Was it a Tappan microwave?
A recent article in the in the Mansfield News Journal, Mansfield, Microwaves Linked in History tells the story of the Tappan Stove Company, the first company to manufacture microwaves for household use. The newspaper contacted OHS to ask if we had any archival material or photographs of the company and their early microwaves. They were also curious to know if we might have one these Ohio made microwaves in our collections.
We do have some material in the Archives/Library, like this catalog from 1935. The museum collection has a traditional gas range made by Tappan, but we do not have one of their early microwaves. Microwave ovens for home cooking were a revolutionary product that changed domestic life forever. OHS would really like to have one of these early, Ohio made models. If you have or know of a source for acquiring a Tappan microwave oven, please feel free to contact the history collections staff.