It was quite heavy so it took a lot of work to get it in but completely worth it (I guess I just stood by and watched, so definitely worth it for me!) It is in such great condition. We are so excited. It will take some getting used to but in the end I think that Zach and I will be very happy with our decision.
It is amazing to me how something so old (1934)--an appliance no less--can be in such incredible working condition. Zach and I were talking about this the other night and he was telling me that the reason why we expect so little from products is a direct consequence of "Planned Obsolescence."
Basically, once upon a time in history, it would never have occurred to a company to build a product that couldn't last. In fact, the quality of a product was based upon exactly that--it's ability to LAST. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, profiteers decided that they would be better off making products that didn't last, became obsolete, because there is more profit potential involved when someone needs to replace something...and...TA-DA...we became a throw-away society. Why buy something that will last when you can buy something that can be replaced in one to two years. From a consumer standpoint, it's crazy isn't it?
Perhaps someday we will make it back to the values of old. Until then, you are welcome to come over to my house and help yourself to a soda out of my 1934 refrigerator.
In the words of someone who said it better than me...
"For many, owning an old appliance is a bit of a rebellion, a rejection of the lesser quality of newer appliances and of the marketing forces that create a constant craving for something new. It's their way of saying the world it moving too fast, and we need to slow down."