It's finally in! After weeks of work getting the gas line run for a half mile down the hill, installing odd things I've never heard of like drip tanks and all sorts of fittings, Larry finally has the gas in to the house and running. Best of all, he got my new old stove hooked up and operating!
Isn't it beautiful? This is a 1950 or 51 model Tappan Deluxe range (hmm, same model year as me!) and it has so many bells and whistles that we're still finding them. Like a timer that actually works, controls that light up with a beautiful red when they're turned on, even a place to put a room freshener. Who even knew they had room fresheners in the 50's?
When I first moved to this farm, I had a Tappan like this only not nearly so fancy. I loved that stove but it was propane and several things broke on it and I gave it up. I was sorry later because I could have found parts and had it fixed. Chalk that up to dumb youth. So when we found out we'd get free gas from our gas well, I knew what I wanted: another Tappan. Our son Aaron found this one on a porch near where he lives with a sign on it that said "$50.00." My good son bought it and gave it to me for Mother's Day. It's been sitting in a corner of my kitchen waiting to be hooked up.
I still have a lot of cleaning to do to get it back in shape. There's some grime, a little rust but overall I do not think this stove was used very much at all. The oven is spotless and so are the burners. (They're chrome!). It's a lot bigger than most ranges so Larry had some furniture moving to so to get it in.
This was inside one of the (chrome) drawers:
Yes, the original owner's manual in its original envelope. It has recipes for all kinds of things, and even a section on how to "can on your Tappan." A stove I can can on! I have missed that so badly with the electric ranges--I've been using a turkey fryer burner out on the porch because heavy canners will ruin most newer stoves. Now I can can in the house if I want to--although I think we're going to hook up the little utility stove Aaron got with the Tappan--it's rough but sturdy, and perfect for canning.
What an exciting evening. I think I'll go read my new owner's manual now.