Tappan gas range (1948 advertisement)
Tappan is a brand of appliances, named after company founder W. J. Tappan.
Tappan claimed several innovations:
- 1920s all-porcelain range available in various colors
- 1955 the first microwave oven model for home use
- 1960s electric ignition for gas ranges
- 1965 single-unit conventional range and microwave oven
In 1881, Tappan appliances was founded by W.J. Tappan as the Ohio Valley Foundry Company in Bellaire, Ohio, initially selling cast-iron stoves door-to-door.
In 1889, the company relocated to Mansfield, Ohio, and was renamed the Eclipse Stove Company, before then being renamed the Tappan Stove Company.
In 1950, Tappan acquired the Los Angeles-based O'Keefe & Merritt Stove Company and used the O'Keefe & Merritt name in the western United States from then until the late 1980s.
In 1979, European-based AB Electrolux (who purchased Eureka five years prior), purchased the Tappan Stove Company. Seven years later, AB Electrolux purchased White Consolidated Industries, which manufactured Frigidaire, White-Westinghouse, Gibson, and Kelvinator products, and combined its Tappan holdings with these new products to create the WCI Major Appliances Group. In 1991, the WCI Major Appliances Group simply became known as the Frigidaire Company, based in Dublin Ohio.
In 1997, the North American division of Electrolux was reorganized as Electrolux Home Products of North America, consolidating American Yard Products, Frigidaire, and Poulan/Weedeater.
Taylor Rolling Kitchen in France, 1918, which was manufactured by Eclipse Stove Company