• eric

    Nice toaster! Love the look, but I’m not a fan of single purpose equipment given a chance.

    A nice little toaster oven would replace your toaster and allow you to make small cakes (9″x9″ pan), heat up all sorts of things (chicken fingers for the kids) and even make toast.

    Either way, nice to know this beauty didn’t end up in some landfill.

    • Doug

      You feed your kids chicken fingers, maybe that’s part of the problem.

  • http://dvortygirl.blogspot.com/ Dvortygirl

    I think the corollary here is that products need to be designed to be able to be repaired and maintained, and to be worth repairing, and people need to think in terms of repairing objects before dumping them.

    If that second-to-last toaster were worth repairing, you could probably have repaired it. Most toasters have a simple bimetallic strip that acts as a thermostat. When it gets to a certain temperature, the strip bends and makes electrical contact with the thing that lets your toast pop up. A repair would be either a matter of replacing a damaged part of that mechanism or popping it back into place.

    For all that to happen, the lid needs to come off without voiding the warranty or destroying the appliance, and replacement parts need to be available.

    When is the last time you cleaned your refrigerator coils or checked your vacuum cleaner bag, roller, and belt? Even if those appliances weren’t built to last 50 years, a bit of simple maintenance will help them last as long as they can and operate at their best efficiency.

  • http://arcticcirclecartoons.com/blog alex hallatt

    I bought a toaster that was at least 50 years old in a second hand shop. It’s a Morphy Richards, made in England, heavyweight beauty. Single function, but it does it well and probably using less electricity than a toaster oven.

    The element burned out a couple of years ago. It cost me $25 to fix – more than a new toaster, but less than this toaster originally cost in real terms, no doubt.

    Well worth it.

  • http://Website(optional) -dan z-

    “it has everything I need….” Thanks for using proper English rather than the usual “it’s got….”

  • Uncle B

    Many lifetimes ago, I attempted employment at an appliance repairman! We all prospered for a short while than the onslought of chep Japanese products made it cheaper for ourt clients to buy “New” over the cost of a repair! Parts for the impoerts impossible to find, we gave up to go work for “The Man” and forgot independence and its freedoms! The corporatists wone by default, the trade schools stopped teaching “Appliance Repair” and we all got shafted except the scrap metal man for a while then things got so flimsy and plastic, he too suffered and failed! We are gone, historical figures with the egg man, the bread man, the milkman, the iceman, the mailman, then local tailor, the TV and radio repairman, – all gone to the footnotes of the history booke, once considered good jobs! Even telephone operators and secretaries have suffered, as well a local buthcers, gas staition mechanics, and the like! It is a disposable world mow with all profits gone to the corporatists and the old time guilds-man,tradesman the tinkers and tailors bakers and carpenters all died out! Even the Union worker is suffering diminishing ranks as Americas Middle Class is decimated by things modern!

    • http://greenupgrader.com Matt Embrey

      Well said Uncle B. Tehcnology will keep forging on but I’m still optimistic that we’ll be able to shift to an “Heirloom culture” and an investment based economy. We kind of have to. Even if we stop global warming, we are going to run out of natural resources and be drowning in trash if we don’t change our consumption habits.

  • Anonymus

    Using things for a long time and sustainability in general are incompatible with our full blooming corpocracy of today.

    Durability is the enemy of demand.

    watch the free documentary “the century of the self”

  • tiley

    Old toasters and quality manufacturing can teach us a lot about sustainable design.

  • Don

    I think the old toasters have a higher wattage heating element than today’s china toasters which I understand produces the correct conditions to make better toast. My old made in USA Kmart toaster bets bright red while the China brand is less hot.

  • Christopher Pepin

    All that there really was to learn from that is you don’t pay attention to the reality of current devices. A current toaster will certainly last you 44 years. I just recently took apart my sisters when she moved. It was easy to take apart and clean. This wasn’t a fancy toaster either but one of those cheap disposable ones you claim are junk.

    The reason people buy new products isn’t because they can’t be repaired but because the owners don’t want to spend time and money repairing them. It is not like repairing things have become more expensive, it was always expensive to repair a complicated item there just wasn’t another option in most cases.

  • nubwaxer

    my parents were part of the icebox generation and that’s what my mother always called our refrigerator. i am part of the toaster generation that made mechanical gadgets that used electricity and were made to last. now we live in the digital age and where everything is disposable (think cellphones, oops, i mean smartphones), everything is made cheap, and everything is electronic which means they have some kind of chip inside that makes them almost too smart to ever use all the functions.