Toastmaster Model 1B8 Electric Toaster

Toastmaster Model 1B8 Electric Toaster

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Electric top-loading two-slice toaster. Chrome-plated steel body, rectangular, streamlined shape, with Art Deco style circle and line motif debossed into sides. Flat, molded, brownish-black bakelite handles on either side, each embossed: “TOASTMASTER/REG.U.S. PAT. OFF.”, one handle pulls down to load toast. Below handle is temperature gauge, molded black bakelite knob with pointer, body is debossed “LIGHTER/DARKER”. Power cord attaches on opposite side, reddish brown woven cloth with gold specks, molded black bakelite plug, two-pronged, embossed: “BELDEN/UL/1,858,196 PAT. NO’S 1,858,197”. Black bakelite base, curved corners. Metal underside has applied sticker with instructions on cleaning, “Good Housekeeping Institute” approval mark. Attached metal plate is embossed/printed: “MANUFACTURED BY McGRAW ELECTRIC COMPANY/TOASTMASTER PRODUCTS DIV. ELGIN, ILL. U.S.A./U.S. PAT. 1,698,146 1,394,450 1,387,670 2,001,362/1,866,808 2,036,178 RE. 18,923 OTHERS PENDING/110V-10A-NO.A-118056 MOD.-1B8”.
1,858,196: May 10, 1932, Hugo H. Wermine, assignor to Belden Manufacturing Company, for “Electric plug connecter”
1,858,197: May 10, 1932, Hugo H. Wermine, assignor to Belden Manufacturing Company, for “Electric plug connecter”
1,698,146: January 8, 1929, Charles P. Strite, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for “Bread toaster”
1,394,450: October 18, 1921, Charles P. Strite, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for “Bread-toaster”
1,387,670: August 16, 1921, Charles P. Strite, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for “Bread-toaster”
2,001,362: May 14, 1935, Murray Ireland, assignor to Waters-Genter Company, for “Toaster”
1,866,808: March 19, 1930, assignor to Waters-Genter Company, for “Toaster”
2,036,178: March 31, 1936, Louis V. Lucia, assignor to McGraw Electric Company, for “Automatic regulating means for variable time controls”
The “Toastmaster” name was registered in 1925. Originally produced by the Waters-Genter Company until it was bought by McGraw Electric in 1926.
Maker is McGraw Electric Company, Toastmaster Products Division, circa 1912-present, though no longer manufacturing household appliances, and now known as McGraw-Edison.
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Object Name
date made
1938- 1939
McGraw Electric Co.
place made
United States: Illinois, Elgin
Physical Description
steel, chrome-plated (overall material)
plastic (Bakelite) (base; handle; plug material)
cloth (cord covering material)
overall: 6 7/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 17.4625 cm x 24.13 cm x 15.875 cm
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
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National Museum of American History
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Quite possibly the best value ever. This toaster came into my life in 1997. It was found sitting forlorn at a Salvation Army thrift store. I can not remember the price I paid, but it was less than $2.00. The original cord now needs to be replaced, finding myself between a period correct (but dangerous) fabric type cord or a modern high temperature water proof cord. This toaster is used daily. As a side note the voltage is for 110, but no specifics as to AC or DC. Back in the day there were places where DC current was still in use.
My parents have been married 72 years. They still use the toaster the Toastmaster that they got as a wedding gift. Works perfectly. They are 94 and moving into assisted living today. They will still do breakfast every morning in their apartment.
I too have such an amazing toaster. It was working fine, until electric plug, started smoking, and turning outlet black. Had no idea it was this old. Amazing. Thank you Toastmaster.
We have this toaster. It was my wife's grandmother's and still works perfectly neatly toasting our bread every morning. I recently had to take it apart and clean and lubricate moving parts - what a marvel of engineering! The timing device is essentially a clock. Beautiful mechanics the purpose of which is now accomplished by microchips.

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