August 16 2010
So over the weekend I was walking around town with a friend of mine and we stopped to check out a stoop sale. Lots of weird vintage-y stuff was on the curb. Tea pots with wind-up musicboxes built in. Strange old booklets and pamphlets. Creepy crate of old wonk eye dolls. Sunday hats. Vinyl records. Fur things. Old film cans (no there was no new Zapruder film). Old radios. Old magazines. All coolio– (although I was a little creeped out because it seemed like all the stuff belonged to one old lady– so was a ghosty mist hovering around it all.)
Anyway, there was a small toaster that looked coolio. And one thing I’ve been thinking for a while is I should get a smaller toaster. I don’t have alot of counter space and I have a hunking big toaster that’s a pain to take out and put away every time I want to make toast etc. This was the perfect size.
I asked the woman if it worked and she said it did. Said it was from the 1930’s. She was asking $40 but I bargained her down to $30 and I bought it. Check it out…
Cool looking, right?
Right! I think it’s cool!
I took it home and plugged it in and it totally worked! The thing heats up literally in like 2 seconds. Faster than anything I’ve ever seen heat up ever. Within five seconds the temperature in the room was going up fast. I seriously think it could function as a space heater.
The problem is my Mom burned into my brain that any household appliance can (and will) friggin burn the house down if left plugged in. (I can understand the paranoia. If I grew up around stuff like this I’d be fire paranoid too. Especially if the fire department was all keystoney and stuff.)
But then again, if this thing was really that much of a fire hazard– it hasn’t caused one in 80 years, right? I mean if it had caught fire– I assume it would have been charred up or at least thrown away. So that’s a pretty good safety track record.
Underneath it says it’s an Electrahot brand toaster from Mansfield Ohio. I guess somewhere in Mansfield back in the day they used to make toasters that could last for 80 friggin years. I youtubed up Mansfield to see what it looked like today and here’s what came up (turn down the volume):
Bummed me out to see.
Anyway, I haven’t made toast in this thing yet because I don’t have any bread here but I’ll let you know how it goes. I think it’ll make toast inside of a minute! Maybe 45 seconds! Take that space-age microwave!
Umm… I just won’t leave the room. And I’ll unplug it when it’s done. And yes, I do have a fire extinguisher.
PS. Here’s a vintage toaster blog with other Electrahots…