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What’s for breakfast?

12/19/2014

One in 8.5 Million

What’s for breakfast?

Toaster, about 1925, Hotpoint (Virginia Historical Society, Accession number: 1996.153.9, Gift of Stefan Osdene)

Toaster, about 1925, Hotpoint (Virginia Historical Society, Accession number:
1996.153.9, Gift of Stefan Osdene)

When bread’s surface temperature reaches about 310 degrees Fahrenheit, sugars and starches start to caramelize and take on intense flavors. Although people have toasted bread for thousands of years, creating an electrical device to accomplish the task was quite a challenge. This toaster was made possible by the invention of a wire made of nickel and chromium that could be heated quickly to a red-hot temperature repeatedly without burning out or breaking.

Toaster, about 1925, Hotpoint (Virginia Historical Society, Accession number: 1996.153.9, Gift of Stefan Osdene)

Toaster, about 1925, Hotpoint (Virginia Historical Society, Accession number:
1996.153.9, Gift of Stefan Osdene)

The Virginia Historical Society has been collecting since 1831. Included in our unique collection are 8-million processed manuscripts, 200,000 books, 290,000 prints and photographs, and 32,000 museum objects documenting the daily lives and times of all Virginians. The object featured here offers one opportunity to look into the past. Millions more treasures await you at our headquarters in Richmond, by appointment at Virginia House, and online at vahistorical.org.

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