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


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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.

$100

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Made in Rock Island, Illinois

Green Bakelite Base and knobs

Toaster with Green Bakelite Base and Knobs

In the late 1920s Manning-Bowman produced a toaster with a Bakelite base and knobs and they are fairly scarce. This one is in green but I've also seen one in butterscotch. My guess is that the cost of using Bakelite caused them to skimp on the nickel plating because the ones I've seen all suffer from corrosion to the plating. And, the base is commonly fractured, but this one is not fractured.

The deterioration of the plating is spread across all surfaces including both doors and the top and sides of the toaster.

Although this toaster is still in working condition, it is not recommended for frequent use, fearing that the base will warp and fracture.

Toaster with Green Bakelite Base and Knobs
Manning-Bowman & Co
Meriden, Conn.
110-120 Volts 600 Watts

Shipping weight: 5 Lbs.

$300

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Very Compact Electric Toaster

From the early 1920s, this toaster is just about as small as it gets, barely larger than a dollar bill.

The door on each side is spring loaded, to clamp the slice against the vertical guard wires. It works with regular sandwich bread and can handle thicker stuff, like half a bagel.

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

Very Compact Electric Toaster
Landers, Frary & Clark
New Britain, Conn. U.S.A.
106/114 Volts 4.5 Amps

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.

SOLD

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Very small electric toaster

Toaster like a bank building

The Heatmaster Manual Toaster

This toaster toasts both sides of two slices and actually works pretty well with regular sandwich bread. But, it is entirely manual process. Not for the easily distracted; I'll call it the contra-Trump toaster.

I suspect it was on the market in the late 1920s, to compete with the popular but single-slice Toastmaster Automatic Pop Up Toaster shown above. This one wins the style contest hands down with the architectural mode.

If you use a timer, it is easy to use. Good scortched toast takes just about two minutes. This one is in excellent condition and comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the back

Heatmaster Manual Toaster
110-120 Volts 660 Watts

SOLD

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Toast in a Drawer from the late 1920s

This toaster came out in the late 1920s, a few years after the famed Toastmaster Automatic Pop-up Toaster hit the market in 1926 and was a huge success. This being America, competition for a share of the market was fierce among manufacturers of small electric appliances. An automatic toaster was a new-fangled thing.

The shape is architectural and the decoration is in the Lafayette pattern . Every detail is finished and decorated including the fasteners for the feet decorated with rosettes. This toaster was from one of a whole line of small appliances.

The styling is startlingly different from the Toastmaster with its louvered sides, but it is alike in two ways: it toasts one slice at a time, and it uses a clockworks mechanism for timing. To make toast, first you plug in the cord and the current starts immediately to heating panels; you have to let it warm up for a minute or two.

The controls are located on the narrow side. At the bottom is the drawer handle, then next above is a stop lever which latches into a sawtooth slot to set the degree of doneness. Place the bread in the holder, close the drawer, then push down the upper lever to start the timing clock. It whirs furiously and then a bit erratically while the top lever slowly rises to the starting postion and when it does, it trips a lever to release the drawer which is spring loaded and pops out with the finished toast. The drawer is removable for easy cleaning.

Mind you, the drawer popped open, but the current is still on. It is essentially an oven style toaster with a timer to release the drawer. There is no internal mechanism to turn off the current which would probably have violated the patents held by Toastmaster. So, the toaster comes with a deluxe cord set with a switched plug for ease of use.

This is a good choice for a special gift for an antique collector, patent lawyer, designer, artist, etc. and while it does work, it is not recommended for anything but occasional use. By the way, you can demonstrate the mechanism without plugging in the cord.

Toast in a Drawer
Universal The Brand Name Known In Every Home
New Britain Conn. U.S.A.

$185

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Electric Ware Beautiful from Landers, Frary & Clark

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

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.

$125

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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, and a large knob which operates both doors at once. When one side is toasted, simply open and close the doors and the bread flips automatically to toast the opposite side of the slices.

This one is nicely signed on the base with Hotpoint, and at one time it had an on/off switch which is no longer present. It comes with a vintage cord set.

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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Beautiful Hotpoint Toaster

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
unmarked

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.

$125

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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.

$145

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Beautiful etched design in the nickel plating

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.

$750

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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. . .
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