Full Name: Charles P. Strite
Why Famous: Invented the automatic pop-up toaster we know and love today.
Strite's toaster heated both sides of a slice of bread at the same time, included a timer that turned off the electricity when finished and a spring that popped up the toast when the electricity turned off. All unique advances at the time.
In 1921, Strite received U.S. patent #1,394,450 for the device, he named the "Toastmaster" and set up the Waters Genter company to manufacture and market it. In 1926 the company began selling the Toastmaster model 1-A-1, the first automatic pop-up toaster made for home use.
The company was a success and was further boosted by Otto Frederick Rohwedder's invention of the bread slicing machine in 1928. Toasters became extremely popular, selling 1 million units annually by 1930.
- 1919-05-29 Charles Strite files patent for the automatic pop-up toaster
- 1921-10-18 Charles Strite granted US patent #1,394,450 for his invention, the automatic pop-up toaster
- Charles P. Strite - Lemelson-MIT Program
- Charles Strite: Inventor of the pop-up toaster - Charles Strite Website