In the world of stoves, Tappan is one of the market's oldest manufacturers. Over the years, the company has taken many names; originally known as Valley Foundry Company in 1881, and in 1889 as the Eclipse Stove Company, the company later became the Tappan Stove Company, or more simply, Tappan. Today, Tappan is part of the Electrolux family of appliances and specializes in heating and cooling products rather than home cooking products.
A lot has changed since early days of the company when founder W.J. (Bill) Tappan sold his stoves door to door in Bellaire, Ohio using horse drawn wagons to call on customers. Despite its move away from stoves and ovens, Tappan is credited with changing the shape of home cooking appliances in the following ways:
- 1920s: Tappan produced the first all porcelain range
- 1955: Tappan introduced the first microwave oven for home use
- 1960s: Tappan invented the first electric ignition for gas ranges
- 1965: The first single-unit conventional oven and microwave oven combination unit
Purchasing a Tappan Stove
Tappan stoves are no longer in production. However, they may still be available through second hand appliance dealers or private sellers.
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