Electric Toaster

Electric top-loading two-slice toaster. Chrome-plated steel body, rectangular, streamlined shape, with Art Deco style circle and line motif debossed into sides. Flat, molded, brownish-black bakelite handles on either side, each embossed: “TOASTMASTER/REG.U.S. PAT. OFF.”, one handle pulls down to load toast. Below handle is temperature gauge, molded black bakelite knob with pointer, body is debossed “LIGHTER/DARKER”. Power cord attaches on opposite side, reddish brown woven cloth with gold specks, molded black bakelite plug, two-pronged, embossed: “BELDEN/UL/1,858,196 PAT. NO’S 1,858,197”. Black bakelite base, curved corners. Metal underside has applied sticker with instructions on cleaning, “Good Housekeeping Institute” approval mark. Attached metal plate is embossed/printed: “MANUFACTURED BY McGRAW ELECTRIC COMPANY/TOASTMASTER PRODUCTS DIV. ELGIN, ILL. U.S.A./U.S. PAT. 1,698,146 1,394,450 1,387,670 2,001,362/1,866,808 2,036,178 RE. 18,923 OTHERS PENDING/110V-10A-NO.A-118056 MOD.-1B8”.
1,858,196: May 10, 1932, Hugo H. Wermine, assignor to Belden Manufacturing Company, for “Electric plug connecter”
1,858,197: May 10, 1932, Hugo H. Wermine, assignor to Belden Manufacturing Company, for “Electric plug connecter”
1,698,146: January 8, 1929, Charles P. Strite, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for “Bread toaster”
1,394,450: October 18, 1921, Charles P. Strite, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for “Bread-toaster”
1,387,670: August 16, 1921, Charles P. Strite, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for “Bread-toaster”
2,001,362: May 14, 1935, Murray Ireland, assignor to Waters-Genter Company, for “Toaster”
1,866,808: March 19, 1930, assignor to Waters-Genter Company, for “Toaster”
2,036,178: March 31, 1936, Louis V. Lucia, assignor to McGraw Electric Company, for “Automatic regulating means for variable time controls”
The “Toastmaster” name was registered in 1925. Originally produced by the Waters-Genter Company until it was bought by McGraw Electric in 1926.
Maker is McGraw Electric Company, Toastmaster Products Division, circa 1912-present, though no longer manufacturing household appliances, and now known as McGraw-Edison.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1936
McGraw Electric Co.
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
chrome-plated (overall material)
bakelite (base; handle; plug material)
cloth (cord material)
average spatial: 17 cm x 14.8 cm x 27 cm; 6 11/16 in x 5 13/16 in x 10 5/8 in
overall: 6 7/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 17.4625 cm x 24.13 cm x 15.875 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Elgin
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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