Model T-211 Electric Toaster

Side-loading electric toaster (A) with power cord (B). Rectangular body, with doors of sheet metal (nickel-plated steel) on either side, attached porcelain knob handle on the top of each door. Door pulls open and closes to hold toast in place, against metal wires which are heated by two interior white ceramic heating elements. Handle at top, two straps of metal with turned wooden grip in center, black. Base is cast iron, painted black. Power cord attaches on side. Bottom of base is stamped: "SIMPLEX SHCo. QUALITY/211 V 110 4.5/S 377673".
Power cord (B) is black, white, and gray fabric, molded bakelite, metal coil near plug. Plug is debossed: "RODALE/5A.250V.10A.125V."
Model T-211.
Patent US 951765 A, March 8, 1910, James I. Ayer, assignor to Simplex Electric Heating Company, Boston, Massachusetts, for "Electric toaster"
Maker is Simplex Electric Heating Company, Boston, Massachusetts (circa 1895-1917, when Edison Electric Appliance Company purchased it. The name was carried on for a short period of time after the purchase).
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Object Name
date made
Simplex Electric Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
wood (handle grip material)
fabric (cord material)
plastic (cord material)
average spatial: 23 cm x 20 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 7/8 in
overall: 8 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 5/8 in; 22.225 cm x 20.955 cm x 11.7475 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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
Credit Line
Gift of Helen-Marie Fruth
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