Electric Corn Popper

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Electric corn popper. Circular bowl body (A), sheet aluminum, chrome-plated, with two plastic handles, brown, flat. Mounted on matching circular base which contains the heating elements, three plastic feet, brown. Side of bowl is scratched: “20800”; underside of base has “K-M” trademark, “KNAPP MONARCH CO./ST. LOUIS, MO. U.S.A./115V 450W/CAT. NO. 12-501-B/PAT. NOS. 2,194,852-D163,531/DO NOT IMMERSE IN WATER”.
Domed, clear, glass lid (B), circular knob handle at top, brown plastic, embossed and printed: “KM”, sits inside small rim on top of popper. Handle is scratched on top: “20800”. Top of lid is textured, embossed: “Corn Popper/K-M” on either side.
Accompanying measuring cup (C), cylindrical shape, aluminum, with measurements for filling popcorn kernels and cooking oil. Scratched into one side: “20800”
Accompanying power cord (D), brown, rubber and plastic, with silver metal coil, two pronged.
2,194,852: March 26, 1940, William E. Gundelfinger and Ollo Lamb, assignors to Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Missouri, for “Corn popper”
D163,531: June 5, 1951, Donald F. Mccarron, assignor to Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Missouri, for “Corn popper or similar article”
This toaster is from the Hoover Company Sample collection, North Canton, Ohio, including samples by Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis (Missouri), which was bought by Hoover in 1969. It is noted: “Hoover Co. Coll. Tag: Sample No. 20800/Rec’d. Sept. 1955/Serial No. 12-501-B/Model 85518”.
Maker is the Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Missouri, founded in 1925 as A.S. Knapp and Company, not as a manufacturer, but to sell products. The company merged with manufacturer Monarch Company of Webster City, Iowa, in 1928. A large portion of Knapp-Monarch’s business was the manufacturing of products for private brands. In 1969 the company was acquired by the Hoover Company.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1951
Knapp-Monarch Co.
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
glass (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall, cord and dish stored in popper: 9 3/4 in x 10 1/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 24.765 cm x 25.7175 cm x 21.59 cm
base: 6 13/16 in x 10 1/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 17.30375 cm x 25.7175 cm x 21.59 cm
lid: 3 3/8 in x 7 3/4 in; 8.5725 cm x 19.685 cm
dish: 1 9/16 in x 2 1/2 in; 3.96875 cm x 6.35 cm
cord (wrapped up): 1 3/4 in x 4 in x 5 1/2 in; 4.445 cm x 10.16 cm x 13.97 cm
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catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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