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Automatic Beyond Belief

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 adjust the shade of toast then 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. It is in excellent condition and fitted with a twenty inch length of the original Sunbeam cord and ready to make toast.

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

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.


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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.

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. An ad in Life magazine in May of 1941 shows a retail price of $12.95.

The hinge at the bottom of each door is made to expand for extra width, as you can see in this side by side comparison.. Pretty neat, huh?

This one is in very good condition inside and out. It comes with a detachable cord set. When preheated, it makes toast around one minute per side.

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

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.


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with expanding door hinge for toasting thick breads

1948 Westinghouse Toaster

1948 Westinghouse Toaster

After World War II, production turned from military supplies back to goods for the domestic market and this Westinghouse toaster was on the market in 1948.

The body is highly polished chromium plating showing some very light scratching. It has turned wood handles, fluted plastic base, and a graceful design on the doors. The heating element is flat ribbon wire over a mica plate. And, when the doors open, the bread will automatically flip to the opposite side of the slice.

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

1948 Westinghouse Toaster
115 Volts 450 Watts Mansfield, O.

Shipping weight 5 Lbs.


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Toastmaster cartouche

Toastmaster 1B14 Boomer Toaster

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.

Of the hundreds of this model that I've handled, this one is in exceptionally good condition.

Toastmaster 1B14 Boomer 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.


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Boomer toaster

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!

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 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.


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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 as the Imperial model. It is the last of the Powermatic models which lowers 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 of three pointed loops, the Powermatic designation, and the light/dark knob. The little red button is the panic button for early release.

This one is in very good condition with a blister under the foil on the front and some missing paint on the signature. It has a large crumb door on the bottom that is easy to open for 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.


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Made in Elgin, Illinois

Born near an air field, it drops the toast like landing gear

Delta Dropper in Chrome with Racks

The earliest model of this toaster was branded as the Penn- Air and made of surplus aircraft aluminum, and the dropping mechanism resembles that of landing gear on aircraft. So when the toast is done, you hear a loud thwack and the door flaps open at the bottom of the slot and the toast slides down the chute.

Later on, it was branded Delta and some came with the side pieces anodized in colors.

This one is made of heavier metal with chromium plating, and it comes with chrome-plated racks to use for sandwiches or irregularly sized pieces. The control knobs are mounted on the side and the light/dark knob has a release position to stop the toasting cycle early.

This is not a good candidate for daily use, but good for a collection or occasional use to entertain children of all ages. One side of each slot toasts darker than the other.

Delta Dropper in Chrome with Racks
110-120 Volts 840 Watts For A.C. Only
Delta Manufacturing Corporation
Phila. Penna. U.S.A.


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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.


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toaster 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.

Toastess Toaster, Modern Version

The original model was made continuously for decades by a Canadian company 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. 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.


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Small Manual Toastmaster

In the early 1940s, much domestic production was shifted from consumer goods to materials to supply the war, including the Toastmaster plant in Elgin, Illinois.

Toastmaster managed to produce this very simple and small toaster. It has no timing device and is entirely manual. There is no light/dark knob, only the pushdown lever which latches and turns on the current. The sides show the recently adopted Toastmaster cartouche with three pointy loops.

This not very common toaster is in very good condition with minor cosmetic flaws and works just fine.

Small Manual Toastmaster
McGraw Electric Company Elgin, Ill. U.S.A.
110-120 Volts 6.8 Amps. AC only UL

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.


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Small Toaster from Toastmaster

Modern Maid In-Wall Four-slice 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 model of Modern Maid toaster.

Modern Maid In-Wall Four-slice 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.


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