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during the 1920s and earlier

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The Aristocrat of the Breakfast Table

Westinghouse Turnover Toaster

Westinghouse sold many, many toasters with this and similar designs.

This one has octagonal door handles, nickel plating, and fiber feet. The innards are the familiar mica plates wound with flat resistance wire. And yes, it will flip the slice to the opposite side just by opening and closing the door.

In very good condition, it shows some light scratching at the bottom of one door and one corner on the top. It comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the side of the toaster.

Westinghouse Turnover Toaster
Volts 110 Watts 550
Westinghouse Elec. & Manufacturing Company
Mansfield Works, Mansfield, Ohio U.S.A.

Shipping weight: 4 Lbs.


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A Westinghouse Turnover Toaster with Etched Doors

Westinghouse had been making electric toasters since the teens with the same basic design, but departed into more refined expressions of style in the 1920s, modern as a flapper beads, The Charleston, and bobbed hair and the new Studebaker to haul you off to the local speakeasy. Or church.

The toaster is in excellent condition, plated in nickel with punched fiber handles and fiber feet. The doors show a teriffic design that is etched into the nickel plating. The toaster comes with a detachable cord set that plugs into the side.

A Westinghouse Turnover Toaster with Etched Doors
Westinghouse Elec. Manufacturing Company Mansfield Works, Mansfield, Ohio U.S.A. 115 Volts 550 Watts

Shipping weight: 5 lbs.


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Beautiful etched design in the nickel plating

Westinghouse Automatic Toaster

The AUTOMATIC Westinghouse Turnover Toaster

This fancy version of the Westinghouse Turnover Toaster has a clockworks timing mechanism. You set the lever on the right for how Light or Dark you want the toast, the cock the lever on the left and the current turns on and the clock ticks away. At the end of the cycle, a switch turns off the current "automatically." The clock runs for seventeen seconds when on the lightest setting (enough to warm up a slice) to over three minutes (long enough to produce charcoal from even the darkest, dense and moist bread.)

It is fancy also because the base is drawn in one piece into a complex shape, and the top is a more complex shape than the usual flat plane. The pierced doors have an art nouveau motif and a greek key at the border and on the sides. The toaster is plated in nickel with punched fiber handles and fiber feet.

The condition is very good with some signs of use and wear. It comes with a detachable cord set which plugs into one side and the orginal carton in tatty shape.

Westinghouse Automatic Turnover Toaster
Volts 110 Watts 550
Westinghouse Elec. & Manufacturing Company
Mansfield Works, Mansfield, Ohio
Made in U.S.A. Shipping weight: 6 Lbs.


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Advertised in Good Housekeeping in 1923

The Star-rite Reversible Toaster

A very popular gift in 1924 when the film Greed directed by Eric von Stroheim was on the big screen, starring Zasu Pitts, who might have been driving the new Studebaker.

The Fitzgerald Manufacturing Co. in Torrington, Connecticut made this sparkling Super Toaster. That company was a purveyor of Electrical Necessities among other things.

This model earned its name by virtue of its cages which are mounted on a spring loaded arms that allows the slice to be turned to the other side by the twist of the knob on top. It plugs in beneath one door.

This one is in very good condition and comes with the original carton in tatty condition and bearing the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The original cord set is signed "Star-rite" and is fitted with the original adapter for use in a light bulb socket.

Even though you can use this toaster every day, it would make a splendid gift to a toaster collector or history buff.

Star-rite Reversible Toaster
Fitzgerald Mfg. Co.
Torrington, Conn. U.S.A.

Shipping weight: 7 Lbs.


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The First Pop-up Toaster

This is the first automatic pop-up toaster which cooks both sides of one slice at once, then stops automatically and raises the toasted slice. No turning or burning.

It became a popular product when it hit the home market in 1926 as The Toastmaster, deemed one of the greatest all-time inventions according to American Heritage. The device was patented by Charles Perkins Strite in Stillwater, Minnesota which paired a clockworks timer and set of carbon contacts together with heating elements and a spring-loaded pop-up mechanism.

This toaster has two control levers: one pushes down to wind a spring that operates the clockwork mechanism, and the other lever lowers the bread and starts the current. In addition, there is a spring-loaded stop below the right lever to set the shade of darkness, and a small lever in between the two big levers to pop the toast up before the end of the cycle.

This one is good working order with a new cord and plug. The top shows pitting to the chromium plating and somewhat on the louvers on the side. In testing it with white sandwich bread, it produced medium to medium dark toast when set at B or B and a half, so this one is particularly well-suited for toasting extra moist, dense or frozen breads that usually require two or three cycles with a modern toaster. I didn't try it, but set at G I'll bet it sets off the smoke alarm. It comes with a facsimile of the operating instructions.

The First Pop-up Toaster
Produced from June 1926 to August 1930
by Waters-Genter Co. Minneapolis, U.S.A.
110 Volts 600 Watts


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The first automatic pop-up toaster
Rob in Modesto bought this model toaster (and a waffle iron) and wrote to say "I ship and receive vintage glow in the dark radios and the first indication I get of quality restoration is the care in the post and packing. Thanks for the outstanding wrapping and packaging of the waffle iron and toaster! The included magazine adds and operating instructions were a gracious addition. Apparently many vintage electrical appliances of the early twentieth century in original operating condition work splendidly and look elegant. These certainly do!"

Toast rack mounted on top of the toaster.

AP in Lisbon, Connecticut bought a toaster like this one and wrote to say just a note to let you know that the toaster is perfect! I love it. Best regards

Early Toaster with Rack Mounted On Top

Electric toasters had been around for less than a generation when this electric toaster was made in New Britain, Connecticut, by a company known for its high quality cutlery, hotel and hospital ware, and really beautiful early electric appliances.

The detachable cord plugs into the center of the base. The two doors are spring-loaded to clamp the bread against the guide wires and efficiently close to the heat to toast one side of each slice. Then you have to open the door, flip the slice to the other side and finish the toasting. This toaster has the deluxe feature of a built-in toast rack which keeps the finished toast warm while you are making more.

This toaster is in excellent condition with some slight wear to the plating on the rack. It comes with a detachable cord set. This is one of the few toasters that will handle half a bagel, assuming you want only the cut side toasted.

Early Toaster with Rack Mounted On Top
Universal The Brand Name Known In Every Home
New Britain Conn. U.S.A.

Shipping weight 6 Lbs.


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