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Superlectric Toaster

On the inside, this toaster looks quite ordinary with mica panels wound with flat ribbon heating wire. But it is the shape and design that make this Superlectric stand out from the crowd.

Most remarkable is the shape of the body, in a modified trapezoidal form. And secondly is the base made of a quite heavy solid rod of steel. When viewed from the bottom, you can see the elegant solution to the design problem. The design and construction makes the body of the toaster float above the base.

With turned walnut door handles, it is in very good condition and comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the side.

Superlectric Toaster
Superior Electric Prods. Corp. St. Louis, Mo. 115 Volts 450 Watts

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.

$125

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Spiderweb design

1930 Toastmaster

1930 Toastmaster Single Slice

The premiere model of Toastmaster had been on the market for four years when this second model appeared, completely restyled with a much more attractive design by Everett E. Worthington. Toastmaster retained his services to design this toaster, matching waffle iron and the hostess set, and the same for the 1932 and 1934 models. By the way, it is his toaster design that was used to create the Toaster Central logo.

The original controls were simplified into one single lever that lowers the bread carriage and winds the clock. The small knob rotates to adjust the setting from light to dark.

For easy maintenance, the bottom is shaped into a convex curve beneath the toasting chamber with openings formed at either end, so one can simply hold the toaster over the sink and with a tap and a blow, remove the crumbs. For a more thorough cleaning, the bottom comes off easily with two thumb screws.

This one has been disassembled and cleaned, the clock has been serviced then the toaster was reassembled and fitted with a new cord then tested. It is in excellent condition.

1930 Toastmaster Single Slice
Mfd by Waters-Genter Co. Mlps. - U.S.A.
110 Volts 600 Watts

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.

$125

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1931 Toaster from Manning-Bowman

Manufactured in the spring of 1931, this beautiful toaster has an elaborate design of openwork in the doors and a decorated top.

The heating coils are vertically laced. The doors are constructed to flip the slice automatically when opened. It has molded Bakelite handles and fiber feet.

This one is in good condition with a small spot of deterioration on the outside of one door. There is corrosion inside both doors, with one better than the other. It comes with a detachable cord set.

1931 Toaster from Manning-Bowman
110-125 Volts 550 Watts Made in U.S.A.
Meridan, Conn. U.S.A.

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.

$80

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Elaborate openwork in the doors

Geometric design in chrome plated doors

Royal-Rochester Toaster with carton

Rochester, New York had been turning out quality metalware for decades and when this toaster was manufactured, Robeson-Rochester Corporation was a top of the line producer.

This manual toaster has a striking geometric design in the chromium doors, contrasting with the black enamel painted frame with black plastic door handles.

It appears to be in unused condition and has only a small paint loss on the skirt. It comes with a detachable cord set and its original carton which is missing a flap and in really ratty condition.

Royal-Rochester Toaster with carton
600 Watts 110-120 Volts
Robeson-Rochester Corporation
Rochester, New York U.S.A.

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.

$120

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The Marion Giant Flip Flop Toaster

Post, Kellogg and General Mills dominated the breakfast market in the late 1920s. And then sliced bread hit the market. So the Rutenber Company in Marion, Indiana brought out this toaster bearing the slogan "Make Toast Your Breakfast Food". You can see it at the very top of the quite wonderful name badge. Surely brave of Rutenber to go head to head with some giants.

This toaster is a good performer and features sturdy construction, and it is easy to clean because you can get underneath the toasting chamber where the crumbs drop.

And it earns its name Flip Flop for the little double hinged arm at the bottom of the door that pushes the bottom of the slice forward, making the slice flip over to toast the opposite side.

This one is in very good condition and comes with a detachable cord set.

Marion Giant Flip Flop Toaster
Rutenber Electric Co.
Marion, Ind.
110 Volts 550 Watts

$88

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The Marion Giant Flip Flop Toaster from Marion, Indiana

Perfect Anniversary Gift

Laureen in Port Angeles bought this model toaster and wrote to say Thank you for the best toaster ever! It is gorgeous!

Patty in Burlington, Indiana bought this toaster and wrote to say Your beautiful Sunbeam Silent Automatic toaster arrived safely yesterday and it's a work of art; I can't stop admiring it. And to think, this beauty even makes toast! To say I'm thrilled with this purchase is an understatement.

