Toastmaster Two-Slice Electric Toaster

Part of a nine-piece “Toastmaster Hospitality” set (1989.0308.01-.09). Electric two-slice pop-up toaster, design shows the influence of the "skyscraper" Art Deco style of the 1920s and 1930s. Chrome-plated metal. Block form, architectural, streamlined, with fluted sides and two flat, plastic handles, one on either side, black molded plastic. One handle activates the toaster when pressed down and is embossed: “TOASTMASTER”. Molded plastic temperature knob, metal is engraved: “LIGHT/DARK”. Base is molded, stacked, four hidden plastic feet, black. Fabric covered power cord attached, black and white, black molded plastic plug, two-pronged, embossed: “BELDEN/1,858,196 PAT. NO’S 1,858,197”. Sticker attached to underside with cleaning instructions. Small metal tag attached to underside, embossed: “MANUFACTURED BY McGRAW ELECTRIC COMPANY/WATERS-GENTER DIV., MPLS., MINN., U.S.A./U.S. PAT. 1,698,146 1,387,670 1,394,450 1,676,257 1,866,808/R.E. 18923 OTHERS PENDING/V-110 A-10-NO. B-449066-MOD. 1B5”. Tape residue on two spots on metal body, otherwise pristine condition, appears unused. Original box and packing material included (see 1989.0308.10)
1,698,146: January 8, 1929, Charles P. Strite, for “Bread toaster”
1,387,670: August 16, 1921, Charles P. Strite, for “Bread-toaster”
1,394,450: October 18, 1921, Charles P. Strite, for “Bread-toaster”
1,676,257: May 19, 1926, Thomas C. Forbes, for “Electric switch”
1,866,808: March 19, 1930, Murray Ireland, for "Toaster"
1,858,196: May 10, 1932, Hugo H. Wermine, assignor to Belden Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Illinois, for “Electric plug connecter”
1,858,197: May 10, 1932, Hugo H. Wermine, assignor to Belden Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Illinois, for “Electric plug connecter”
The set includes a toast cutter, serving tray, and six matching dishes.
This model (1B5, Two-slice) was produced July 1934- June 1936. Based on the serial number, this particular toaster was produced July 1935- June 1936. The two-slice Toastmaster was introduced in August 1930.
Maker is McGraw Electric Company, Toastmaster Products Division, c. 1912-present, though no longer manufacturing household appliances, and now known as McGraw-Edison.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1935- 1936
McGraw Electric Co.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
fabric (cord material)
average spatial: 17 cm x 15 cm x 22.5 cm; 6 11/16 in x 5 7/8 in x 8 7/8 in
toaster with electric cord: 7 in x 9 1/4 in x 15 in; 17.78 cm x 23.495 cm x 38.1 cm
shipping box: 10 in x 16 7/16 in x 24 7/16 in; 25.4 cm x 41.75125 cm x 62.07125 cm
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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