Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cooking....with Flair

 
I don't know what set it off, maybe Thanksgiving, but do you remember the Frigidaire Flair stove? When I was younger I remember when my grandmother had one.... in which she prepared our Thanksgiving feast....it was a sad day for her to replace it. It had such style, and well, flair!!!!! She was the only one I remember having one.
 

People say that Samantha Stevens had one in Bewitched. While this model had many imitators – for some reason, the Frigidaire Flair seems to be everyone’s favorite. And look at how great the Danish Modern orange looks with the pink… and the gold in this ad… and are those popovers in the oven on the left? And I love the detail on the oven doors!



The Frigidaire Flair was introduced in 1962 when Frigidaire was a subsidiary of General Motors. The electric burners roll in and out of the appliance on a surface that functions like a drawer. When they're not in use, they just slide out of view. The double ovens ,one's a full-size and the other's a Dutch oven sit right at counter height. The oven doors lift up instead of swinging out. Aside from its unconventional looks, the design of the Flair makes a whole lot of sense and I can imagine that cooking on one is comfortable and efficient.

 
This is an ad from 1962. Frigidaire promised the Flair was The happiest thing that ever happened to cooking... OR YOU! Cooking appliances made today tend not to last for 40 years, or have the neat character they once had. But by the same token, people don't take care of appliances they way they once did either.
 
 
 
 
Oh dear I would love to have one now. I told you before I was born in the wrong time.

27 comments:

  1. I have never laid eyes on one of these. Perhaps they were not sold in Canada. Cool design though!

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  2. Back in the 40s the government built our town for the work that was going on to build *the bomb*. When they sold all the houses in the 50s many couples remodeled their kitchens. Our first house had an all pink metal kitchen. We never had to do a thing to any of the appliances - they were built like iron. And pink.... I loved it :-)

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    1. Why it sounds like a Hello Kitty fan's dream come true!

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  3. My grandmother had one and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

    Very Jetsons!

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    1. That may explain my Judy Jetson hairstyle at the time.

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  4. I've never seen one before. They look cool, but I wonder about safety with those. Reaching over the oven to turn a knob and you're wearing loose clothing...

    It still looks cool, though!

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    1. I know many are still in working order, work even better than modern counter parts. And I understand you can still get parts for these gems.

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  5. The first house my partner and I lived in had one and it was so cool and very convenient to use. To tell you the truth they were very smartly designed. What a nice blast from the past!

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  6. This is a pretty big coinkydink. I just met a guy who has one of these in his home in Chico, CA. It still works perfectly. Amazing.

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  7. These are so totally cool! I have a lot of clients that love a retro kitchen and these could be a nice piece to add in. Love the oven doors.

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  8. Wow, I am looking at this appliance I am completely seeing it re-tooled for a modern kitchen ... any chance Mistress, you can get on the horn and tell the guys at G.E. to take another look at this?

    Can you imagine how awesome it would be with an induction cooktop?!? Those swing up doors are really popular in my Italian cabinets here in my place, applying it to an oven today would be awesome!

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  9. Dreamy! I remember this in Bewitched.

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  10. My grandparents, who would now be almost 100 years old, had a very cool/mod decor house in the 1960′s. They had this oven in their kitchen, it was all stainless and when it wasn’t in use, it slid back and the top covered the burners. They kitchen and bathroom were pink. They didn’t have light switches, but big round push buttons to turn on the lights!


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  11. That sixth picture of the stove looks amazing! Such character. I wonder why appliances are so bland these days?

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  12. I have never seen one of these before; pretty kewl!

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  13. We moved into a home year and years ago it seems and behold in the kitchen was one of these stoves! I had never seen anything like this before! Mine was the traditional brown with the dark brown sides and stainless steel. I have to say it worked like a dream!! Probably the best stove I ever cooked with.


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  14. My Aunt W has one of these stoves in pristine condition. And everything still works. When I took my other half there for the first time, he was like "What the hell is that?" Very interesting post. Loved the advertisements.


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    1. Thank you Cooper for stopping in and welcome handsome! It must be a joy to see!

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  15. I want one of these! Very cool looking! Like I cook all the time mind you.

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  16. I LOVE the look of this stove!!!! They sure don't make appliances like they used to. Back then they would last forever!

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  17. I don't think I have ever seen one of these before. You bring us the most interesting post. Sure beats the ugly brown thing we have.

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  18. It very odd, it looks modern,but its not! Very cool concept .

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