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

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The Automatic Toastswell

The Automatic Toastswell Toaster

When the majority of electric toasters being sold were entirely manual, this automatic model was very snazzy. Its shape is that of a bank building with understated decoration. There are two side handles, for carrying the toaster while still hot, made in an octagonal barrel shape with covered in green enamel.

The operation is quirky by today's standard. There is a movable stop in a toothed slot to select how light or dark you want. On the right is the lever to cock which winds the clock and starts the current going. At the end of the toasting cycle, a bell strikes and the current shuts off. The toast remains in the toasting chamber until the green knob is lifted to raise the toast, one for each chamber.

This one is in excellent condition and good working order, at the age of 80 or more!

The Automatic Toastswell Toaster
Volts 110 Watts 900
Utility Electric Co.
St. Louis, Mo.

Shipping weight: 9 Lbs.


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The Sturdy RIMCO Toaster

The company that made this toaster got a nice write up in Bill George's book on appliance history. This Rock Island company was founded as a tool company in 1907, became the Rock Island Manufacturing Company in 1910, with a factory at 1st Street and 15th Avenue, later growing to a factory on twelve acres along the banks of the Mississippi River.

This is a sturdy piece of equipment with a very heavy cast steel base. The door design is straight forward with three large diamonds and four small circles. No frou-frou here.

It is remarkable for having an On/Off switch mounted on the base, not a common feature in the United States, but very sensible. And, it has a distinctive, snappy cord. and turned wood door handles, and a great name badge..

This one shows overall wear and the inside of the doors, especially at the top, show deterioration. It comes with the original carton in ratty condition. Note that the "automatic" in the name on the carton, it ain't. The only thing automatic is the flipping of the slice by opening and closing the door.

The Sturdy RIMCO Toaster
Rock Island Mfg. Co.
Rock Island, Ill. U.S.A.
110 Volts 404 Watts

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.


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Made in Rock Island, Illinois

The Aristocrat of the Breakfast Table

Westinghouse Turnover Toaster

Westinghouse sold many, many toasters with this and similar designs. This one has punched 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.

This one comes with an original carton proclaiming "The Aristocrat of the Breakfast Table." The carton is in fair condition, with two carton flaps loose. A detachable cord set is included. It makes a splendid gift for the history buff or toaster collector.

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

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.


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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.


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Beautiful etched design in the nickel plating

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 good condition with some corrosion on the base. 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.


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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

Push button toaster from the 1920s

The Push-O-Matic Toaster

This toaster is not marked, but I believe it was made in Hartford, Connecticut in the late 1920s into the early 1930s. I call it the Push-O-Matic.

One inserts the plug into the side, then use the black handle at the bottom of each cage to load up the bread.

When one side is toasted, simply push the red button to flip the slice to toast the other side. Nifty.

This one has sparkling chrome plating, round wooden side handles with cone offsets, and fiber feet. It is in excellent condition and comes with a detachable cord set.

The Push-O-Matic Toaster

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.


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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


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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!"

Sweeheart' toaster from 1929 made in New Britain, Connecticut

Universal Push Button Toaster

Very ornate from the late 1920s with push buttons to flip the toast baskets to the other side. It has a nickel-plated body and the drop handles, push buttons, and feet are ivory colored material. It is decorated everywhere. First production circa 1928-1929.

This one is in excellent condition and working and comes with a detachable cord set.

Universal --"The Brand Name Known In Every Home"
Landers, Frary & Clark, New Britain, Conn. U.S.A.
108-116 Volts, 525 Watts

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.


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Home. . . 1920s. . . 1930s. . . 1940s & Later. . . Non electric. . . 220 Volt. . .
Waffle Irons. . . Corn Poppers. . . Fryers. . . Egg Cookers. . . Other. . .
Kitchen Props . . . Toast Racks. . . toasterNotes Cards. . .
Repair Service. . . Replacement Cord Sets. . . FAQ. . . Links. . .

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