 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

It's a gorgeous range, Hans! Congratulations, and here's to many wonderful meals.

Post# 626460 , Reply# 8   9/20/2012 at 22:35 (2,219 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Very lucky to have a beautiful range you've known personally nearly your whole life!

A good friend of my grandmother bought this same range along with a Mini washer and dryer set. She replaced an open coil Frigidaire range. She would have bought a new refrigerator but didn't like how "cheap" they were compared with her rounded top Frigidaire. I remember one thing all the (us :-) girls liked was that you could see the burner setting from across the room. If you were cooking for me, I'd let you have any range your heart desired too - Donald is a good sport and a good catch!

Post# 626478 , Reply# 9   9/21/2012 at 00:12 (2,219 days old) by mixfinder ()        

Its all about love. She loved you, you loved her, she loved her range, you loved her range. Now this monument to love, longevity and always being there is there for you now. I can't think of anything better for someone I have come to love as well. My grandma had the same one in Harvest Gold with a matching Fridge and Dishmobile. They sold the house and moved into a trailer and she got new appliances to replace the bols. She lived there for 6 years before she dies. Then my aunt took the applances.

Post# 626506 , Reply# 10   9/21/2012 at 03:07 (2,219 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Looks great Hans

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Wish you much happy baking with your "new" range.

Now, over in imperial there is a washer and dryer set that would compliment this new range very nicely .........



Post# 626516 , Reply# 11   9/21/2012 at 07:34 (2,219 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I was wondering how long it was going to take you to swap out the Hotpoint for this classic beauty.  Many great memories were made with this stove, and I'm sure many more to come.  I love the color!

Post# 626526 , Reply# 12   9/21/2012 at 08:52 (2,219 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

I'd challenge your 1975 date for that stove--it still has an outlet, and I thought the CPSC outlawed them in the US in 1971 or so (oddly they're still legal in Canada).

Post# 626532 , Reply# 13   9/21/2012 at 09:31 (2,219 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Nice All Around

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That's a perfect design for your kitchen with its horizontal lines of the drawers. We all have our color prefs, as long as you like it for what it means, the color becomes a moot point. Check out the width of the heating elements, wow! I forgot how much thicker they made them. I remember when stoves had plugs - maybe earlier 1970's? I'm wondering, too, was it 1975? Great condition!

Post# 626533 , Reply# 14   9/21/2012 at 09:49 (2,219 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Han, enjoy your beautiful "new" Frigidaire - I think the avacado is wonderful! My mom had this range in "copper" because it went with her "Early American" styled kitchen. Hers had the flat Corning top, which she loved.

It's wonderful that you have such a personal connection to this range - I'm wishing you many years of happy baking and cooking on this stove (or until you switch it out with another!!)! Enjoy!

Post# 626541 , Reply# 15   9/21/2012 at 11:02 (2,219 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Happy cooking!


You've got a lovely link to dear friends.


Post# 626552 , Reply# 16   9/21/2012 at 11:37 (2,219 days old) by franksdad (Greenville, South Carolina)        

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That sure is a beauty!  My Mama had a 1974 TOL Frigidaire stove in avacado similar to yours.  It was still working fine in 1995 when I got rid of it when I redid her kitchen and replaced it with a Whirlpool.  Like your Hotpoint, that Whirlpool didn't weight 1/2 as much as that Frigidaire. 


Happy baking!


Post# 626592 , Reply# 17   9/21/2012 at 15:12 (2,219 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Outlet on stoves...

I dont know when they quit putting outlets on ranges, im thinking 77 or so, but I do know when this one was bought, I was just a few months shy of being 10 years old, it was bought March 75.

Post# 626721 , Reply# 18   9/22/2012 at 04:18 (2,218 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

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Post# 626722 , Reply# 19   9/22/2012 at 04:23 (2,218 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Didn't mean to delete all of it. Was just trying to redo it. Anyway, love the stove. Nice that you knew the person who owned it.

Post# 626742 , Reply# 20   9/22/2012 at 08:33 (2,218 days old) by rll70sman (Hastings, Minnesota)        
Beautiful stove!


I, too, share your sentiment about acquiring things owned by someone who's passed on that you dearly loved. I have a lot of my grandma's kitchen wares. They bring a smile to my face everytime I use them because they bring back so many good memories of her and her great cooking. May you enjoy many years of happy cooking and baking with this stove!


Post# 626753 , Reply# 21   9/22/2012 at 08:53 (2,218 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Nice stove Hans!

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And I have to say I agree with Donald but in this case it actually looks inviting in avocado, now go make a '70s carrot cake!

Post# 626795 , Reply# 22   9/22/2012 at 12:48 (2,218 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Beautiful Range . . .

I'll admit to not being a big avocado fan, but at least at Christmas you can put some red enameled pots and pans on it and have seasonal colors!

Post# 626834 , Reply# 23   9/22/2012 at 14:42 (2,218 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I meant to tell you I like that kettle on the stove too!!! :)

Post# 626835 , Reply# 24   9/22/2012 at 14:46 (2,218 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I didn't know Frigidaire was making those thick surface heating elements as late as 1975!?! Would have lost that one on a retro stove trivia game show! LOLLL :)

Post# 626840 , Reply# 25   9/22/2012 at 15:14 (2,218 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

They used them until GM sold Frigidaire out!

Post# 626842 , Reply# 26   9/22/2012 at 15:19 (2,218 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I learned something today! I guess a good stash of those burners were around as leftover stock for a good while after they sold out. So it wasn't hard for people to find replacements. However, our old 40" Custom Imperial that my mother had, I don't ever remember her having to have a burner replaced on it and it got daily use a couple of times a day at least. I hope some day to find a vintage Frigidaire range! Dream! Dream! Dream! LOLLL

Post# 626883 , Reply# 27   9/22/2012 at 19:01 (2,217 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
It's Greaaaaaaaaat

Hans -


That stove looks great and absolutely right in your kitchen.  Do the burners heat up quickly as I've heard some say? 


