Toas-Tite History

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For more on the history and the invention of the Toas-Tite, see Toas-Tite 60th Anniversary: A Bit Of History

32 Comments on “Toas-Tite History”

  1. Larry Morris
    June 1, 2009 at 7:37 am #

    I enjoyed finding your site. Toas-Tites have been a required camping tool in my family for at least 55 years. I grew up enjoying them and I have experimented with several recipes which I would be happy to share if you want them. I recall finding an article about them a few years ago saying the patent was taken over by Smuckers Corp. and they were never made again. Unfortunately I have not been able to find that information again but I keep trying and I will forward it to you if I come across it. I have bought many through ebay, one has never been used, in the original box with the original literature.
    Larry

    • Scott Hodges
      January 27, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      I grew up in the late 40s and early 50s and many was the day I’d take a toste-tite PB&J to school for lunch. These were on white bread that wasn’t toasted. The edges were kept together because the toaster had such great pressure between the slices. My wife and I found several at flea markets in Florida, and junque stores in Seattle. And We still use them. However, they’re becoming scarce as hen’s teeth and frog lips. Too bad Smuckers won’t bring them back.

  2. charlespaolino
    July 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    Mom bought a Toas-Tite around 1950, and I’ve been using it ever since — used it today, in fact. We recently introduced Toas-Tites to another generation — our 10-year-old granddaughter — and she, of course, is hooked. Thanks for making all this information available.

  3. Sharon Lucchesi
    December 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    We have an electric toas tite, it looks very industrial and has a thermostat…can’t find info on it anywhere.

    • Linda
      February 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      This looks interesting. I remember eating sandwiches on something like this when I was a kid. Would you be interested in selling your Toas-Tite.

      Thank you
      Linda

      • Boy
        March 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

        Hi Linda,

        We are in the process of building our collection up and we can direct you to ebay to find a reasonably priced Toas-Tite! If you check here you can see what we recommend when it comes to the do’s and don’ts of buying a Toas-Tite. Good luck, and make sure to not over pay, some people try to sell a Toas-tite for up to $100.

    • jebba
      March 16, 2012 at 1:36 am #

      would you like to sell it ? my aunt has one but says it won’t work. I would love to get her a ‘new’ one🙂

      Thanks,

      Jebba

  4. Rosemary Czarnecki
    July 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi Charles S., Our mom bought one in 1950, also. We lived in San Antonio. We three girls loved making a toas-tite sandwich with apple sauce, apples, canned peaches, and all kinds of meat cutlets. It’s a shame that we didn’t have three toas=tites, eliminating a lot of ‘me first!’

  5. charlespaolino
    July 25, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Rosemary, I hope one of you still has that Toas-Tite and is putting it to good use!

  6. Rosemary Czarnecki
    July 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    You betcha, Charles. I only wish that I still had a gas stove, which makes a better toat-tite, I think.
    thanks for asking.

  7. Cheryl Herrman
    August 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Hi…Is there anyplace other than e-bay to purchase an electric machine?

    • Girl
      August 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      Hi Cheryl! That’s a great question. If you’re looking for a unit to make sealed sandwiches just by plugging in the machine and pushing a button, there are a few options we’ve found although they aren’t the Toas-Tite brand. You can check them out on Amazon here:

      1. Maxi-Matic Sandwich Maker
      2. Toastmaster Sandwich Maker
      3. Proctor Silex Sandwich Maker

      We haven’t actually tried any of those but they might be worth looking into. Let us know what you think if you purchase one of them!

  8. Sharon Lucchesi
    August 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    We have an electric Toas-tite from many many many years ago

    • November 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      Hello Sharon

      Would you be interested in selling your electric toas-tite.

      Scott

  9. Helen Harris
    August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    We’re curious about the date of our old Toas-Tite. Can anyone tell me the date it was made by using the pat. no. 2463439? It has a black handle which seems unusual when I look at photos of others with natural wood.

    I know we used it when I was a kid and I’m now 77.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Girl
      October 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      Hi Helen – thanks for commenting. Apologies for the late reply – somehow the summer got away from us. Most likely your Toas-Tite was manufactured in the 1940s or early 50s. We haven’t been able to track down information on when they stopped being manufactured but we do know the patent was issued in 1949.

  10. Rosemary Czarnecki
    October 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Helen Harris, my Toas-Tite has black handles and th #2463439 also. I bought it on e-bay for $28.00, a few years ago. I don’t know the # of our original one in 1950, but it had black handles also. I don’t know what happened to it, and have often wondered about it. Enjoy!

  11. Sharon Lucchesi
    November 22, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    It is sort of a family heirloom, I have never seen another one quite like it. If we decide to sell it we can let you know!

  12. Ron Feigenbaum
    November 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi Sharon,
    Any chance seeing a photo of your electric Toas-Tite grill? I have never come across one with the Toas-Tite logo.

