Toastrite Electric Toaster

Electric two-slice toaster, green and pinkish-white lusterware "porcelain" (The porcelain used was not “true” porcelain, but Onyxide China, which would withstand the heat). Square-shaped body with curved corners and short curved walls on either side where bread could “perch”. No doors or handles. Mica heating units are visible, wrapped in metal tape. Power cord attaches on side to two metal prongs, cord is missing. Sits on four squat, curved feet, black. Underside is marked: “TOASTRITE/110 Volts 500 Watts/The Pan Electric Mfg. Co./Patented CLEVELAND, O.”. Rusting on interior heating elements, some overall discoloration, prongs on side are discolored, yellow enamel on underside of base.
According to the catalogue card, the collector’s tag at the time of acquisition listed the date of this toaster as 1927.
Maker is the Pan Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio. Further research is needed, as nothing can be found on this company.
Other colors offered were a Blue or Pink Willow pattern, pearl blue, orange, yellow, and Mother of Pearl.
An ad for the Toastrite line of toasters reads:
"All the brightness, charm and lively zest of these vivid times are expressed in the colors of this attractive appliance. Its design harmonizes perfectly with the finest table appointments. Every detail, even to the heater cord in Rayo Silk, covered in colors to match the toaster, is exactly in keeping with the modern spirit of grace and beauty. Only the best materials are used in its construction.
The Onyxide China Electric Toaster, available in a variety of colors, offers an opportunity to match tableware and decorations. It is made of Onyxide China, is tremendously sturdy and withstands heat. The Onyxide China Electric Toaster is so simply made that it cannot get out of order. The heating element is practically everlasting and it makes delicious toast instantly. Only a damp cloth is needed to clean it."
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Object Name
date made
ca 1927
Physical Description
porcelain (overall material)
metal (overall material)
average spatial: 17 cm x 21 cm x 11 cm; 6 11/16 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 5/16 in
overall: 6 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 16.8275 cm x 20.955 cm x 10.795 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
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 Joyce Barth & Florence E. Scuderi
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