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Early Electric Toaster Made by Premier.

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  • this model of toaster was very expensive and only restaurants used them. the modern toaster didn't exist until at least 1970s.
    .......... nguyen dang quang, vietnam , 23rd of June 2015

  • I still use one of these regularly - I mean pretty well every day.

    I've recently had to replace the little springs that hold the doors shut - metal fatigue after fifty years I'd guess, and with some regrets I put a modern cable on it rather than the old and frayed silk-covered flex.

    But I am amazed by the durability of the heater elements, particularly as the toaster does get knocked about a bit.

    And it still makes really good toast!

    .......... Den, Peckham, London SE15, 8th of June 2014

  • This was my parent's first electric toaster and it gave me my first electric shock at age 7. I don't think it was earthed and possibly plugged in using a two prong plug. We replaced it after that with a Morphy Richards automatic toaster.
    .......... Zenglander, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK, 8th of May 2014

  • I have my Nana's so it's over 65 years old, and it still works wonderfully well - although it's not as shiny as the one illustrated, which has inspired me to clean it up! She used to perch her coffee cup on top of it (probably extremely dangerous and not recommended!), and I remember her telling me that she had re-wired it herself - which is a rather scary thought. I never leave it unattended.
    .......... Samantha Covington, London, 12th of March 2014

  • Many of this era had little wheels, presumably for mobility across the dining area. This localisation of the toaster, enabling the freshest of toast, has been lost!
    .......... Roger Baker, Macclesfield, 22nd of August 2013

  • My Grandmother had one of these. I think it was made by Vidor the battery people. It had no on/off switch as you just plugged it into the socket on the wall and switched on. Leaving a slice in for more than 60 seconds or so - the toast would catch fire!
    I found one this week on ebay and bought it. Perfect working order and very smart chrome. It's wonderful and sits on my Nostalgia shelf among other items that go back to the post war years of the 1940s and 1950s.
    Wonderful stuff.
    .......... Jeremy Prior, Torquay in the county of Devon in the United Kingdom., 17th of August 2013

  • I have one of these which I still use though has modern cable now. Once left on by mistake for 2 days
    I think is much better than new ones as long as you watch properly toasts more evenly
    .......... mark miller, prestwood bucks, 12th of January 2013

  • My parents had one when I was very young, but preferred to use the electric grille.
    I must see if my 88 year old mother still has it in the loft.
    .......... David Mills, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales, UK, 28th of November 2009

  • I remember using this at my grandmas house in Glasgow, she must have had it forever, I was a child using this in the 70's , I remember we had to turn the bread over to toast the other side. It had a funny 2 prong plug on it, not like you see nowadays. Oh the memories, plain bread with damson jam and good irish butter!!!!!!
    .......... Caroline Alberter, Hephzibah Georgia USA, 10th of August 2009

  • This took me back to when I was little and used to have toast at my Grandmas house. My sisters and I were all fascinated by this object and loved for her to bring it out. There was great excitement as it came time to turn the toast without letting it burn. We were never officially allowed to touch it, but then again what the eye don't see!
    I want to go back.
    .......... Suzanne Cowling, Falkirk, Scotland, 10th of August 2009

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