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Craftsmen in Metal since 1864

Bull's Eye Toaster

Manning-Bowman & Company had huge factories in Meriden, Connecticut, craftsmen in metal since 1864. They produced this toaster with beautiful chromium plating in March of 1942 with a strong geometric design that harkens from the previous decade.

This one is in very good condition, with very slight signs of wear. It makes good toast quickly and comes with a detachable cord set.

Bulls Eye Toaster
Made by Manning-Bowman & Co.
Meriden, Conn. U.S.A.
110-120 Volts 420 Watts

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.

$125

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1970s Toastmaster

This Toastmaster model from the 1970s uses the same sophisticated Superflex timer that had been in use since 1939 and features solid steel construction with gorgeous chome plating. (The guts are the same as in the Toastmaster Imperial but without the motor.)

On this model, Toastmaster model the light/dark knob also serves as the panic button when you push it, ending the toasting cycle early.

It has a large crumb door on the bottom. One ear is broken off the bottom door, so it can actually be removed and washed. The remaining ear on the other side and the spring clip on the opposite end hold the door in place.

1970s Toastmaster
Toastmaster Division
McGraw-Edison Co. Elgin, Ill. USA
110-120 Volts 8.3 Amps
Operates on 50-60 Cycles AC only UL

Shipping Weight: 9 lbs.

$95

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Made in Elgin, Illinois

The Powermatic from Toastmaster

The Super Deluxe Toastmaster with Power Action

Toastmaster was selling train loads of toasters after WWII, competing with Sunbeam with their radical design -- just drop a slice into the slot and carriage descends automatically. Toastmaster engineers did the same thing, but with a motor that takes the bread down and starts the toasting. The ads of the time called it "Power Action" and this model was called The Super Deluxe, and sold at a premium price, just like the Sunbeam.

It has an easy to open crumb door on the bottom for easy cleaning. And, it sports the cartouche that Toastmaster introduced in 1939 (and was on their toasters until the 1990s, but now gone). The early version of this model has a gold-toned signature on the front. There is only one control -- to turn to select the shade of toast, or to push to end the toasting cycle early.

Toastmaster Super Deluxe
Elgin, Illinois Made in U.S.A.

Shipping Weight: 9 lbs.

SOLD

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The Super Deluxe Toastmaster with Power Action -- later version

By 1954, the Powermatic lost the gold signature and it was replaced with a plain incised signature, sleeker really. On this one, I've fitted it with a new, replacement cord covered in black neoprene.

Toastmaster Super Deluxe -- later version
120 Volts 9.4 Amps
Elgin, Illinois Made in U.S.A.

Shipping Weight: 9 lbs.

$175

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The Powermatic from Toastmaster

Highly polished chromium plating finish

Brian in Houston bought this model toaster and wrote to say
I just wanted to let you know I received my toaster yesterday. It looks great, and it makes perfect toast. I am very pleased with it. It is nice to have the choice to buy a vintage American toaster rather than all the new ones made in China. I'll definitely look you up the next time I need another toaster or small appliance. Thank you very much,

Chris from Spring Valley, Ohio bought this model toaster as a gift for his mother and wrote to say Thanks for helping me make my 89 year old mother a very happy lady. To have perfectly even toasted thin slice bread in one easy step again after 30 years delights her with every use. The only thing wrong, according to her, is she now has to find a new pet peeve to fuss about. Thanks again,

Toastmaster from the late 1950s

This Toastmaster began production in the late 1950s and continued on into the 1960s. The basic guts are very similar to the hugely popular model that came out after WWII, but the feet and fittings were streamlined and made easier to assemble.

This sturdy toaster has a heavy steel case with chromium plating which shows fine pitting. It is clean and otherwise in very good condition. It is fitted with a new, replacement cord and plug, good for another decade of service.

Toastmaster Automatic Pop Up Toaster
Manufactured by McGraw-Edison Co. Elgin, Ill.
Model 1B24 110-120 Volts 10.5 Amps.
Operate on A.C. or D.C.

Shipping Weight: 9 lbs.

$198

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Kris in Fenton, Michigan got this model toaster as a gift and wrote to say I just received my Toastmaster 1B24 from my boyfriend as a birthday gift…. I love it!!!! And I love that it is a "Made in the USA" toaster!!

