HOSTESS Sandwich Toaster

Electric sandwich toaster or grill. Ceramic body, rectangular-block form, faceted top, burnt orange-red and opalescent white. Two flat cast aluminum grill-tops connected at back with iron coil and side brackets, clamshell style. Long wooden cylindrical handle at front, horizontal, black. 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.”
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 (handle material)
average spatial: 12 cm x 24 cm x 15 cm; 4 3/4 in x 9 7/16 in x 5 7/8 in
overall: 4 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in x 6 in; 11.7475 cm x 23.495 cm x 15.24 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Rushville
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Joyce Barth & Florence E. Scuderi
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