Toastmaker Electric Toaster

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Side-loading electric single-slice toaster, partially chrome-plated sheet metal. Rectangular-shaped body, curved corners. Toast rack of wire and sheet metal swings down 90 degrees from one end, to load bread, black wooden knob handle. Open top. Indented satin panels on either side, with low-relief Art nouveau style geometric linear design. One end is vented, opposite end has similar design. Heavy rectangular base with canted sides and rounded corners. Each side of base has a handle mounted on top, metal arms with turned wooden grip, black. Temperature gauge on one side, black wooden knobs, with attached plate, printed: “AUTO-TOASTMAKER/MODEL No. 75/PATS. PEND. BERSTED MFG. CO. CHICAGO ILL.” Opposite end has attached fabric power cord, black and gold woven, with molded plastic two-pronged plug, black. Four wooden ball-shaped feet, black. Mica heating elements, wrapped in metal tape. Overall abrasion, scratches, handles are worn, underside is discolored, yellow enamel on underside.
Maker is the Bersted Manufacturing Company, founded in Chicago by Alfred Bersted in 1913. The company began as a small machine shop, eventually producing small appliances after World War I. In 1926 McGraw Electric purchased the growing company and made it into a division of McGraw. Alfred Bersted would later purchase the company back from McGraw in 1930, only to have it bought back from him by McGraw in 1948. McGraw Electric (and later as McGraw-Edison) produced appliances under several brands, including “Fostoria,” “Lady Winsted,” “Capitol,” and “General Mills,” to name a few.
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United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
mica (overall material)
cloth (cord material)
plastic (cord material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in x 6 in; 21.59 cm x 20.0025 cm x 15.24 cm
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Gift of Joyce Barth & Florence E. Scuderi
Food Culture
Household Tools and Equipment
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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