1940s Toastswell Starlite Toaster - Chrome & Bakelite with Nice Details


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(full item description/condition info can be found below story)

December 1944, the Ardennes forest of Belgium- US Army Corporal Joel Sheebler was crouched in his bitter cold foxhole while German artillery ordinance rained down shrapnel from above. The shelling finally stopped but soon a silent, frozen mist set in and chilled him to his very core. Only the warm thoughts of home and hearth kept him going through those dark days. He would spend hours daydreaming about warm toast, fresh out of the toaster, smothered with homemade strawberry jam.

1946, Joel had made it through what would become known as "The Battle of the Bulge", and through the rest of the war, now he was being discharged from the army. His first order of business was to go down to Sears & Roebuck and buy himself a brand new Toastswell Starlite toaster. He would go on to purchase dozens more toasters over the next few years and in 1951 opened his 'dream' business -- "Sheebler's Toast Bar" in his home town of Hackensack, New Jersey. Well needless to say, the toast bar idea didn't catch on but Joel never again experienced a shortage of good toast.

Here's a stylish circa 1940s Model 885 Starlite toaster made by The Toastswell Co. of St Louis, MO. This relatively rare auto pop-up toaster features wonderful, curvy lines, shiny chrome and Bakelite levers and feet. It also has a shooting star etched on both sides. It measures 12" X 7" tall X 6.5" wide. The two toast slots measure 5.25" X 1" thick. There is a toast darkness adjustment lever on the end of one of the push-down lever.

This toaster is in very good vintage condition and looks like it has been well cared for over the years. The chrome is nice and shiny but does have a few light scratches and one small ding on the top panel. The Bakelite is crack and chip free. The interior mechanics are clean with no rust. We tested it out and it works well. The cord is in good shape and the plug has been replaced.

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