For this week’s What’s New Wednesday feature, we have this cool two-piece electric toaster. Donated to us in 1989, it has a silver metal body with two doors that open downward. Inside the doors are the heating coils marked “Royal Rochester 110-120 Volts 465 Watts.” The toaster also has a cloth covered black electrical cord.

Toasting bread has been around for thousands of years. People have been toasting bread since the time of the Romans. But the first electric toaster was not patented until July, 1909 when Frank Shailor of General Electric submitted his patent application for the D-12, considered the first commercially successful electric toaster.

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Here is a look of the toaster with the side-door down.