Belonging to the Trethewey family of Yennadon, this Swing Toaster c. 1920 was manufactured during a time of innovation and design. Over the years competing companies came up with many designs for toasters to appeal to the consuming public. Some toasters had spring-loaded doors to hold the bread tightly – “Pinchers”; some had baskets to hold the bread slices that could be swung around – “Swingers”; others had doors that opened – “Floppers”; tipped out – “Tippers”; or dropped the toast out.
The design that eventually won out and became the most common was the “Pop-up.” The first automatic pop-up toaster sold for home use was made in 1926 – the Toastmaster 1-A-1, but it was an expensive luxury for most people and manual toasters continued to be manufactured and sold in the U.S. well into the 1950s.
If you are a fan of toast and toasters, check out the Toaster Museum at www.toastermuseum.com