Below is a random sample of photos
from the collection. As of this date there are over fifty toasters in the
collection. Twenty three are in their original boxes, many with original
hang-tags, warranty registration cards, and instruction booklets. Two
are still sealed in their boxes.
very unusual piece is an electrically operated advertising
display probably from the 1950's. Unfortunately it was severely
damaged in shipping and was not salvageable. (It looks better in
this photo than it was in reality.)
The toast alternates going up
and down in the toaster, and a light bulb above and behind the
window glows a warm red and illuminates the clear plastic banner
directly above the toaster which carries the "Automatic
Beyond Belief" slogan. The banner at the top of this page
was scanned from this display.
The previous owner wrote: My
father was only 54 when he passed away and I might add, a very
unusual person. He collected many odd things that to me as a
child seemed weird. He enjoyed collecting and I have part of his
estate now. That piece has not been touched in a long time, he
had that since [about 1981].
I've since found and purchased a more
complete version of this display that is in much better shape.
this box is a new, unused T-20 A. It is extremely rare to find a
1950's era toaster in its original box. The toaster's cord is still
coiled and is tagged with the original instruction card for
using the toaster.
Since purchasing this "rare"
unused T-20 A in its original box, I've found and purchased two more.
T-35 was manufactured in the mid- to late 1950's. The inscribed
lines from the T-20 are gone, and a gold Sunbeam logo appears in
the lower-right corner of the front of the toaster. The darkness
control is under the handle on the left, in the same position as
it was on the T-20.
This particular toaster was an
early acquisition and is slightly damaged. The damage isn't
visible in this photo. The bakelite is chipped on the corner
below and to the right of the logo.
VT-40 followed the T-35 in the 1960's. This is a VT-40-1 model
that came to the collection new, unused, and in its original box
with the cord tag and warranty registration card.
The Sunbeam logo is gone and is
replaced with a large "Sunbeam Vista" name plate. The
darkness control is a sliding lever under the name plate. The
handles are no longer bakelite, but are black plastic.
I'm not fond of the big nameplate on
the front of the T-40 and VT-40 models but this particular unit is in
great shape and is an outstanding example of this member of the T-20
Sunbeam Canada manufactured a line derived
from the T-20 known as the T-48. This T-48
is relatively recent, resembling the AT-W units distributed in
the United States. This particular unit is new and unused. The
box is complete with the Styrofoam end pieces.
The French "Le
Classique" on the end panel says it all.
A new, unused T-48
though not the one from the box above.
T-48 control detail
international theme, this TA-J model is from Australia. This toaster was
extremely popular, so much so that after Sunbeam discontinued the line
it was revived as the Toastamatic 2 (TA4100, below) in 2001, but was
subsequently discontinued in 2002. The mustard yellow end panels are a
little lighter than they appear in this picture and are unique to the
Australian version, reflecting local tastes.
The Australian Toastamatic
2. We recently located and acquired a non-working Toastamatic 2 that was
in pretty rough shape (it also has one foot broken). This picture was
discovered on an abandoned page on the Sunbeam.au Web site and we
captured it before it got deleted. Click
here to read the instruction manual which was also discovered hiding
on the Sunbeam site (requires the Adobe Acrobat reader). We are very
interested in obtaining a new or nearly new TA4100. Contact us at info@automaticbeyondbelief
if you have one to sell.
TA-J nameplate. Note
230-250 volts, which is standard household current in Australia. We
don't plan to plug this one in here in the US, though our experts tell
us we probably could (plugging it into a 240V outlet, of course). Since
the internal circuits are just resistive, the 60Hz US frequency
shouldn't hurt a 50Hz appliance.
This unusual toaster is a
combination of a couple Sunbeam products. Sunbeam produced a 2-slice and
4-slice "Touch-n-Toast" toaster which had a button in the
center of the darkness control dial. You'd push the button to lower the
toast. The AT-F model pictured here borrows the automatic
lowering/raising mechanism from the T-20 line to make the Touch-n-Toast
fully automatic. This is a very large toaster since the slices are
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