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1950’s Kelvinator Stove For Sale $500.00 – Denver, Colorado

Jim emailed me last week about finding out some information on his 1950’s 30″ Kelvinator electric stove. (The 30″ standard size vintage stoves aren’t as easy to come by as the larger stoves of era).

It’s up for sale for $500.00 in Denver, Colorado.

Jim says, “It was purchased new in the 1950’s and put in service. The original owner sold the house including appliances to a single woman in the mid 1960’s.

The range has had two owners, we are now the third.”

This vintage range is in fantastic condition and has been working for all these years. It has the broiler in the oven and a utility drawer on the bottom.

I like it because it has the extra work space in the middle and is a simple, classic style which is easy to maintain.

This stove looks to be a 1952 or there abouts. Here’s a few ads I found on the web –

From Farm Home Life

And this 1952 ad from hmdavid on flickr –

Kelvinator Oven Ad 1952

You can contact Jim at jrpeay@vantageco.net or me at antiquevintage forum@gmail.com for more information.


Vintage Red Kitchen in Iowa




While searching on flickr for something I stumbled on to Barry and Maria Stahl’s 2008 kitchen remodel. I’m a sucker for vintage, I saw that Detroit Vapor Stove on that tile wall with 1913 and I was hooked.

“We are in New Albin, a tiny town (population about 450) at the very, very northeast corner of the state, right on the Mississippi River at the MN/IA border. The house was built in 1913, as best we can tell, so next year is its 100th birthday. It was constructed of cinderblock for the first floor and wood frame for the second. It has lots of sets of windows in sets of 3s. We have lived in the house since 2002. It’s been through many remodels and has been at various times a single family home, a boarding house, a shop and eventually home to a little old lady who blocked off the upstairs and lived in just 4 rooms of the main floor.”



In 2006 on her blog Shallow Thoughts From Iowa  Maria said about her kitchen – “horrible 1970s patterned vinyl floor covering that just about blinds you, and if it doesn’t, slowly drives you insane, a la Charlotte Perkins Gilman‘s The Yellow Wallpaper crossed with the patterned carpet at the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining

b) crumbling plaster and a hole where a doorway used to be (it’s only closed permanently on the other side, the kitchen side has studs)

c) the ugliest cabinets you ever did see, made of warping particle board frames and PLASTIC (yes, you read that right) drawers that are falling apart

Here’s a few pics of the kitchen before renovation.








“We had an old oil furnace that was in terrible shape. We wanted to replace it with geothermal heat, a ground source, closed loop system. We got all the quotes for it and went to the bank. The crazy thing was, it would not raise the appraised value of our house enough to justify another loan, and we didn’t have the cash. But, our banker told us, if we redid the awful kitchen, that would add enough value to justify a loan for both the kitchen and the geothermal system! So that’s what we did. I got my dream kitchen and we got a reliable, fairly “green” method of heating the house. Oh, and we got central air out of the deal, too.

The kitchen was nice and roomy, but had a total of 4 doorways, so it ended up being mostly trafficways. We closed one of the doorways, which gave us a nice big L shape along 2 walls for cabinets and fixtures. It made all the difference. I had bought a 1930s Detroit Vapor gas stove at a garage sale in Bangor, Wisconsin, years ago, and we designed the kitchen around it. It’s the second thing people exclaim over when they walk into the room, right after “Wow! Everything’s so red!”

The ceiling is now red painted beaded board, the same color as the cabinets. I’m a tall woman, 5 foot 11, so I love having high cabinets for all my treasures. I have lots of vintage enamelware and kitchen gadgets on top of the cabinets (more than in the Flickr photos, it’s really gotten kind of excessive now – ha!). It’s a very nice kitchen for 2 cooks to work, as there is plenty of counter space.

The floors are local hard maple, cut, cured and milled by our local sawmill, Konkel Hardwoods. John Pitts made the cabinets. The sink is from IKEA, and my husband did all the tile work.”














Here’s how it all came together and the “red” is fantastic! And that Detroit Vapor Stove. And all the vintage kitchen collectables on the shelves. And that “1913” tile work!!














Thanks to The Stahl’s for letting us visit your kitchen. Visit Maria’s blog Shallow Thoughts from Iowa and her site Sweet Gal Decals.




The Detroit Vapor Stove Company

Source: quod.lib.umich.edu via Jan on Pinterest      

Heintz House and Detroit Vapor Stove Co. on Franklin; c.1905






Sorry, it’s been so long. Holidays, birthdays and vacations are officially over. Back to the blog and The Detroit Vapor.

At the turn-of-the-century Detroit was pumping out the stoves. In 1922 Detroit makers built 400,000 stoves worth $10 million in one year.

These were the biggeys – The Michigan Stove Company, The Detroit Stove Works, The Penninsular Stove Company, the Art Stove Company, and the Detroit Vapor Stove Company.




Yes, there really stoves called a “vapor stove”. These stoves burned “stove gasoline,” a crude form of the fuel. Vapor stoves could burn multiple fuels that also included kerosene, a type of oil, or a fuel called “distillate”.




Here’s a vapor stove ad and a great article Late 19th-Century Gasoline Stoves – Cooking on a Bomb Used to be Normal

Source: flickr.com via Jan on Pinterest

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Source: google.com via Jan on Pinterest


Holly Abston in Romantic Country Magazine

My Vintage Kitchen Stove (chambers c model) when we first built, we've upgraded the counters since.

Last year I did a post about artist, Holly Abston’s darling jadeite kitchen.

I found Holly’s fabulous kitchen while searching for Chambers stoves. She has a beauty!

Her darling house and art was featured in the spring edition of the 2012 Romantic Country Magazine. On sale now.

Congratulations Holly. Still lovin that stove!

Source: hollyabston.com via Jan on Pinterest

Source: hollyabston.com via Jan on Pinterest

Visit Holly’s site www.hollyabston.com for a look into her beautiful world and illustrations!


The Chambers Stove – Lovely Models All in a Row

Chambers Stove Model 2741
Early B Model Chambers Stove
Chambers Stove 003
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After Kitchen 2
Chambers Stove
Chambers cook stove just like Rachel Ray
Kitchen and Chambers Stove
Chambers Stove & Oven 1 - 1970