Antique refrigerator brands include Frigidaire, Leonard, Philco, Coldspot and Westinghouse. Other vintage refrigerator brands are Kelvinator, Norge, Admiral, Crosley and General Electric. Some antique refrigerator models include the Philco V-handle Crosley Shelvador, Kelvinator two-door Foodarama, GE monitor top and Frigidaire Imperial.
In 1918, General Motors purchased the Guardian Frigerator Company and renamed it to Frigidaire. In 1926, Frigidaire made its first all-steel refrigerator cabinet. The year 1929 marked the beginning of Frigidaire’s international sales and also the making of its one millionth refrigerator. In 1930, Frigidaire introduced its first Hydrator humidity drawer and in 1931, the company first used Freon as a refrigerant. In 1948, the company built its first refrigerator-freezer combination with separate freezer section.
Sears launched its Coldspot line of electric refrigerator in 1928. To build a cost-friendly 6-cubic foot refrigerator, Sears hired refrigerator engineer Herman Price and industrial designer Raymond Loewy. In 1953, Coldspot incorporated dense fiberglass insulation into its upright freezers. In 1960, Sears built its first frostless refrigerator, Coldspot Cold Guard. In 1977, Sears made the decision to replace Coldspot with the Kenmore brand on all Sears refrigerators.
Norge’s early refrigerator models included top-freezer units and two-door refrigerator units. Norge refrigerators were available in white, aqua blue, avocado green and pink.