Friday, January 31, 2014

Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster, ca 1950's

Sunbeam toaster inside its cozy.
A toaster might seem like an odd thing to write about on a family blog but it's still here and it still works!  Maybe the toaster was a wedding gift to Ria and Nathan Moran back in 1954 or maybe not.  The photograph of Ria in her kitchen was taken when they were newly married and still living in Germany.   I've pointed out very prominently the Sunbeam Toaster.  :) 

You may have noticed that Ria is holding a book.  If I were a betting woman I'd say it's a cookbook.  Ria wasn't a natural cook and most likely if it didn't come out of a recipe book or a magazine then it wasn't going to be on the menu in her house!  I'll never forget her standing in the kitchen at Thanksgiving with a recipe book in hand, her reading glasses on and several ingredients, bowls, and utensils waiting to become dinner.    

When I first met Kent he talked about his mother's famous "secret" chocolate cake recipe.  I once asked her for the recipe but she wouldn't give it to me.  Later, through trial and error, I found that she used the recipe off the box of Hershey's cocoa!  :)

Anyway, back to the toaster.   It's still in use at our home and is the only toaster we own. 

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