1950s TOASTMASTER WOODEN RESTAURANT SERVING TRAY
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With food tray in hand Nurse Bendmor pulled open the curtain to find Mr. Tomkins slouched over and unresponsive. Still holding the tray in hand, she leaned over and turned her ear next to his mouth to see if she could hear breathing.
"BOO!" Mr. Tomkins yelled out as he opened his eyes wide.
The startled nurse threw the tray with Mr. Tomkin's lunch into the air and stepped backward, raising her hands to her chest. She let out a scream that could be heard throughout the halls of the Happy Dale Nursing Home. Seconds later Nurse Craigmont rushed into the room to find Nurse Bendmor sitting on the floor, leaning against the wall, white as a sheet.
“Oh Mr. Tomkins, you didn't play your dead trick on Nurse Bendmor did you?"
The silver-haired man with twinkling blue eyes nodded his head in acknowledgement, a broad toothless smile spread across his face. Nurse Craigmont shook her head in disapproval as she leaned over to help Nurse Bendmor up. "Oh I forgot to tell you, Mr. Tomkins is a bit of a practical joker," she said as she helped pick up the mess on the floor, all the while scolding the old man who was now giggling uncontrollably.
Here's a nice circa 1950s wooden "Hospitality Tray" made by McGraw Electric Company's Toastmaster division. This large restaurant style serving tray is made of "Tego Bonded Plywood." It is stamped and formed with raised handles/sides and measures 26" X 15.75" X .5" deep. The tray features indented grip lines on the handles. We have refinished the top of this tray and retained the original finish on the bottom side. We also added a top coat of satin polyurethane for extra protection. This tray is great for entertaining, for use as a lap tray or breakfast in bed.
Overall this trays is in very good vintage condition with no cracks or breaks although we did notice a slight bow to it--not anything that will effect use. As mentioned above the top has been refinished while the bottom side maintains its original finish with is slightly distressed (worn varnish, scratches, scuffs) from years of use. The original manufacturer mark on the bottom is in good shape.
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