    Thanks
    Ron

  13. Sharon Lucchesi
    November 23, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I look for a photo, or take one when we pull her out for the holidays. Ver heavy, very industrial.

  14. Naomi
    December 20, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    My mom-in-law just gave us one she found at a thrift store. I had to look it up to see if it was for cooking or just mashing something together. Love the info here. Can’t wait to use it. Ours says “PAT PENDING” instead of a pat. no. Does this make it older?

    Well, time for grilled cheese sandwiches!

    • Girl
      December 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      That’s awesome, Naomi! Glad we could help. Yep, if you have a Patent Pending one, it’s older than the ones with the patent numbers. Looking forward to hearing what you think about the grilled cheese!

  15. S Davidson
    November 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    We have one! And our Dad worked at Bar-B-Buns here in Cincinnati, Ohio in the late 1940’s & early 1950’s. He was one of the very few people who put them together and wired them.
    Bar-B-Buns was one of his first jobs, he was about 20 years old when he started working there.

    The Toas-tite is one of favorite memories of growing up and Dad had several recipes he used, including making hot fruit pies, which he covered with powered sugar.

    Its still in good shape and still works!

    Yes, you’d be correct that this heavy duty electic model was produced for restaurants. My Dad use to tell a story about having installed several in Harlan D. Sanders – THE Colonel Sanders original restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky. Dad knew the Colonel and told us a few stories about him and doing the installation and repair on his other restaurant equipment. Of course this is before the Colonel began selling franchises for his chicken recipe!!

    Its was a surprise to find your web site and amazing to see the photos of the 2 electric ones -and the patent. We also have an original hand held model from 1949!

    • Boy
      November 27, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      WOW!!! This such an amazing piece of history! We we’re blown away to hear that your dad use to work at the factory. We’re so glad to finally know that these electric one’s were used in restaurants, and the fact that they were used in the original Colonel Sanders restaurants is incredible. It’s amazing to know that toas-tites were so prevalent at one point in time, and it’s quite heart warming to hear real stories from their heyday. Our entire family will be hearing about this piece of toas-tite history this Thanksgiving. Thank you for this incredible information and we hope you keep the toas-tite tradition alive!

  16. Shiz
    September 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    It was nice to find this website. I i’ve come across a couple toas-tites at tag sales and auctions. I re-sold one but decided to keep one and now I’m looking forward to using it on my camping trips!

    • Boy
      November 21, 2013 at 7:35 am #

      That’s great! We love hearing people who are enjoying the world of toas-tites.

  17. SB
    November 29, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I still have our family’s original Toas-Tite made in the 40’s and passed down from my grandmother. For some reason, everyone always referred to it as “The Clampy Sandwich Thing” and we use it each Thanksgiving to make turkey dinner “clampies” with all the leftovers (turkey, dressing, gravy & a little cranberry sauce inside). In fact, most of the family (me included) would rather skip the dinner and get right to the sandwiches! I was wondering on this day after Thanksgiving if anyone else had one of these previous little gadgets, and discovered your website. I’m in heaven, and can’t wait to try other recipes using our dear old thingamabob! Thanks everso!

    • Boy
      December 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      We want to come to your next Thanksgiving! Not too many families have a toas-tite addition to their evening, and we think it’s so great! Have fun with the recipes your find, and we hope you have a great clampy sandwich season!

  18. Ian Baker
    March 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Here in down-under Australia, these devices were known as Jaffle Irons – Identical design and construction, and used for exactly the same thing!

    They are still around in garage sales and junk shops in varying conditions.

    This is a great find (the new retro models) and I will be adding one to my camping gear alongside my original Jaffle Iron..

    IanB (Phillip Island, Australia)

  19. July 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    As a kid, my three brothers, one sister, and I made many of our own “circle breads” using our mom’s Toas-Tite. I just got married, and when I saw Bed Bath and Beyond sold these, it was the one item I, the groom, was excited to put on our gift registry.
    When one came as a gift, I was sure one of my siblings had gotten it for us, since there has been some discussion of who will eventually inherit moms.
    Actually, it was a co-worker of my wife who gave us this fabulous gift: the first of the kitchen gifts to actually get used. Thanks, Lisa N!
    The replica works just fine, but I had never seen one in silver color. Ours was always as black as cast iron. Are the originals also aliminum?

    • Girl
      July 7, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

      How fun and congrats on your nuptials! That’s good the replica is working well for you. The originals were indeed aluminum. We have a few originals that are blackened from use but some are silver too. The grade of aluminum is slightly different from the originals (or at least that’s how it was when the replicas first started production).

  20. Cookie
    November 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Hi… As we speak, I still am using the electric one that I grew up with. always available for me to make a PB&J…but the Turkey fixings sounds fantastic. Mom got it when we lived in San Francisco from a restaurant equip salesperson. A few years back an electrician I work with restored the wiring and was amazed that the light still works🙂 So happy to find this site… Aloha… and yes, I did pack it with me when I moved to Hawaii 40yrs ago… LOL

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