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during the Roaring Twenties and earlier


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Edison Electric Toaster

From the 1920s the "Hotpoint" brand was being sold by the Edison Electric Appliance Company, but not for long. That brand was passed around a succession of companies that merged. This model is not as common as later models and is quite distinctive with its peg feet.

This one is in very good condition and comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the side of the toaster.

Edison Electric Toaster
Edison Electric Appliance Co. Inc.
New York Chicago Ontario, Cal. Made in U.S.A.
110 Volts 500 Watts

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.

$135

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Edison Electric Appliance Company

Each cage pivots 180 degrees

Universal U-Polish

This is one of my favorite toasters both to work on because of the elegant construction, and to sell because of the marvelous mechanism that allows you to turn each cage to toast two sides of the slice without handling the bread. Cages measure 4.25 inches square and just shy of an inch wide.

An early 1920s catalog page show it with the earlier model with a rack on the top. And, I've found it an ad in the Saturday Evening Post from 1929 so it was sold for quite a few years.

This one is in average condition, missing the bottom tabs on the cage handles, it's been thoroughly cleaned, but not polished. So this one is priced for you to do the polishing. It comes with a detachable cord set.

Universal U-Polish
Universal
The Brand Name Known In Every Home
New Britain Conn. U.S.A.
108-114 Volts 3.5 Amps

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.

SOLD

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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.

$165

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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


The Big Clamper

Pretty Manual Toaster

Landers, Frary & Clark in New Britain, Connecticut made several models of toasters with this particular pattern in the doors. It is a beautiful design and endured over a decade. (See the same design on the Corona toaster on the 1930s page.)

This one has a base that is formed with drawn corners rather than the usual scheme of cut and folded corners. It has rectangular fiber feet and fiber handles.

This model has a spring-loaded door on each side that clamps the bread against the guard wires. It is a model that can be useful for thick breads, and this particular one is the "Tall" model that is a little larger than usual and can take larger slices of bread.

It is in very good condition and comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the base of the toaster.

Pretty Manual Toaster
Landers, Frary & Clark Co.
New Britain, Conn. U.S.A.
108-116 Volts 600 Watts

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.

$125

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Manning-Bowman Reversible Toaster

This "reversible" toaster has a cage on each side that opens for loading bread. The cages close with fine spring steel wires.

After one side of the slice is toasted, the whole cage rotates on the horizontal axis to flip the bread from one side to the other.

This one is in very good condition including the name badge. It is beautifully crafted by a company with the slogan "MB Means Best". Detachable cord set included.

Manning-Bowman Reversible Toaster MB Means Best, Manning-Bowman & Co
Meriden, Conn. U.S.A.

$145

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The Manning-Bowman Company made beautiful appliances.



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 carton

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Advertisement for the Excel Toastoy circa 1929 The fast way to learn about 'hot'.

Toastmaster model 1A1, the first automatic pop-up toaster

Toastmaster model Automatic Pop-up Toaster

Charles Perkins Strite was the guy in Stillwater, Minnesota who paired a clockworks timer and set of carbon contacts together with heating elements to cook both sides of a slice at once AUTOMATICALLY, without turning or burning as with the manual, fold-down-door models 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 and others, millions of 'em, people who adore their old Toastmaster.

This single slice unit has two control levers: one pushes down to wind a spring that operates the clockwork mechanism, and the other lever pushes down to lower 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.

Rob in Modesto bought this 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!"

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

$95

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The Boston Toaster circa 1909

According 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
110 Volts 4.5 Amps

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.

$245

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The Boston Toaster circa 1909

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 unused condition with its original carton which is quite fragile. It comes with a switched cord set.

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

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.

$435

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Royal Rochester Toaster

I was delighted to find this toaster, even dirty and slightly abused. It is a model that isn't common, made by a top-drawer company in Rochester, New York. And, it cleaned up quite well.

It's very complex shape makes a statement, and looks sort of architectural. The handles are a dark ivory color made of some kind of plastic. There are little tube feet that are turned wood and have lost most of their ivory paint.

I suspect this was manufactured in March of 1928, targeted to the luxury market and costing three or four times an ordinary toaster. It has a nice name badge on the bottom. It comes with a detachable cord set.

Royal Rochester Toaster
110 V. 425 W.
Robeson Rochester Corp.
Rochester, New York

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.

$295

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Royal Rochester luxury toaster

Home. . . 1920s. . . 1930s. . . 1940s & Later. . . Non electric. . . 220 Volt. . .
Waffle Irons. . . Corn Poppers. . . Fryers. . . Egg Cookers. . . Other. . .
Kitchen Props . . . Toast Racks. . . toasterNotes Cards. . .
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