Sunbeam Silent Automatic Toaster, mid-1930s

You'd never know that this toaster arrived during the depression years. This statuesque, two-slice toaster is automatic but not pop-up. When the toast is done, the toasting panels turn off automatically. When you want your toast, simply raise the handle. It uses a bimetal timing mechanism rather than a clockworks hence the name "Silent Automatic."

It has been completedly disassembled, derusted, terminals cleaned, nuts and bolts replaced with stainless steel where necessary, the carriage mechanism lubricated, and the bimetal blades calibrated.

The beautiful chrome body with bakelite handles sits on an ornate bakelite base. It features a faceted glass jewel set in the front that glows orange when the toaster is in operation. It comes with a detachable cord set which plugs in at the center of the back.

Sunbeam Silent Automatic Toaster
Chicago Flexible Shaft Company
Chicago U.S.A.
110-120 Volts 875 Watts

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.

$250

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Sunbeam Silent Automatic Toaster circa 1938

In between the T1 and more famous T9, this toaster was made for a short time only; I've seen it advertised in 1938. The distinctive faceted glass jewel set in the face of the toaster glows orange during the toasting cycle.

It is also a pre-pop-up model, so after the toasting cycle has ended automatically according to the light/dark setting, one raises the handle (signed Sunbeam) manually to lift the toast.

I've used this toaster and can attest that if you use a dense, dark whole wheat bread, you'll never have to put it through twice! This toaster is capable of producing lightly toasted fluffy white bread all the way to darkly toasted dense, whole wheat or multi-grain bread. Aside from a small chip, this one is in superb condition, with most sumptuous shoulders. It comes with a detachable cord set that plugs in the back.

Sunbeam Silent Automatic Toaster 1938

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.

$425

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One of the least common of the Sunbeams

The Sunbeam T9 toaster is an example of American manufacturing at its zenith.

Martin in Carson City bought this model toaster and wrote to say The T9 is beautiful and the toast that it renders is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The preparation of toast is lost on contemporary toasters. Your integrity in this purchase is appreciated.

Bill in Brentwood, Tennessee bought this model toaster and wrote to say Last year I purchased a Sunbeam T-9 as an anniversary gift for my wife. I just wanted to tell you that she loves it, and so do I. It looks great on the kitchen counter and performs exceptionally well. What more can you ask from a toaster? We look forward to using it for many more years. Thank you so much for restoring these great old machines.

Sunbeam model T-9 automatic pop-up

Peerless for design and quality, the T-9 has an incised design surrounding a glass jewel on the face of the toaster finished with bakelite handles and base. Controls for Light/Dark, as well as "Keeps Toast Warm" or "Pops Toast Up". It has a large, easy-to-open crumb door.

This model is in the permanent design collection of several museums. And, you can have one of your own, or give one as a special gift, clean as a whistle, working as it did originally when it was brand new.

This toaster is fully refurbished and ready to enjoy every day. This is an especially good choice for customers looking for good value, a toaster not made in China, and an alternative to replacing a toaster every year or two. And on a personal note, it is the same model that got me started on Toaster Central.

Sunbeam Corporation
Chicago U.S.A. Toronto, Canada,
110-120 Volts 1100 Watts.

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.

$345 in excellent condition

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1934 Toastmaster Automatic Pop-up Toaster

"Cheek to Cheek" by Irving Berlin topped the charts and "42nd Street" was running on Broadway when Toastmaster produced this stunning architectural design with that could have been a Busby Berkeley set! It has a clockwork timer that ticks with settings from light to dark. Remove the bottom cover for crumb extraction.

I found an advertisement for Coca-Cola, encouraging the consumption of Coke for breakfast, and if you look closely behind the coke bottle, you'll see this toaster on the breakfast table.

In fact, is was suggested as a gift for Christmas in the 1935 Sunset magazine.

This one is in good working order and overall good condition, but shows use and wear, and some abuse, mostly a patch of corrosion on the top.

1934 Toastmaster Automatic Pop-up Toaster
McGraw Electric Company
Water-Genters Div. Mpls, Minn. U.S.A.
120 Volts 1200 Watts

SOLD

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The most beautiful toaster ever made in the U.S.A.

