HOSTESS Sandwich Toaster

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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.
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date made
place made
United States: Indiana, Rushville
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
wood (handle material)
overall: 4 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in x 6 in; 11.7475 cm x 23.495 cm x 15.24 cm
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Credit Line
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, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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