I can only imagine what kind of great meals you'll prepare on it.


Very happy for you!


Post# 627213 , Reply# 28   9/23/2012 at 23:59 (2,216 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Nice to see it in your kitchen! I really like your range and it's color too!

Is the matching fridge there too?  


Maybe you should post the model numbers and serial numbers here! I also think the fridge might be a bit older than 1975... I had a single door fridge very similar to yours with the cabinet still hiding the door seals and the same style door and it was a "N" model from 1968-69. There were probably some of these still made in the seventies but I'm wondering if it could have been as late as 1975. But Frigidaire often kept the prior year's models in production for a few years on some models after having switched to new models. For example, there were still 1962-style Frigidaire fridges produced in 1963-64 but they didn't get much advertising except in some newspaper ads from dealers. 


As for the ranges. Frigidaire didn't sell appliances for a few years here in the seventies here and most of those sold in the mid-to-late sixties and very early seventies didn't look like the US models at all so my knowledge on the US models like yours very limited!


I think that by (or during?) 1975, the Super and Deluxe ranges had their control panels redesigned with their clock in the center like the one is this ad from august of 1975 but 1974 models still had their clock on the left like yours. So I suppose it might be a left over 1974 model sold in 1975 or an early 1975 model...   And about convenience outlets. I think they were banned from ranges in the US in 1976 so 1975 models should still have them. (But again I live in Canada so...).

Post# 627252 , Reply# 29   9/24/2012 at 08:08 (2,216 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re left over 74...

I can believe this knowing them as I did, they were not rich folks and were very good at saving, it was bought in March of 75. The model number is RGD3-35W..Anyone know exactly how old, also, knowing WE Shaw furniture as I do, it might be even older , they were known for buying lots of stuff in bulk.

Post# 627253 , Reply# 30   9/24/2012 at 08:10 (2,216 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re Radiantubes...

I think the big surface units are a little slower to heat up, but once they are hot the heat is much more even and steady, also, because they are wide and flat, they make better contact with the cookware.

Post# 627256 , Reply# 31   9/24/2012 at 08:17 (2,216 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Frigidaire Ad.

My Mother bought one of the last real Frigidaire stoves sold by Shaw Furniture in 1979, December I think, anyway, it had the back panel just like the one in the ad, no appliance outlet, and was continuous cleaning, it never was as good as Berthas stove,The clock didnt last a year and the oven never was very accurate for some reason.We sold it in the mid 80s and I installed a 55 39 inch double oven lighted pushbutton Hotpoint,My Mom and Grandmother loved it, wish I had kept it, Hotpoints 50th anniversary model, Rota Grill, Golden Griddle and all!!

Post# 627261 , Reply# 32   9/24/2012 at 08:36 (2,216 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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If you want to really go '70's, you need to find an avocado BUNDT pan, make a cake, and have the neighbors over for coffee & dessert some afternoon. Wink

Post# 627281 , Reply# 33   9/24/2012 at 10:59 (2,216 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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The model number is RGD3-35W...


I guess it is RDG3-35W (D stands for Deluxe, G for Glass) and this model was produced in 1973-74. 


How about your fridge?


Post# 627311 , Reply# 34   9/24/2012 at 13:46 (2,216 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Half asleep from work, I guess I inverted the two letters!! 12 hour nights will do that!!LOL, That stove being a 74 makes perfect sense now that I think of it, Im sure Shaws had it left from the previous year and gave them a good deal on it, as I think Lawrence Hayes ,the owner of Shaw Furniture was in Raymonds Sunday School Class at Church,Bertha was president of thw WMU.."Womens Missionary Union" and also taught Sunday School at Lower Creek Baptist Church, So everyone involved was friends..Such is the life of a small town, In Lenoir, if you went to Lower Creek, you naturally shopped at Shaws, if you went to First Methodist, you shopped at Crowells or Teague Furniture, as George Crowell and Ira Teague went there.As for the fridge,it looked ok on the outside, but someone had busted up some of the plastic on the inside working on it.If it had been a non self defrost model I would have kept it, but every frost free fridge I ever had any experience with was trouble, so I let my neighbor have it.He has had a rough time lately and needed a fridge.

Post# 627410 , Reply# 35   9/24/2012 at 22:20 (2,215 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Range Outlets and Push-To-Turn Surface Unit Controls

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The outlets went away when the PTT surface unit controls came into being by 1974 as a UL requirement that was supported by range manufacturers.

Post# 627542 , Reply# 36   9/25/2012 at 18:31 (2,214 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
Miss those outlets..

Wish stoves still had a power outlet and dash light, but especially the power outlet. It was so convenient.

Post# 627588 , Reply# 37   9/25/2012 at 22:50 (2,214 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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About convenience outlets... Not a lot of information on the net about the exact time they were banned but I found this...


Post# 981206 , Reply# 38   2/4/2018 at 08:36 (257 days old) by Jhmorpheus (Wenatchee)        
How to set the stop time and temp for the stove

I live in an apartment with this stove and don't know how to set the stove. Can someone please help me? I have no manual.

Post# 981210 , Reply# 39   2/4/2018 at 09:23 (257 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

It looks wonderful! I had a great aunt who had one in poppy red. Have fun with this.

Post# 981247 , Reply# 40   2/4/2018 at 13:53 (257 days old) by steved (Guilderland, New York)        
Operation instructtions

These are from a similar model with a self-clean oven, but the basic information is the same

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