1936 Toastmaster Automatic Pop-up

Bobbi in Boulder bought this model toaster and wrote to say I tried my new Toastmaster yesterday, and I am glad to tell you that it produced a fine piece of toast! I like many different degrees of toast and yesterday I tried the lightest setting to see where to begin. It was heavenly -- just the right amount of crispy -- so delicate. I'm very happy with my toaster!! She looks grand in her spot and she's so tidy and demure (I used to have one of those gargantuan T-Fal monstrosities-- that only lasted 2 years). Most of my life I have bemoaned the demise of the American products we were proud to produce and that lasted forever and could be repaired. This little sweetie is such a gem, and to think, she is 78 years old!:) I get satisfaction from the ticking she produces while she works:)

1936 Toastmaster Automatic Pop Up Toaster

"Over the Rainbow" topped the hit parade for 15 weeks the year Toastmaster came out with a toaster that would do Auntie Em proud. It has a chrome body with incised parallel lines that wrap around the corners and sits on a graceful bakelite base. The push-down lever is nicely signed.

The top of the toaster slopes toward the push-down lever side. A light/dark knob controls the clockwork timing mechanism. The bottom of the toaster has opening slits so you can remove crumbs just by holding the toaster over the sink and give it some taps and a good blow. The bottom is completely removable with two screws.

This one is in very good condition and has been fitted with a new replacement cord and plug and works just fine.

1936 Toastmaster Automatic Pop Up Toaster
McGraw Electric Company,
Toastmaster Products Div. MPLS MINN U.S.A.,
110 Volts 1100 Watts.

Shipping weight 9 Lbs.

$120

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The first use of the Toastmaster cartouche with three pointed loops.

1939 Toastmaster with Cartouche

And, here is the 1939 Toastmaster, the first model to use the familiar Toastmaster cartouche with three pointed loops. It was popular as a wedding gift but my favorite ad for this model creates a new word "Beautility".

And, this is the last of the Toastmaster models that contains a clockworks mechanism, so that when you press down on the lever, you are winding a clock spring. There is one control knob for Light to Dark beneath the push down lever.

The bottom of the toaster has opening slits so you can remove crumbs just by holding the toaster over the sink and give it some taps and a good blow. The bottom is completely removable with two screws.

This toaster is in very good condition and has been fitted with a new cord and plug.

1939 Toastmaster with Cartouche
McGraw Electric Company
Water-Genters Div. Elgin, Ill. U.S.A.

Shipping weight 9 Lbs.

$110

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1939 Toastmaster Single Slice Automatic Pop Up Toaster

This is the very first model, along with the more standard two slice version, that carried the famous Toastmaster cartouche with the three loops. Alas, new toasters with that brand no longer carry the cartouche.

This one is in very good condition and is fitted with a new cord and plug.

1939 Single Slice Toastmaster
McGraw Electric Company,
Toastmaster Products Div. Elgin, Ill. U.S.A.,
110-120 Volts 6 Amps

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.

SOLD

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Sandy on lower Madison Avenue bought this model toaster and wrote to say I love the little toaster. It is so cute and it looks so good on my very tiny counter top by my window, but more importantly it works beautifully. It works better then my boy friend's very expensive one. They don't make quality items like the use to. Everything is disposable, now. Your job is very important. I want to thank you for bring back some good old days.

1939 Toastmaster with ticking clock

1939 Manning-Bowman Toaster

Manning-Bowman & Company had huge factories in Meriden, Connecticut, craftsmen in metal since 1864. They produced this toaster with beautiful chromium plating in 1939 with a concentric geometric design.

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

1939 Manning-Bowman Toaster
110-120 Volts 420 Watts
Manning-Bowman & Co.
Meriden, Conn. U.S.A.

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.

$110

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Circular Geometric Design

Art Deco Toaster

The Riverside Junior from Ypsilanti

I can't say I'd recommend it as a daily user, but this very stylish toaster will still make toast.

This one is suitable as a gift for the art deco enthusiast or toaster collector. It is interesting for its streamlined shape, with a stylized lightning bolt design in the door. The body is aluminum, the interior has vertically laced spiral heating wire and the base is painted.

This one is in very good condition with minor scratching to the body. It comes with the original carton

The Riverside Junior
Riverside Mfg. Co. Ypsilanti, Mi.
110 Volts 550 Watts

Shipping weight 4 Lbs.

SOLD

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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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