Toastmaster Model 1B8 Electric Toaster
- 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.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- McGraw Electric Co.
- date made
- 1938- 1939
- 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
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