I just got a 50s Princess stove/oven up and running. Not sure this will be that helpful, but here's a goofy video of me lighting everything for the first time. For some reason I expected everything to go boom, so I'm all jumpy with the lighter, and it was very early in the morning.
Bessie the Bouncing Bullet: Fire Fire Fire!
If you click on the November Archive, there's a rather long post titled "The Kitchen Counter" that shows some pics of how we cleaned up the stove. Not really much to the cleaning, but you can skim the post for the before/after shots.