HOSTESS Sandwich Toaster

Electric sandwich toaster or grill. Ceramic (heavy porcelain) body, rectangular-block form, faceted top, yellow and black. Two flat cast aluminum grill-tops connected at back with iron coil and side brackets, clamshell style. Bottom pan has small spout on left. Long wooden cylindrical handle at front, vertical, black, with hammer-like flat metal lever which allows the pans to be locked in three positions with the rear brackets. Flared legs with arched base. Metal underside. Two prongs to attach power cord at side, inside body, cord missing. Front has glazed cartouche, white with gold writing, old English, cursive, sans serif: “HOSTESS/Sandwich Toaster/VOLTS 110 WATTS 400/ALL RITE CO. – RUSHVILLE, IND.”
The smaller version of this toaster was one of the first sandwich toasters to appear on the market, circa 1920-1922.
Maker is the All Rite Company, Rushville, Indiana. Further research is needed, as no information could be found on this company.
Currently not on view
Object Name
grill, sandwich
date made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
average spatial: 12.5 cm x 29 cm x 20 cm; 4 15/16 in x 11 7/16 in x 7 7/8 in
overall: 4 7/8 in x 11 3/8 in x 7 3/4 in; 12.3825 cm x 28.8925 cm x 19.685 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Rushville
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Joyce Barth & Florence E. Scuderi
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