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Bread is a generous gift of nature, a food that can be replaced by no other. When we fall sick, our appetite for bread deserts us last of all; and the moment we recover the appetite we have shown a symptom of recovery. Bread is suitable to everytime of the day, every age of life, and every temperment...

-- Parmentier

It was in this era that the pop-up toaster took over as the standard design. Extremely well made and durable, toasters from this time are still hard at work in many homes today.

Manufacturer: A.B.C. Electric Ltd
Brand Name: Delta
Model Number: 280


Toaster type: Dropper
Details:
Chrome-plated dropper toaster (toast drops out of the bottom). This toaster was monogrammed with the initials of some lucky couple who probably received it as a wedding gift.


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Manufacturer: Capitol Prods. Co.
Brand Name: Capitol
Model Number: 707


Toaster type: Pop-up
Details:
Rounded top chrome pop-up, brushed finish/polished finish stripe effect on top and ends, curlicue ampersand etched on sides.




Manufacturer: Chicago Flexible Shaft Co
Brand Name: Sunbeam
Model Number: T9

  
Details:
The T-9 Half-Round Sunbeam.

Produced from the late-1930s through the 40s, The lovely oval design (is) the last word in modern styling by George Scharfenberg (from an advertisement).

Sometimes called the World's Fair toaster as this toaster was first made in 1939 - the date of the 1939 New York World's Fair - and some find the etched designs on the T-9 to be symbolic of the Fair's logo.

This toaster was generously donated by Lisa Cherkasky, Arlington, VA
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Manufacturer: Crocker Wheeler
Brand Name: Toast-O-Lator
Model Number: Model J

  
Details:
The fabulous Toast-O-Lator

Manufactured from 1936 through 1952(?), this wonderful toaster brings the assembly line to the breakfast table. When you turn on the Toast-O-Lator a row of teeth begin rotating in a circular fashion. Bread is placed in the appropriate end and is walked through the unit while being toasted. You can watch the bread toasting through the circular viewing window in the side.

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Manufacturer: Dominion Electrical Mfg Co
Brand Name: Dominion
Model Number: 1115

  
Toaster type: Pop-up
Details:
"Pop-O-Matic" toaster by Dominion using a 2-lever operating system similar to the first home pop-up, the Toastmaster 1-A-1.


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Manufacturer: General Electric
Brand Name: GE
Model Number: 139T81


Details:
Rounded GE pop-up, chrome top with wavy squiggle motif etched on sides, big brown Bakelite base.

Patented by Gordon W. Florian in August of 1942, due to World War II and government restrictions on the production of consumer goods, this style of toaster is most associated with the postwar period, 1946-1949.


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Manufacturer: General Electric
Brand Name: General Electric
Model Number: 149T79


Details:
4-slice commercial toaster, US Navy type stamped on its base.




Manufacturer: General Electric
Brand Name: General Electric
Model Number: 159T77


Details:
Toaster in the style of the US Navy type commercial toaster (model 149T79) - but in a 2-slice version for the home. Base is Bakelite rather than the cast metal of the commercial unit. Designs on sides are the same - stars and arrow.


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Manufacturer: General Electric
Brand Name: General Electric
Model Number: 159T81


Details:
GE pop-up with cream Catalin base and handles. GE changed from the laurel and arrow motif of the model 159T77 to the wavy squiggles that they used through the 1950s.


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Manufacturer: General Mills
Brand Name: General Mills
Model Number: GM5A


Details:
After World War II, General Mills entered the home appliance market for a while. Made from 1949 through 1951, this was an attractively desinged toaster but didn't last long in the market.


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