I really appreciate the links!! Rod's idea is great. His handle is a little different than ours...must be a newer model.
While looking through those old threads I did find the source for reproductions of the early 50's fridge style handles and bezels. This source was also listed on RJ's site. firstname.lastname@example.org
He has some bezels in stock and handles coming in soon. They are cast off of the old parts in higher quality materials. It is my understanding that the originals were cast of pot metal and had a tendency to break. The handles and bezels are $150 each...not cheap but if you want the original they are available. He will email you pics so that you can make sure it's the right one.