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Electric Toasters Made in the U.S.A.
during the Roaring Twenties and earlier

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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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Heatmaster Automatic Toaster

This little beauty is both a show piece and a working toaster. You plug it in to warm up for about 20 seconds, adjust the light/dark setting lever, then depress the push down knob to close the door flaps at the bottom of the toasting chamber and wind the clock. Then drop in the bread, wait about a minute, then the trap door opens and the toast slides down the chute. Note that the current doesn't turn off -- whenever the toaster is plugged in the current is flowing. The clock merely times the toasting cycle. In the 1920s, that qualified as "automatic".

The body is chrome plated steel, the side handles are turned wood and the feet are pressed fiber. It is richly decorated on the on the sides and even on the back.

Fancy goods for sure, it is in very good condition with scattered pitting and small patches of corrosion. It comes with a detachable cord set, your choice of new or vintage.

Heatmaster Automatic Toaster
110-120 Volts, 660 Watts
A.C. or D.C.

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.


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The Heatmaster Dropper

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

Toastmaster 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 one 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


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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.


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The Boston Toaster circa 1909

Edison Electric Appliance Company

1918 Edison Electric Toaster

From 1918 this Hotpoint branded toaster was being sold by the Edison Electric Appliance Company, a brand that was passed around a succession of companies that merged.

This is another very small electric toaster. The top is the size of a dollar bill, and the footprint of the base is just a fraction of an inch larger in each dimension. It is small enough to sit on a narrow shelf or be put in a drawer.

There was a whole line of small electrical appliances being sold under the Hotpoint brand, including this little toaster which had an optional toast rack that fit on the toaster top. I also have the matching Hotpoint percolator.

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 450 Watts

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.


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Very Compact Electric Toaster

From the 1920s and sold under the Thermax brand, 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
Thermax Landers, Frary & Clark
New Britain, Conn. U.S.A.
106/114 Volts 4.5 Amps

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.


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Very small electric toaster

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.


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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.


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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

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.


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