Electric Toaster

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Two-slice electric toaster, side-opening. Square-shaped body, curved corners, stamped sheet iron painted black with chrome-plated doors on either side, hinged at bottom. Each door has streamlines molded down center, rectangular, black, wooden handles on either side. Interior heating elements and wire visible when doors are opened, mica wrapped in steel tape. Base is hollow, bent sheet metal, black. Power cord attaches on side of base. Cord missing. Underside of base is stamped: “115V. CAT. NO. K-50-R 400W/PAT. NOS. -1,756,784/2,005,364-2,029,575/PATS. PEND. KWIK WAY/MF’D BY KWIKWAY CO./ST. LOUIS, U.S.A.”; written in black marker on underside of base: “VO-10”.
1,756,784: April 29, 1930, Earnest S. Johnson, assignor to Knapp-Monarch Company, Belleville, Illinois, for “Electric toaster”
2,005,364: June 18, 1935, Percy O. Derringer, assignor to Knapp-Monarch Company, Belleville, Illinois, for “Toaster construction”
2,029,575: February 4, 1936, William B. Kochner, assignor to Knapp-Monarch Company, Belleville, Illinois, for “Toaster base assembly”
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: “Knapp-Monarch tag: “Model No. K50-R/Year Made 1936”; this tag is not attached to the object. Another note states: “Interchangeable power cord sold separately according to Kwikway tag of guarantee attached to toaster 1991.835.17”
Maker is the Knapp-Monarch Company for Kwikway Company, St. Louis, Missouri. The Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Missouri, was 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 1936
Knapp-Monarch Co.
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
mica (overall material)
overall: 7 1/8 in x 8 1/16 in x 5 in; 18.0975 cm x 20.47875 cm x 12.7 cm
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catalog number
accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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