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A beautiful 40" 1950's GE range $100 (Marshfield, WI)
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Post# 778866   8/23/2014 at 07:53 (2,219 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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This range was in an upstairs apartment and now has been moved downstairs.  It looks to be in great cosmetic condition.  Also looks as if it might have a deep-well cooker in the left rear.  Wish the seller had taken some interior pics though.

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Post# 778909 , Reply# 1   8/23/2014 at 15:24 (2,218 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I think...

This was the first pushbutton model, 48 or 49, and yes, the left rear unit can be lowered for the Thrift Cooker, a very good range!

Post# 778922 , Reply# 2   8/23/2014 at 17:10 (2,218 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
That's a....

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....'52, if I'm not mistaken.

Looks like a Stratoliner or Airliner, with the minute timer but without the salt and pepper set - and also without the cooktop light, which TOL Liberators had in a chromed housing above the pushbutton array. And yes, it is supposed to have a deep-well cooker, though the CL ad has no info on whether or not the deep-well parts are included or available.

And here's a photo:

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Post# 778940 , Reply# 3   8/23/2014 at 20:09 (2,218 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Nice Range

Not only did it have a deep well, the deep well had an Ekco pressure cooker that also had a non-pressure cover. The gray Bakelite knob that locks the lid says Hi Speed Calrod. The Ekco had a smaller opening than the Presto or Mirro Matic deep well pressure cookers. I don't quite know why range manufacturers would offer a pressure cooker, not a light utensil when filled, for a deep well where it had to be lifted about 9 or 10 inches out of the well after cooking, but pressure cookers were a hot item in the housewares market and I guess they thought it added some usefulness to a feature that maybe was not quite as much of a draw as it had been in the early days of electric cooking when the deep well was sold as an economical way of electric cooking. More and more people were using electric ranges and not going broke paying the electric bill so there was less emphasis on the economy of using the deep well cooker or Econo Cooker as Westinghouse called it or the Thrift Cooker as both Hotpoint and GE called theirs.

If this is an ED1 or ED1F1, it is a 1949 model and could have been made as early as 1948 for introduction in the fall. After WWII, innovations were coming fast to appliances so models with new features were pushed early, often before the official start of a new model year. The lighted pushbuttons were a new feature. Even the oven selectors were buttons with Red for Broil, Yellow for Timed Bake and Green for Bake. For the surface units Hi was Red, Second was Yellow, Third was Purple, Lo was Green and Warm was Blue.

In the instruction manual for the ED1F1, in the section about the thrift cooker, they mention, on page 35, "It's splendid for fixing large quantities when you're having a gang in for midnight supper" and on page 38 the question is asked, "Got a large group coming in for a midnight snack?" What were large crowds of people doing until midnight in the late 40s? I have never heard of this late banqueting. Were they square dancing or bowling, maybe skating?

The deep well pan could be used like the West Bend bun warmer to warm rolls or biscuits using the trivet with no water on Warm or Lo heat.

I found an unused pressure cooker for the GE deep well in a huge flea market in the 90s in northern Maryland. The instruction label is still glued to the lid and the booklet is inside. The gasket and air vent/pressure plug are still flexible and like new.

Post# 778941 , Reply# 4   8/23/2014 at 20:22 (2,218 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
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One of the shots in the CL ad shows it - DD2-F1 or F2. The installation instructions sheet on the back of the range covers both those models.

Post# 778947 , Reply# 5   8/23/2014 at 20:48 (2,218 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Late '40s Nights:

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"What were large crowds of people doing until midnight in the late 40s?"

Coming home after a late movie - popular with older grown-ups because there weren't young families in attendance. At that time, this was a perfectly safe activity.

It was easier to stay up late then than now, because you damn well had Saturday off. Entirely off, with no emails, phone calls or other corporate horsetwaddle driving you nuts when you should be resting.

Post# 778950 , Reply# 6   8/23/2014 at 21:20 (2,218 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

DD2-F1 was also a 1949 model according to the 13th edition of the NARDA 1960 Official Home Appliance Trade In Blue Book published by the National Appliance Publishing Company at 5004 McKenna Rd. in Madison 4, Wisc.

Post# 778978 , Reply# 7   8/24/2014 at 04:58 (2,218 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
So That Means....

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This styling was used for at least four model years - '49, '50, '51 and '52.

Quite a difference from Frigidaire with its frequent trim shuffles.

Post# 778983 , Reply# 8   8/24/2014 at 06:03 (2,218 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

What are the "oven", 4 pushbuttons on the far right, please? 

Tom was the pressure cooker intended more as a canner, or regular cooking?

Post# 779005 , Reply# 9   8/24/2014 at 08:22 (2,218 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Late '40s Nights:

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Early 50's - my parents always went out on weekends in the 40's and into the late 50's until I was 13...dancing and partying with their friends. They didn't come back to cook, but fell asleep. My mom used to cook for her Bunco or women's club, which got started around 8PM and lasted past midnight. She didn't have this stove, but she used it before they arrived and only made coffee on it, with the a conically-shaped colander inside a tall stainless steel coffee pot. Midnight snacks and suppers? Maybe in a larger family, with other lifestyles, that might happen. I love the old descriptive literature provided with these stoves, appliances and older cooking books. This stove doesn't appeal to my visual side, but the features are great and I would like to see the lighted pushbuttons and oven selectors. Interesting thread - thanks Tom and Sandy. This stove goes back to my beginning.

Post# 779099 , Reply# 10   8/24/2014 at 16:25 (2,217 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

ALR, see the second paragraph of my post #778940 for the oven function buttons.

The EKCO pressure cooker cooked at a single pressure so it would not have been suitable for canning. The Mirro Matic used the three pressure regulator so it could have been used for canning, but I think it only held 3 quart jars so it might have been OK for canning what was picked out of a small garden each day, but not for big scale canning when you wanted a 16 qt. pressure canner that held 7 jars at a go. Mirro's 8 qt pressure cooker holds 4 quart jars and I have often used it in conjunction with the 16 quart canner when there was more to process than one canner would hold, but not enough to fire up two 16 quart canners.

Post# 779103 , Reply# 11   8/24/2014 at 16:28 (2,217 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Thanks Tom,   I see it now.  I see your point about capacity for  canning.  alr

Post# 779378 , Reply# 12   8/25/2014 at 17:43 (2,216 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I prefer this style used for '49 thru '52 over the first Louisville models, that were from '53 thru '56.

Post# 801194 , Reply# 13   12/28/2014 at 04:50 (2,092 days old) by bahacruiser ()        
GE Deluxe Stratoliner Tripl Oven Model # DD246A9 for sale


I have a GE Deluxe Stratoliner Tripl Oven Model # DD246A9 Serial # 2153900 for sale with S&P shakers in good to very good condition. The porcilain is in perfect condition. Everything is in working order. I do not know what year it is. If anyone knows what year it is or interested in purchasing it please contact me. Your help and time is greatly appreciated in advance.

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