Rare gas-fired toaster wins “Best in Show” at the Annual Toaster Collectors Association convention

The Toaster Collectors Association awarded its “Best-In-Show” Award to a Tobias Rangette gas toaster. The toaster, shown at right, is owned by collector Ken Huggins of Columbia, S.C.

Very little is known about this toaster. John Mark Tobias of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania patented the burner elements for this appliance on April 14, 1914. The 4-slice toaster is made of nickel-plated cast iron and has a flat top for use as a hot plate. The style of the toaster is known as “percher” where the bread simply rests on a rack or basket and must be turned manually.

On October 9-11, 2008, toaster collectors from all over the United States came to Diamond. Mo., to buy, sell trade, and talk about toasters. The convention was held in conjunction with the grand opening of our host-collector Richard Larrison’s appliance museum, which he bills as the worlds largest collection of vintage kitchen appliances.

The next convention, in October 2009, and will be held in Springfield, Ohio.

The development of the toaster encompasses a fascinating history of design and creative innovation. From the earliest wire rack to today’s most sophisticated toast-making machine, the toaster reigns supreme as our most faithful kitchen servant.

The Toaster Collectors Association was organized in 1999. It is a membership association of people who collect, research, conserve and restore electric and non-electric toast-making devices. They welcome new members who share in the group’s interests. The association publishes newsletter several times a year; each issue contains feature articles about toasters and toaster-collecting, photographs of recent collector acquisitions and news about collector activities. For their annual convention, the association meets at locations around the country to get together to buy, sell, and trade toasters and other appliances. Collections are displayed, demonstrations are held, informative seminars are presented and lively discussions take place.

For more information, visit www.toastercollectors.org.

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