"Toastmaster Hospitality" Tray

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Part of a nine-piece “Toastmaster Hospitality” set (1989.0308.01-.09). Art deco style serving tray. Laminated plywood, medium brown. Rectangular, rounded corners with streamlines, and flattened, squared handles on either side. Underside has adhered vinyl lettering: “TOASTMASTER/HOSPITALITY TRAY/GENUINE PLYWOOD-OVERTON BENTWOOD PROCESS/MCGRAW ELECTRIC COMPANY/WATERS-GENTER DIVISION, MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., U.S.A./PATENT PENDING”
Original box and packing material included (see 1989.0308.10).
The set includes a toast cutter, serving tray, and six matching dishes.
Maker is likely S.E. Overton, South Haven, Michigan, for McGraw Electric Company. Further research is needed on this company, as no information can be found at this time on it or the referenced pending patent.
The other components of the set were manufactured by McGraw Electric Company, Toastmaster Products Division, ca 1912-present, though no longer manufacturing household appliances, and now known as McGraw-Edison; and Fostoria Glass Company, ca 1887-1983, Fostoria, Ohio and Moundsville, West Virginia.
Currently not on view
date made
1935- 1936
McGraw Electric Co.
place made
United States: Michigan, South Haven
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
plywood (overall material)
overall: 1 1/16 in x 23 9/16 in x 15 1/2 in; 2.69875 cm x 59.84875 cm x 39.37 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
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


S. E. Overton Company was founded in Chicago by twenty- seven-year-old Samuel Edward Overton in 1903. ... The company's product line included an array of job shop products and a line of picture frames and laminated serving trays. S.E. Overton obtained Bentwood Manufacturing in 1934 and began making serving trays. I have more about parents and Samuel Edward Overton contribution to WWII , etc.

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