| 7/6/2016 11:24:42 AM

Tags: antique toaster, antiques, collecting, collections, Missouri, Mel Boone,

Mel BooneI am amazed how things have changed over the years. Have you ever thought about that? Starting out in kindergarten, my generation never had tablets, laptops, Ipods or Android devices. I never even heard of the internet. I never used a desktop computer until I was in high school and  that was few and far between. Now, I have an Ipod that I use for Flickr and Instagram, and use a computer daily for the past six years to check email.

How about your toaster? My first job after graduating high school was at a factory that made toasters. I worked there for a little over five years before the plant closed and sent the jobs and equipment to China. The toasters that I helped assemble look nothing like the ones from the "good old days"!

I remember one that my step dad used to use. You put it on top of a gas burner. Then you had to turn the bread by hand to toast it on the other side, being careful to not burn your fingers. His newest toaster is a Westinghouse model made in 1914. Yes, believe it or not, it still has the original electric cord. It still works! I can't believe that he paid three dollars for something that old and it still works. I wonder how many of the ones that I made on the assembly line will still be working a century from now.

Does anyone still use a landline? That's another big change for me. As a kid, I never really knew about cell phones, even though they did exist. They were bigger and bulkier, so not everyone had them. I'm old enough to remember the home phone being a rotary phone. I really thought that it was a big deal to get a home phone with push buttons. In a way, I'm still behind the times in the sense that even though I haven't used a landline in years, I still use a flip phone. I'll put away that one someday and upgrade to a smartphone. Not today, but someday!


1914 Westinghouse toaster.

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