New Toaster Works Automatically (Dec, 1929)

New Toaster Works Automatically

TWO slices of bread can be toasted at once to any predetermined degree in a new automatic toaster recently placed on the market.

Bread is inserted in holders in the door, as shown in the photograph at the right, bringing the bread between the heating elements when closed. A dial on the front of the machine regulates the length of time the current is left on. determining whether the toast is to be light or dark. Pressure of a lever turns on the current and starts the timing device operating.

When the toast is ready, the current is shut off automatically and the door falls open, permitting the toast to be removed. If not immediately removed, it is claimed that the toast is kept warm for some time by residual heat. Timing mechanism of the machine is designed to be trouble-proof, operating with a rotary action rather than clock escapement. Another feature of the device is the fact that the timing dial of the machine can be adjusted while the toaster is in operation.

  1. Firebrand38 says: November 11, 201011:12 am

    Patented filed in 1924 and awarded in 1929…

  2. Jari says: November 12, 20104:27 pm

    You know, that toaster might have been better than the ejecting one from 70s , that I have now. Occasionally one bread simply just jumps completely out and lands to the floor….

  3. Toronto says: November 12, 201010:47 pm

    Jari: I *wish* I had decent springs in my toaster! It can barely lift a bagel.

    A friend has a commercial grade classic diner type Toastmaster – it’s at least 40 years old. It raise the toast -or bagel or whatever – at a slow constant speed, using an escapement device, based on the ticking. It’s very cool, but it’s massive.

    Hiru: is it an “A” type, where the action of manually opening the doors flips the toast over, so you can close it again and toast the other side?

  4. Jari says: November 13, 20101:07 pm

    Toronto: You could cut off few rounds from the springs, if the spring mechanism is like in my toaster. Oh yes, Toastmasters look cool.

    Hiru: Just the opposite, it allows you to prepare other parts of the breakfast without needing to concentrate on the toaster. And on the plus side, if you are still drowsy, that sudden, loud TCHAK!! wakes you up 🙂

  5. Toronto says: November 13, 201010:04 pm

    Jari: Pop-up Toasters – the original multitasking aid.

    We took the opportunity of having this in mind and getting a new fridge to replace our toaster. (There was a plug issue.) The previous one was just too weak to pop well, and, quite importantly, was hard to hear from the dining room. The “new” GE (from an estate) is lovely, though still doesn’t toast 100% consistently. I hope it’s just an “out of use” issue and it’ll break in soon. Oh, and it’s damned quick. Probably pulls 10 Amps.

  6. hwertz says: November 18, 201012:50 am

    I’ve been rather surprised at the unreliability of toasters in my experience. The last two my parents have had, the current one “works” but you’ve got to keep it set somewhere between “white” and “barely toasted”, by “barely toasted” that toast is pretty well done, so there’s about 3/4s of the range that is just not useful for anything unless you want charcoal. The one before that, like 3/4ths of the time when the toast was done it’d just start rattling like crazy and wouldn’t pop; I don’t think it’d shut off the heater elements either until the bread popped either, so you’d have about 10 seconds after it started rattling to jiggle the handle or the bread would be burned. It seems like making a rock-solid-reliable toaster would be a no-brainer (especially with over 80 years to get the bugs worked out) but apparently not.

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