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Tappan, Arthur Tappan(noun)
United States abolitionist (1786-1865)
Tappan appliances was founded by W.J. Tappan as the Ohio Valley Foundry Company in Bellaire, Ohio in 1881 selling cast-iron stoves door-to-door. The company relocated to Mansfield, Ohio in 1889 and was renamed the Eclipse Stove Company before 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 primarily in the West Coast of America from 1950 to the late 1980's. Tappan claims several innovations, including: ⁕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. Tappan, then a part of Frigidaire, became a subsidiary of Electrolux in 1979. The North American division of Electrolux was reorganized in 1997 as Electrolux Home Products of North America, consolidating American Yard Products, Frigidaire, and Poulan/Weedeater.
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