Sunbeam Model T-20 Electric Toaster

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Description
Double slice electric toaster. Metal, chrome-plated, with molded plastic side handles and base, black. Rectangular body, two long rectangular openings at top, interior heating elements and wires visible, decorative line motif engraved on both longer sides. Black molded plastic handles on either of the shorter sides, flat tops, debossed with “Sunbeam” logo. Rubber electric cord with two-pronged plug on one end, black plastic temperature knob on opposite end, debossed “DARKER LIGHTER” Bottom of toaster has attached silver metal plate, debossed “Sunbeam” logo at top, serif font, and engraved below: “MODEL T-20/MADE IN/UNITED STATES AMERICA/SUNBEAM CORPORATION/CHICAGO, U.S.A. TORONTO, CANADA/PATENTS 2197221, 2254687/2332518, 2347385, 2361446/2390947 2459169 2459170/DES. PAT./OTHER PATENTS PENDING/CANADA PATENTED 1942, ’44, ‘47/CSA APPROVAL NUMBER 8402/VOLTS 110-120 WATTS 1275/FOR A.C. ONLY/CAUTION/USE WITH WALL OR BASE RECEPTACLE ONLY/UL/OPEN COVER AND THOROUGHLY BRUSH/AND SHAKE OUT CRUMBS FREQUENTLY/PULL OUT WALL PLUG/BEFORE OPENING THIS COVER”
Patents:
2197221, April 16, 1940, Ludvik j. Koci, for “Toaster and the like”
2254687, September 2, 1941, Ludvik j. Koci, for “Thermostat”
2332518, October 26, 1943, Ludvik j. Koci, assignor to Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, Chicago, Illinois, for “Thermostat”
2347385, April 25, 1944, Ivar Jepson and Horace C. Wright, assignors to Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, Chicago, Illinois, for “Cooking device”
2361446, October 31, 1944, Roy J. Anderson, assignor to Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, Chicago, Illinois, for “Automatic bread toaster”
2390947, December 11, 1945, Ludvik j. Koci, for “Compensating thermostat”
2459169, January 18, 1949, Ludvik j. Koci , assignor to Sunbeam Corporation, for “Radiation thermostat control for toaster”
2459170, January 18, 1949, Ludvik j. Koci , assignor to Sunbeam Corporation, for “Toaster control mechanism”
Maker is Sunbeam Corporation, Chicago, Illinois. All patents are held by assignors to Chicago Flexible Shaft Co., founded in the early 1890s by John K. Stewart and Thomas J. Clark, primarily manufacturing mechanical horse clippers and sheep shearers. In 1946 Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. became Sunbeam Corporation.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1949
maker
Sunbeam Corp.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal, chrome-plated (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (cord material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/4 in x 12 7/8 in x 7 1/8 in; 18.415 cm x 32.7025 cm x 18.0975 cm
ID Number
1988.3118.1
nonaccession number
1988.3118
catalog number
1988.3118.1
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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