Kim and Ed in Evans, Colorado bought this model toaster and wrote to say The toaster arrived right on time and works great. It has been a long time since we had a toaster that toasts evenly on both sides! We will enjoy breakfast more from now on. Thank you again,


The Toastmaster Imperial - the last Powermatic

This Toastmaster made its debut for Christmas 1962. It is the last of the Powermatic models which lower the bread automatically -- no need for a push-down lever. As with the other Powermatics, the toaster has a motor that runs just long enough to pull the carriage down and latch; the finished toast pops up by spring action.

The long sides of the toaster are concave. The front features a gold foil panel with the familiar Toastmaster cartouche with three pointed loops, the Powermatic signature, and the light/dark knob. The little red button is the panic button for early release. The top of the gold panel has bubbled a bit.

This one is in very good condition and makes good toast. It has a large crumb door on the bottom for easy crumb removal.

The Toastmaster Imperial - the last Powermatic
Toastmaster Division
McGraw-Edison Co. Elgin, Ill. USA
110-120 Volts 8.3 Amps
Operates on 50-60 Cycles AC-DC UL

Shipping Weight: 9 lbs.

$185

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Made in Elgin, Illinois

Sold at Sears in 1964

The 1964 Motormatic Toaster

Aside from a case with slightly different design, this toaster is identical to the Toastmaster Imperial Powermatic as shown above. It has a motor to pull down the bread and start the current flowing. After about a minute, you hear a little click, then after another 20 or so seconds, the toast pops up automatically. Toastmaster produced this toaster for sale under the Kenmore brand at Sears.

On this model, the front and back of the case are brushed stainless steel, and the sides and top are highly polished chrome. The top is remarkably free from any scratching, a quite uncommon condition. There is also a large crumb door for easy cleaning. And, it has a red Toast Release lever just below the light/dark dial.

This model is quite uncommon and this one is in excellent condition and makes good toast of any shade. It is suitable as a gift from someone who appreciates mid-century design.

The 1964 Motormatic Toaster
110-120 Volts 8.3 Amps
Operates on 50-60 Cycles AC only UL

Shipping Weight: 9 lbs.

$250

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The Walking Toaster

The earliest models of this toaster were produced in New York City in 1937, and continued production through the early 1950s at their last location just across the East River in Long Island City, Queens, New York, near the Breyer's ice cream plant. It was billed as "New As Tomorrow"

On one end of the toaster is the knob to control light to dar, and on the other end is the On Off switch. The massive base is bakelite and signed nicely on both sides.

You put in bread in one end, watch it going by in the little porthole window, and it comes out toast on the other end. The bread moves through the toaster propelled by a clever mechanism driven by a little motor.

This one is in excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically. It comes with extra long tongs. We've completely serviced this one and it is ready for making the morning toast, or entertaining all the neighbor kids for an after school snack. The toaster measures 12 inches long, 5 inches wide and 10 inches long.

The Walking Toaster

Shipping Weight: 10 lbs.

$595

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Made in New York City

Todd in Portland, Oregon bought this model toaster and wrote I've never had so much fun with a kitchen appliance before--thanks a million.


The Disappearing Toaster

From the age of bell-bottom pants, Bee Gees hits, and muscle cars like the Firebird Trans-Am and Camaro Z28, Toastmaster went a little weird with a toaster that recesses into the wall.

The Building Products Division of Toastmaster collaborated with the Consumer Products division to create a toaster that would not take up ANY counter space. This toaster mounts in a steel outer casing that fits between wall studs. There is a cut off switch mounted inside the case that prevents the current from flowing if the toaster is not fully extended outward.

The toaster has separate controls for each pair of slots, and is in excellent operating order, and perfectly clean. It is in unused condition with minor scuffing on the surround frame.

This toaster passes our scientific toast test in just the right shade. It has also been serviced and tested and guaranteed to work properly.

We offer repair service for this unusual model.

The Disappearing Toaster
McGraw-Edison Company
Edison Building Products Division
Elgin, Illinois 60120
1600 Watts 120 Volts 60 Hz A.C. UL Listed

Shipping Weight: 17 lbs.

Never used with storage scratches $650 (as shown)
Used in excellent condition $525
Used in very good condition $400

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Four-in-a-drawer

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