HOSTESS Sandwich Toaster

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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. Overall abrasions and residue, rust spots, discoloration. Underside is dented, sides have small cracks in porcelain. Yellow enamel on underside. Paint worn on wooden handle. 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 (see 1992.0338.33 and .35).
Currently not on view
date made
place made
United States: Indiana, Rushville
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
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
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Gift of Joyce Barth & Florence E. Scuderi
Food Culture
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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