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1958 Pillsbury Bake Off Range...!
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Post# 746569   3/31/2014 at 14:23 (2,159 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Why couldnt this be closer!!! What a history!!!

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Post# 746575 , Reply# 1   3/31/2014 at 15:18 (2,159 days old) by HooverWheelAway ()        

That is super cool, and would be really neat to own!

Post# 746577 , Reply# 2   3/31/2014 at 15:25 (2,159 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
For the archives.......

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Stoves are not really my thing, but I have to admit this is beautiful!   Plus with the Bake-Off history, WOW!



Post# 746614 , Reply# 3   3/31/2014 at 20:10 (2,158 days old) by xraytech (Rural southwest Pennsylvania )        

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That must be an all GE kitchen, I can just see the bottom of an early GE Spacemaker microwave hood. My grandmother had the same one until last year

Post# 746641 , Reply# 4   3/31/2014 at 21:12 (2,158 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Cool GE Bake-Off Winner Range

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GE gave out 100 of their TOL range every year from around 1949 till the early 1970s, this one was in the hay-day of the bake-off contest, only bad thing is that the picture of the mother in law with ronald reagan would reduce the value of the range by at least $200.

John L.

Post# 746646 , Reply# 5   3/31/2014 at 21:31 (2,158 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Not usually an electric stove fan,

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But that is beautiful!


Post# 746647 , Reply# 6   3/31/2014 at 21:45 (2,158 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Wasn't 1959 model year the first for the squared clock/timer design and windowed door?  Would make sense she'd get the very latest and best model, I wonder what she made that won the contest?


The story of the range is wonderful!

Post# 746711 , Reply# 7   4/1/2014 at 05:45 (2,158 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

She sure took very good care of the range. As a general rule, with many exceptions to prove it, people from the generation that went through the Great Depression tended to take better care of things.

Post# 746714 , Reply# 8   4/1/2014 at 05:51 (2,158 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
If it wasnt a two days drive away,

I would try to get this one .

Post# 746756 , Reply# 9   4/1/2014 at 10:32 (2,158 days old) by sel8207 (naples, florida 34117)        
capillary tube or ohm sensor

Am wondering if they had moved away from the capillary tube type sensi temp system in that year, and went to the ohm sensor type sensi temp. Is that a double oven or just a warming oven on the left? Les

Post# 746758 , Reply# 10   4/1/2014 at 10:36 (2,158 days old) by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

The story makes sense, as Reagan was still GE's public spokesperson in 1958. GE dropped him in the early 60s as he became more political, they wanted to remain politically neutral. 

Post# 746780 , Reply# 11   4/1/2014 at 11:41 (2,158 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Les, That is a true second oven and unlike many ranges, even it was able to do clock-controlled "time bake." It baked and broiled independently of the main oven. None of my Frigidaire or Westinghouse range manuals have instructions for doing clock-controlled start and stop in the companion oven. There were less well known brands that offered that feature in the early 50s, but because Hotpoint and GE had the oven selector switches as well as thermostats for both ovens, they could give time bake in both ovens. The one exception to that is the 30" Hotpoint Hallmark range where the upper oven and surface units could be mounted on a wide lower oven instead of a base cabinet. That big lower oven was not clock-controlled. It had a selector switch with OFF, Bake & Broil settings on one side on the front and the thermostat on the other side.

Post# 746820 , Reply# 12   4/1/2014 at 15:52 (2,158 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Clock style

I've never been able to determine if the change from round to rectangular clock occured at the model year changeover, or was a running change during the '58 model year.

Post# 746867 , Reply# 13   4/1/2014 at 18:57 (2,157 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In June 2020!)        
Another Pic with the seller?

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Here is a pic when I Googled 1958 GE Range..its on the GE facebook page

Post# 747932 , Reply# 14   4/5/2014 at 20:12 (2,153 days old) by sel8207 (naples, florida 34117)        
thanks much for info on 2nd oven

I had no idea second oven was timer controlled also. From what I've read, that seems like a rare option. Like that idea much. This range did not sell and was relisted, so am still interested. Thanks again Tom. Is there any info on when the capillary tube sensi temp style ended, and the ohm measuring sensor began. If this is the latter type, I may bid on it. Les.

Post# 747934 , Reply# 15   4/5/2014 at 20:33 (2,153 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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" This range did not sell and was relisted"

Might want to downplay that Ronald Reagan connection next go-round....

Post# 748023 , Reply# 16   4/6/2014 at 06:06 (2,153 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I would HAVE TO

Put a blow up of the picture of Reagan presenting it to the lady over the stove!..if this were closer I would do my best to get it.

Post# 748146 , Reply# 17   4/6/2014 at 16:40 (2,153 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
These had the hydrolic type

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(capillary?) SensiTemp units, which tend to work well. Ours did.

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