WCSA - On This Day - May 29, 2022 - First Pop-Up Toaster Patented in 1919 by Charles Strite


(Worldkings.org) On this day in history, May 29, 1919, Minnesota inventor Charles Strite filed a patent for the first pop-up toaster. He received his patent #1,394,450 on October 18, 1921.

A toaster, or a toast maker, is an electric small appliance designed to toast sliced bread by exposing it to radiant heat, thus converting it into toast. Toasters can toast multiple types of sliced bread products. Invented in Scotland in 1893, it was developed over the years, with the introduction of an automatic mechanism to stop the toasting and pop the slices up.





The most common household toasting appliances are the pop-up toaster and the toaster oven. Bread slices are inserted into slots in the top of a pop-up toaster, which make toast from bread in one to three minutes by using electric heating elements. Toasters have a control to adjust how much the appliance toasts the bread. Toaster ovens have a hinged door in the front that opens to allow food items to be placed on a rack, which has heat elements above and below the grilling area. Toaster ovens function the same as a small-scale conventional oven. Toaster ovens typically have settings to toast bread and a temperature control for use of the appliance as an oven.



Strite worked in a manufacturing plant in Stillwater, Minnesota during World War I, where he became irritated with burned toast that was served in the cafeteria. To solve his dilemma, Strite invented a pop-up toaster with a variable timer. In 1921, Waters Genter Company was formed to manufacture Strite's toaster for use in the restaurant market.


In 1926, the company started to market the first household toaster using a redesigned version of Strite’s toaster. The new version could simultaneously brown bread on both sides, set the heating element on a timer, and eject the toast when done.


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