Electric Toaster
Inventor Alan MacMasters
Alan MacMasters
Born20 March 1865
Died25 December 1927 | Age 62

Alan MacMasters 1893

In 1893 MacMasters contacted the English electrical engineer Crompton & Co. with an idea. Alan Alexander MacMasters was a scientist and inventor from Scotland, and had created a prototype electric toaster for bread.

First Toaster
Early toaster
Early toaster

Crompton and Co. went on to develop the first electric toaster 1893 in Leeds England. This was the forerunner of today's toasters. The device was quite simple and a person had to turn the bread over to toast both sides and turn the machine off by hand.

Colonel Crompton
Colonel Crompton

Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton was born at Sion Hill, near Thirsk in Yorkshire , England on 31 May 1845 , one of five children. His passion for engineering began early. In his autobiography, Reminiscences, Crompton tells of a trip to London 's Great Exhibition of 1851.

His schooling started at Sharow, near Ripon in Yorkshire, along with 19 other boys, aged between 7 and 15. One of his fellow pupils there was Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Cromptons many inventions enabled him to take over T.H.P. Dennis & Co's Chelmsford premises to form Crompton and Co in 1878, it soon became the country's leading distributor and manufacturer of electricity generating and lighting systems.
Incandescent light bulb
Incandescent light bulb

Crompton's reputation was such that, in 1880, the chemist Joseph Swan sought his opinion when he first developed incandescent lamps for indoor use. Crompton immediately saw the potential and, within a couple of years, his firm was selling Swan's lamps and the generating equipment to go with them.


Toasting bread began as a method of prolonging the life of bread. The word comes from a Latin word tostum, meaning scorching or burning.


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