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Dating my GE fridge
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Post# 983046   2/16/2018 at 17:31 (216 days old) by cheezqueen (Washington)        

I'm finding it frustrating getting a date on my new-to-me vintage GE refrigerator.

The GE dating code doesn't appear to render a good date (I emailed GE to no effect).

It a 12 cu ft, 2 door, top freezer, counter depth in turquoise. currently has a single bottom drawer in turquoise enameled metal, but who knows if that's original.

The model number is TB12Mxxxx, the serial number is HB 6213.

Pix below. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Post# 983051 , Reply# 1   2/16/2018 at 18:20 (216 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Wait for others to verify, but

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my guess is May of 1966.

Post# 983052 , Reply# 2   2/16/2018 at 18:27 (216 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I think 1966 is in the ballpark for this fridge.  Definitely near the end of turquoise as a color option.



Post# 983056 , Reply# 3   2/16/2018 at 18:32 (216 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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According to date charts I have I concur with speedqueen. May 1966. I don't remember ever seeing a 60s GE with that style handle. Maybe that more simple style was used on the less expensive manual defrost models?

Post# 983070 , Reply# 4   2/16/2018 at 19:31 (216 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I wouldn't be surprised if that is the original drawer in the bottom.

Post# 983078 , Reply# 5   2/16/2018 at 20:42 (216 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I think it's the original drawer, but the solid shelf that fits over it seems to be missing (unless it's an opaque glass that doesn't show up in the photo).


I agree that the handles were likely specific to less expensive manual freezer defrost models.


These are good refrigerators with true zero degree freezers, and they operate quietly.  Yours is the 1966 version of my 1957 that's the same size. 


The freezer is a cinch to defrost, particularly if you have a vintage electric defroster (a heating element with a cage around it)  to speed up the process.  Set it, forget it, and come back in about 45 minutes to an hour.  The drain in the bottom of the freezer routes melted frost down to the collection pan under the fridge.  Just remove any chunks of ice that have fallen or loosened, wipe out the cavity, re-stock the freezer and turn the fridge back on.  I'm usually done in less than an hour, and only about 15 minutes of that is hands-on.

Post# 983085 , Reply# 6   2/16/2018 at 21:54 (216 days old) by dylanmitchell (San Diego, CA)        

Nice solid fridge with aqua green. Is it still working>

Post# 983188 , Reply# 7   2/17/2018 at 19:55 (215 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Is no one going to speak the obvious? "So, you can't get a girl?" sorry


Did she give you the cold shoulder? Did she give you a frosty reception? How long does it take to break the ice? Does she blow hot and cold? sorry...

Post# 985953 , Reply# 8   3/9/2018 at 17:02 (195 days old) by cheezqueen (Washington)        
thanks to everyone for the replies!

1966 sounds good. Yes, its a manual defrost and she runs just fine. (I'm old enough that I am well acquainted with manually defrosting, although we always did it with a pan of hot water or a fan rather than a heater.)

Just today scored a 1961 NOS turquoise kitchen sink on Ebay, box stamped "General Electric" and marked turquoise green; I believe it was made to match the appliances.

Next, to paint the rusty sides of my 1961 Flair Custom Imperial with the turquoise paint I found to match the fridge...


Post# 986052 , Reply# 9   3/10/2018 at 11:21 (194 days old) by iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
Well first:

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If you're shy, see if a Yenta can introduce you. Then ask, ever so politely if dating is of interest.

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