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.
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.
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?
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.