Electric Corn Popper

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
Object Name
popper, corn
date made
ca 1951
Knapp-Monarch Co.
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
glass (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
average spatial: 24 cm x 27.5 cm; 9 7/16 in x 10 13/16 in
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
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
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