Electric Toasters Made in the U.S.A.
The "E-Z-TURN" ToasterI believe this toaster is from the late 1920s, but with a rather art nouveau motif which was popular several decades earlier. The toaster sports nickel plating and turned up feet with nearly concealed fiber feet, and a nice name badge. mounted on the base. The mechanism flips the slice to toast the other side when the door is opened and closed, hence the name. It is well constructed of sturdy materials into a very pleasing design.
I've seen this same toaster called the BEE-VAC from the Birtman Electric Company in Chicago which sold vacuum cleaners.
This one is in good condition with light scratching on the top, and moderate wear on the inside of the doors, and small corrosion on both feet on one side.
The toaster comes with a detachable cord set and makes pretty good toast.
The E-Z-Turn Toaster
Gold Seal Type ToasterThis toaster is not signed, but it is typical of a Gold Seal toaster with the same base and type of cages that swing out and pivot on a horizontal plane to flip the bread to the other side of the slice.
It has vertically laced spiral coil heating elements. It is in good condition except for some corrosion to the base plate for the heating elements, some corrosion on one foot and some scratching on the top. And, it still makes pretty good toast.
Gold Seal Type Toaster
The 1929 Excel Toastoy Electric Child's Toy>This child's toy is a miniature working scale model of an electric toaster. It sold in the 1920s for one dollar, or for a quarter more west of Denver. This actually still works.
Produced by the Excel Electric Company at Walnut and 20th Streets in Muncie, Indiana.
Excel Electric Company, Muncie, Indiana
$145 with original cartonPurchase Information
The Original Automatic Pop Up ToasterJust after World War I, Charles Perkins Strite in Stillwater, Minnesota invented the automatic pop up toaster. Soon after, Mr. Waters and Mr. Genter in Minneapolis acquired the patents and thus began the great American company, Toastmaster.
Early on, the toaster was produced and sold by the thousands for commercial use in hotels, hospitals, and commercial settings, including Childs restaurants.
The timing operates by a clockworks mechanism, the fabulous Murray Ireland clock which was built inside all Toastmasters, both commercial and domestic models, until 1940. Here is a peek at the toaster with the cover removed.
As best we can tell, this model is from the late 1920s. It looks like a beast, very strange with today's eyes. It has a window made of mica on each side, and on the back. This model operates on household current, but it was also sold in 206 and 220 Volt models.
The controls are located on the front with a separate push down lever for each pair of slices and an arm in the notched slot for setting the darkness. The large crumb tray pulls out from the front. In addition, there is a switch mounted on each side which turns off the outer panel of the outer slot on that side, for lower capacity operation.
This one has been disassembled, cleaned and restored to good working order. The aluminum body shows a few minor scars and some light pitting in a few places, but is otherwise in good condition. And, it makes pretty good toast. For best results, we recommend preheating the toaster through one cycle before making the first batch of toast. (When a single slice version for domestic use made its debut in 1926, the instructions state that one should do the same.)
The Original Automatic Pop Up Toaster
The Boston Toaster circa 1909According to Charles P. Fisher, author of Early American Electric Toasters, A Selection of Historical, Interesting and Good Examples, 1906 to 1940, this toaster is the heaviest (4 lbs) and highest quality toaster known to him.
The patent for this Simplex toaster was applied for in 1909, and manufactured by a Boston company, The Simplex Electric Heating Company. According to William F. George, author of Antique Electric Waffle Irons 1900-1960 A History of the Appliance Industry in 20th Century America , it was a division of Simplex Wire & Cable Company that grew from The Simplex Electrical Company incorporated in 1895 and doing business on Franklin Street in Cambridge.
The construction of this toaster is interesting. To begin with, it has a very sturdy, expensive ceramic core, rather than the more common mica. Then the frame is built with double walls, also expensive and like no other toaster I can think of.
The doors are removable making them easy to clean them, and the floor of the toaster.
The toaster has two retractable wire racks for keeping a slice of toast warm while more is cooking, or even two slices. Note that the maximum height of your toast is four inches. You'd have to slice off the top of even sandwich bread. I guess they had small loaves in Boston.
And, the whole thing sits on a base made of cast iron finished in oven fired black enamel. It is heavy. There is nice signature on the bottom.
This one is still in very good condition and works perfectly. It comes with a detachable cord set.
The Boston Toaster
Pelouze Vertical Toaster circa 1912This is the least common of any toaster for sale here at Toaster Central. Because it is so early, it was still a new-fangled thing.
According to the Charles P. Fisher book on toasters "Edward Schwartz received a design patent on the spidery cabriole-legged percher, which was made by Pelouze Mfg. of Chicago." I think it is interesting that two dates are shown on the badge, for both the patent application date and also the date the patent was granted.
It's a striking piece, even in profile.
And, yes, it still works. It's in beautiful condition with minor repair to the mica plates that is not conspicuous, and otherwise all original. But, this is really a show piece and I'd not recommend using it frequently. Great gift for a patent lawyer, inventor, or someone who already has everything and doesn't need a gift from Sharper Image.
Pelouze Vertical Toaster circa 1912
110 Volta 500 Watts
Pelouze Manufacturing Co. Chicago
Westinghouse Turnover ToasterThe earlier version of this toaster, with a ceramic core rather than mica, was advertised for Christmas in 1916, but this toaster dates a few years later when Westinghouse was still in East Pittsburgh, before the move to Mansfield, Ohio. This model has a permanently attached cord which I've replaced and fitted with a bakelite plug.
Turnover Toaster Style N0.284032A
The First SwingerThis is a fairly fancy toaster called the Electroweld with colored handles, swinging doors and a rather odd on/off switch that looks like it should be a lamp socket. This one is in good condition and is complete except for what must have been colored fiber feet.
This toaster is interesting because it is based on the first patented design for a toaster with with swinging baskets. The patent was granted in November 1920. The original had just wire handles and a heavy cast-lead weight in the base, but this later version has turned wood handles.
Pat. Nov. 16, 1920 is the only marking on the bottom.
Early Edison Hotpoint Electric ToasterThis early electric toaster is one of the most compact but functional bread toaster from the days when electric things screwed into a light bulb socket..
This Edison model was touted as a loyal friend of toast eaters.
This toaster is suitable as a gift to a toaster collector, or someone who has absolutely everything, or perhaps a patent lawyer, inventor, or historian.
Universal Toaster with Early Doors
Shipping weight 4 Lbs.