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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. 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 the doors and out. I have splinted the mica on one side where the rivets came loose. 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 5 Lbs.


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with expanding door hinge for toasting thick breads

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.

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.

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 rises silently over seven to nine seconds.

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 very good condition.

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

Shipping weight 10 Lbs.


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mid-century Toastmaster logo

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 -- hold 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 (a marketing ploy); the Bakelite "Easy-Lift" handles are large, smooth and curved to fit the finger tips, always cool to the touch; and, the Pop-open 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 is in very good condition, has been disassembled, cleaned, repaired if necessary, reassembled and tested. It is ready to do just one thing.... make toast.

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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mid-century Toastmaster 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 excellent condition. It has been cleaned inside and 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 (as shown)
$345 with a copper case

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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 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 dark, 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
110-125 Volts 600-850 Watts 60 Cycles Toast-o-lator Co. Inc. Long Island City, N.Y. manufactured in December 1948

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.

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 a small scratch below the name on the front and another small mark on the top edge of the toaster which doesn't show when the toaster is pushed in.

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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