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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.

The case on this one shows light scratching, consistent with being wiped down, and as is common with this model, the base has an inconsipicuous crack along a seam.

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

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.


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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.

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.

Fully refurbished and in excellent condition, this toaster is 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.

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

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.


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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 very good condition, but shows use and wear, mostly light scratching to the highly polished chromium plating. I've fitted this one with a new replacement cord with a molded plug.

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


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

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

1934 Toastmaster Single Slice

And, here is the single slice version of the marvelous 1934 Toastmaster, suitable for tiny kitchens, bachelors and bachelorettes, and patient families.

This one is in good condition with minor signs of wear and use, mostly light scratching from daily use. It has been fitted with a new black neoprene replacement cord.

1934 Toastmaster Single Slice
(Produced 1934 until 1939) by McGraw Electric Company
Water-Genters Div. Mpls, Minn. U.S.A.
(Made in Elgin, Ill. for the last years of production)

Shipping weight 7 Lbs.


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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.

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. 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.


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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

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 top of the toaster slopes toward the push-down lever side. A light/dark knob controls the clockwork timing mechanism. The bottom cover is removable for easy crumb extraction.

This one shows considerable scratching on the front where the handle has rubbed against it. It has been fitted with a new replacement cord and molded 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.


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Fancy Universal Toaster

Here is another toaster from New Britain, Connecticut from the factories of Landers, Frary & Clark and sold under the Universal brand. The base and top are an elegant and complex shape. The outside of the doors are beautifully decorated. It toasts two slices, one side at a time. It was called Turn Easy because just opening the door flips the toast automatically to toast the opposite side.

This one has lived a hard life. The inside of the doors show corrosion and the door handles have darkened compared with the side handles. It comes with a detachable cord set. Toast in a jiffy, about a minute on each side of the slice.

Fancy Universal Toaster
Universal - "The Brand Name Known In Every Home"
Landers, Frary & Clark
New Britain, Conn. U.S.A.
110-120 Volts 625 Watts

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.


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Very pretty design in the doors

Toaster with a timer and bell

Chicago Electric Toaster

This toaster has some extra features that make it unusual. First are the walnut fittings, and secondly there is a timer and a bell so that it is semi-automatic; semi- because you have to open and close the door to toast the second side of the slice. But, automatic because the timer automatically shuts off the current at the end of the timing cycle.

On the front skirt is a lever that can be cocked to varying degrees to toast for various times. And, when the cycle is complete a little bell rings when the current shuts off.

This a good choice for very occasional use by a couple or bachelor. I consider it a bit fragile since it retains the original cord and plug. I've reinforced the cord where it enters the toaster with tape to prevent fraying. The toaster is clean inside and out and in very good condition.

Chicago Electric Toaster
Chicago Electric Mfg. Co.
110-120 Volts 350 Watts
Made in U.S.A. AC Only

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.


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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.


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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.


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General Electric Expan-dor

Before World War II, General Electric introduced this attractive toaster with a special feature that allows for toasting of thick breads, bagels, and sandwiches as well as regular bread.

The hinge at the bottom of each door is made to expand for extra width. Pretty neat, huh?

This one is in very good condition and it makes pretty good toast.

The Expan-dor from General Electric
115 Volts 450 Watts
Bridgeport, Conn. Made in U.S.A. Ontario, Calif.

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.


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Barbara and David in Cherry Hill, New Jersey bought this toaster and wrote to say My husband is delighted with the ExpanDor toaster he received for Valentine's Day. Thanks to your suggestion steering me to a toaster that accommodates thick slices, we ate an astonishing breakfast on Tuesday complete with bagels that were properly browned and warm.

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General Electric with expanding door hinge for toasting thick breads.

The Marion Giant Flip Flop Toaster from Marion, Indiana

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 corporate 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 in order to toast the opposite side by closing the door.

I suspect that this one is from the last years of production because of two things. It is plated in chrome rather than nickel, and the usual base different from the usual stamped and drawn corners with cut and folded corners; and the knobs are turned wood rather than fiber tab handles. This one suffers a blemish of corrosion on one door and overall deterioration in the plating, especially on the edges. It comes with a detachable cord set.

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

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.


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