Toast Rack

A metal wire toaster sitting on a green counter. In front is a floral plate with a slice of toast.
Toaster in the Eldon House Kitchen

Country of Origin: Unknown, likely the United States of America
Year: ca. 1930s
Materials: Chrome, electronics, and fabric  

These kitchen pieces have existed since the 1770s to hold toast and prevent warm pieces from pressing against each other and becoming soggy. This metal piece is a simple design, though some could be quite elaborate. This electronic toaster has a metal coil in its central register, that conducts heat that spreads to the bread propped tent-like on the outer cage.  Toasters evolved to eventually “flip” the bread so both sides could be toasted evenly, then further improved to incorporate slots that cold be raised and lowered into a sealed body.