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PRISTINE 1948 GE Airliner Range: Sparta, WI
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Post# 769374   7/9/2014 at 11:28 (2,198 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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This is the range seen in 1949's A Letter to Three Wives, and it's the nicest one I've ever seen offered for sale online. Price is $450, which is not unreasonable for something in such good condition and such an uncommon survival.

If you are looking for a Truman-era range, you could hardly do better than this. P.S.: The glass for the cooktop light is a HUGE plus - these are often broken or missing.

Hope someone gets this!

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Post# 769376 , Reply# 1   7/9/2014 at 11:35 (2,198 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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....The one in the movie; that's Kirk Douglas walking past it with his back to the camera.

Post# 769387 , Reply# 2   7/9/2014 at 12:05 (2,198 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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If I had a warehouse where I could start storing stuff, this would be coming home.  A lovely range, indeed.

Post# 769406 , Reply# 3   7/9/2014 at 13:12 (2,198 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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That is in remarkably good shape!  It looks practically new!

Post# 769819 , Reply# 4   7/10/2014 at 20:47 (2,197 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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saw that while searching CL and admired it - well, can't post everything I see, but glad you did, Sandy.

Post# 769998 , Reply# 5   7/11/2014 at 14:25 (2,196 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

For that price, do they guarantee that the clock works?

Post# 770007 , Reply# 6   7/11/2014 at 14:45 (2,196 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Uh, Tom....

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I don't know how many '48 Airliners you've seen, but I've seen only four, and two of them were basket cases for more money than this. The third was incomplete.

This strikes me as a fair deal for the rarity, the condition and completeness.

Post# 770008 , Reply# 7   7/11/2014 at 14:49 (2,196 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Sandy's right....

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That range is THE bargain. Someone on the west coast would probably have to pay circa $1500-2000 for it (private sale, even). Vintage appliance stores out there would charge more. Those things are scarce in very used/abused condition.

Post# 770009 , Reply# 8   7/11/2014 at 14:52 (2,196 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Embarrassed to tell you....

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how cheaply I sold mine. It was easily as nice/nicer than that one on CL here. I sold mine for under $200 back in about whatever that translates to in 2014 dollars, not sure.

Post# 770230 , Reply# 9   7/12/2014 at 13:05 (2,195 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I guess I've just never wanted a 1948 Airliner. It falls outside the age of the appliances we have set out to collect. I am sure that if someone wants this range they will pay that price and it is a piece of movie memorabilia which must be a driving factor in the price. The fact that it appears in a movie does not make it a must have artifact for me. Before the stills posted here, I had only seen it in magazine ads where it seemed like a nice electric range, but only a single oven 40" range and not one I wanted. I hope someone who wants one is able to buy it so I wish buyer and seller all the best.

We have, fortunately, mostly found the appliances in the collection and some were given to us after the newspaper articles about our collection, so we have not had to pay prices this high for our ranges. I guess another factor is that the advent of the internet, while certainly increasing the availability of old appliances, has also increased their prices. Before the possibilities brought about by the internet, old appliances were sold in charity stores, the want ads and second hand appliance dealers which is where we found some of ours and out behind some of those places as well in the 1980s and 1990s. I found my 1961 turquoise Frigidaire in the loading area of an appliance dealer on a Sunday afternoon. If John had not brought the truck over to get it, it would have gone to the scrapper Monday morning. I guess I am like the old relative who is aghast at modern prices. It's one of the things that comes with being old. My mother used to complain about paying 49 cents for 5 pounds of potatoes in the 1950s and now bakers are twice that for one pound.

Post# 802222 , Reply# 10   1/4/2015 at 11:54 (2,019 days old) by breynolds ()        

Hello All,

I own a GE great shape with one exception. Ours is missing the vinyl/plastic/bakelite/etc... wheel for behind the oven dial with the oven temperatures on it...I have someone willing to make me a new one, but need a photo to show them for spacing, etc...

Please Help!


Post# 802229 , Reply# 11   1/4/2015 at 12:24 (2,019 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Here are the only two photos I have of an Airliner, aside from movie stills from A Letter to Three Wives, which do not show the range close-up.

One is from the auction referenced earlier in this thread, and the other is a 1948 magazine ad featuring Art Linkletter as GE's celebrity spokesperson of the time:

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