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Electric Toasters Made in the U.S.A.
during the 1920s and earlier


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The Aristocrat of the Breakfast Table

Westinghouse Turnover Toaster

Westinghouse sold many, many toasters with this and similar designs. This one has tab fiber door handles, nickel plating, and fiber feet. The innards are the familiar mica plates wound with flat resistance wire. And yes, it will flip the slice to the opposite side just by opening and closing the door.

In excellent condition, it comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the side of the toaster.

Westinghouse Turnover Toaster
Volts 110 Watts 550
Westinghouse Elec. & Manufacturing Company
Mansfield Works, Mansfield, Ohio U.S.A.

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.

$115

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A Westinghouse Turnover Toaster with Etched Doors

Westinghouse had been making electric toasters since the teens with the same basic design, but departed into more refined expressions of style in the 1920s, modern as a flapper beads, The Charleston, and bobbed hair and the new Studebaker to haul you off to the local speakeasy. Or church.

The toaster is in excellent condition, plated in nickel with punched fiber handles and fiber feet. The doors show a teriffic design that is etched into the nickel plating. The toaster comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the side.

A Westinghouse Turnover Toaster with Etched Doors
Westinghouse Elec. Manufacturing Company Mansfield Works, Mansfield, Ohio U.S.A. 115 Volts 550 Watts

Shipping weight: 5 lbs.

$135

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Beautiful etched design in the nickel plating

The Aristocrat of the Breakfast Table

The Automatic Westinghouse Turnover Toaster

This Westinghouse toaster is the automatic version, with a clockworks mechanism that allows the toaster to shut off automatically after a timed cycle.

The short tab on the base moves to shorten or lengthen the cycle time. The larger knob both winds the clock and starts the current.

This model features punched fiber door handles, nickel plating, and fiber feet.

This toaster has some corrosion on one foot and shows moderate wear on the insides of the doors. The clock mechanism works but I wouldn't recommend this for daily use. It comes with the original cord still attached which should be considered fragile, and the original carton.

Westinghouse Turnover Toaster
Volts 110 Watts 550
Westinghouse Elec. & Manufacturing Company
Mansfield Works, Mansfield, Ohio U.S.A.

Shipping weight: 5 Lbs.

$110

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Advertised in Good Housekeeping in 1923

The Star-rite Reversible Toaster

A very popular a a gift in 1924 when this toaster was on the market in 1924, the film Greed directed by Eric von Stroheim was on the big screen, starring Zasu Pitts, who might have been driving the new Studebaker.

The Fitzgerald Manufacturing Co. in Torrington, Connecticut made this sparkling Super Toaster. That company was a purveyor of Electrical Necessities among other things.

This model earned its name by virtue of its cages which are mounted on a spring loaded arms that allows the slice to be turned to the other side by the twist of the knob on top. It plugs in beneath one door.

This one is in very good condition with plating loss on the cages and a small chip on one of the pilgrim hat knobs. It comes with a detachable cord set.

Star-rite Reversible Toaster
Fitzgerald Mfg. Co.
Torrington, Conn. U.S.A.

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.

SOLD

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The First Pop-up Toaster

This is the first automatic pop-up toaster which cooks both sides of one slice at once, then stops automatically and raises the toasted slice. No turning or burning.

It became a popular product when it hit the home market in 1926 as The Toastmaster, deemed one of the greatest all-time inventions according to American Heritage. The device was patented by Charles Perkins Strite in Stillwater, Minnesota which paired a clockworks timer and set of carbon contacts together with heating elements and a spring-loaded pop-up mechanism.

This toaster has two control levers: one pushes down to wind a spring that operates the clockwork mechanism, and the other lever lowers the bread and starts the current. In addition, there is a spring-loaded stop below the right lever to set the shade of darkness, and a small lever in between the two big levers to pop the toast up before the end of the cycle.

This one is clean and working with a new cord but the nickel plating is in rough shape, with spots of corrosion on the base. It comes with a facsimile of the operating instructions.

The First Pop-up Toaster
Produced from June 1926 to August 1930
by Waters-Genter Co. Minneapolis, U.S.A.
110 Volts 600 Watts

SOLD

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The first automatic pop-up toaster
Rob in Modesto bought this model toaster (and a waffle iron) and wrote to say "I ship and receive vintage glow in the dark radios and the first indication I get of quality restoration is the care in the post and packing. Thanks for the outstanding wrapping and packaging of the waffle iron and toaster! The included magazine adds and operating instructions were a gracious addition. Apparently many vintage electrical appliances of the early twentieth century in original operating condition work splendidly and look elegant. These certainly do!"

Early Toaster with Rack Mounted On Top

Electric toasters had been around for less than a generation when this electric toaster was made in New Britain, Connecticut, by a company known for its high quality cutlery, hotel and hospital ware, and really beautiful early electric appliances.

The detachable cord plugs into the center of the base. The two doors are spring-loaded to clamp the bread against the guide wires and efficiently close to the heat to toast one side of each slice. Then you have to open the door, flip the slice to the other side and finish the toasting. This toaster has the deluxe feature of a built-in toast rack which keeps the finished toast warm while you are making more.

This toaster is in excellent condition with some slight wear to the plating on the rack. It comes with a detachable cord set. This is one of the few toasters that will handle half a bagel, assuming you want only the cut side toasted.

Early Toaster with Rack Mounted On Top
Universal The Brand Name Known In Every Home
New Britain Conn. U.S.A.

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.

$185

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Toast rack mounted on top of the toaster.

AP in Lisbon, Connecticut bought a toaster like this one and wrote to say just a note to let you know that the toaster is perfect! I love it. Best regards


Beautiful Hotpoint Toaster

Late 1920s Hotpoint Toaster

By the late 1920s, the Hotpoint brand was known for producing luxury quality appliances, with beautiful chrome plating including this toaster.

It has vertically-laced spiral heating coils. The large knob , typical of control knobs on radios of that time, operates to open and close both doors at once. When one side is toasted, simply turn the radio knob to open and close the doors and the bread flips automatically to toast the opposite side of the slices.

This toaster is in excellent condition with the exception of a small amount of plating failure inside the top of one door. It is nicely signed on the base with Hotpoint, and has the deluxe feature of an on/off switch mounted on the base. It comes with a vintage cord set and the original carton in ratty condition.

Late 1920s Hotpoint Toaster
115 Volts 660 Watts
Edison Electric Appliance Co.
Chicago Ill. Ontario, Calif.
a General Electric Organization

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.

SOLD

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