The Procurement Continues
So remember when I said that chances were that I would have to get a contemporary stove because a vintage one would be prohibitively expensive? Yesterday I proved myself wrong. Behold, the power of Craigslist:
This is our “new” Monarch stove that we bought from a couple in Anoka. It’s not in perfect condition, but we have it on good authority that it is in working condition, which is just wonderful. Now, you may notice that it doesn’t look at all like the ornate stoves that were in my other post, and that’s because it’s more contemporary than that. The people selling the stove put it at about 1930s, and lo and behold, I found this photo in the MN Historical Society database from 1925:
Not bad! I’m going to do a little more research on the Monarch brand, so I will post more about that in the future. Tomorrow we (hopefully) pick up a clawfoot bathtub and hardware from a gentleman in Pine City (apparently all the cool stuff is north of the Cities). Wish us luck!