Thursday, April 15, 2010

VTT: First Toaster

This is the first toaster I remember seeing in my mother's kitchen. I always found it a pain to have to turn the toast by hand. But the plus side was that you could fit any size bread you wanted, as my dad demonstrated every morning. We were not a Wonder bread kind of family; we were a rye, pumpernickel, chalah,bagel and other exotic bread kind of people. In the 70's you didn't have specialty toasters for thick cut bread on the market.....You had this one.
This toaster was first made by Toastess Canada around 1948.The doors have a diamond quilted design and are flanked by black plastic handles. I remember the special smell this toaster made. I found it last week in my basement when I was looking for my miniatures for VTT. I plugged it in and there was the smell.

  

When I moved out of my mother's house (not a minute too soon) in 1986 she gave me a brand new one in a box. And it is this one that I'm showing today I used it in my appartment until it drove me mad....I would always wonder if I had unplugged it...Sometimes I would leave home, make it to the bus stop, then run back home to check to see if the toaster was unplugged. Yes, I was pretty OCD back then and terrified of fire ! Oh well! Craziness will happen! I'm keeping this one for sure, it's so cute!
 If you love vintage toasters, THIS is a great site for you.And be a dear and drop by Colorado Lady for some more vintage fun!

21 comments:

Ann said...

We had one when I was little too. Ours didn't have a pretty waffle pattern on it though. I think I would keep it too, but use a modern one. Happy VTT.

Linda said...

I haven't seen a toaster like yours but I love it. We have a 'vintage' toaster and us it all the time. Thanks for stopping by with a sweet comment on my Milk Glass...guess what? I found Pyrex yesterday...gorgeous big casserole..I have to look it up.

Mick said...

How neat! - the haveing to flip the toast part. I almost liek that one more than my 1957 'skin searing toaster of death' (long story, involving me living out an I Love Lucy Moment and discover not all you see on tv is real) haha!

Maureen said...

Oh my - I have the same OCD as you but with the iron! Thankfully they invented auto shut off irons and now I don't have to worry about it.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a wonderful vintage keepsake! Love the diamond pattern. Happy VTT
*hugs*deb

Manang Kim said...

Wow that must be old, older than me because I haven't seen that kind of toaster. I think it is still in good shape too. It's a keeper! Happy Thursday!

VTT~Old Juicer

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Cool little toaster! Thanks for your visit today. Have a good day..Julian

heartfelt living said...

What a fun post! I do remember my grandmother having one of these but her's had a wire cage look. Your's is just beautiful with the quilted pattern. Thanks for the memory!

Tara Beaulieu said...

What a sweet little toaster, I've never seen one like it before! Thanks for sharing and happy VTT!

Postcardy said...

That's a really cool toaster.

CC said...

Love the toaster and the pattern..and I triple love that handbag. It's simply gorgeous.
Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

Coloradolady said...

I have not seen a toaster like this one, I love the design on the side, and it is really interesting how it works. Have a great VTT!

Sarah said...

What a fun looking toaster! I like the waffle pattern on the metal. This is definitely a keeper!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow, I love this toaster! Great vintage piece.

Jocelyn
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Elizabeth said...

I have one of this type, but not nearly so beautiful. How wonderful that your mom was able to still find one in 1984!! We are a bread size variety family also and don't have toasters, just toaster ovens.

Patrice said...

GOD..... remeber having one like that when we used to go camping with my family. my POP-TARTs tasted so good in that thing!

~~Carol~~ said...

I don't think I've ever used the word beautiful to describe a toaster before, but that toaster is beautiful! It's pretty enough to display in amongst your Pyrex!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Becky said...

Cool story and toaster!

(I completely understand the "not soon enough" moving outta Mom's house!!!)

Thanks for stopping by to walk down memory lane with my Daddy!

Miri said...

This toaster is wonderful! I had one of these in a rented apartment back in the 70s. I had no idea they were still making them.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Thats beautiful! I've seen older toasters at sales but they are always are a mess - this one is just lovely!

Thrifted Treasure said...

I've never seen that sort of toaster before, it looks very retro cool!!! I still have OCD with cookers and stuff, I stare at the dials on our gas cooker for minutes every night making sure they're off, drives my husband (and me) mad!