Yesteryear’s Memories: Built Like a Tank

March 31, 2021

In 1947, the war was over and times were already starting to boom. Household appliances were being made in perhaps the very same factories that produced the everyday items of war — from bullets to bombs to typewriters.

This Toastmaster with its cloth covered cord was made in 1947 by the McGraw Electric Company. As was usual with those 1940’s appliances, it would faithfully make toast exactly like you wanted with dependable accuracy for maybe 50 years or more. It even made the transition to split bagels and the innovative breakfast creation of toaster pastry in the 60s. Still working. Still popping up at the correct moment. Surviving knocks from the counter to the floor. But all good things gotta come to an end.

When this gem finally bit the dust after a half century of service, it was replaced with something less — much less. Plastic. Thin aluminum. Junk, in my estimation. And now every 2 or 3 or 4 years, it has to be replaced again. And again. It’s true, they really don’t make ‘em like they used to. Makes me wonder how tanks are made now. Scary thought.

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