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  1. #1

    May 2009
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    1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    Since we bought our home in November 2009, I have always ignored the refrigerator that was in our garage. I may have mentioned a few times to Ella, "This thing could be worth some money." I finally decided to research it. It turns out that the previous owner left us his grandfather's 1940s Philco refrigerator. The antique has little to no damage. In one source, I read that they sell in the range of $150-$300 in unrepaired condition. I hope this one could sell for more. I think we may put it on eBay.

    If you guys have any more information on this antique, I would appreciate it.

    Kirk
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    Keep the passion high!

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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator




    $9.95 shipping?

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    May 2009
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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch



    $9.95 shipping?
    That is what your sunglasses are worth.

    Kirk
    Keep the passion high!

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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk PA
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch



    $9.95 shipping?
    That is what your sunglasses are worth.

    Kirk

    I hope not! I like my Oakleys, but don't love em, but they'll get me through this year.

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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    Dont know much about them but years ago I had a buddy that had one similar to yours, worked great, full of beer in his garage. He got this wild hair up his a$$ & pollished all the chrome then painted the fridge fire engine red. That thing looked so damn cool when he was done.........Ive always wanted to do that. Screw Ebay. Keep it & paint it!
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    May 2009
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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty AP
    Dont know much about them but years ago I had a buddy that had one similar to yours, worked great, full of beer in his garage. He got this wild hair up his a$$ & pollished all the chrome then painted the fridge fire engine red. That thing looked so damn cool when he was done.........Ive always wanted to do that. Screw Ebay. Keep it & paint it!
    If I can get the right price for it, I will sell. It is just taking up space. Maybe the "American Pickers" will come knocking on my door.

    Kirk
    Keep the passion high!

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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    You may be surprised at its value. I have an early 60's refer that was my parents. The door seals are shot and I was looking on the web to see if I could find a replacement. I found a couple sites that specialize in old refer parts, restoration and sales. I could not believe what some of them are priced at. Several hundred is a low amount. Many were over a thousand. Restored of course.

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    Aug 2010
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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    Yeah, vintage refrigerator are popular nowadays. The secret is to repaint it with nice colors like blue and pink. I am sure you will appreciate it better if you will see its new color.

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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    The philco that we had ,had a ww2 OPA price sticker still on it.(to you kids,opa was Office of Price administration) My aunt had to apply for permission to buy it during the war. price was regulated to prevent Gouging. Bob

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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    That's purdy!
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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    You can have them re-enameled...or have it powdercoated...will look like new
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    Jul 2009
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    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    Sell it to "Hollywood", they are making a prequel to "9 1/2 Weeks" set in the late 40's... That fridge will be a shoe in for that one memorable scene

  14. #14
    Smee

    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    My boss had one of these on our appliance sales floor in working condition, wish I hadn't missed this post when it was new and he was still alive. He might have taken it off your hands. We still have it plugged in and it still works.

    He also had one with the big thing that looks like a roof vent on top. It works as well.

  15. #15
    Smee

    Re: 1940s Vintage Philco Refrigerator

    I'm afraid it's all gonna be gone to some judge or lawyer's home.

    My boss died on June 5th, and it looks like the widow is going to dragging everything through court so she can squeeze that extra dime out of his children from his first marriage.

    The lawyers are having me video everything so I might even get some pics to put up of some of his antiques, coins, etc. He was a retired coin dealer.

 

 
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