Photos: Sondra’s Electric Toas-Tite

After sharing with us some of her family history with Bar-B-Buns and the Toas-Tite, we are so lucky to be able to post some photos of Sondra’s own electric unit and even more of her story.

From Sondra:

My brother reminded me today that our Dad was the last person left on the line assembly at Bar-B-Buns in 1952. He was told to assemble units until the parts ran out – after that no more were produced. As we sort through our parents things we are hoping to run across the extra parts he kept for years.

From Girl:

That’s so wild that your dad was the last one to assemble the remaining units.  Do you have any idea why they stopped producing Toas-Tites?  Perhaps not enough demand or maybe Bar-B-Buns shut its doors completely?

From Sondra:

They did stop producing the electric models in 1952. I am uncertain as to why, because the electric and the hand-held models were such a hit back then. I think Bar-B-Buns remained in business a few more years. But my Dad had taken classes in electronics (of the day) and moved on to working for Coca-Cola doing service and ended up doing vending design.That was back when the bottling plants were franchised and a local family the Mashburns owned Cincinnati Coca-Cola. But that is another whole story of nearly 40 years. So I’ll leave the story there.

My Dad would be so astonished, happy and proud to know someone has an interest in Toas-tites these days. Internet was still in its beginnings when he passed away. He would be absolutely amazed by all the cell phones, laptops, wireless, ipods etc. And he’d have to own 1 of everything!

We heart Toas-Tites and we super heart Sondra for making Toas-Tite history truly come alive for us.


Categories: General Toas-Titeness


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4 Comments on “Photos: Sondra’s Electric Toas-Tite”

  1. Thomas schwab
    December 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Photos thank you, my interest is to make one like the original . I have time and the machine back ground. Wood like to talk to sondra if she wants to.

    Thanks again
    Tom Schwab

    • Boy
      December 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      That’s amazing! What a feat that we would love to hear about. I hope when you start this process and progress through it, you will share with us your photos and experience.


      • Rosemary Czarnecki
        December 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

        I think that it is wonderful that Sondra has such a closeness with ToasTite! Our family had one in the ’50’s, and my sister and I have one now. It would be great if Tom could come up wit a ‘new’ electric ToasTite! Thanks for the info.

  2. JoAnn Brady
    December 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    I am glad to see the photos. I have the exactly toas-tite. I remember it all my life and the wonderful snacks. lunches and surprises my mom always made.

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