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MODEL ET-9 Electric Toaster

MODEL ET-9 Electric Toaster

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Description
Electric toaster. Rectangular shape, black molded plastic, shiny. Matte red curved knob on right side of body, molded plastic, pulls down to toast or up to release the toast. Semi-sphere knob below, red, with molded black line, to select temperature. Opening at top to insert toast, heating elements visible. Front of body has maker/model printed in red: “MAXIM Microchip”. Thin plastic feet at bottom, black plastic power cord with two-pronged plug attached at underside. Underside is embossed: “THE MAXIM COMPANY/NEWARK, NJ 07105/MODEL ET-9 TOASTER/120 V AC 1050 WATTS/DO NOT IMMERSE/IN WATER/HOUSEHOLD/USE ONLY/YL ® LISTED 99N3/9145/MADE IN CHINA”; underside is debossed: “WARNING – TO PREVENT/ELECTRIC SHOCK, UNPLUG/TOASTER BEFORE CLEANING”
Maker is the Maxim Company, Newark, New Jersey, who in 1989 merged with another manufacturer, Salton, Inc., to become Salton/Maxim. Further research is needed on the Maxim Company.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
toaster
date made
ca 1989
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
place used
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 7/16 in x 13 11/16 in x 3 7/8 in; 16.35125 cm x 34.76625 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
1993.3037.01
catalog number
1993.3037.01
nonaccession number
1993.3037
catalog number
1993.3037.1
Credit Line
Gift of Jane Griffin Yeingst and William H. Yeingst
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I purchased this toaster in white. The MaxumMicrochip lettering, the numbers around the dial and the indicator on the white dial are red. I use it just about every day. I purchased it at Marshall Fields in Wauwatosa, WI.. I have thought of replacing it as the plastic push down and dial have both yellowed over time and the plastic has cracked on the top, however, as I cannot find another like it I will use continue to use it. The slim footprint and the ability for larger items, like thick bagels, means this was a forward thinking design. My best guess is I purchased it in the 70"s . (UL ® LISTED 99N3/2270)
I received a toaster like this as a wedding gift in 1993....just a different color. It has worked perfectly for nearly 25 years, and has outlasted even my marriage...It has made many moves with me around the country and still held up. I never expected it to do so, as it originally seemed a bit flimsy in design. I saw that the Smithsonian had one only when I went to look on line for a replacement.

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