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Toastmaster 1B14 Post World War II Toaster -- a "Best Value"

This model was in introduced in 1947, built to last, signed and serial numbered, and used continuously for ten or twenty or fifty years by American families. Think of all those GIs, home from the war, marrying their sweethearts and starting families. It was very popular as a wedding gift, and at $23.50, it wasn't cheap.

Toasters were marketed not only for breakfast, but also for entertaining -- a toast party to watch CBS Playhouse on TV.

But, when the Toast-R-Oven hit the market, most of these "old fashioned" Toastmasters were stored away in the attic or basement, still in working order. (And greasy and full of crumbs, I might add.)

The original advertising features the Superflex toast timer which compensates for a wide range of voltage variations automatically; the bakelite "Easy-Lift" handles are large, smooth and curved to fit the finger tips, always cool to the touch; and, the Pop-open with hinged door on the bottom makes for easy crumb removal and cleaning.

The heavy steel case is plated in highly polished chromium. The fittings are bakelite. The control knob allows a range from light to dark. The slots are 15/16th inches wide and measure 5 3/8 inches long and appx 5 inches deep.

This toaster has been disassembled, cleaned, repaired if necessary, reassembled and tested. It is ready to do just one thing.... make toast. It is in good condition with minor cosmetic flaws -- a Toaster Central "best value". But if you want to splurge, we have one with copper plating.

Toastmaster Automatic Pop Up Toaster
Toastmaster Products Division
McGraw Electric Company, Elgin, Illinois U.S.A.
110-120 Volts 10.5 Amps. UL Operates on A.C. or D.C.

Shipping weight 9 Lbs.

SOLD

Purchase Information
Wedding bells are ringing...

Marilyn in Saint Cloud, Minnesota bought this model toaster and wrote to say Thank you so much! I received my toaster yesterday and it's perfect! It looks new and it works beautifully. I'm thrilled to once again have real toast - evenly browned all the way to the edges - and faster, too! It's worth every penny. Thank you for such great service!

Kay in Soquel, California bought this model toaster and wrote to say I glory in my new to me toaster, which is exactly like the one I grew up with. It is the apotheosis of toasterhood in my opinion.

Albert and Carol in Plant City, Florida bought this model toaster and wrote to say We have received our Toastmaster 1B14 and could not be more impressed or pleased. Overall it is exactly what we were looking for aesthetically. Beyond that, it appears to be brand new and works flawlessly. I thank you for the extra effort on your part in assuring that the surface is polished and unmarred. Take care and good luck in helping households to have tasty and toasty mornings.

The Brennans in Lakebay, Washington bought this model toaster and wrote to say Just wanted to touch base with you and give you some feedback on our toaster. We purchased the 1B14 toaster this past winter. It is the best little appliance we own...Totally consistent and reliable...and it's BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for what you do!


Automatic Beyond Belief

Nancy in Washington, D.C. bought this model toaster, and then one for her daughter and wrote to say Just wanted you to know the second toaster for my daughter was a big hit. Like mine, it toasts beautifully; and they liked the stylish '50s look, too. What you want in a toaster is un-ostentatious, but perfect, performance -- as provided by these. Happy New Year.

Greg in Sausalito bought this model toaster and wrote to sayThe T-20 is a beauty and works like a champ. Thanks for the recommendation and the expert packing.

Jon in Kent, Washington bought this model toaster and wrote to sayI ran the toaster and it worked GREAT ! ...I haven't seen a toaster that looks this rugged and well made in years. I'm especially pleased to pay an American for an American product.

Aaron in Mount Vernon, Washington bought this model toaster and wrote to say that the toaster works great, I use it almost every day and it has been flawless. Thank You.

Sunbeam model T-20 automatic toaster

Beautiful chrome body with incised deco design and bakelite base. It's automatic beyond belief! No levers to push -- no popping or banging. Just drop in the bread and the Sunbeam turns on the current and lowers the bread silently. When perfectly toasted, the current turns off and the toast comes up silently.

With "Radiant Control", the toasting is always the same no matter what kind of bread you use. The heat radiated from the surface of the bread activates the exclusive thermostat. That's why you always get the same uniform golden toast you want whether the slices or moist or dry, cold or warm, thick or thin.

Very popular as wedding gifts when it debuted in 1949. This one has been cleaned and adjusted and in good condition but with a small dimple in the top. It is fitted with a new replacement cord and plug.

Sunbeam Corporation
Chicago U.S.A. Toronto, Canada.
110-120 Volts 1275 Watts

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.

SOLD

Purchase Information

The Powermatic from Toastmaster

The Super Deluxe Toastmaster with Power Action

Toastmaster was selling train loads of toasters (the model shown above) after WWII, and Sunbeam was, too, especially because of their radical design in which one simply dropped a slice into the slot and carriage descended automatically. So, Toastmaster wanted a share of that market and designed this very nifty toaster 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

Purchase Information
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

Purchase Information

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

Purchase Information
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

Purchase Information

Toastess from Canada, Modern Version

The original model was made continuously for decades, literally, until 1998, when for their 50th anniversary, the company put out this model featuring a deluxe base with rubber feet and a cord storage compartment, an On/Off switch, and an attached modern cord with grounded plug.

This one is never used and comes with the original carton and booklet, and even a receipt. It is great for Morrocan dinner parties; the toaster sits on the table so everybody gets a freshly hottened pita.

Toastess Modern Version
120 Volts 450 Watts

Shipping Weight: 6 lbs.

$88

Purchase Information

Made in Elgin, Illinois

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

Purchase Information

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

Purchase Information
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. The inside of the case is wired with a receptacle, so the toaster can be unplugged and removed from the shell by lifting some stop catches on the side rails. The neat thing is that the toaster cannot be operated if it is not pulled out completely. There is a cut off switch mounted inside that prevents the current from flowing if the toaster is not fully extended outward.

The toaster is deluxe with separate controls for each pair of slots, and is signed Edison on the face of the toaster, note scratching. It is in excellent operating condition, perfectly clean and shows some minor cosmetic imperfections: scratching in the top of the wall housing frame and more scratches on the bottom of the frame. And some scratching that doesn't show when the toaster is pushed in shows around the slots.

And, this toaster passes our scientific toast test in just the right shade.

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.

SOLD

Purchase Information
Four-in-a-drawer

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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